Imagine Schools http://www.imagineschools.org Tue, 18 Aug 2015 14:59:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Imagine Schools Completes Transition to Non‑Profit Status http://www.imagineschools.org/2015/08/imagine-schools-completes-transition-to-non-profit-status/ Tue, 18 Aug 2015 14:31:04 +0000 http://www.imagineschools.org/?p=4872
Gift from Co-Founders Made Transition Possible
National Network of Public Charter Schools Welcomes Next Evolution In
Preparing Students to Accomplish and Lead


With the recent approval of its application by the Internal Revenue Service, Imagine Schools now serves as a non-profit educational service provider, supporting 63 campuses nationwide.


“We are pleased to receive this designation as it speaks to the high standards and aspirational goals we have set for ourselves as leaders and for the schools, students, and communities we serve.”
– Jason Bryant,
President & CEO,
Imagine Schools, Inc.

ARLINGTON, VA, August 18, 2015 – Imagine Schools is pleased to announce that it has completed its transition to a non-profit organization. With the recent approval of its application by the Internal Revenue Service, the entity’s educational operations are now entirely non-profit.

As a non-profit entity, Imagine Schools will be able to pursue additional partnerships that bring expanded resources to students and campuses in its network. The non-profit status also provides added confidence for stakeholders regarding the stewardship of resources that support the educational operations of Imagine Schools.

“We are excited about this next evolution for Imagine Schools as an education service provider,” said Jason Bryant, President and Chief Executive Officer of Imagine Schools, Inc. “We have pursued this status for several years as it is consistent with our operational philosophy and stewardship responsibilities. We are pleased to receive this designation as it speaks to the high standards and aspirational goals we have set for ourselves as leaders and for the schools, students, and communities we serve.”

Earlier this year, co-founders Dennis and Eileen Bakke, who started the organization 11 years ago, generously gifted their entire ownership in Imagine Schools, Inc. to Imagine Schools Non-Profit, Inc., making it possible to complete Imagine Schools’ transition to a non-profit entity. As a result, Imagine Schools now officially operates as a non-profit educational service provider.

Additionally, Dennis and Eileen Bakke have decided to step away from day-to-day operational roles as Chancellor and Senior Vice President, respectively, of Imagine Schools as they focus on a new season devoted more fully to their family and community service. The Bakkes will continue to support Imagine Schools as advisers and goodwill ambassadors. Eileen Bakke will continue to serve on the Board of Directors for Imagine Schools.

“We join with all of our Imagine family in thanking the Bakkes for their amazing generosity and the legacy they have created in founding Imagine Schools,” said Barry Sharp, President and Chief Executive Officer of Imagine Schools Non-Profit, Inc. “We are humbled by the significant investment they have made into our organization and into the lives of the students we all serve. More than ever, we are committed to stewarding their gift so it continues to transform lives for generations to come.”

Imagine Schools is a national non-profit network of 63 public charter campuses educating more than 30,000 students in 11 states and the District of Columbia. Imagine Schools partners with parents and guardians to educate their children, providing high quality schools that prepare students for lives of leadership, accomplishment, and exemplary character. Learn more at www.ImagineSchools.org.

More Information:

Rhonda Cagle
Senior Vice President of Communications
Phone: +1-703-740-2887
Email: rhonda.cagle@imagineschools.org

Twitter @ImagineCharters

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Imagine School at Evening Rose Named 2015 National School of Character by Character.org http://www.imagineschools.org/2015/05/imagine-school-at-evening-rose-named-2015-national-school-of-character-by-character-org/ Fri, 15 May 2015 04:00:15 +0000 http://www.imagineschools.org/?p=4959
Imagine School at Evening Rose in Tallahassee, FL receives national recognition for use of character development in driving academic achievement, student behavior, and school culture.


As a National School of Character, Imagine Evening Rose is recognized as a school that has demonstrated its implementation of character development to drive a positive impact on academics, student behavior, and school climate.


