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PK-8
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Houston, TX
Students enrolled: 388

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12401 South Post Oak Road
Houston, TX 77045

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(713) 723-0616
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February 18, 2014
The main problem of concern with the school is lack of professionalism displayed by the teachers. Some teachers especially at higher levels do not display the commitment to education and students as one would expect from a private and religious institution. I have experienced negative comments towards students and even some that rise to the level of being a determinant to the child s social and academic development. If you have an average student are not the type of parent to consistently advocate for your child on a regular basis then your child will get lost here. I would not recommend this school beyond 3rd grade. The foundation is excellent and it seems that the teachers at this level value their influence of the child s development. If the school can find a way to recruit and train better teachers especially then they can fair much better in the future.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2013
As the aunt of several students which have attended the Imani School, I've been impressed with the imagination and creativity of the programs and the excellence instilled in the students. The programs are well executed, and the children are excited to share their learnings with me when I come to visit. It's exciting to see them thrilled with learning-- that's an invaluable gift that will hold them all their lifetime.

- submitted by a community member
June 26, 2013
The Imani School provided a solid foundation for my daughter and while she was there I was thoroughly impressed. However, the reason we decided to pull our daughter out at the start of her 1st grade year, and after tuition had been paid in full without a refund, was pure and simple greed and unprofessionalism portrayed by the administration. The FACT is that when you sign your child up for the next session and choose a teacher, they (administration) are aware of how many families have already signed on to a particular teacher and know your chances of actually getting your chosen teacher. However, instead of informing parents, before paying for the next session, they choose to leave families thinking they may have a chance in getting their child into a particular teacher's class. This would be no big deal if ALL the teachers taught the EXACT same subject matter and at the same level. This is real and also unfortunate. For that reason, we pulled our child out of the school. However, the foundational learning that she did receive were great. If you do choose to send your children, do so through Kindergarten...only!

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2013
Imani was once a great school and now it has seemed to lost its way. There is a lack of professionalism missing with the administration and teachers who are unable to distinguish clear boundaries with students and parents. Some of the behavior displayed by the staff would have an average employee reprimanded. Teachers are blatant with their cell phone conversations, internet usage, and texting during instructional hours. They are also inconsistent with their email responses addressing parental concerns. While tuition is affordable, you will find yourself overwhelmed by unplanned fees and expenses. The school has potential for greatness again if it can manage to find its way again. I believe the academics are a great foundation but more needs to be done in science and foreign language. The Spanish program is virtually non-existent as well as physical education. On a good day, the school can be deemed organized chaos. Also, you have some really excellent teachers in the building who are committed to the students which is why I believe the school can ultimately reclaim its original reputation. It is a few of the heavier burdens that are causing the bough to break.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2013
This school is excellent. Its students, at all grade levels, routinely excel in city, state, and national academic competitions such as BETA and ACSI. Its graduates excel when they move on to public and private schools such as Strake Jesuit, St. John and Episcopal high schools A short unannounced visit to its campus will allow one to see the effect of its training in social graces and its efforts directed towards the enhancement of self esteem in the students.

- submitted by a community member
November 24, 2012
We LOVE this school! We have been there for four years now. Every on of my children's teachers have been outstanding. Our children have been challenged academically and are truly thriving. The reading and math programs are top notch.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2012
My experience with The Imani School has been a great one. My children continue to be challenged without feeling overwhelmed. Their confidence is increadable. They are taught that there is nothing they can not acheive. Everyday my children show me what I am paying for. Whether it's through obseving their social interactions, above average test scores, or their desire to learn. Great job Imani!

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2012
My children have attended The Imani School for seven years and our experience has been very positive. Each of my children have gained a solid academic foundation and have had an opportunity to be exposed to to cultural and enriching activities through fine arts. The Head of School, who knows ALL of the children, encourages students to always strive to be their personal best and insists that teachers do the same.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2012
I agree with the last reviewer. I have had two children graduate from The Imani School. Both were accepted to every one of the private college preparatory high schools to which they applied, and we have found that they were very well prepared for the rigors of these academic programs.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2012
Have visited many schools all across the USA and rarely do you see an institution as dedicated and exceptional as the Imani School. Most encouraging is their track record of placing Imani School graduates in Houston's most highly selective and competitive high schools. And the fact that their students test incredibly well AND perform well above grade level, particularly in reading and math, is notable

- submitted by a community member
December 07, 2011
is an alright school. Not like it used to be but its alright. No one is perfect.

