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Sarasota, FL
Students enrolled: 565
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6220 McIntosh Road
Sarasota, FL 34238

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(941) 257-1124
(941) 923-1124
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November 24, 2014
I am a parent as well as a staff member at Imagine Palmer Ranch and I am very pleased with the education my child is receiving. We are very lucky to be living in a community that has excellent schools to choose from, but the reason we stay at Imagine is because of the environment. My child's teachers make her feel loved, important and most of all challenged. She loves the fact that she has opportunities to make decisions, be a part of a sports team (even though she has never played that sport before), and the opportunity to learn in ways that suit her best. As a parent it make my heart happy that my child gets up in the morning wanting to go to school everyday!

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2014
After working as an educator in the public school system for 21 years, I can confidently tell you the grass IS greener at Imagine! The strong character development implemented here yields great academic success. Our amazing teachers can actually teach, as they don't have to deal with constant disciplinary issues that are commonplace in the regular public school setting. The students are genuinely well mannered and have a desire to learn! What parent would not want this type of caring learning environment for their child? But don't take my word for it. Come take a tour, see our staff and students in action, and you'll just know, that this is the best place for any child, hence the motto, "Excellence is the ONLY option"...

- submitted by a teacher
November 23, 2014
Tried to give them another year to prove that they want what they say "the best for each individual chikd'' such a let down at the expense of my children. Both kids are behind in math and reading going into their district schools for the upcoming semester :( boo!

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2014
Our school strives for academic excellence while providing a caring and safe learning environment for students.

- submitted by a teacher
October 28, 2014
I have been teaching at ISPR for several years. I have had the privilege to grow as a teacher and watch our school grow as a school that truly cares about the whole child. The school holds pride and should hold pride in being an "A" school. Students, staff, and parents have earned that for their highly effective teaching, character development, and social/emotional development. Every child is treated as an individual and given personal attention. The staff at Imagine are beyond amazing, always working together as a team for the betterment of the students. Staff are always kind, positive, and helpful towards each other and that makes it that much easier to feel at home with the ISPR "family". Teamwork at this school means teachers, students, parents, school support staff, and administration all working towards the same goals for a student. To me, it is important to be working in a school where I can always be part of the decision making for the school, be part of a team that works together, and be valued for the work I do - and that is exactly what ISPR provides. If you are looking for a school who believes in the WHOLE child, this is it!

- submitted by a teacher
October 20, 2014
ISPR is a great school for kids and for teachers! I have been teaching vpk (pre-K) here for the past four years. While getting the children ready for Kindergarden, we use appropriate activities to teach Print Knowledge, Phonological Awareness, Mathematics, Language and Literature. We also feel Character Development is very important and begin teaching Character Education starting with our youngest students and continue through eighth grade. One special reward I recieve working here at ISPR, is watching my "kids" transition to Kindergarten and the primary grades. Our school is a community working together for the good of all students. Our Principal is very supportive and caring, She is always willing to give a helping hand in time of need. I reccommend ISPR to all my friends and family.

- submitted by a teacher
October 18, 2014
Imagine Palmer Ranch was one of the best experiences I have ever had at a school. This school means so much to me. The teachers prepared me so well for high school and the principal was so in touch with all the students. I've never seen a principal care so much for a school then the one here.