“This designation highlights the importance we place on preparing students for lives of leadership, accomplishment, and exemplary character.” – Linda John, Principal

May 15, 2015 – (ARLINGTON, VA). – Imagine Schools is pleased to announce Character.org, a national advocate and leader for the character education movement, named Imagine School at Evening Rose a 2015 National School of Character (NSOC). The NSOC program recognizes the campus as a school that has demonstrated its implementation of character development to drive a positive impact on academics, student behavior, and school climate.

For Imagine Schools, this recognition builds on its designation as a National District of Character by Character.org. It underscores the charter school network’s continuing emphasis on positive character development and the impact it has on academic outcomes.

The National Schools of Character program is not a competition—but rather an opportunity to go through a rigorous process of feedback and coaching, as well as recognition for growth and excellence in the area of character development through Character.org’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education framework. Imagine Evening Rose will hold its designation for five years.

“This designation highlights the importance we place on preparing students for lives of leadership, accomplishment, and exemplary character,” explains Linda John, Principal at Imagine Evening Rose. “Our teachers view character formation as an essential component of equipping students to become successful academically. It’s an intrinsic part of what our students will carry with them from classroom, to college, and career.”

Character.org will honor the campus at its 22nd National Forum on Character Education to be held the weekend of October 15-17, 2015, in Atlanta, GA. Visit www.character.org to learn more about the National Forum, the NSOC program and the 2015 national finalists.

Imagine Evening Rose serves K-6 students and is located at 3611 Austin Davis Avenue, Tallahassee, FL. Learn more at www.myiser.com.

Imagine Schools is a national non-profit network of 63 public charter campuses educating more than 30,000 students in 11 states and the District of Columbia. Imagine Schools partners with parents and guardians to educate their children, providing high quality schools that prepare students for lives of leadership, accomplishment, and exemplary character. Learn more at www.ImagineSchools.org.

More Information:

Rhonda Cagle
Senior Vice President of Communications
Phone: +1-703-740-2887
Email: rhonda.cagle@imagineschools.org

Twitter @ImagineCharters

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Imagine International Academy to Offer K-12 International Baccalaureate Programmes for 2014-15 School Year http://www.imagineschools.org/2014/04/imagine-international-academy-to-offer-k-12-international-baccalaureate-programmes-for-2014-15-school-year/ Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:32:05 +0000 http://www.imagineschools.org/?p=4982
The campus joins the ranks of just 225 schools worldwide to offer all three IB programmes of education and is one of less than 10 in the US to offer this continuum of education free of charge to students.


Imagine International Academy of North Texas offers a K-12 continuum of International Baccalaureate education free-of-charge to students.


“Imagine Schools and our local board founded this campus with a vision of offering an academically rigorous education to students, preparing them for success in college and a globally competitive workforce.” – Dr. Brad Uchacz, Executive Vice President

ARLINGTON, VA, APRIL 15, 2014
Imagine Schools announced today that Imagine International Academy of North Texas in McKinney, Texas, joins the ranks of just 225 schools worldwide to offer all three International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes of education. Imagine International Academy is one of only 66 schools in all of North, Central, and South America to offer all three programmes, and one in less than 10 schools in the US to provide this continuum of IB education tuition-free for students.

Dr. Brad Uchacz, executive vice president of Imagine Schools, notes that the school is only in its second year of operation, making this announcement especially meaningful to the students, staff, and families served. “Imagine Schools and our local governing board founded this campus with a vision of offering an academically rigorous education to students, preparing them for success in college and a globally competitive workforce,” he explains. “With a current enrollment of more than 1,000 students and more than 1,400 on a waiting list, parents recognize the outstanding tuition-free, college preparatory education available through the IB programme established at Imagine International Academy.”