- submitted by a community member
December 01, 2011
I agree with the last comments. Not only are some teachers and students attitude and statements condescending and disrespectful to other students but they also demonstrate this same character to certain other teachers, who they have decided do not fit into their cycle. For example, open sarcastic statements are made to the students concerning the Jazz Ensemble Director; a response made in class by the teacher to a negative note written by one of her students concerning her was your Mama . Such statements are totally not acceptable for an educator to make to his/her class. The statement is not Godly, not professional, and is definitely not appropriate. Some (not all) teachers and administrators do not respond to parents email inquire. The teachers and administrators do not seem to have a passion and love for children but rather for themselves.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2011
The Imani school has proven to be heaven sent for me and my children. I am a single mother of two a very sweet sensitive young lady and a very head strong young man. The Imani School has helped to increase their self esteem while helping them excell academically in the classroom. Tuition is very reasonable compared to other private schools in the area, however it does not cover everything, i.e fieldtrips, lunch or extended day. The teachers have the kids best interest at heart and administartion even makes a point to try to know all children and parents by name thus creating a very family friendly enviroment.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2011
This is an excellent school to send your young children who are gifted and/or working grade levels ahead. I have sought out alternatives for my child, and they do not exist. Most private schools do not differentiate the classrooms to the extent Imani does nor do they routinely teach two grade levels ahead. Public schools most certainly do not do this. A child entering Kindergarten, for example, who is comfortable with reading comp and basic subtraction would still, in public schools, be subjected to the basic beginning Kindergarten curriculum (phonemic awareness; counting/patterns). Even GT programs provide insufficient enrichment. In other words, your child would make zero academic progress unless you elected to allow your child to test for credit, in which case he or she would be placed with significantly older children. This school is imperfect, but it is by far the best option I know of for parents who worked with their children at home during early childhood and wish to see them actually build upon that progress during their early school years. I cannot attest to the quality of the upper school, but its graduates routinely go on to competitive local high schools.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2011
My fourth grader has been at the Imani School since he was in PreK 3. He has excelled in all areas. We are very pleased with his Stanford 10 test scores where he has tested above grade level in all areas and even PHS (post High School) in some areas. I attribute this success to the aggressive curriculum and high standards set for the children. He also excels in extra-curricular activities such as chess and speech. Beyond the academics, my son's self esteem is very high. He truly believes the sky is the limit. This too, I believe is attributable to the teachings at school. Imani is like a family to us and within all families there will be ups and downs. For us, the ups have far outweighed the downs.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2011
Let s just say this; the school has gone down If the school was closed in about 2 or 3 years I would not be surprised. The school has been operating in the red for the pass year.

- submitted by a community member
September 15, 2011
I am a parent of two and I have been very satisfied with the Imani School. I have had very pleasant experiences at the school, while Imani is by no means perfect is was a perfect fit for my children. I had one child to attend starting in Pre-K 3 and the other in 2nd grade. One is still thriving in the new revamped middle school which is AWESOME!! and the other is now a well adjusted, overly prepared high school junior taking ALL AP classes. Kudos to the Imani School for a job well done!

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2011
Horrible school and they play favortism.Teachers up to middle school are unprofessional , gossipy and messy. They say anything around the kids. This school can change your child's character and self-esteem. Activities are given to the favored kids. School absolutely ghetto especially teacher McNeil.

- submitted by a community member
July 26, 2011
I can tell you The Imani School is goodup to a VERY certain point. Pre-K3-4 lays a good foundation, and have great teachers. 1st-3rd grade can be good, IF you get into a class that has a good teacher, and most won't due to favoritism in the office. If you love your child, after 4th grade, you will head to another school. I went through with 5th and that was the worst mistake our family has ever made. Some say the academics are OH SO GREAT, when really its horrid. The school wouldn't switch classes if the teacher wasn't there, instead of getting a substitute. Teachers had favorites, and held kids after class, when they were supposed to be in ancillaries meaning they miss class. Many teachers left the children alone in the classroom & said report anyone who talks. That's havoc. Untill 6th grade there is no place for your child to leave their items such as their books, so they will be forced to haul LUGGAGE around to hold it all. We thought our child had asthma & after we left the school, they stopped coughing. The aftercare program is horrible. They hire people around the age of 20 to look after 25+ kids @ one time. The school itself is overpriced & they pressure you to stay. Don't.

- submitted by a community member
June 21, 2011
If you want your child to be well educated above and beyond FBISD & HISD, you will not regret sending your child to the Imani School. The Head of the school is the MOST AMAZING Lady you ever want to meet and she LOVES the students. FBISD discriminates against minority students, so if you do not want your child's future to be at risk because of the continued hatred that goes on in the FBISD schools, send them to the Imani School and your child will be well educated and Happy!!! I will not tell you that the Imani School is cheap because it is not. If you can afford the expenses Do Not hesitate to send your child to the Imani School.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2011
I have 2 children that go to the Imani school and will have a 3rd one there soon. Best school period!!!! I rate the teachers 5 stars because they stay on the students to ensure they excel. I give the principal 5 stars because of her vision and execution. I am a parent and the parent involvment is outstanding 5 stars!

