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.
hoping this charter will get better this year, but I won't hold my breath. do your homework and the math! this school currently has about only 530 students in the whole school. It can accommodate 800+ So many of the initial families have left. There are openings in every grade level, by Imagine's own guidelines, not a measure of a successful school. New staff every year, no technology lab, no dedicated language program, FCAT scores all over the place.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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