Overcrowded classrooms, buses and cafeterias are not a part of the criteria that great schools use in determining a school ranking. Also, if you watch some of the resources that great schools provide, a lower ranked school may be a better fit for your child. If a bus is overcrowded, take your child to school, as you would have to do at most charter schools. They offer very few buses at satellite locations....what do you expect? I would agree that the building is not currently set up to expand, but I'm sure once they get the other building complete, everything will fall in place. My child used to attend a township school and 34 kid in a class is a lot more than 22, which he currently has. If a child is performing well academically and socially, then great schools ranking shouldn't be given too much weight.
I usually don't post on these but I felt compelled to inform smart parents that do their research on the reality of this school. Interesting that some parent's comments say this is a great school when they rank 3 out of 10 on the Great Schools list! The administration at this school is terrible, to say the least. As a concerned parent, when I addressed the school's administration they didn't even bother to respond.....this is a problem!!! This school probably had good intentions and they have "some" good teachers, but they are not equipped to handle the growing needs of a charter school. Overcrowded classrooms, cafeteria, and buses. And yes, I too have filed complaints about the buses, but did not get a response. So I will be taking it up a level. They need a complete overhaul. Parents - do yourselves and your kids a favor and do your research. Please don't make the same mistake we did. We are actively looking for a new school for our children.
This school has embraced my grandchildren with a sincere focus on the quality of their education. It is providing them the tools and resources needed to be a successful achiever. I am very impressed with how they are teaching children about self respect, discipline and being the best they can be. This was the best decision I could have made regarding their education. They have a color code system that keeps the child apprised of their behavior and expectations in the classroom. My kids love this school.
This is truly one of the best schools that I have ever dealt with. My three children THRIVE here. My children have attended this school since it opened and we have been extremely impressed with both the teachers and administration. I read the other reviews that say derogatory things about discipline and the like. All I can say is that your kids must be troublemakers and are probably getting the discipline that they do not receive at home. My children are extremely well behaved and have never had issue with any discipline, either towards them or towards others. This is a school setting where your child can thrive if they (and you, the PARENT) have the right attitude. The teachers are amazing and always helpful. I have reached out to teachers and staff many times and always receive timely assistance. Not to mention, how many other schools have music programs downtown at the Athenaeum? None that I know of. There is also amazing access to technology and every classroom that I have seen has a smartboard. Give it a shot, parents. You might just need to expect a little bit out of yourself and your children but the benefits are great!
As a student, IMSA has been an eye-opening experience for me. I have been attending IMSA-North for the four years since it has been opened and it has really blossomed to my needs and other s needs. Currently, we are studying in a state of the art science room which has been awesome to experience. I have also been in their high ability program, where we learn Pre-Algebra math instead of 7th grade math and for reading, we read 8th or high school level novels. I have had many opportunities at this school including, IMP (Ivy League Mentorship Program), STEM program, Math Con, Math Olympiad, CONSEF, Math League, Science Fair, and Spelling Bee, which I have gotten 3rd place or better in. We as a school do many, many things to help both the students and the teachers including, out of town field trips to Columbus, Chicago, Cincinnati, and Cleveland, we go roller skating, take university trips, and most important, US STUDENTS GET TO STUDY ABROAD IN TURKEY!!!! (Beat that other schools!) In conclusion, this has been the BEST school I have ever been there because the staff treats you as a part of their family.
Indiana Math & Science Academy North is a great school. My son attends this school and is thriving as a student. The Teachers care about the progress of each of their students. My son now enjoys going to school because he knows the teachers will help him if he needs it. I am impressed with the Teachers and Support Staff. The students re held accountable for their actions. Bullying is not allowed. It is refreshing to learn that instead of making excuses for allowing bullying the school staff deals with the problem accordingly. A lot of schools in Indiana should do more to make sure the students feel protected when they walk through the doors. Indiana Math & Science Academy North, a place where learning is upheld. I know my child will be prepared for his future after graduating. Mrs. Taylor
Not impressed. When we moved our three children to this school we were told about smaller class sizes. Which is what the sign on the front of the building advertises. However one of my children has 28 kids and another has so many that they don't have chairs or desk for the kids because the rooms are so small. They don't have enough books for the children and some of the books I've seen are in horrible shape with many nasty things wrote in them. My daughter told me that there were four kids to a seat on her bus ride home. This is unacceptable and I am currently looking into other options for all three kids. I had such high hopes for this school year.
IMSA North is a good school. My son had the opportunity to study abroad (Turkey) this pass summer(May-June 2013). He has travelled abroad before with our family, but never "alone" (without the family). The students who took part in this study trip represented Concept Schools from different states as well as different grade levels. This was a great experience and opportunity for him as well as all the young people in attendance. He learned a lot and had a good time too. This experience helped him grow socially and academically. It also helped him to experience another culture, form friendships and establish connections with his peers from all around the world. I'm glad he was given the opportunity, and I'm glad that I (we) were open minded to allow him to go. Again, thanks IMSA North for all that you do.
The school recently hosted Back to School night. While there were a large number of people present everything ran very smoothly. I am excited to be part of IMSA North for the 2013-2014 school year.
This is a TERRIBLE school!!! They have NO technology and very limited space. The gymnasium is as big as my bathroom!! This school is more focused on discipline than education which makes it difficult for students who DON'T have disciplinary problems to get a quality education. The dean of students is VERY condescending and talks down to parents. He also makes derogatory comments ABOUT parents to the students. The curriculum is not as exemplary as they would have you believe, and the staff is less than stellar! They are very rude to both parents AND students and are not at all helpful. There needs to be more effort put into education WELL BEHAVED students and less time focusing on the bad apples.
I pulled my daughter out of her IPS school when she came home and told me that the teacher had left the class unattended for 20 minutes. She would also come home and day after day tell me about how the class was so disruptive and how the teacher did nothing. After her first day at IMSA she came home and told me that she never wanted to go to an IPS school again. She said her classes were quiet, small and the teachers never had to yell at people. This last year she cried when her science teacher left, something that never happened when she attended IPS. I am quite happy with their after school tutoring program as well. Free help to the kids from their own teachers. IMSA is a fantastic school!
I have my two children at this school and they absolutely love it. The teachers are definitely going the extra mile to help students better and my kids have achieved a tremendous growth since school started especially in Math and Language arts. I love the high ability classes and Ivy League program. Yes it is a strict school and I have no complaints about that. I am sending my kids to get an education not to be day cared.
Paretnts beware...Do not waste your time. EVERYTHING THAT GILTTERS IS NOT GOLD...Many parents are removing their kids from this school.
My child has attending IMSA North for three years and I have been very satisfied with the teachers, academics and the administration. My child has been able to grow above grade level in both Language Arts and Math and continues to grow in character and confidence thanks to the hard work and dedication of the facality and staff at IMSA North.
This is an excellent school. We have had our children attending since day one. Every year gets better and better. The children are engaged in high level learning and are challenged every step of the way. The dedication of the step is far above anything we have expereinced before.
This school is horrible!!!! The teacher scream at the kids all day long. ALL they teach is how to past a istep test. If your child knows how to behave, if they do one thing wrong, they will be disciplined. BUT, if you child has behavioral issues and they misbehave they will get rewarded. They have you sign a contract, THAT THEY DO NOT FOLLOW. The school was a total disappointment. Some of the reviews for the West school really are for this school. Would not recommend at all!!!!
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