The International Baccalaureate framework of education is renowned around the world for its inquiry-based interdisciplinary approach through which students ask questions in order to develop connections between subjects. It also develops positive character using the IB Learner Profile, emphasizing traits such as being reflective, principled, and balanced. This framework of education is reflected in the three programmes offered at Imagine International Academy: IB Primary Years Programme for students in grades K-5; Middle Years Programme for students in grades 6-10; and the Diploma Programme for students in grades 11-12.

In Texas, students graduating from high school with an IB Diploma are eligible for a minimum of 24 semester hours of college credit at any public institution of higher education.

“The rigorous authorization process established by the International Baccalaureate Organization ensures that every school offering any of the three IB programmes worldwide maintains the same high standard of quality,” said Ann Carrell, Board President. “We are very pleased to be able to offer this educational opportunity to the families of North Texas.”

Presently serving just over 1,000 students in grades K-10 for the 2013-2014 school year, the Imagine International Academy of North Texas is growing by a grade each year and will serve all grades from K-12 by the fall of 2015.

Imagine Schools is a national non-profit network of 63 public charter campuses educating more than 30,000 students in 11 states and the District of Columbia. Imagine Schools partners with parents and guardians to educate their children, providing high quality schools that prepare students for lives of leadership, accomplishment, and exemplary character. Learn more at www.ImagineSchools.org.

More Information:

Rhonda Cagle
Senior Vice President of Communications
Phone: +1-703-740-2887
Email: rhonda.cagle@imagineschools.org

Twitter @ImagineCharters

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Imagine Schools Receives Charter Renewals for Maryland Campuses http://www.imagineschools.org/2014/04/imagine-schools-receives-charter-renewals-for-maryland-campuses/ Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:27:27 +0000 http://www.imagineschools.org/?p=4976
Two of Prince George’s County’s most requested charter schools receive charter renewals from the district.


Imagine Leeland and Imagine Andrews, two of Prince George’s County’s most popular charter schools, have received charter renewals from the District.


“The renewals of these charters are the result of strong academic results and an effective partnership between Imagine Schools, parents, our local governing board, and Prince George’s County Public Schools.” – Doug Mesecar, Executive Vice President

ARLINGTON, VA, APRIL 03, 2014
Imagine Schools is pleased to announce that two popular Maryland campuses have received charter renewals from the district. Imagine Foundations at Leeland Public Charter School and Imagine Andrews Public Charter School have achieved successes in many areas including higher than average scores in reading and math. Both campuses have a strong history of academic performance as measured by the Maryland School Assessment. The renewal of these charters will allow the campuses to continue serving students in a competitive learning environment.

“The renewals of these charters are the result of strong academic results and an effective partnership between Imagine Schools, parents, our local governing board, and Prince George’s County Public Schools,” said Doug Mesecar, Executive Vice President of Imagine Schools. “They demonstrate the commitment Imagine Schools is making to our Maryland and Washington, DC campuses to bring high quality educational choices to students and families in the region.”

Imagine Andrews Public Charter School opened in August of 2011. They currently enroll 371 students with plans to expand to 7th and 8th grade in the coming years. Imagine Andrews has a waitlist of more than 1,400 students for grades K-7 with 1,760 families having entered the lottery for the 2014-15 school year.

Imagine Andrews’ 2013 reading scores show 90.4% of students scoring at a proficient or advanced level, 13.1% higher than the county average and 5.8% higher than the state average. In math, 2013 results show 89.7% of students proficient or advanced, 21.2% higher than the county average and 10.5% higher than the state average. Imagine Andrews had the 5th highest math scores in Maryland as measured by the Maryland School Assessment.

Imagine Foundations at Leeland Public Charter School opened in August 2007. They currently enroll 473 students in grades K-8. Imagine Leeland is the most requested charter school in Prince George’s County with more than 2,200 families entering the lottery for the 2014-15 school year.

Imagine Leeland’s 2013 reading scores show 90.6% of students scoring at a proficient or advanced level, 13.3% higher than the county average and 6% higher than the state average. In math, 2013 results show 79.2% of students proficient or advanced, 10.7% higher than the county average and equal to the overall state average.

