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!
We are very disapointed with IIANT. We waited anxiously for it to open and were very excited about it. But soon after it opened, the reality hit us. Disorganization everywhere and in every aspect; staff not qualified to run a school; improvisation everywhere; the director was "moved" to a different position and left the school without telling the parents (school had no director but a couple of coordinators); unrealistic homework demands for the children who were totally overworked and stressed out because of it; very little funding and resources; the school depends too much on volunteers for it to function in all areas; no dinning room -the kids get their food from the "cafeteria" in the gym and have to walk to their classroooms to eat; no sports or extracurricular activities of any kind without having to pay a fee; the building feels very crowded; the playground is extremelly confining; many teachers left during the school year and after the school year was over. Our children are back in the MISD schools, which offer many more opportunities for them to grow as well rounded individuals, and a more balanced education. Imagine looked great on paper. The reality is very different.
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.
I attended this school for the entire 2012-2013 school year, and I hated it. It was completely disorganized, and frankly, it seems that they do not know what they are doing. Half of my teachers were completely clueless and terrible, making rude remarks to students, and even lashing out at them. It is a chaotic environment. The teachers which I did find to be great are leaving the school this year. I wonder why... The school does look great on paper, and the IB seems very appealing, but they don't seem to know how to run a school, and I would NOT recommend it. Also, there is no clubs for after school, which would look great on a college application! I was completely loaded down with homework and projects every single day, and exams too. I have found myself to be so stressed that I can't enjoy the good aspects of the school, such as the charismatic people in my own grade!
I had great expectations for this school but...I liked it better at my public school. Imagine is tiny and here are small children always running up and down the halls and disturbing class even during the final tests. A bunch of my favorite teachers have moved away and everything is so chaotic all the time. There are no electives except for after school and even then you have to pay a fee! Homework and projects are now taking over my life. I even had to quit several of my extra-curricular activities because of it and still I stay up often until midnight or even later doing homework. The school looked great but they didn't nearly do everything they promised they would at he beginning.
My kids really love the school! It has been a year of ups and downs but it is all finally coming together. There have been some teachers that are extremely rude to parents and to their peers, however we just ignore those teachers.
We were skeptical of a brand new school and of the IB program. After seeing the teachers/staff in action, we have nothing but good things to say! I was just volunteering yesterday and saw kids from the 5th grade math class doing a scavenger hunt around the school (math problems). It's fun to see the kids thinking outside the box. I love that there are only 100 kids in each class. I personally LOVE the volunteer setup at Imagine. I can volunteer at lunch, recess, 2nd recess and for a small reading group....what school can you spend time like this with your children and their peers (most schools you just go in to make copies etc? They recently had a Family Night and it was so much fun. This school has rallied around a little girl with Cancer and to see this has been astounding (being a brand new school). The way they are taking care of this family, you would have thought we have been together for years! It's a great school for us so far.
I keep reading about the school loosing teachers and being un-organized. All I can say is my kid loves it there and it is the FIRST year this school has been open, I am sure if we had gone to any other school with it being the first year there would have been hiccups too! The school is growing and next year will be so much better!!
Excellent school, they are going through some groeing pains, but my kids have developed that love for learning. we are coming from a private school, but I feel the level at Imagine is superior. The teachers need to be supported. The Spanish program needs more attention in the upper class.
The school has been a blessing to our family. My kids are so happy(they were also happy at their old school) but they seem to really enjoy and be excited about learning like they never have before. The former principal is still there her position has changed. She is a specialist on the IB program and she is concentrating on that rather than on the day to day things of running a schoo. A wise move if you asked me. This is defenetly not your typical school and is not for everyone but for us is the answer to our prayers.
Having a full IB program is extremely appealing. The school hit the ground running to become an IB candidate school and this was very encouraging to see so early on. Class size is 25 (even for the lower grades) which is higher than the state average. This school has been only open for 1/2 a school year, but there has already been high turnover of the staff including the director of the school leaving. This is a concern considering the director was really focused on IB accreditation. Staff retention needs to be an urgent priority. Imagine does not have acreage to expand to a comfortable size and is already overcrowded with the school scheduled to add 300 students in the next 3 years. They will either have to relocate or lower the school population. The board talks about making Imagine a college prep school modeled after schools such as Westlake Academy, but the school unfortunately does not have the funding to see that vision through. Fundraising not been nearly what it needs to even provide some modest extras. No school library yet. They offer enrichment programs which for a fee and meet after school, but there are no athletic teams or clubs.
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