- submitted by a community member
October 15, 2014
This is our sixth year at this school. I have two children enrolled and I have been thrilled with our experience! My children have continually tested above average on all their FCAT and other benchmark tests. I fully attribute this to the amazing and supportive teachers we have had! From high test scores and happy faces....to an equally great experience as part of the team sports program.....I look forward to watching my children flourish in the years to come!! Go Longhorns!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2014
This is the second year that my child has attended ISPR. The teachers have been VERY involved in meeting her acedemic needs. My child comes home with only positive things to say about her teachers and peers. ISPR is a positive and uplifting community. The teachers/staff are very friendly and treat each child as if they were their own. I would absolutely recommend this school to anyone. LIke I said ISPR is a COMMUNITY not just a school.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2014
The school is run poorly due to leadership. Once they opened their daycare to accommodate the principals new baby everything went downhill. Teachers were permitted to talk poorly about students with zero repercussions. In order to have my son removed from a hostile teachers classroom I had to call in the board of directors who ordered him moved into a new classroom that day. My child that is gifted was branded a trouble maker and treated as such. I pulled both of my children from this school. They were behind in multiple subjects changing schools yet they were on honor roll there. When your only full time gifted teacher leaves that tells you something about this shameful school and it's principal . If you want your children to have a healthy encouraging environment where they actually learn go elsewhere your needs will not be met here! It's amazing this school has an A rating with poor test scores and subpar teachers. They have minimal funding and any child with an IEP will not have their needs met. Enjoy donating tons of money and time to a school that will leave your child behind academically and hurt them emotionally.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2014
My 5 year old son has been suspended from Kindergarten twice this year!! We have spent over 10K in early education at ISPR only for them to turn their backs on him. They just don't have the resources to handle difficult situations. I am very disappointed and do not recommend this school at all.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2014
This is the start of our 3rd year with ISPR and I must say that each year I am more pleasantly surprised than the last. The teachers, administration and staff are friendly, caring and easily approachable. My children's teachers have been enthusiastic and top notch and any concerns have been quickly addressed and overcome. If it takes a village to raise a child, I am happy to have Imagine as my village.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2014
If I could give a zero star rating I would. High staff turnover is an understatement. At the end of the 13/14 school year, a 3rd grade teacher was fired for consecutively producing low FCAT scores. She is being brought back as a 2nd grade teacher for 2014/2015. Staff for the current year is roughly 50% new to the school.

- submitted by a teacher
August 13, 2014
We had high hopes for this school and gave it a real chance...4 yrs worth of chances. Unfortunately they have a principal that is completely unprofessional...lacks leadership and knowlwdge in running a school and the poor teachers teach in fear. Most of the staff have left for much better teaching positions in they weren't fired. The school has no budget...which means no cleaning services that are adequate.....the air conditioning never works and please....do go and look at tbe playground......it is deplorable at best. It is such a shame that our county allows this school to remain open!

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2014
Private school setting with caring quality teachers. No wonder Cambridge University is looking at it for an Ace program school

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2014
I have have 3 children at this school and they have had such great experiences, in sports, theatrical performances and academic achievement. They have gone on to regional science fair & state sports competitions. All 3 children are very happy at the school and we are happy with all the communication and great community feel with all the great events and performances. Go Long Horns!

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2014
This is an amazing school. The teachers and faculty are caring and compassionate. They all strive to not only give the children an A++ Education, but they also teach the children morals and values!! These things are so often over looked in today's educational environment. The school is large enough to have all the resources they need, but small enough to cater to each child and family. I really feel as if I am getting a private school educational experience for free here!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
My children love ISPR. They are academically challenged and love their teachers. The principal strives to address any problem areas right away.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2013
Its alot of fun and it strives to teach all of the arts while also installing good work habits into young children's minds.

- submitted by a community member
July 16, 2013
It is a false facade, don't be fooled...At one time Imagine was an amazing school, but the past 3 years it has fallen apart and the priorities were tossed out the window. The administration is unfortunately the worst and the teachers are tossed out constantly, fluctuating like yesterdays trash!!! I'm talking, really talented individuals who we WERE really blessed to have had.... The education has rapidly declined with the VERY high turnover, anyone who has a positive comment obviously hasn't been there long enough nor involved enough. There is no one to complain to or even seek assistance, notice there is no place for a parent comment on the website... Monthly board meetings are a joke and seriously the school has a huge deficit...several hundred thousand....no technology, poor materials, and again....NO TEACHERS who want to stay...resumes are all out there! This school is run by FEAR, from administration who will just dispose of any in a second....including students if parents are disliked!!! This school needs to close the doors and start over!!! Please, from another parent, take my advice, any school is better than this one...