Imagine Schools is a national non-profit network of 63 public charter campuses educating more than 30,000 students in 11 states and the District of Columbia. Imagine Schools partners with parents and guardians to educate their children, providing high quality schools that prepare students for lives of leadership, accomplishment, and exemplary character. Learn more at www.ImagineSchools.org.

More Information:

Rhonda Cagle
Senior Vice President of Communications
Phone: +1-703-740-2887
Email: rhonda.cagle@imagineschools.org

Twitter @ImagineCharters

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Two Imagine Schools Named Finalists in 2014 National Schools of Character Program http://www.imagineschools.org/2014/03/two-imagine-schools-named-finalists-in-2014-national-schools-of-character-program/ Thu, 27 Mar 2014 15:22:42 +0000 http://www.imagineschools.org/?p=4972
Two Florida campuses, Imagine Town Center in Palm Coast, and Imagine Weston in Weston, are among 50 schools and districts nationwide named as finalists.


The strong character education program at Imagine Weston means students are learning how to become exceptional scholars and citizens.


“Everyone recognizes the importance of building the character of our students, which also has a positive impact on their academic achievement.” – Nadine Laham, Principal of Imagine Weston

ARLINGTON, VA, MARCH 27, 2014
Imagine Schools is pleased to announce that two of its Florida schools are finalists in the 2014 National Schools of Character Program by the Character Education Partnership (CEP). The two schools, Imagine Town Center in Palm Coast, and Imagine Weston in Weston, are among 50 schools and districts nationwide named as finalists.

“Being nominated for a NSOC award is very prestigious, but this initiative isn’t about receiving an award. It is about doing the hard work in the classroom and community to transform schools and help kids that is important,” said Becky Sipos, CEP Interim CEO. “We congratulate and are very proud all who participated in this process and their focus on developing their schools into fantastic places to learn, grow and create ethical and enthusiastic future leaders in this country.”

Schools that apply for National Schools of Character (NSOC) recognition benefit from self-assessment as well as the expert feedback they receive at no cost. Once they reach a standard of excellence, a process that may take several years, they are recognized as Schools of Character and asked to help other schools transform their school cultures. Describing the program as a path to school improvement through high-quality character education, CEP has offered the NSOC program to K-12 schools and districts in the U.S. since 1998.

The 50 National Finalists were selected from an applicant pool of schools and districts across the United States based on the quality of their written applications. In March and April they will undergo an intensive screening process that will include site visits and analysis of the impact of their character-related efforts on academics, student behavior, and school culture.

“Each Imagine campus works hard to ensure all staff members understand their roles as character educators,” explains Nadine Laham, Principal of Imagine Weston. “Everyone recognizes the importance of building the character of our students, which also has a positive impact on their academic achievement.”

The 2014 National Schools of Character will be announced in early May. Character Education Partnership will honor these schools and districts at the 20th National Forum on Character Education, to be held October 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. Visit http://www.character.org to learn more about the NSOC program and the 2014 National Finalists.

Imagine Schools is a national non-profit network of 63 public charter campuses educating more than 30,000 students in 11 states and the District of Columbia. Imagine Schools partners with parents and guardians to educate their children, providing high quality schools that prepare students for lives of leadership, accomplishment, and exemplary character. Learn more at www.ImagineSchools.org.

More Information:

Rhonda Cagle
Senior Vice President of Communications
Phone: +1-703-740-2887
Email: rhonda.cagle@imagineschools.org

Twitter @ImagineCharters

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2013 Imagine Schools National Essay Contest http://www.imagineschools.org/2014/01/2013-imagine-schools-national-essay-contest/ Fri, 10 Jan 2014 15:57:38 +0000 http://www.imagineschools.org/?p=4079 Our 2013 national character essay contest was a sensational success!  With forty-three schools participating, and approximately two-hundred National Contest entries, many talented young Imagine Schools’ writers demonstrated understanding of complex presidential maxims on virtue.  Thank you for your hard work to teach your students to express in writing what character means to them.

