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About This School

Imagine Charter School at North Manatee is a charter elementary school in Ellenton. The principal of Imagine Charter School at North Manatee is Ms. Jennifer Lucas, whose e-mail is LUCASJ@manateeschools.net. 520 students go to Imagine Charter School at North Manatee and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 7% of the Imagine Charter School at North Manatee students are "limited in English proficiency." 41% of the 520 students here have subsidized lunches. Blackburn Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Gymnastics
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 8% 14%
White, non-Hispanic 62% 51%
Multiracial 4% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Hispanic 25% 30%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 41% 55%
Limited English proficiency 7% 4%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    I would pick another school for my child if only we had other options! It's good that ISNM has small population but it seems to me that the Admin staff can barely assist the principal running this school. Promoting a program that having same teachers with a child for 3 yrs to keep track on his/her progress but there're new teachers each year! Should Admin staff work with PTO to ensure parents have some clues how/when to get involved besides the only option of paying or buying school supplies. School curriculum sounds interesting but my child who had honor roll every quarter didn't look forward to go to school each morning and had nothing to tell us when he got home. Even though school population is low teachers seem to be overwhelmed and they could use a teaching aid to prevent bullying right in the classroom. Good thing the teachers there are wonderful and Ms. Nancy is great but ISNM can't be any better if the Admin staff don't actually do something useful. My child comes back this year because it's convenient for us not because this is a great school as we think. Yes I know I'm a terrible parent!!!

  • (9 months ago)

    Looking into this school....looks a little suspicious that there are a lot of reviews in one day Feb 21 2013. Maybe to counteract some of the negative comments posted? I am on the fence on to enroll my children or keep them in their current public school.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have been a parent at Imagine for 5 years and could not be happier! We love our prinipal and all of the teachers and staff. They truly care about the students. Strong relationships between parents and staff make this school unique and it shows. Proud to be a part of the Imagine family!

  • (1 year ago)

    Although the Principal is very nice and tries to address each and every concern overall it is a disorganized mess. They do not communicate they are not honest and the teachers meander through the year without giving accurate updates and progress. There are transportation issues and more than once there has been problems with the busses and after school activities being cancelled with no notice to parents. School leaves MUCH to be desired. We are not sure we are returning next year as the traditional public school seems to be the lesser of two evils.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school has done wonders for my child. She loves it and made new friends. I really love how the teachers stay in touch with you and always keep you inform.

  • (1 year ago)

    The GREATEST school! My daughters started attending Imagine North Manatee in 2011 in 1st grade and the 3-year-old program. There is such a strong sense of community here! The teachers are exemplary they really care and challenge the students every day. My daughter's reading improved exponentially within her first semester when the teachers and I worked as a team. A high level of parent involvement small class sizes and an amazing principal also make ISNM great. I don't have to worry that my kids will "fall through the cracks" at the huge public school down the street. An excellent school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Imagine School North Manatee has challenged my daughter's abilities to succeed academically and socially. Her teachers are great and really are concerned about our children to grow and to learn at their pace. The teachers are available to answers question via email or personally everyday. The smaller class size has allowed more interaction with students and their teachers however the children learn to find the answer themselves before asking the teacher. I believe if the student sits there and is feed the answers them become lazy and want others to help them. If you want a school to challenge your children this is the place to come. If you want the children to sit at a desk and let the teachers feed your children the answers go to a county government school. The School takes on the whole child development not just academically. The parents must participate and volunteer for the school 20 hours a year. I think they need to be more strict on this rule because you still have parents that just drop kids off and expect the school to educate and to baby sit. This school is not about that Education is the Parents responsibility with the School to assist us.

  • (1 year ago)

    We enrolled our granddaughter in Imagine and couldn't be happier. We like the cluster concept and being able to email the teachers with questions or concerns and they respond. Miss Nancy in the office is fabulous and Mrs. Lucas as principal is wonderful.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our son has been at Imagine since 3rd Grade and sadly leaves at the end of the year for his next school experience on to high school. We have only been impressed with everything that Imagine has offered and wish them continued success. Will miss our Imagine family so much.

