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Imagine Schools Reviews

Updated August 2, 2017
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Pros
  • The staff members at the school really were a great team (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • There are growing pains and lack of resources and things you should find at a school (in 3 reviews)

  • Extremely low pay with close to no raise (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to start your teaching career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Imagine Schools full-time

    Pros

    Really work to put the teacher on the right track

    Cons

    Cave-in to parent pressure too often

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your teachers more


  2. "Could have been good..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Imagine Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    CO-workers are wonderful and always willing to help. Support staff is wonderful and always available and flexible. Teachers work very hard, long hours...pro for the school and students, con for the teachers.

    Cons

    Student misbehavior has no meaningful or immediate consequences. Most students are rude and disrespectful to teachers and staff as well as low parent support from home. Students cuss at teachers and each other and the administration tells them not to do it again and sends them back to class. Students fight and are back in class 10 minutes later with a note from administration to let them know if anything else happens. Administration is so busy with the business side of things, trying to stay complicit, that they rarely support teachers when students need removed from the class room or school....they need the money from students being enrolled.

    Advice to Management

    The bottom dollar cannot remain in a higher position than the education of the students or the moral support of your teachers. They are your most prized possession, not the almighty dollar. Once you have behaviors of students in line, teachers will stay, more students will come in, and you will truly reach students.

  3. "teaching at a charter school"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Mesa, AZ
    Former Employee - Teacher in Mesa, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Imagine Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The educators I worked with were positive and we collaborated well together and really became sisters/family.

    Cons

    parents have the power to remove teachers, admin favors certain teachers, lacks teachers of color despite diverse student body.

    Advice to Management

    More imagine schools need a zero tolerance policy when it comes to student misbehavior


  4. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Imagine Schools full-time

    Pros

    Lots of input into decision making

    Cons

    Difficult to advance to higher positions


  5. "Fourth Grade Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Imagine Schools full-time

    Pros

    Seeing students learn new things.

    Cons

    Administration had no control over the students, letting them run around in the halls, fight, and lie with absolutely no repercussions. Teachers were blamed for student and parent behavior, and were given little to no assistance in emergency situations.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Discipline"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Teacher in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Imagine Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Discipline of students is very lack.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair, firm and consistent.


  7. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Imagine Schools full-time

    Pros

    Imagine provides excellent health insurance!

    Cons

    Salary is far below competing schools.

  8. "Awesome fellow workers and awesome administration"

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    Current Employee - Classroom Teacher in Cape Coral, FL
    Current Employee - Classroom Teacher in Cape Coral, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone at Imagine is willing to help and make your job easier. The staff and administration is extremely friendly and caring. The administration is always visible. They never stay in their office.

    Cons

    The only draw back to this job is that there are students that can be rude and disrespectful, but that is something that happens in every educational institute.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. Keep visiting the classrooms and walking around the campus. It's great to see you around the school.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "It's all about numbers"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Toledo, OH
    Former Employee - Teacher in Toledo, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Imagine Schools (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the staff I worked with were great! It's nice to have summer breaks and I was pretty much on the same schedule as my son.

    Cons

    The management does not trust the teachers to do their job. There is no justice for the students who behave and want to learn. The focus is on keeping numbers, so the misbehaved kids stay, and the well behaved kids leave. If you get on the good side of the management team, you are untouchable If you're not, God help you!

    Advice to Management

    Trust and value your teachers and staff! Don't stay in your office with the door closed!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Micromanaging region team, blind to reality at school level."

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    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in West Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in West Melbourne, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Imagine Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The family-like feel with staff and parents. The ability to help the demographic of low income/low socioeconomic families. The flexibility from district mandates.

    Cons

    Few resources with little to no support, especially for first year or new teachers and staff. The unreasonable expectations beyond daily duties. The extreme poor leadership and little to no feed back and support.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes to the reality of your school leader, listen to what the staff is saying. Find ways to help the students that are currently attending instead of hoping that "other" demographics will register.


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