A panel of nine judges read and scored the essays.  The judges awarded first, second and third place winning essays for each grade, and where appropriate, several essays received honorable mention.  The readers were impressed with the quality of writing and with students’ understanding of the lasting importance of good character.

 

Third Grade:

1st Place: Rayline Waldin—Imagine School at Lakewood Ranch (FL)

“First of all, I have been raised to respect everyone in my life.  This includes teachers, classmates, and property.  To me respect is to feel a deep admiration for someone or something due to their abilities, qualities or achievements.”

 

Fourth Grade:

1st Place: Anand Persaud—Imagine Foundations at Leeland Public Charter School (MD)

“When you tell a lie, it makes it hard for people to believe you when you do tell the truth.  One time my mom thought I didn’t brush my teeth but I did and I told her so.  My mom said I was going to get a punishment because she didn’t believe my word.  Then I showed her the wet toothbrush and I didn’t get punished.  It upset me that she didn’t believe my word at first.  She need proof.  She didn’t believe me because I had lied before.”

 

Fifth Grade:

1st Place: Johann Hernández—Imagine Charter at Weston (FL)

“Young people today spend too much time in self-absorbed activities like testing, surfing online, looking at Facebook, instagramming, etc.  This includes a few classmates and even family members of mine.  When they only do these things with their free time, they miss out on the previously discussed advantages of being involved in community projects.  Besides, taking part in community activities improves your local community for both yourself and your family.  This is a win-win situation.”

 

Sixth Grade:

1st Place: Faith Parker—Imagine Classical Academy at Indigo Ranch (CO)

“There are many ways to resolve a conflict but I think only a few are peaceful.  In my life I have found a person should practice patience, self-control and most importantly forgiveness to resolve conflicts peacefully.”

 

Seventh Grade:

1st Place: Phillip Moore—Imagine Prep at Coolidge (AZ)

“An innate responsibility of any human is to apply the best effort to be successful in life.  We travel on our own paths, and as we go through different life endeavors, our individual personalities and opinions develop.  Our personal experiences can either make us or break us; it all depends on our attitude.”

 

Eighth Grade:

1st Place: Nathan Hutfilz—Imagine Classical Academy at Indigo Ranch (CO)

“The affection and love my mother showed to help those in need is absolutely amazing.  She has been the gift of a lifetime to a broken family.  Neither I nor my sisters inherited our futures.  We have been given the opportunity to make our futures great and ever-lasting.  We were given the chance with an opportunity.  My mother took her opportunity, and I am going to take my chance and make the best of it.  With perseverance, dedication, and strength, will you make the most of your opportunities for the future?”

 

High School:

1st Place: Payden Fulton—Imagine Prep at Superstition (AZ)

“Too many people drift towards “what’s cool”.  This quotes explains that anyone can be successful, but it’s your decision.  You need to decide to have good character and make good choices.  No one else can change for you; you have to take the first step.”

 

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Trine University to Authorize Imagine Indianapolis West Campus, Expanding School Choice for Students and Families http://www.imagineschools.org/2013/12/trine-university-to-authorize-imagine-indianapolis-west-campus-expanding-school-choice-for-students-and-families/ Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16:53:31 +0000 http://www.imagineschools.org/?p=4991
Imagine Indianapolis West campus to Operate Under Authorization of Trine University Beginning in 2014-2015 School Year, Expanding Program and Grade Levels at the Site


Students at Imagine Indianapolis West will benefit from expanded programs and grade levels under new sponsorship from Trine University.