  • (1 year ago)

    this school has excellent teachers. My daughter loves the cluster concept.. The principal shows great school leadership and is always there to answer any question.

  • (1 year ago)

    We have been at Imagine North Manatee for three years! My kids are in 1st 5th & 6th. We have had experience with all levels primary intermediate and middle. Imagine North Manatee is like a family! The teachers genuinely care about the kids. The majority of the teachers spend time with the students in extra curricular activities above and beyond the regular classes. Between my three children they have 13 educational teachers and three specials teachers. All of them have more than exceeded our expectations! The small class sizes are awesome and allow for personal attention when needed. The administrators are awesome and Ms. Nancy in the front office is a tremendous gift to the school! Imagine North Manatee is a winner!

  • (1 year ago)

    I have a child who has Asperger's. The school teachers & staff are more than willing to work with him. Teachers are easy to reach via email. Great group of parents who volunteer well together. My family LOVES this school!!!!! A lot of events to go to during the school year!!! And a plus is they have to wear uniforms so you know what your child will have to wear each day except for NUT (no uniform today) days when they are given special tasks on what to wear that particular Friday. The PRINCIPAL is totally hands on with children/staff/parents. BEST SCHOOL EVER! Now all they need is a high school....

  • (1 year ago)

    Teachers are great and the principal is the best! All staff truly cares about the students. They will all go that extra mile to make sure your child's needs are met. On top of the academics they teach character building which is lacking in many other schools. Great school! Best in the county by far!

  • (1 year ago)

    We moved from Ohio and the public system and returned to Florida and Imagine Charter. The student/teacher ratio decreased and my daughter's grades increased (from Fs to As). I could not be more happier or prouder of my girl. This school is great for academic performance in my child and will remain in a charter school for her high school years.

  • (1 year ago)

    My granddaughter has been going to this school for 3 years. We put her here because we didn't like the public school that she would be going to in our town. It was the best decision we could have made. We like the teaching style and the community feeling the school gives. We would not hesitate to reccomend this school to anyone considering a change.

  • (1 year ago)

    I removed my son from our local public school to go to Imagine. My initial reason was so he was secured for middle school. I have since found he is far more challenged here than he was before. I believe this has been the best move for him. They also have the added benefit of school bus that come to our neighborhood when I need it.

  • (1 year ago)

    I love this school! I have 3 children at ISNM and love it. I have an average above average child and a below average child and they all get excellent support and guidance. The children have the same teachers for 3 years in a row with the "Project child" program and it helps the teachers know the kids better as well as the kids knowing the teachers. All of the teachers work well to support the children.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is Imagine's sixth year and this one proves to be it's best by a land slide! A new principal has the highest expectations of her staff students and most of all herself. Imagine has joined Florida's Gulf Coast Athletic League and will go competitve with Track and Field Soccer Cheerleading Football and Choir! Academic Achievement has set a new bar for quality and vigorous instruction. All this in an intimate family-like setting. Imagine Rocks....watch out...VPK - 8th waiting lists to come!

  • (2 years ago)

    Imagine North Manatee has made huge academic gains this year (check our school grade ; ) which is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the students staff and families! We are so proud! And while we prepare our students to be successful with any assessment we never teach to the test. We have so many positive changes for the 2011-12 school year and I can't wait to begin. We've had some changes in staff due mainly to job change for location but our staff team is still as strong as ever! Our new principal has so many great ideas and has been working so hard to make the 2011-12 school year the best yet! We have a new principal new mascot (GO Thunderbirds!) and some new staff but we are still the strong close-knit caring Imagine family that has always happily gone above and beyond to help your child succeed with a smile! If we weren't I would've left a long time ago for a much higher county position salary that reflects my qualifications. But Imagine is the school with heart and values! )

  • (2 years ago)

    Not sure why my review was deleted but I would not recommend this school. I simply was not happy about the way it was ran. My child's teacher taught the test rather than taught the child. As a result when I switched the local public school he was very behind.

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