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2013
My daughter has thrived in the three years she has been at Imagine School at Palmer Ranch. She has been nurtured & supported by the teachers & administration and made to feel part of something special. She has ben a peer mentor to younger students, participated in Speech and Debate class & played on the sports teams, to name just a few. The smaller community has allowed her to have more attention from her teachers and to get extra attention. Rather than feeling like she was thrown to the wolves in other middle schools, she has felt safe and happy.The teachers genuinely care and know the kids. The principal has been at every event I have ever attended and knows the students by name. The school is still new and growing, but has accomplished a great deal on less than 4 years. Teachers have moved, had babies & been let go for poor performance in the past year and that should not be construed as a bad thing. Teachers & parents also sit on task forces & participate in decision making at Imagine, so to say that no one has a say at the school is misleading. I am thankful that our family has had the choice to enroll our daughter at this school and would definitely recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2013
to continue on my review the kids at Imagine do not have text books, teachers are having to go to the website to get print out of the work needed because the text books they are using are extremely out dated.. Teachers leave the school because they are unhappy with the principal and the circus she is running.. one teacher left because things would continue to happen among students and she was not allowed by the principal to report it, they are expected to brush it under the rug to make the school look good. Also with the parent and students surveys those are a complete joke because no changes ever come out of that.. there is one teacher that threatend their class with tracking card marks if the kids were honest with what they thought of the school because she didnt want anyone to make the school look bad.. i guess that is one teacher who is very affraid of the principal..

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2013
Academically challenging with emphasis on character building. Friendly and caring staff. My child moved to this school and is very happy and reaching her potential. The teachers go out of their way to offer extra help if needed. I volunteer when I can.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2013
I had great hopes for this charter school but will be pulling my kids out at the end of the year. The teachers are great, but the administration is horrible and the principal is the worst. Absolutely unprofessional and worse than that doesnt know how to run a school only a nursery that she put in place for herself. She is demeaning to staff, parents and kids. The teacher turnover is 40%! The ESE department is a mess! Many complaints with the local county school board. Another case of a struggling Imagine School, to bad. And by the way, the lights are off all the time during lunch, how cruel!

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2013
Excellent teachers, Strong principal/school leadership, and challenging academic programs. Imagine School at Palmer Ranch has all three features. I have volunteered at the school regularly and I see nothing but all staff striving for excellence.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2013
Do not be duped by the tour. Your child will receive a substandard education here. They will also eat lunch with the lights out most of the time. If you go to leadership with a problem you will be told it is only you having this problem. My child has been bullied and although they have a zero bullying policy it is still happening. The students get yelled out a lot, you can hear it in the hallway. The school is also very dirty and there is no technology. The fields for P.E. are filled with fireants, we are leaving next year. My children have suffered enough.

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2012
My child has attended Imagine for 2 years. I, myself, have a master's in education. My objective as a parent is to have my child in a school environment that inspires learning and focuses on the individual needs of children. Her education is not something I take lightly. My child was moved from an "A" school as I felt she was part of a large group of cattle being herded around. It was nonstop focus on worksheets simply training children to take tests. Her education was impersonal and lacked meaningful activities. I do not feel that way here. Within a week of her move to Imagine, the principal saw me at school, walked up, and said, "We are so happy to have ____ here." Her teacher even met with me prior to my child's first day to discuss my concerns. She meant something. It spoke volumes. In addition, bullying is something this school does not take lightly. Children must adhere to behavioral contracts whereas regular public schools have many limitations regarding poor behavior. There are high expectations of students and parents as it should be when it comes to a child's education. It takes a village to raise a child, not just parents, not just teachers. You get that village here.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2012
This school is very unorganized, their is an abundance of office staff who do not seen to know much at all about parent questions/concerns. Administration does not appear to support their staff. Staff is overworked and expected to do way more than should be expected of them.

