School Details

Imagine School at Palmer Ranch

6220 McIntosh Rd, Sarasota, FL 34238
(941) 257-1124
7

(out of 10)

Charter Grades PK-8 617 students Unknown students/teacher

Test Scores by grade

33%
68%
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71%
57%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
  • This school in 2013
  • Sarasota average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

86%
67%
61%
80%
70%
60%
71%
86%
83%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
66%
87%
81%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)

In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.
  • This school in 2013
  • Sarasota average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

28%
64%
55%
53%
72%
60%
35%
64%
53%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
  • This school in 2013
  • Sarasota average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

64%
66%
52%
72%
71%
59%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
  • This school in 2013
  • Sarasota average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

87%
67%
55%
81%
70%
57%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
  • This school in 2013
  • Sarasota average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

81%
71%
51%
68%
67%
56%
61%
59%
47%
81%
84%
79%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
90%
86%
78%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)

In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.
  • This school in 2013
  • Sarasota average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Imagine School at Palmer Ranch is a charter middle school in Sarasota. The principal of Imagine School at Palmer Ranch is Ms. Alisa Wright, who can be contacted at alisa.wright@imaineschools.com. 617 children attend Imagine School at Palmer Ranch and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Black, non-Hispanic. 4% of the Imagine School at Palmer Ranch students have "limited English proficiency." 38% of the 617 students here have subsidized lunches. Sarasota Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 73% 66%
Multiracial 4% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 9%
Hispanic 19% 18%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0.08%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 38% 52%
Limited English proficiency 4% 6%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    Do not be fooled by so called awards and school grade. Do your children a favor and steer clear of this school which is very dirty and has an uncaring administration. The zero tolerance bullying poloicy does not exist.

  • (8 months ago)

    Congratulations on the charter renewal! My daughter is in middle school at ISPR and I am impressed with the high testing scores the middle school has been achieving.

  • (8 months ago)

    surprise! whenever there is bad publicity in the community a few "good" reviews pop up on this website. So transparent.. recently in the local news for applying for a 15 year charter extension when the local school board said "not so fast we want a closer look" so many families and staff have given up and left.

  • (8 months ago)

    This is an amazing school. The teachers and faculty are caring and compassionate. They all strive to not only give the children an A++ Education but they also teach the children morals and values!! These things are so often over looked in today's educational environment. The school is large enough to have all the resources they need but small enough to cater to each child and family. I really feel as if I am getting a private school educational experience for free here!!!

  • (8 months ago)

    I have have 3 children at this school and they have had such great experiences in sports theatrical performances and academic achievement. They have gone on to regional science fair & state sports competitions. All 3 children are very happy at the school and we are happy with all the communication and great community feel with all the great events and performances. Go Long Horns!

  • (11 months ago)

    So not be fooled by suposed awards and school grade. This school lacks professional administration consistency and professionalism! Too bad I can't give it zero stars...

  • (1 year ago)

    My children love ISPR. They are academically challenged and love their teachers. The principal strives to address any problem areas right away.

  • (1 year ago)

    Its alot of fun and it strives to teach all of the arts while also installing good work habits into young children's minds.

  • (1 year ago)

    It is a false facade don't be fooled...At one time Imagine was an amazing school but the past 3 years it has fallen apart and the priorities were tossed out the window. The administration is unfortunately the worst and the teachers are tossed out constantly fluctuating like yesterdays trash!!! I'm talking really talented individuals who we WERE really blessed to have had.... The education has rapidly declined with the VERY high turnover anyone who has a positive comment obviously hasn't been there long enough nor involved enough. There is no one to complain to or even seek assistance notice there is no place for a parent comment on the website... Monthly board meetings are a joke and seriously the school has a huge deficit...several hundred thousand....no technology poor materials and again....NO TEACHERS who want to stay...resumes are all out there! This school is run by FEAR from administration who will just dispose of any in a second....including students if parents are disliked!!! This school needs to close the doors and start over!!! Please from another parent take my advice any school is better than this one...

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter has thrived in the three years she has been at Imagine School at Palmer Ranch. She has been nurtured & supported by the teachers & administration and made to feel part of something special. She has ben a peer mentor to younger students participated in Speech and Debate class & played on the sports teams to name just a few. The smaller community has allowed her to have more attention from her teachers and to get extra attention. Rather than feeling like she was thrown to the wolves in other middle schools she has felt safe and happy.The teachers genuinely care and know the kids. The principal has been at every event I have ever attended and knows the students by name. The school is still new and growing but has accomplished a great deal on less than 4 years. Teachers have moved had babies & been let go for poor performance in the past year and that should not be construed as a bad thing. Teachers & parents also sit on task forces & participate in decision making at Imagine so to say that no one has a say at the school is misleading. I am thankful that our family has had the choice to enroll our daughter at this school and would definitely recommend it.

