I am truly amazed by the dedication of the teachers and staff who go above and beyond the call of duty to provide a quality education to the children of IIAS. I appreciate the efforts of the school to incorporate the IB program. I feel welcomed when I walk in the door by the extraordinary front office team. The building administration is responsive and reactive to concerns of the school's stakeholders. I find that IIAS is a great "choice" for the families of Cobb County. The school has created a Character Council to empower students to become involved in the progressive movement of the school.
After months of debating where to take our Kindergartner we finally decided to give school choice a chance with Imagine International Academy of Smyrna. To our delight our daughter has grown both socially and academically. For example the students had an American Symbols project that they were able to present and it was outstanding. Many of the students were confidant in presenting their home made symbols like, The Statue of Liberty, The Washington Monument, and The American Flag. Her teacher has been wonderful. She responds to emails and concerns that we have as a family. She sends positive notes home about her progress and my daughter is always bragging about how much they have learned during the day. Communication with the administration is timely and positive. It seems like IIAS really does have a family atmosphere. I am able to meet other parents during volunteer opportunities that have let me know that we made the correct choice of sending our daughter here. We will be sending our son here next year.
I took my daughter out of this school. It is horrible and the principal is the most unprofessional, unethical, and dishonest person I have ever met. She does not care about the kids and is only concerned about her 'paycheck' which she stated in several open forums at the school in front of parents, teachers and kids. I don't know how she got the job. They obviously have very low standards for hiring aprincipal. I feel sorry for every childstill enrolled. I am glady paying for private school after that experience.
This school is horrible! I took my daughter out after only 2 months. You wait in line for carpool for almost 2 hours to pick up your child. But most importantly, they send home 8-12 handouts (front and back) for your child to complete for homework and she wasn't getting done until 9-10 in the evening. I had a conference with the teacher and told her that quantity doesn't impress me. Sending home a lot of homework doesn't mean that you have an advanced curriculum especially when she's in the 3rd grade and completing 'Lets Tell Time' handouts. She learned how to tell time in Kindergarten & 1st grade. She's in the (regular) public school in my area now and is more challenged than she'd ever be at IIAS.
This is our second year and I have seen the school change. It has grown by leaps and bounds. My daughter is so happy there. She is one of those kids born in september so she has always been way ahead of her class. My concern had been that she ought to adequately challenged. The teacher and principal rose to the occasion and indeed did challenge all those kids that are ahead as compared to their peers. My daughter was doing 2nd grade stuff while being in 1st grade. Kudos to 1st grade teachers, especially Ms.Cooper. I am looking forward to sending my second one there.
What an awful experience this school was for our family. I feel for the parents that have children here because although everyone is afraid to say it, it's a terrible feeling to send your child to school with your fingers crossed each day. We have left the school due to a most unprofessional principal and have not looked back. Thankfully, that has been one of the best choices my husband & I have ever made for our family.
Hard working and dedicated staff who works to meet the needs of the child and the family.
Because they have a great staff who work hard to do what is best for their students.
I have 2 children that attend IIAS; one in middle school and a 5th grader. I am extremely proud of the accomplishments that my children and the school have achieved. IIAS has a staff that works diligently to ensure that the students receive challenging and engaging lessons and provide multiple opportunities for the students to participate in cultural and social activities that are unmatched by other schools/school systems. A testament to the dedication of the staff is the high scores that they receive on accreditations and stellar CRCT scores. The teachers put in long hours and volunteer a lot of time to provide a great school experience for their students. This is not something they have to do but rather choose to do. Way to go IIAS fac. & staff! You are appreciated! Education is a thankless profession! Many do not know the sacrifices educators make daily!!
The atmosphere at this school is all about learning. Doing your best, trying your hardest. The Prinicipal has an excellent track record. With her leadership and the dedicated teachers our children are thriving. My child loves going to school, feeling safe and acknowledged for her achievements. Reading, has become her favorite subject. I find that the teachers go the extra mile to help and assist our children. Volunteering has given me a new outlook on what can be accomplished with hard work and decdication to the betterment of our children.