- submitted by a community member
May 22, 2012
My two daughters attended this school - one for 5th- part of 7th grade and another for kindergarten and part of 1st. I have to say that we loved it there and were sad to leave when we moved. They had lots of elective choices for my middle schooler and my elementary student really loved her cluster teachers. I think people get offended easily by Imagine schools because they will not put up with students who are disruptive or refuse to learn. I'm just thrilled that we moved to North Port and my kids can still attend Imagine there. Project CHILD is great and they really focus on character.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2012
Listen to word of mouth on this school, don't go there. When my husband complained about Teachers to adminsrtation, our son was the target for Mad Teachers, suddenly our son was a behavior problem, we met with the adminstration who was not supportive of our son, instead we were told if were not happy there go somewhere else. So we happily did we pulled our son out of Imagine and now our son is a straight A student at his new school where he has been for almost three months with NO problems. So please parents listen to a Concerened parent and listen to your child. Imagine is NOT a good school.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2012
When my family moved from a small town, we were concerned about the middle schools near our house. We were pleased when we toured Imagine and felt like it offered a small school feel without being restrictive. My oldest son enjoys his classes and teachers and loves being able to eat outside with friends a few days a week. My daughter has made great friends and has had a great few months at the school; she was in the talent show and was even voted student of the month by her new peers. I am given opportunities to volunteer at the school, but the PTO seems like its working through some issues, so I'm trying to be patient.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2011
There are 3 kindergartens in this school and all are very overcrowded. They all have 20 or more students with only one teacher. The school maintains there is no budget to hire any more teachers or to open another K classroom and therefore the students suffer from overburdened teachers, which is particularly troublesome as this is affecting the youngest and most needy academic demographic, kindergarten students.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2011
With respect to some of the comments below, clusters of positive reviews are not strange or suspicious - after all, parents who are happy will rally behind their kid's school and at a small school like this, word gets around quickly. What I do find a bit odd are multiple negative and highly similar reviews in both late April and early May (two sets) for both this Imagine school and another one not too far away in Lakewood Ranch. Hmm.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2011
Just another charter school that has a long way to go. We were so hopeful, but we are withdrawing our middle schooler to go to a better rated school in the county. Too much drama here!

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2011
I am the parent of a middle school student so I can only speak to parents looking for an education for their middle school student. My child has attended Imagine School since its inception . I chose Imagine after careful consideration, and was drawn to the school because of its small class size and teaching techniques. My child never complains about going to school, and she admires each of her teachers. I am happy with the quality of eduction my child receives. I especially appreciate the fact that both the child and parent can follow the child's progress online through SnapGrades. If I have a concern over a poor test grade or a missing assignment, I email the teacher and receive a prompt response so that I am able to address the matter with my child immediately. I would highly recommend Imagine to any any parent of a middle school student. As with any new school, there are growing pains; however, if there are issues between staff and administration, it has not affected my child's education.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2011
Imagine School at Palmer Ranch was my first experience with a Charter School after having my children in private schools before and have been extremly happy with the school. The principal, teachers and staff are very concerned about the students education and well being. I would recommend this school to anyone. You can always follow your students grades on snapgrades. Teachers are great with being current and up to date with with entering the grades and emailing parents with information.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2011
These reviews are completely ridiculous. If you, as parents, have problems with the administration, then you should act like adults and communicatewith them. Or, if you don't like the school then take your child out. And if you, as the administration, need to step up and make some positive changes for your school, then you should. It's called taking accoutability. This website is wonderful for parents like me who are looking for a good, safe school for our children. It should not be used as a battle ground. I personally toured the school and was impressed. Everytime I call the school, everyone is very nice and helpful. I will do my part as a parent and I expect the school to do theirs. My stars are for the overall feel of the school and staff.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2011
Most of the teachers won't admit it because they are afraid for their jobs, but something is seriously wrong when a large group of teachers leave in a particular year. There is no follow through on discipline here at the administrative level and that is why we left and many more will be leaving soon. Give the teachers a chance to teach and this school could be great. You'll continue to see positive comments come up...but ask yourself where they are coming from. If you look at one of the parent comments...it comes straight from the principal herself.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2011
Great parent support for the most part, but no administrative support for teachers. The teachers here put up with so much from repeat offenders that they are beaten down. It is becoming a dumping ground for kids who have lots of problems at other schools. At this school they can do what they want with no consequences and the good kids suffer.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2011
Be careful to read all the reviews here. There is obvious conflict going on inside. The leadership at this school is all about appearances. There are many instances of what you're told and what transpires are indeed two different things. Teachers are stressed to the maximum at this school and teacher resources for students are minimum. I would suspect that many of the "parents" below are faculty members who are trying to save the school, and their jobs.

