This school is getting better. Although, it has a way to go. Most of the staff truly care about the students no matter where the child ranks in academic percentile. However, there are a couple of staff members that still give the school a bad name. In addition, some of the students would benefit from more parent involvement. Sadly, they do not get this and are disruptive in class. What is worse the only time the parent gets involved is when their child is in trouble and they rush in with threats of lawsuit because their child is a little angel. I will say the principal and vice principal are starting to turn things around. So, I remain hopeful.
My daughter, a 2nd grader this year, has been at Imagine for 2 years now. Last year was a good year for us--no problems to speak of. This year is even better--a huge improvement! The principal is wonderful, and my daughter's teacher is amazing!!! I sat in her class several times this year and am so amazed at how the teacher manages the class--even the few unruly students. She is truly wonderful and really does care about each student! The PTO is fantastic, and are doing so many fabulous things to help the school. Perhaps those disappointed parents should have joined the PTO to become more involved, instead of doing nothing but complain. Do they not understand what a charter school is all about? Apparently not. Imagine Nau is a great school!!!
I tried to give this school a chance but after two years am pulling out my two children. Education is not a priority at this school money is. Teachers come and go. My son has had 8 new teachers so far this year. Principals come and go. I really tried but honestly I think a public school is much better in this area
I think NAU is very disappointing. The teachers are not trained on how to deal with certain children who may pose to be a little more difficult than others. They have singled out my child since day one and it has been nothing but harassment the entire school year. This one teacher in particular has no patience and consistently contacts us with excuses why she cant teach rather than resolutions on how to address the problem at hand.
The best place in St Lucie. I would not go anywhere else. The principals who left had cancer and other serious health issues and that has hurt the school's reputation. My kids love to go to school and get 4s and 5s on FCATs. They are honor roll and happy all the time. It's a smaller family atmosphere which is what I want for them. I give this school top ratings in every way. Period!
Don't come to this school, i'm a student and i'm in seventh grade now and i've been here for four and a half years, many students are leaving and lots of teachers have been fired. There has been so many principal turnovers that the first principal has not even been at the school for more than two months. By the countless principal turnovers, there has been a disorganized calender of events and scheduled tests. This not only confuses students, but teachers also. The teachers work night and day with countless changes in thr schedule. They fire and hired the same music teacher three times. Don't come here.
Nau Charter School is my dream come true! FINALLY, I have found a home where my three children learn well, build character, are safe, and excel academically, including on standardized tests. I have been to five schools and have left, miserable. The secret: THIS school hires great teachers, I have seen them when they didn't know a parent was there and they are ALWAYS firm but kind and caring to all of the children. The turnover referred to in another comment is because so many families sign up to attend Nau, they hire teachers, then the kids move away before school starts! It's a business, not the troubled SLCSD, so they have to cut teachers to make sure they stay in business. They lost two principals due to serious illness, personal and family, and that is not anyone's fault. Principal Mrs. Bailey is awesome! Re: the C grade, the other much larger (less personal, IMHO) charter school, Renaissance also has a C, they just were allowed to advertise a B due to a loophole in the grading system. The office staff is awesome, I have loved every NAU teacher; I am a teacher myself with an Education graduate degree and I choose the NAU SCHOOL HANDS DOWN!
The only thing that is correct about Imagine Schools Nau Campus is the word Imagine in its name, as you will need to Imagine your children getting a proper education while attending this school! Since this school has opened it has had four principals, countless teacher turnovers, teachers teaching out of field, not enough administrative staff, a receptionist or whoever else they can grab serving as a nurse, no gym just a dirt field with no protection from the sun, no structured PE, computers that are broken half the time as well as a decade old, volunteers doing things that teachers and administrative staff should be doing, low test scores as well as the overall rating of a "C" which they seem proud of maintaining. This is not a proper environment for your children to receive a proper education and learning experience. I was hopeful that things would change but after three years it hasn't and has only gotten worse. If you want the best for your children do not put them at this school hopefully you will not make the same mistake I did by Imagining this was a good school!
this school is a good school but at the same time a very bad school. I am a 8th grader and i have been here since it has opened and through the years this school has gone through 3 principals and countless teachers. when i was in 7th grade i was learning 6th grade work. now i know what you are thinking we all should be getting straight A's but not everyone understands the work because the teachers dont teach us. now i am not saying that this is a bad school but im not saying its the best school so i will let you decide if it is good or not.
My child has attended NAU since the begining, I have been blessed to have great cluster teachers that communicate with me. Yes there have been many changes and turnover but like any job you have to do what is best for you and your family. I can't judge others for what I myself have done when I decide to change jobs. To respond to the previous comment that unqualified people substitute at NAU is inaccurate. I substitute for the school and I have a college degree as well as being a certified substitute in St. Lucie County. These teachers are teaching and parenting about 54 kids a day (if not more) and the job doesn't end at 3:15pm like you think. REMEMBER WHEN YOU POINT AT SOMEONE ELSE YOU HAVE THREE FINGERS POINT BACK AT YOURSELF. In short my child is happy and excelling academically I couldn't ask for anything more!
My son has been at Imagine since it opened and have been very pleased!! He has excelled academically and socially. The school has a real family feel where they encourage you to come and volunteer even in your child's classroom. They are a new school and they are working on getting their library up and running but each classroom has a library,for the time being. The science teacher is GREAT! They do lots of hands-on activities. His teachers all meet when there are conferences and talk about the good things too!! We have been very pleased with Imagine NAU campus.
