Awesome school my son just loves going to school,except for the fact that it begins too early for kindergarteners,it really hard to little kids to wake up that early in the morning,other than that no issues with school teachers or organization.Excellent curriculum,challenging but definitely doable.
I was nervous about leaving MISD, but I've really been impressed!! My kids are being much more challenged here and thriving!!!! I'm so thankful!!!
We really gave it a chance ! I think the teachers are great for the most part but unfortunately they don't seem to stay. In my opinion the inexperienced school leadership is the problem To make matters worst there will be an even less experienced principal for upper grades this coming year. There isn't a lot of parent involvement and I agree with what the other parent said. There is a few not so friendly people in charge. We want the IB and my 6 grader and eight grader had great teacher this past year so because of that we will stay one more year and hope the school board wakes up and gets experienced people in the administration positions.
I have four kids that go to Imagine and have been there since it opened. As with any school, Imagine has it's pros and cons. Pros: It's a completely different way of teaching children. People say it's more academically challenging, but my kids do great. Imagine emphasizes collaborative group projects and encourages kids to think through problems. There's a real since of community since there are only 100 kids per grade and all grades are represented. Parents are heavily involved so you get to know them too. There aren't as many social distractions that I found at my kid's last school. For the most part, my kid's teachers have been absolutely AMAZING!!! I also love the strict uniforms. Cons: When it first opened, it was a chaotic mess! Of course, anytime you open a business and have over a 1,000 customers, you're going to have some growing pains. There are a lot of students and teachers leaving the school and new ones coming in, and that's distracting. The classrooms are small and the kids eat in their classrooms which makes them messy, but my kids couldn't care less. Overall, we adore Imagine. It works really well for our family and my kids are very happy there.
I am a seventh grade student at IIANT. I love this school. I got bullied a lot at my old public school. Since IIANT only has a hundred students per grade everyone knows each other, it's kind of like a family. I have yet to be bullied at IIANT and I have been attendending this school for 2 years now. Academic wise, this school is great. I have learned how to work with others and I have learned a lot about other countries. We really do have a great selection of teachers because the pay is low so the teachers who work at IIANT have to be passionate. I love my school and I am looking forward to going until I graduate.
Imagine has told parents the city of McKinney requires staggered start times 45 mins apart (not true! Look at McKinney Christian Academy and city ordinance). They have also implemented early release every Wednesday for 2014-2015. Only students with parents who can afford daycare or can accommodate having every half Wednesday off will be able to attend. This is an obvious tactic to weed out economically disadvantaged students. It is well documented that economically disadvantaged students require more attention and get lower grades. This is not a school that supports equal education. They also do not meet Texas State requirements for having 180 instructional days for next year. Waivers can be requested, however, they only account for a few days and all those half days were NOT properly accounted for. State law requires 7 hours of instructional time for the day to qualify as instructional. Ipso facto, students will have less instructional time, as required by law, and parents will need to rearrange their lives if they have full time jobs. I am an experience educator and am truly in awe of what they've done.
My two children have had an entirely different experience at Imagine. I'm fact we are headed to year three next year. All the teachers I know are experienced teachers in fact no first year teachers this year that I have heard of! Maybe I missed one. Academically I do see it as challenging but not overwhelming my 4th and 5th grader - both are in outside sports amd do not have homework every night. A lot of work is done in the classroom which is awesome! This school has come along way in two years and I pray it works for us through HS so they can graduate with a year of college credits under their belt and the class size is 100. We did like MISD buy class size scared is and we were worried about all the rezoning! Anyways we love the parents and teachers and the school administration is awesome. They has an arts programs and sports and though we will still do external activities I am again so impressed with what they've accomplished in two years!
I'll echo a previous review- a disappointment. Transferring my child to public school has been the absolute right decision. The work he's given there vs. Imagine- no comparison. He's challenged, thriving & his teacher truly KNOWS him. We'd heard horror stories about poor organization & lack of communication, but ultimately what led to our decision was inexperienced teachers & a lack of resources for students. I was appalled while volunteering (in my child's classroom & other areas) at the lack of experience amongst the staff -- so many first year teachers! Some of these poor teachers are drowning in their own inexperience, and the students suffer the consequences. Lack of campus/classroom resources is also a major issue. Without district funding or substantial parental (monetary) support, they just cannot offer the same resources/materials/experiences as a district-funded school. There are a handful of very involved (although not terribly friendly) parents that give of their time,but there's no real sense of community, in my opinion. Lots of lofty goals and promises that may someday materialize, but too many kinks to work out in the meantime for us to stay.