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2010
(Part 3 of 3) Another area of concern is that even with the costly tuition, they still price-gauge anytime they can. For example, recently the students took a field trip and stated that admission would cost $21 per student; however, when I went to the website to get more information the actual cost was $9 per student. (AND Imani did not even provide lunch for them). Last year, Parents were charged $40 for the costumes for the end of the year production; however, when we received the costumes, it was apparent that they were no more than $15. And if you question the cost of different things, you are subjected to obvious contempt from the staff. In closing, let me say that Imani constantly emphasizes their academic prowess in an effort to hide the fact that they FAIL in every other area. Don t be fooled by their dramatic & enticing presentation when they are trying to recruit you! It is all a farce! The school staff is EXTREMELY unprofessional and the school is very unorganized. If you care about your child at all ---PLEASE send him/her to another school. Believe me, you will regret it if you don t. (Part 3 of 3)

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2010
Our daughter attends The Imani School. We are thankful for the highly challenging academic programs, smaller class size and hard-working teachers and staff. Our daughter has impressed family and friends with what she's learned. Even the pediatrician mentioned she speaks confidently and politely to adults. I must give credit to Imani teachers because she was a little shy when we first started. There have been a few problems here and there but nothing that did not get resolved in the best interest of our child. As parents, it is only natural to want the very best to see your child make strides academically, emotionally and socially. Our daughter surprised us with many medals, and first place winnings in speech, spelling bees, math olympics and art competitions. This has been a real confidence and self-esteem booster. We look forward to another great school year next year.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2010
My son is now in high school and I wish that he could finish high school at Imani.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2010
I would certainly agree about the precautions on safety. We visited the school on several occassion and watch small children monitoring the front door of who came in. The school also lacks up keep although rich in culture. It was refreshing to see all of the peer modeling. We also attending a school function very disorganised and costly. The children ran wild with little support on appropriate social behavior at dance. It appears that what it what it lacks in infustructor in my make up in culture experience. A place to feel comfortable, with educators that resemble themselves can be a great experience. The Imani school is wonderful in concept. However, more support is needed.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2010
The Imani School is strong academically on the elementary side, but the middle school needs some improvement. Some of the teachers are not caring and does not have the warm and caring attitude that promotes learning. Learning suppose to be fun and nuturing. I agree that every school will have it problems, but when problems occur it should be corrected immediately! This is an area where the Imani School falls short. This happens with no correction and for the most part it continues.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 19, 2009
This was my first year at Imani and I was not pleased at all. The teachers will push the students but at the risk of not allowing them recess and not giving them breaks. The front office has their ups and downs. They school is not organized at all. I would not suggest sending your kid to Imani.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2009
I have to agree with the Dec. 2008 post. Our 1st year was awesome. The teacher was very good. The 2nd year was shockingly bad. It was like 2 different schools. The curriculum is very good, however, the kids may not get recess if the teacher doesn't like outdoors. The administration is not very proactive when it comes to parent satisfaction and oversite of teachers. This school is no longer living up to its reputation. After this year I must say that I have a new respect for public school. I cannot recommend it and cannot say its worth the money. We will not be returning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2009
This is a school that is good they have some ups and downs, but overall your child will excell. I would recommend it and i won't so take it ike you want to.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2009
This is a great school. Students have a real for success and the parents are involved with school activities.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 03, 2008
This school is hit or miss. If you luck up and your child is in a teachers class who is caring, concerned, and interested regarding the well being of your child, GREAT! If not, you are in for the ride of your life. This is our 3rd year at Iman, the 1st was great, 2nd year - terrible, 3rd year - I am so fed up I will be withdrawing my daughter this week. Customer service has gone own the drain and I feel as if my concerns are falling on def ears. I have been to the office on several occasions. The fixes are temporary. I am reall disappointed and at my boiling point. Good luck to all who dare to enter. The environment is awesome, but a complete package is not an adjective I would use to describe this school. Something is always lacking. A costly one!

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 20, 2008
5 stars. Good communication . Feels like a family setting

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January 13, 2008
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no rating December 25, 2007
I believe the school has an academic program that will propell your child to the top. There is simply no doubt about it, but bullying activity is unbearable and the administration does not have an effective plan to counteract it.

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October 08, 2007
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August 25, 2007
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June 26, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2007
Initially, due to communication problems with my son's teacher, I was not impressed. However, as the school year has progressed, I find that he has learned so much and now enjoys learning. If you could get past the administration issues, you child could be destined for a decent education from this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2007
The Imani School is a wonderful school.It has excellent extracurricular activities. I do think more parents could participate more events,also the Imani School is not for everyone I have learned that for the three years I have been at the Imani School.