IMAGINE A BETTER SCHOOL FOR YOUR CHILD. THATS WHAT YOU SHOULD DO. THEY'VE HAD 4 PRICIPLES AND TEACHERS WILLINGLY QUIT FASTER THEN WAITRESSES TURN TABLES. THERE ARE "TEACHERS" TEACHING THAT ARE NOT CERTIFIED TO TEACH AND WHEN A TEACHER IS ABSENT A PARENT SUBS FOR THE DAY. P.E. IS IN A PARKING LOT/ DIRT, THE ART CLASS IS A JOKE AND THE NEW PRICINIPAL WHEN SHE IS THERE IS SO SPACY SHE DOESN'T CARE WHAT IS GOING ON. THERE ALSO IS NO LIBRARY AND FOR BEING A NEW SCHOOL THERE IS MOLD IN THE CEILING IN THE CAFETERIA WHERE YOUR CHID EATS.THEY ARE SHORT STAFFED AND THERE ARE BEYOND REGULAR GUIDELINES FOR THE AMT. OF CHILDREN IN A CLASS. WOULD YOU LIKE OT KNOW WHY SO MANY CHILDREN ARE ON THE HONOR ROLL? WELL BECAUSE FIRST OFF SCIENCE GRADES GET HANDED OUT ON HOW WELL THE TEACHER LIKES YOUR CHILD SINCE THERE IS NO SCIENCE BEING TAUGHT AND FOR THE REST OF THE CLASSES QUIZ YOUR CHILD ON WHAT THEY ARE LEARNING? WHOS TEACHING THEM THE PARENTS ARE BECAUSE THESE "TEACHERS" HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THERE DOING. I GAURENTEE IF YOU SENT THEM SOMEWHERE ELSE YOUR CHILD WOULD BE BEHIND THIS IS WHY THERE A "D SCHOOL" BC WHEN IT COMES TO REAL TEASTING OUR CHILDREN HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IS GOING ON.. IMAGINE THAT
My children have been attending this school since day one. Both my husband and I are blessed with the teachers they have had and currently have. There have been changes but we see them for the good and with any new school, as growing pains. If you're looking for the perfect school, good luck, it doesn't exist. What you will find at this school are loving teachers/staff members who love the students as if they were their own. Parents are welcomed, as the school has an open door policy. This school actually encourages family interaction...Imagine that! The teachers are dedicated and actually don't go home at the sound of the bell. Communication has gotten alot better since 2009 and their always open to suggestions. Our kids are happy and that's our main concern. I'm a happy parent and staff member since 2009!
My daughter's has been attending since 1st grade and she has improved beyond our expectations! We couldn't be happier, HIGHLY recommend!
This is our second year in Nau we are pleased with their teachers I think they are outstanding. I have no problems communicating with them at any time. I think the new principal should be her next "budget cut". The turnover on teachers has been very disturbing to the children especially her cutting one of the best teachers the school had. That was so clearly personal it screamed misconduct on her part. She has no contact with the students or parents her ice wall would take to long to get past. If you rid the school of her you would have a 5 star school . Review and correct her "budget cuts" and you would have the best school in the district. The children should not be punished by her being out of control someone should hold her accountable. Who grades the principal? Whatever disarray is occuring at the school is all from her "budget cuts", the students and teachers are all waiting for the other shoe to drop. They need to drop her so everyone can take a breath and start to learn or teach.
My daughter is in first grade and in her 2nd year at Imagine Nau Charter School. I can not say enough good things about Nau. I have seen a tremendous amount of growth in just the short time she has attended there. She receives personalized attention from her all of her teachers and the staff is very friendly and truly looks out for my child's best interest. I love the small family environment this school provides. I highly recommend this school!
My son attends this school and I couldn't be happier about it. The attention he gets from the wonderful staff is everything that I could have hoped for and more. As for the changes--what school doesnt have growing pains? The teachers were let go for budget cuts NOT because the school authorities didn't like them! Support this school!!!!
My son has been with this school from day one, now he is in 3rd grade and they still has spool much to learn on running a school. 3 yrs in the running and I'm not happy at all. I have him on a waiting list to other schools that have a game plan. Not the school to put your children in.
I have been at his school sine it has begun, the teachers don't really have much respect of what other students do here. Many teachers are coming in and out of this school and drama between teachers go on and have distracted me. I've been on the A honor roll but closer to the end of the year, I began to loose it. We've been doing so much other work between drama in our class and the problem is, it doesn't have much to do with our education. Due to drama, we've been behind in almost all of our classes because teachers can't handle it and some have issues with temper. Kindergarten teachers too. I've seen the way some of the teachers act towards my brothers and they pick favorites on wheter your mother does alot of school work. I've been begging to leave this school, it's one that I would never want to one back to.
My daughter attended this school for a year and a half and we are extremely dissatisfied. Reason one would be the treatment she and her classmates received from her teachers and other staff. She was given "silent lunch", told to "shut up" and threatened with jail. Their disciplinary policies are unstructured and arbitrary. Their policy of punishing an entire class for one child's bad behavior is deplorable. Reason two would be the horrible communication with the teachers. It was impossible to reach them by phone and difficult at best to get a response to emails. Reason three would be that most of the extra programs (of which there were few) were geared for the younger kids (k-3). My daughters cheerleading coach decided to quit mid year yet the younger kids continued to have practice and participate in parades. Reason four is the questionable fundraising that goes on. No one could say where the money was going. PTO didn't help with field trips after making thousands of dollars. Reason five,no library! And lastly, we have to pick up the final report card. The school thinks its cheaper to pay a staff member than to buy stamps! Not to mention the cost of gas.
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