A great disappointment. Lots of great promises, but in reality the public schools are much better. There is a lot of disorganization and improvisation here. The leadership is neither qualified nor experienced to run a school of this size. The infrastructure lacks amenities, and compared to the public schools this school does not offer enough support and opportunities to the students.
not that great of a school, poor curriculum, and unstructured. I don't think they know what they are doing, teachers are inexperienced...I would rather have my child at the regular public school than attend this school
Imagine is an awesome school and I am so excited to have both of my kiddos attending!!!
My experience with Imagine was as a parent of a PYP (elementary) student. What we found was very inexperienced teachers, a poorly thought through and executed curriculum, and chaotic classrooms. Our child attended Imagine the first year it opened and about 2 months of the current school year. At that point we made the decision to pull our child out of Imagine and into our local public school. We are so glad we did! There are many students and families who love Imagine, but we see our child thriving socially and academically at the current school. The other day I was helping my child with homework (which would not be given at this grade level at Imagine). Out of frustration my child said "I wish I could go back to Imagine!" Later I asked "Did you really mean that?" My child replied "No I just didn't want to do homework." I asked "Which school do you like better?" The reply was the current school. I asked "Where do you think you are/were learning more?" Again, the current school. If you are considering Imagine, be clear about what you want and ask a lot of questions. We feel our local public school is more academically challenging and has much more to offer our child.
My child has attended Imagine since it opened; Imagine's implementation of the IB program is a great fit for her. The focus on academics is rigorous; it is not appropriate (or enjoyable) for all children. Please research the IB program thoroughly before enrolling your kiddo: http://www.ibo.org/. My daughter loves the community feeling of the school--the "big kids" know her, she gets to be a mentor for the "little kids". School leadership is serious, professional, and dedicated. They ask the same of their staff, students, and parents.
My school is AMAZING! All of my teachers love teaching and are very smart. The kids are also nicer than than most kids from public schools.
My child began when Imagine first opened so this is our second year. After all of the hiccups and changes involved in the first year growing pains we were pleased to see how much our child had advanced and grown. His teacher was amazing (Primary) and really challenged the kids. He had tons of homework and it was difficult to keep up with, but he was doing work two grade levels ahead and grasping the concepts and mastering it. This year the school communication and functions have been much more organized. The class work is a complete 360. My child is bored. His teacher does not communicate well regarding behavior. Bullying is rampant. My child is not challenged or allowed to grow. Everything is math, math, math. They are not teaching basic spelling and the homework is rare and what they do require them to do as homework is not teaching them anything related to the classroom. It is sad because I know my child will not be challenged in public schools so we are really at an impasse as to whether we will return or not because one they leave they are out.
We have to kids going to imagine.. We love the way our kids are challenged. Imagine will surely get them ready for higher education.
I am a student at Imagine International Academy of North Texas and I love it! I am in the middle years program and I enjoy the challenging classes that actually make you think. The teachers are friendly and more than willing to work with you one on one if you need help. The curriculum is challenging but I enjoy it and most of it actually applies to the real world. I like the school's global perspective and I like that they teach both sides of things (like both perspectives of the revolutionary war). If you are investigating this school you need to know that while the curriculum is amazing and will look good on a collage resume it isn't for everyone. Parents this school is HARD, if your child is struggling to keep up with the pace in normal school then this isn't the right place. Also don't force your kid to go, it won't work in the long run, I know so many kids who hate it there because they didn't want to be there. Kids: This school is awesome but don't go if you aren't up to the challenge. In all imagine is amazing and a great place to go.
I have two children at Imagine in the Middle Years Program. This is their second year. They have always been taught the value of education. Academics come first and sports second. They are children who love to learn and want an environment where there is a purpose in the learning. Imagine has met that need. They are not just annotating books to annotate. They have an understanding of what and how to annotate. Their writing skills are improving with the hard work by their teachers. The math teachers actually know how to teach math, which is different than what I've found at traditional public schools. The administrators are awesome. They know each student by name and the kids love them. One comment by my older daughter is that she no longer feels like a number. She knows that she is important to each and every staff member that she interacts with. In addition to academics, leadership skills and community service are also a focus of the school. I am thrilled with that. I just wish that both kids would have been able to start at this school in Kindergarten. This school is a great fit for my kids, but it is not for students who do not have that love of learning.
We have two kids in their second year at Imagine in the Lower School. We have loved it and appreciate the additional planning and flexibility that this school employs regularly.
The first year Imagine opened was a bit chaotic, and it yes it relies a lot on parent volunteering; however this has made this school very strong. Teachers work with parents very closely following up on the kid's academic progress. My children have grown tremendously in academics, social skills, respect, responsibility for their homework, and they are eager to learn. Wearing uniforms identifies them as Imagine-Dragons and are pround. Nothing is perfect in life, Imagine will keep on growing strong in every way. This year sports have been added. GO DRAGONS!!
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