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.
Imagine has been a tremendous blessing to our family. We love the dedicated teachers and leaders, the ancillary staff and the communication. My 4 kids are getting a great education without all the distraction that I found in public school.
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.
2 children, second year, Elem, love it. Whole class being taught to higher level which is what traditional public was lacking(most teacher focus & specialty programs goes to underperformers or to tippy top performers). Their STAAR results- amazing. Our PIP(same as PTA)was starting from $ zero, I feel that them being honest about the situation and asking for help was no more unreasonable than our old school hawking Boosterthon(easily spent 200$)cookies; etc.& getting my kids anxious over not selling enough. Gladly gave what our family could afford to kick start programs. They fund a variety of things, 2nd annual Back to School picnic, other social programs to connect our families. We do cheer & volleyball(150 to 200$ per season - cheaper than what I pay elsewhere - does any school really have free sports? We aren't middle nor high yet so maybe that is where sports are free). Just broke ground on phase 2 - more space coming soon. Still need a gymnasium - maybe someday! Yearly, I evaluate my kids school as my focus is getting them to college, Think Imagine is our long term path.(there are several paths North that could work!!) Appreciate other opinions, no school fits all kids.
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!!
This is not a private school, nor does the administration expect it to be; the school does not receive city funds and relies heavily on parental volunteers. It is a school visualized by parents and RUN BY PARENTS! Although some parents don't mind it, I don't like that the lower school kids are stuck in class eating lunch. My social child hated it. The school feels overcrowded and it oozes stress. The hand driers in the restrooms are so loud you can hear them in all the classrooms... all the time. Some walls are painted red and decor is red & black (school colors). Apparently they were not aware that color effects mood. Plan accordingly for am/pm carpool; if you have a kid at another school, somebody is going to wait. Homework is out of control. This is a college prep school, so I understand preparing the kids for heavy work, however, at the lower school level, it only succeeds in stressing the young kids. More homework does not substitute for great teaching. Our kids will attend IIA-NT for lower school where they can get ahead academically and then transfer to public school in 7th for upper school years so they can enjoy everything the public school has to offer.
I just want to point out the parent posting that the school encouraged a 500 fee is completely wrong. The Parent organization was recommending those fund to go tot the parent organization and this organization in turn would use the funds for parties, supply material if the school was in need etc. My children eat in their classroom and to me is not a big deal. They are able to talk to each other and not required to remain quiet like in public school so to me that is a big plus. We have sports now that compete with other private schools. Yes they cost a fee but I knew going in to this school that sports were not included. That they are offering at an elementary levels is just icing on the cake. How many elementary schools offer golf? I have met extraordinary staff and parents who care. Mrs. Davis is still involved just behind the scenes. Go Dragons!
The school was a disappointment despite our realistic expectations. The school lacks the necessary funding and was requesting(not forcing) $500/family! The school would collapse without insane amounts of volunteering from parents. NOTHING functions here without volunteers, if a volunteer has something unexpected come up, the panic that ensues to find a replacement is ridiculous. The school lacks space-the parking lots have kids doing their PE jogging!, kids eat in class and corridors because there isn't a cafeteria to sit at(the indoor gym has students playing)while the caterers serve lunch which has to be taken all the way back to the class,by which time lunch break is half done. The staff was rude. Piles of homework doesn't equal quality academics. The number of teachers that left within weeks and months is very telling. Families here are convincing themselves that this is like a private school-but its isn't. Extracurriculars are only for a fee after school hours. Ms.Davis with her tremendous knowledge of IB, experience (her presence was to convince us they knew what they were doing) but she just vanished. Research problems Imagine schools have, safety concerns and closings!
I cannot agree more with the last parent.My daughter was in the 5th grade and we are absolutely pleased with the quality of education she received.One thing parents need to be aware of is that this school is not for every child.If your child is not up for a challenge,this is NOT the school for them.i can wait for the next school year to start.
This school is amazing. We saw definite results in our first grader within 2 weeks. Now she questions everything, which is yet another way for her to learn. We also have a sibling in public school and our daughter (in first grade) is learning things that our other daughter in 3rd grade (public school) has still yet to learn. We will have 3 children in Imagine this year and could not be more excited. Although there were items during that were "rough" during the first year, the staff was very responsive and open to suggestions and very quickly adapted to make the experience better. I simply notched up the first year as a growing experience not only for the school but parents and teachers as well. One of the most impressive things that I saw at the school was that at an extracurricular event they had kindergartners going around and introducing themselves to the other students / parents that were in attendance. This showed that the students were both confident and out-going (something I'm not sure either one of my 3 kindergartners could have done at the time).
I am impressed with Imagine and what they have accomplished during its first year. I feel that we had realistic expectations for a brand new school. There have been a few bumps along the way during the first year, but it has gone much smoother than I expected. And I believe that each year will continue to improve. The administration has been very open to feedback and encourage suggestions. They have acknowledged certain issues and have made changes to improve in those areas. Our daughter is in the lower school (primary years program) and has had a great experience at Imagine. Her teachers have been rock solid and have worked so hard this past year. I am amazed at how much the students are learning and how much fun they have had along the way. Our daughter loves her teachers, school and friends she has made there.
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