“We believe this partnership with Trine University offers the collaboration and vision for a more innovative and comprehensive approach to education.” – Principal Keith Marsh

ARLINGTON, VA, DECEMBER 03, 2013
Today, Imagine Schools and Trine University announced that effective July 1, 2014, Imagine Indianapolis West will operate under the authorization of Education One L.L.C., the charter school authorizing body of Trine University, for the fall of the 2014-2015 school year. Continuity for the 630 K-8 students and families is preserved in the agreement, but the contract creates an opportunity to expand grade levels and programming at this campus as it enters its fifth year of operations.

“We believe this partnership with Trine University offers the collaboration and vision for a more innovative and comprehensive approach to education,” states Principal Keith Marsh. “Our agreement with Trine University gives us an opportunity to grow and expand, taking the next steps in our effort to prepare students for success in college and career.”

Marsh cites Trine’s emphasis on increased use of technology and a desire to expand the campus to include a high school program as examples of this innovation. He also references the frequent presence of Trine officials at the campus and their hands-on approach to authorization as a welcomed collaboration.

“We are grateful to Ball State University for the initial charter that allowed us to found Imagine Indianapolis West,” continues Marsh, “but as we look to the future of our campus, we believe a partnership with Trine University better serves the educational objectives of our school.”

Trine University points to a rigorous screening process and an alignment of educational objectives as the basis for granting the campus a charter. David Wood, Assistant Vice President and Managing Director of Charter School Operations, references discussions between university personnel and Imagine Schools that began more than a year ago. “The decision to charter this school is the result of careful and deliberate evaluation,” explains Wood. “We spent a great deal of time analyzing past performance and also reviewing an academic plan that includes the use of data to target academic instruction and interventions and also the use of nationally recognized best practices,” he continues.

Wood references the school’s year-over-year improvement on I-STEP scores and the implementation of Imagine Schools’ new Academic Excellence Framework as indicators of a sustained commitment to academic excellence. This framework includes strategies and tools for intensive instruction, deepening learning opportunities and strengthening academic growth for students. For Woods, it is evidence of a comprehensive school-wide commitment to educational innovation and one of the reasons Trine University chose to partner with Imagine Indianapolis West.

“Trine University is committed to innovation and excellence,” explains Wood. “Throughout this process, we have seen the campus demonstrate a desire to expand technology and the learning opportunities it brings to students. We have witnessed excitement at expanding the school’s program to include a technology-infused high school at the campus. There is a commitment to strategic growth that increases academic rigor, which aligns with our objectives for innovative education. We believe it is a partnership that is good for students and good for the community.”

Open enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year begins March 3, 2014. A waiting list is already in place and families are encouraged to submit enrollment applications early. Learn more at http://www.indylifescience.com.

Education One, L.L.C. is the charter school authorizing body of Trine University. Education One is authorized by Trine University’s board of trustees under Indiana Code § 20-24-3-14. Education One is a member of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA). Education One’s mission includes the authorization of schools that demonstrate strong potential to accelerate student success based on credible research and successful school models. Education One, L.L.C. conducts ongoing oversight and evaluation of its schools through an active partnership model that ensures the student’s success is everyone’s top priority.

Imagine Schools is a national non-profit network of 63 public charter campuses educating more than 30,000 students in 11 states and the District of Columbia. Imagine Schools partners with parents and guardians to educate their children, providing high quality schools that prepare students for lives of leadership, accomplishment, and exemplary character. Learn more at www.ImagineSchools.org.

More Information:

Rhonda Cagle
Senior Vice President of Communications
Phone: +1-703-740-2887
Email: rhonda.cagle@imagineschools.org

Twitter @ImagineCharters

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Four Imagine Schools Campuses Are Named 2013 NCEA Arizona Higher Performing Schools http://www.imagineschools.org/2013/12/four-imagine-schools-campuses-are-named-2013-ncea-arizona-higher-performing-schools/ Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16:37:03 +0000 http://www.imagineschools.org/?p=4426
Imagine Schools proudly announces that four of its campuses were recently determined to be 2013 NCEA Arizona Higher Performing Schools. This designation recognizes the effectiveness of Imagine Schools’ strategy for academic success, which promotes character development and academic growth.