  • (1 year ago)

    to continue on my review the kids at Imagine do not have text books teachers are having to go to the website to get print out of the work needed because the text books they are using are extremely out dated.. Teachers leave the school because they are unhappy with the principal and the circus she is running.. one teacher left because things would continue to happen among students and she was not allowed by the principal to report it they are expected to brush it under the rug to make the school look good. Also with the parent and students surveys those are a complete joke because no changes ever come out of that.. there is one teacher that threatend their class with tracking card marks if the kids were honest with what they thought of the school because she didnt want anyone to make the school look bad.. i guess that is one teacher who is very affraid of the principal..

  • (1 year ago)

    Academically challenging with emphasis on character building. Friendly and caring staff. My child moved to this school and is very happy and reaching her potential. The teachers go out of their way to offer extra help if needed. I volunteer when I can.

  • (1 year ago)

    I had great hopes for this charter school but will be pulling my kids out at the end of the year. The teachers are great but the administration is horrible and the principal is the worst. Absolutely unprofessional and worse than that doesnt know how to run a school only a nursery that she put in place for herself. She is demeaning to staff parents and kids. The teacher turnover is 40%! The ESE department is a mess! Many complaints with the local county school board. Another case of a struggling Imagine School to bad. And by the way the lights are off all the time during lunch how cruel!

  • (1 year ago)

    Excellent teachers Strong principal/school leadership and challenging academic programs. Imagine School at Palmer Ranch has all three features. I have volunteered at the school regularly and I see nothing but all staff striving for excellence.

  • (1 year ago)

    Do not be duped by the tour. Your child will receive a substandard education here. They will also eat lunch with the lights out most of the time. If you go to leadership with a problem you will be told it is only you having this problem. My child has been bullied and although they have a zero bullying policy it is still happening. The students get yelled out a lot you can hear it in the hallway. The school is also very dirty and there is no technology. The fields for P.E. are filled with fireants we are leaving next year. My children have suffered enough.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child has attended Imagine for 2 years. I myself have a master's in education. My objective as a parent is to have my child in a school environment that inspires learning and focuses on the individual needs of children. Her education is not something I take lightly. My child was moved from an "A" school as I felt she was part of a large group of cattle being herded around. It was nonstop focus on worksheets simply training children to take tests. Her education was impersonal and lacked meaningful activities. I do not feel that way here. Within a week of her move to Imagine the principal saw me at school walked up and said "We are so happy to have ____ here." Her teacher even met with me prior to my child's first day to discuss my concerns. She meant something. It spoke volumes. In addition bullying is something this school does not take lightly. Children must adhere to behavioral contracts whereas regular public schools have many limitations regarding poor behavior. There are high expectations of students and parents as it should be when it comes to a child's education. It takes a village to raise a child not just parents not just teachers. You get that village here.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is very unorganized their is an abundance of office staff who do not seen to know much at all about parent questions/concerns. Administration does not appear to support their staff. Staff is overworked and expected to do way more than should be expected of them.

  • (2 years ago)

    My two daughters attended this school - one for 5th- part of 7th grade and another for kindergarten and part of 1st. I have to say that we loved it there and were sad to leave when we moved. They had lots of elective choices for my middle schooler and my elementary student really loved her cluster teachers. I think people get offended easily by Imagine schools because they will not put up with students who are disruptive or refuse to learn. I'm just thrilled that we moved to North Port and my kids can still attend Imagine there. Project CHILD is great and they really focus on character.

  • (2 years ago)

    Listen to word of mouth on this school don't go there. When my husband complained about Teachers to adminsrtation our son was the target for Mad Teachers suddenly our son was a behavior problem we met with the adminstration who was not supportive of our son instead we were told if were not happy there go somewhere else. So we happily did we pulled our son out of Imagine and now our son is a straight A student at his new school where he has been for almost three months with NO problems. So please parents listen to a Concerened parent and listen to your child. Imagine is NOT a good school.

  • (2 years ago)

    When my family moved from a small town we were concerned about the middle schools near our house. We were pleased when we toured Imagine and felt like it offered a small school feel without being restrictive. My oldest son enjoys his classes and teachers and loves being able to eat outside with friends a few days a week. My daughter has made great friends and has had a great few months at the school; she was in the talent show and was even voted student of the month by her new peers. I am given opportunities to volunteer at the school but the PTO seems like its working through some issues so I'm trying to be patient.

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