I was referred to this school by a friend. This is my childs second and last year. I was intitially very impressed with the school. Is SEEMED to be a well oiled machine, boy was I WRONG!! I don't know where to start. The Principal has to be the most unprofessional, rude, disrespectful administrator I have ever encountered. The teachers seem to be overwhelmed ( A lot of other teachers have left from last year). The class sizes are quite large. The estetic of the new school is excellent, but that's where it ends; a nice building with little warmth, organization and emotionally seasoned administrators and staff.
Disappointing in most areas. Disorganized, staff turnover is too high, not enough resources for kids and teachers, morale seems low, neither principal nor regional director are interested in addressing concerns of parents. Poor test scores overall. This school sounds great but actions speak louder than words and the action here is not good.
I brought my children to this school because they promised small classrooms and increased focus on education. 3rd grade has 20 students and 6th has 32. My children have d averages. They are a/b students. The staff is not really friendly. Nurse is rarely avaiable and when she is there, is pretty useless. Do not bother putting your children in this school, Nothing the principal promises will happen.
The fabulous faculty and staff now have a fabulous new home! We love IIAS!!
Imagine Is the worst school my child has ever attended. The problem with the school is no unity. The Principle is very unprofessional,cold and totally disrespectful to parents and staff. The staff is constantly changing. That says alot about how unstable the environment is. I know numerous staff that have left only because of the principal. Please rethink sending your child to this school it is a big mistake!
My son has been at IIAS since it first opened, and in spite of the 'Principal' the first year, he has had great, dedicated teachers. The teachers encouraged parent involvement and really kept me informed! I can't say enough good things about Mrs. Sample, and Mrs. Yanten, and they welcomed my classroom help. If your child isn't succeeding at IIAS I would strongly encourage you the parents to become as involved in the classroom as possible! Another Mom and I helped out 4 days per week last year in the 4th grade classroom, and we saw our kids Math scores go way up! Keep up the great work Mrs. Clarke and all the teachers! We love the school!
I keep waiting for this school to turn the corner but it just isn't happening. On paper it is fantastic. Mrs. Clarke is trying but things just won't come together in all areas. I believe the biggest problem here is that Imagine Schools is too worried about their dollars and bottom line and not worried enough about doing things right by our kids. If they would only be willing to put the money in to getting everything up to where it should be based on their promises and take a loss for 2-3 years then I think we would be off and running. They won't do that though. Its all about cut cut cut but the money going to them never gets cut cut cut. Just the educational stuff. The priorities are not in the right places.
Well, this school has a long way to go. Although they have good concepts in theory, it just (I don't even know how to say it) needs improvement. I have heard the elementary school does wonderful, I don't know...I have only dealt with the middle school. Teachers constantly turning over. There is a reason. A majority of the teachers are unprofessional in speech and actions. I just don't think they could get away with what they do in the public school system. The way they talk to the children. There are no supplies, they ask you to donate everything, it's just not together. As far as a new building, I think they need to try and repair themselves from the inside out beginning with the faculty. Ms. Clarke is probably trying but I think she could use an assistant principal. Middle school needs its own administrator.
I am a parent that supported the school concept, moved my child to attend from the beginning and have been extremely active on several boards and in-classrooms. Over the last several months, I have grown more and more displeased with the school. Communication has always been concern #1 - lack of communication. Mrs. Clarke is a caring, active, thoughtful Principal, but she is one person. She severely needs a second in command aka Vice Principal to assist the growth of the school. She cannot do everything. The curriculum is good, but there are not enough qualified teachers to assist with the implementation. The new building should never have been secured and is not proper for students. The proposed gym was not included in blueprints shown earlier this year and parent s were told that the park behind would be utilized. Unacceptable. Bad weather, asthmatic childrens and public access are 3 reasons.
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