- submitted by a student
December 22, 2006
My child went to the Imani School as a 4 year old for only about two months. He felt there was too much work (8-10 pages each night for a pre-K class). Our experience was pretty bad. The administration and the teachers do not communicate well with parents or each other. I think they do not practice what they preach there (i.e. they do not encourage children to reach their full potential).

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2006
The Imani School is exceptional! I am so pleased with the education my child has received over the past three years. The majority of students excel both socially and academically. Homework is given daily... Parental involvement is strongly encouraged...Issues/concerns are resolved in a timely manner. I would recommend the school to anyone who wants a challenging, nurturing, Christian environment for their child. My child is above grade level in every subject. The school's Jazz Enzemble is phenomenal. Fine Arts are offered to all students. Sign language, guitar lessons, chess, art, dance, robotics and karate are just a few of the after school activities available for a reasonable fee.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
I feel that The Imani School is a great place for a good foundation for any child . My student is currently attending the school and I am very happy with his progress. The school is wonderful place and it's a place where you as a parent will be taught something new as well as the students!

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2006
The Imani School was an excellent experience for me and bothof my children. The environment is unlike any other. I would strongly suggest taking a look at Imani if you want private education for your children.

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July 29, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2006
Imani is a great school with good integrity. This school is high in academic performance. My son went to this school for two years and learned more than most kids in his grade. He was ahead of the class in many ways. I was pleased.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2006
Good Pre-K program, but I was not impressed with the older school.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2006
This school has provided my children with the Christian foundation they will need throughout life. Academically it is one of the best from PreK through 4th grade

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2006
My child has attended the Imani School for the first time this year. I can say in the beginning things started out great. The school's curriculum is great! I have yet to have a bad experience. The school has a lot of activities but are not all free some of them are very costly. I have never known a school that has an end of year school fund raiser. I think that certain classes and students are picked over and it is not fair to our children. All of our children are special in every way. It should not be about who's grandchild or niece, nephew or who gives the largest contribution that is not glorifying God. I think the school needs more experienced administrators. The school website needs reformation. The school needs PTA meetings and more safety precautions.

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May 09, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2006
This is a great school for the lower level grades. The curriculum is very advanced and fast paced.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2006
This school is amazing! The teachers are attentive and the children are well mannered. Even the pre-schoolers get homework on a daily basis. They learn about God and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This school is truly phenominal. It's no wonder that they win the NASA Science Competition every year!

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April 18, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2006
They have a terrific balance of creativity and a structured academic environment. They also encourage parent involvement

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2006
Great Christian school (especially for grades pre-Kindergarten through about 4th grade). Outstanding parent involvement. Some music, foreign language, & sports offered but there's room for improvement and growth in this area. Clean facilities but could use an indoor gym. Staff show great love and care for the students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 22, 2005
Great school. Provided my daughter with a strong christian foundation. The teachers in PreK 3 are very nuturing.

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October 20, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2005
I had a very bad experience with discipline at this school. The staff and principal did not accept resonsibility.

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July 28, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2005
My child went to the Imani School for about two years. This school is very advanced and the school's main focus is on academics (reading and writing). This can be great for some but not great for every child. My experience with the school's program revealed that some of their academic efforts were not age/developmental appropriate for the child and rather stressful to my child inparticular. There was not outlet for physical activity or plain 'old fashion fun'.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2005
I am very happy about the education my child is receiving at the Imani school. The teachers are excellent and realy enjoy there job. My 5 year old can read and add & subtract and my 3yr old has homework almost every other day. The school is a growing environment with many activities but not all activities are free. I beleive a solid foundation is very important and thats what my children are expose to at the imani school.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2005
I think this school is outstanding. My child is confident and learning. His teachers are wonderful and the administration is great. I would easily reccommend this school.

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October 05, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2004
Imani School is an excellent academic,athletic as well as talented school. This past year they in several local, state and even National competition and won or placed in all of them. Subjects included Science Fair, Speech, BETA Club, Girls Basketball and typing. The middle school even designed their own web pages. The school's website is listed on www.imanischool.org. This is an excellent nurturing environment for Christian children.

- submitted by a teacher
March 24, 2004
Excellent school for learning. The children are at least one grade level ahead. The teachers are very loving and nurturing for the total child. The children are taught christian values. There are plenty of extra curricular activities for the children music, dance, drama, basketball and more. Each year the entire school participates in a school wide play production (awesome). Homework is plenty so parents must be involved. There is room for improvement in administration.

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The Imani School
12401 South Post Oak Road, Houston, TX  77045
(713) 723-0616
Last modified The Imani School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
The Imani School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 65 reviews. Top