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.
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.
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!
Private school setting with caring quality teachers. No wonder Cambridge University is looking at it for an Ace program school
surprise! whenever there is bad publicity in the community a few "good" reviews pop up on this website. So transparent.. recently in the local news for applying for a 15 year charter extension, when the local school board said, "not so fast, we want a closer look" so many families and staff have given up and left.
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!
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!!!
So not be fooled by suposed awards and school grade. This school lacks professional administration, consistency and professionalism! Too bad I can't give it zero stars...
My children love ISPR. They are academically challenged and love their teachers. The principal strives to address any problem areas right away.
Its alot of fun and it strives to teach all of the arts while also installing good work habits into young children's minds.
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...
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.
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..
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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