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.
We are thrilled to have our kids at IIAS! We look forward to another great school year in our brand new location!
In its 2nd year of operation, the school is doing very well under the circumstances of getting the school built, hiring qualified teachers, etc. Having sent our daughter here after initially sending her to private school, i must say we are pleased with the quality and challenge of the curriculum presented. Once the dust settles and the young teachers become more experienced at teaching in this environment, I expect the school to move to the top as one of the premier schools in cobb county and in the state.
I wrote a very positive review of the school last year. I tried to be understanding of a new school having bumps along the way. I felt as long as there was respect between administration and parents the school could go far. I have since realized the current administration is not interested in retaining involved parents who actually have thoughts and comments about the environment and how their children are taught. Last year we had a fabulous teacher and were shielded from a lot of the schools downfalls. Now it is becoming more evident that discipline/respectful behavior are not priorities in this school. A lot of the children still do not wear the required uniform and parents who ask about it are told that there just isn't enough manpower to deal with it. Now we are going into middle school and after 2 years it is time to try another school.
Overall, the elementary kids are great, the middle school is awful. The students in middle school never wear the proper uniform, and the behavier is very bad for middle school. I don't like at all. Plus the teachers can be very rude.
Excellent teachers. Focused administration. Goal oriented students. Resourceful and involved parents. IIAS is going to be one of the top schools the Atlanta area. We are proud to be one of it's 'pioneer' families!
After a rocky first year, this school is really coming into shape this year. Principal Clarke is perfectly suited for this school and has had a tremendously positive impact, including the application of the simple school rules that all students and parents must follow. The teachers our son has had have been well qualified and unbelievably dedicated, and our son has progressed continually beyond our expectations. The IB program brings a style of teaching and learning that may not fit all students or families, but it has proven to be of great value for our son and our family. Every day our son wakes up happy and ready to go to school, and has been performing exceptionally well. We don't consider it a coincidence that it happened at this school.
This is my second year in Imagine. This school is kind of alright to me. All they are missing are textbooks and a building. This school has faced a lot of problems ,but they faced them all. We had good and bad times here, mostly good!! But it was kind of awkeward because I moved here in the begining of February and I didn't get to meet the principal there. Although I didn't meet the previous prinicpal, I'm glad that I met Mrs, Clarke!!
Although the 1st year had plenty of bumps, this school is a welcome and needed addition to the Smyrna community. It's no secret the local schools in Smyrna (except for a couple) aren't up to the standards of the rest Cobb County, and this school is a great alternative for Smyrna families. It's not for everyone, and if you aren't willing to be involved, and spend lots of time on school projects, it's best your children stay in the local Smyrna schools. The Principal, Ms. Clarke, is wonderful!
IIAS has had a challenging first year of operation. With two children at this Charter school, it has been a very positive experience for our children. Our children were blessed with two incredibly talented and wonderful teachers. The progress they've made over the year and the type of work they've done consistently amazes us. They are challenged every day and we look forward to an exciting year next year. Kudos to the new principal Ms Clarke for addressing many of the communication issues that were concerning to so many parents at the beginning of the year.
I have tremendous respect for the parents who put their children in this program and respect for the stated goals of the school. The concept is terrific and the alternative to regular public schools is nice. The reality of the school that we experienced before pulling our child out was an abomination. I've never seen an organization with more poor communications. Dishonest staff. Incompetent staff. Nepotism. Safety hazards. Unacceptable lack of student movement during the day. Has the permanent building site been identified? If not, the fact that it was required by charter to be identified nearly 2 years ago gives you an indication of the lack of concern imagine has for families. 3 principals in less than 1 year. 1st principal left after 2 weeks? What's up with that?
My oldest child is in kindergarten and has had a wonderful year. I can not get over how much he has learned and grown in Ms. Anderson's class. Ms. Clark, the principal, has brought some much-needed stability and focus since her arrival in March. I believe we have learned a lot and have made great progress towards many of the issues that adversely affected the school and faculty those first few months. I am excited to be a part of that progression and positive momentum next year, and then the following year when my second child joins IIAS!
We were very patient with IIAS for most of it's first year in operation. My son was miserable. The students were doing dull paperwork in tiny trailors most of the day. The class was chaotic. Communication w/ teacher was lacking, no clear instructions to homework or projects which meant another email sent to the teacher for clarification. By way of the school website the PTO would announce to be looking for information or items that would come home with the students. The promised info/items were never there and yet more emails to the teacher. The ball was dropped on our child being tested for gifted. The teacher was constantly pointing out what our child lacked, not highlighting the fact he was the reading two grade levels higher. 3 hrs of homework most every night even on weekends/holidays. Glad we pulled him out of there!
IIAS has come a long way since the beginning of the year. I have 2 children at this school and I'm glad I made the decision to send my children here and to hang in there during its first year. Since Pricipal Clarke took over in March the school has made incredible improvements. My kids really like this school and they have great teachers. Ms. Wynn, kindegarten teacher, is awesome and the afterschool programs have been great! We look forward to next year.
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