The Higher Performing status awarded by the National Center for Educational Achievement is an external validation of the academic rigor and culture of high expectations cultivated at Imagine Schools.


Earning this designation reflects the dedication of our educators to bring excellence into our Imagine classrooms…” – Dr. Nancy Hall, Chief Academic Officer

ARLINGTON, VA, DECEMBER 03, 2013
The National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA) recently named four Imagine Schools campuses Higher Performing Schools. According to the NCEA, this designation affirms that Imagine Schools successfully advances students “toward college and career readiness in one or more content areas tested by AIMS.” Through rigorous curriculum and personal development strategies, Imagine Schools prepares students to lead lives of leadership, accomplishment, and exemplary character, an achievement that is recognized by this award.

The designation brings attention to the new Academic Excellence Framework implemented by Imagine Schools. This Framework was developed and based upon a study of high performing and highly effective Imagine campuses. It contains strategies and nationally recognized best practices to strengthen student performance and create a culture of high expectations.

“Earning this designation reflects the dedication of our educators to bring excellence into our Imagine classrooms and campuses,” states Dr. Nancy Hall, Chief Academic Officer. “It serves as an external validation of the hard work being done to improve the outcomes for every student at each Imagine Schools campus.”

Imagine Schools operates fourteen public charter schools in Arizona. The four Higher Performing campuses are Imagine Camelback Elementary School, Imagine Desert West Elementary School, Imagine East Mesa Middle School, and Imagine West Gilbert Middle School. The NCEA states that these Higher Performing Schools “stand out as shining examples of what can be achieved when staff, students and parents work together toward a unified goal of preparing students for life after high school.”

Imagine Schools is a national non-profit network of 63 public charter campuses educating more than 30,000 students in 11 states and the District of Columbia. Imagine Schools partners with parents and guardians to educate their children, providing high quality schools that prepare students for lives of leadership, accomplishment, and exemplary character. Learn more at www.ImagineSchools.org.

More Information:

Rhonda Cagle
Senior Vice President of Communications
Phone: +1-703-740-2887
Email: rhonda.cagle@imagineschools.org

Twitter @ImagineCharters

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Seven Imagine Schools Campuses Earn High-Performing Designation from the State of Florida http://www.imagineschools.org/2013/12/seven-imagine-schools-campuses-earn-high-performing-designation-from-the-state-of-florida/ Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16:22:29 +0000 http://www.imagineschools.org/?p=4416
The State of Florida recently recognized Imagine Schools’ commitment to academic excellence by naming seven of its campuses high-performing schools. This designation highlights academic rigor and improved outcomes for Imagine’s students.


The High-Performing status earned by the State of Florida is an external validation of the academic rigor and culture of high expectations cultivated at Imagine Schools.


“Earning this designation from the State of Florida reflects the dedication of our educators to bring excellence into our Imagine classrooms… – Dr. Nancy Hall, Chief Academic Officer

ARLINGTON, VA, DECEMBER 03, 2013
Seven Imagine Schools campuses were recently named high-performing schools by the State of Florida. This designation recognizes the high quality educational environment for students and families provided at these Imagine Schools campuses. It brings attention to the academic rigor and improved student outcomes at these public charter schools.

A charter school obtains high-performing status if the school received two school grades of “A” and no grade below “B” during the previous three school years. Additional criteria for high-performing schools are available on the Florida Senate’s website.

The designation brings attention to the new Academic Excellence Framework implemented by Imagine Schools. This Framework was developed and based upon a study of high performing and highly effective Imagine campuses. It contains strategies and nationally recognized best practices to strengthen student performance and create a culture of high expectations.

“Earning this designation from the State of Florida reflects the dedication of our educators to bring excellence into our Imagine classrooms and campuses,” states Dr. Nancy Hall, Chief Academic Officer. “It serves as an external validation of the hard work being done to improve the outcomes for every student at each Imagine Schools campus. We are pleased this commitment has resulted in the High Performing designation by the state.”