- submitted by a teacher
May 10, 2011
I completely agree with the last post by the teacher there. I guarantee that all these posts are from teachers. There is just too many positive reviews within a few days of each other, when previous reviews were more sporadic. I bet the school is trying to make it self look good. I will definitely take this into consideration when choosing which school to send my son to this year. Makes me a little suspicious about what they are trying to cover up.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2011
As a teacher at the school it saddens me to hear that not all of our parents are satisfied with their choice in schools. Please remember that Imagine School at Palmer Ranch is a school of choice, and as parents, you always have the right and freedom to take your child to your district school. As with any school, we are made up of human beings who fall short from time to time. One post said that the teachers are exhausted. We are! Exhausted from trying to make the school year as meanginful as possible for our students. I LOVE working at ISPR. We care about our kids.

- submitted by a teacher
May 08, 2011
Imagine School at Palmer Ranch is a great school with strong leadership and dedicated teachers. My children are flourishing at the school and find going to be a true pleasure. They are also both cheerleading at the school which is great. Go long horns!

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2011
This year has been my girls first year at the school and she is really enjoying it and getting top grades (Mostly A's) she will definitely be going back next year.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2011
Our family loves this charter school! The uniforms, family involvement, creative learning environment, and expectations for high academic achievement and behavior were all things we enjoyed at the private school we transferred from. We can't believe that we are getting all this without having to pay tuition!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2011
I love this school. Teachers are super caring! My child is learning through doing rather than just sitting all day. The school has just gotten its SACS accreditation which is impressive.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2011
Imagine School at Palmer Ranch is a wonderful place for my child. She has attended for one year after transfering from a private school. I could not be happier and she loves it! The teachers are caring and professional.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2011
Please do yourself a favor and do NOT send your child to Imagine School at Palmer Ranch. The teacher turnover is high and teacher quality is low. They DON'T care about the children and are poorly trained. The communication is nonexistent even when you continually ask them to provide it. The principal is not doing her job either. The good teachers leave and the bad ones are awful. The website for homework is never updated and the planners that you buy at the beginning of the year come home empty. To top it off I know from another parent that they are NOT efficient or concerned about special needs. This school is BEYOND terrible and I will not keep my child in it next year.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2011
This is not a school to send your child if he or she has special needs.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2010
I was pleasantly surprised that a new school could make a difference to my family and the community. I moved my child from Public School into Imagine School at Palmer Ranch last year. It was the best decision I have made in regards to her education. Her scores in the FCAT and SAT testing were amazing. I watched my child develope learning skills that will carry her throughout life. She loves her school and if often rushing me out the door to get her there. I can not say enough good things about their teachers and Project Child.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2010
Imagine School at Palmer Ranch is a wonderful school! I have been teaching at ISPR for one year and I have never worked with such talented, dedicated, and highly professional teachers as I have here. The teachers are truly fantastic, and really believe in the Project CHILD and TEAMS models for challenging each and every student. The parents have worked hard to form a real community for our school; even though we just opened in August 2009, we have a lot of sports teams (soccer, cheerleading, football, volleyball, cross country), clubs (everything from green team to extreme sports to yearbook), and special events (bingo nights, Stampede-a-Thon, field trips). Imagine School at Palmer Ranch is THE choice for parents in Sarasota County.

- submitted by a teacher
June 04, 2010
My grandchild attends ISPR and I can tell you that he is very happy at this fabulous school. The teachers really take each kid into account when planning their classes. I have done lots of volunteering, with my daughter and have seen this first hand. The parent/grandparent volunteering at this school is far more than I have EVER seen before and everyone gets along so well. I recommend ISPR (Imagine School at Palmer Ranch) to anyone who asks!!!

- submitted by a community member
June 03, 2010
WOW, what a wonderful school year we have had!! We are new to the area and have been to some good schools in the past, but this one out shines them all. My daughter is very shy and had never talked in her old school. In the Imagine School at Palmer Ranch, she has come alive in all of her classes and the teachers work dilegently to bring out the best in all of the students. I hear praises from other parents all the time. The teachers and staff know every child by name and they instill the schools "Character Traits" into everything that they do. The children even get rewarded for living out the character traits at school and throughout the community. The principal and teachers work well as a team to advance the school, as well as solve any issues that come up.

- submitted by a parent
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Imagine School At Palmer Ranch
6220 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, FL  34238
(941) 257-1124
Last modified Imagine School At Palmer Ranch is a Charter school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Imagine School At Palmer Ranch Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 53 reviews. Top