Under the state’s guidelines, the high-performing designation will allow Imagine Schools to increase campus enrollment, expand grade levels, and operate under a fifteen-year charter status. Families wanting to attend these high-performing public charter schools now have the ability to submit enrollment applications.

Imagine Schools operates eighteen public charter school campuses throughout Florida. The campuses that received high-performing status are Imagine Broward, Imagine Land O’Lakes, Imagine North Port, Imagine Palmer Ranch, Imagine South Lake, Imagine South Vero, and Imagine Weston.

Imagine Schools is a national non-profit network of 63 public charter campuses educating more than 30,000 students in 11 states and the District of Columbia. Imagine Schools partners with parents and guardians to educate their children, providing high quality schools that prepare students for lives of leadership, accomplishment, and exemplary character. Learn more at www.ImagineSchools.org.

More Information:

Rhonda Cagle
Senior Vice President of Communications
Phone: +1-703-740-2887
Email: rhonda.cagle@imagineschools.org

Twitter @ImagineCharters

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Imagine Schools Wins National Award for Character Education http://www.imagineschools.org/2013/11/imagine-schools-wins-national-award-for-character-education/ Thu, 21 Nov 2013 16:42:00 +0000 http://www.imagineschools.org/?p=4429
Imagine Schools has been named as a 2013 National District of Character at a recent award ceremony in Washington, DC. The award, given by the Character Education Partnership, recognizes the value of developing exemplary character in students.


Imagine Schools was recognized as a 2013 National District of Character by the Character Education Partnership.


This award recognizes the effort of the entire organization and we are very proud that Imagine Schools is the only charter network in the nation to receive this award. – Eileen Bakke, Senior Vice President

ARLINGTON, VA, NOVEMBER 21, 2013
Imagine Schools has been recognized as a “2013 National District of Character” by the Character Education Partnership (CEP) and is one of only three school districts in the nation to receive this award.

Additionally, eight individual Imagine campuses were recognized for their “Promising Practices” in positive character and school climate.

Imagine Schools received their award at the Character Education Partnership National Forum in Washington DC earlier this month.

“Character education is foundational in every classroom and each campus within our Imagine Schools family,” explains Eileen Bakke, Senior Vice President of Imagine Schools.

School districts that apply to become National Districts of Character have to ensure their schools reach a standard of excellence, a process that may take several years. Once they reach this level they are recognized as Districts of Character and asked to help other districts transform the culture of their schools.

“We are gratified the dedication of our teachers and the exceptional character of our students has earned this recognition by the Character Education Partnership,” continued Eileen Bakke.

National Schools of Character are schools and districts that have demonstrated through a rigorous evaluation process that character development has had a positive impact on academics, student behavior, and school climate. They are now expected to serve as models for other schools, helping them to achieve the same results.

“These districts have developed schools that are safe places with cultures of respect and trust,” said CEP President Mark Hyatt. “They show us how an intentional emphasis on character and climate translates into creating the conditions necessary for learning, safety, and success.”

A number of Imagine schools demonstrate that academic rigor, enhanced by character building, provides rich learning experiences. They also follow strict measures of excellence such as academic growth, character development, economic sustainability, parent choice, shared values, and school development.

“This award recognizes the effort of the entire organization and we are very proud that Imagine Schools is the only charter network in the nation to receive this award,” concluded Eileen Bakke.

Imagine Schools is a national non-profit network of 63 public charter campuses educating more than 30,000 students in 11 states and the District of Columbia. Imagine Schools partners with parents and guardians to educate their children, providing high quality schools that prepare students for lives of leadership, accomplishment, and exemplary character. Learn more at www.ImagineSchools.org.

More Information:

Rhonda Cagle
Senior Vice President of Communications
Phone: +1-703-740-2887
Email: rhonda.cagle@imagineschools.org

Twitter @ImagineCharters

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