IC Imagine Enrollment Packet for 2023-34

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Welcome!

Thank you for your interest in IC Imagine! We are proud to be a tuition-free public charter school that welcomes all students to learn and grow in a K-12 environment. We offer a high level of learning with a strong focus on the whole child and work diligently to create a culture that ensures all community members feel welcome. IC Imagine prepares students for college and career pathways through curriculum that integrates academics, athletics and the arts into all aspects of their education.

The 2023-24 school year marks IC Imagine’s 10th year! This finds our community celebrating all we have accomplished and excited for what lies ahead. As we move from a period of growth to establishing roots as a community, we reflect on our formative years and use this knowledge to guide us into the next decade. We will remain proactive in providing excellent educational opportunities, and continue to invest in our 47-acre campus as a resource for our students, their families, and the greater community.

We invite you to visit our campus, learn more about our school and become a part of our community. We look forward to giving you an “inside the classroom” look at each part of our school, including our wide range of programs, collaborative and qualified faculty, and engaged and curious students.

WELCOME

K-12 Club Opportunities

Adventure Club

Fantasy Sports (Football/Bball) Flavors of the World GSA Imagination Club Jazz Band

Kingfishers for Christ National Junior Art Honor Society Roller Skating/Blading Strategic Games Tinikling Club Video Game Yarns and Things

Adventure Club Baking Club

Imagineers

International Thespian Society Jazz Band

National Art Honors Society National Honors Society National Organization of Women Nintendo Club

PRIDE Club Students for Life

NC State High School Enrollments

University of NC School for the Arts (UNCSA) NC School of Science and Math (NCSSM)

College Acceptances

Appalachian State University

Belmont Abbey College

Brevard College

Carson-Newman University College of Charleston East Carolina University

Eastern Tennessee State University Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Gordon College Guilford College Hollins University Johnson University Lenoir-Rhyne University

Liberty University

Mars Hill University

Middle Georgia State University NC State University

Northern Vermont University (Johnson)

Oregon State University Radford University

Rocky Mountain College Rutgers University Saint Edward’s University

Southern New Hampshire University St. Andrew’s University

The Citadel UNC Asheville UNC Chapel Hill UNC Charlotte UNC Greensboro University of Nebraska (Lincoln)

University of Tennessee Virginia Tech Western Carolina University Wingate University

Class of 2023 GPA Distribution (Cumulative for Grades 9-11) HIGH MEAN MID 50% WEIGHTED GPA 4.67 3.36 2.76-4.07 UNWEIGHTED GPA 4.00 3.12 2.60-3.67 22-23 Enrollment: K-12: 1228 K-5: 628 6-8: 303 9-12: 297 Freshman: 97 Sophmores: 72 Juniors: 57 Seniors: 71 22-23 Demographics: Caucasian: 78.1% African American: 4% Multi-Racial: 6.4% Asian: 1% Hispanic: 10.3% Native American: .2% Economically Disadvantaged: 18.3% Affiliations and Recognitions: Exceeded Academic Growth 2016-2017 Exceeded Academic Growth 2018-2019 School of Choice Leadership Award 2020 Voted Best of Asheville Charter School 2022 Carolina’s Athletic Association for Schools of Choice 2021-2022 AP Scores: 2022-2023 AP Courses: 2022-2023 AP Students: • 68 test takers took 112 tests • 24.5% of 11th and 12th grade students participated in AP courses • 66% (74/112) got 3+ to receive college credit AP Biology AP Chemistry AP English Language AP English Literature AP Microeconomics AP Statistics AP US History AP World History: Modern • 57 students, 95 enrollments (28% of 10th-12th graders) • Dual Enrollment: 51 enrolled for the fall semester (40% of Juniors and Seniors) 9 Years of Education Est. 2014 100% Graduation Rate 2023 is Imagine’s 7th Graduating class Dual-Enrollment Partnership 46% Faculty with Master’s Degrees ClassAverageSize Lower School 22/class avg. Middle School 20/class avg. Upper School 15/class avg. Lower School
Adventure Club
the Books
Club
Theatre
Club
Middle School Upper School
Battle of
MTB
Musical
Tinikling
25 Fine Art Exhibition Opportunities per year 16 Athletic & Sport Club Opportunites Community Service Partners SCHOOL PROFILE

Education is an incredible journey of discovery and achievement! When children feel safe and valued, they feel they belong. When they feel they belong, they flourish. IC Imagine is intentionally creating a community that is positive, inclusive, comfortable, and safe. Through our whole-child focus, we stay attentive to each child’s social emotional development and use programs and meaningful conversations to help students value themselves and others. Our faculty cultivates meaningful relationships with students which foster a sense of connection and community for children.

We utilize the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports model (PBIS) to recognize the positive contributions of Kingfishers. Each classroom follows a positive behavior matrix that explicitly teaches students the school-wide expectations and incorporates incentives. We ask all students to DIVE in throughout all classroom and non-classroom settings: Do Everything Safely, I am a Leader, Value, and Engage.

We use the Collaborative for Academic and Social Emotional Learning (CASEL) Framework to address Social Emotional Learning (SEL) that affirms the strengths, values, cultures, and lived experiences of all students. CASEL defines social and emotional learning as an integral part of education and human development. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities; manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals; feel and show empathy for others; establish and maintain supportive relationships; and make responsible and caring decisions.

Our SEL implementation efforts provide effective, holistic, coordinated strategies that address all students’ needs, thus improving equitable educational experiences and outcomes for all. IC Imagine graduates possess the self-respect and self-confidence needed to be successful as young adults and contributing members to the greater community.

Lower School

• Character Education focused on leadership skills

• Classroom and grade level wide morning meetings

• SEL using Second Step Curriculum and instructional practices

• Integration of SEL into academic instruction

• Service Learning

• Clubs

• Athletic Camps

• Intramural Opportunities

• Fine Arts Extracurriculars

Middle School

• Serves as a bridge between Lower and Upper Schools

• SEL using Second Step Curriculum and instructional practices

• Integration of SEL into academic instruction

• Houses, Leadership Opportunities

• Imagination Days

• Service Learning

• Clubs

• Athletics

• Dances

• Other Social Opportunities

• Fine Arts Extracurriculars

Upper School

• Service Learning

• SEL

• Clubs

• Athletics

• College Visits

• College and Career Counseling

• Dances

• Other Social Opportunities

• Fine Arts Extracurriculars

WHOLE CHILD

As a public charter school, all instruction is tied to the North Carolina State Standards. Using this as a starting point, our faculty go above and beyond to enrich the academic content and provide opportunities for students to engage with their learning. Recognizing children learn in a variety of ways, we encourage students to have a growth mindset and view learning as a process. We employ standards-based grading, which means students’ grades reflect their mastery of each standard introduced, not the course overall.

IC Imagine’s strong academic program positions students to have several college credits, some with associate degrees, upon graduation. Our graduates successfully transition to the college and career pathways of their choice and are poised to navigate the 21st century work environment.

Lower School Middle School Upper School†

Core Curriculum

ELA Math Science Social Studies

ELA Math* Science Social Studies

ELA Math Science Social Studies

Foreign Language Spanish (1x/week) Spanish Spanish^ Multiple Spanish Electives

Healthy Living Physical Education (1x/ week) Recess (20-minute 2x/day)

Fine Arts Music (1x/week) Theatre (1x/week) Visual Arts (1x/week)

Health/Physical Education Health/Physical Education Other PE Electives

Choice of: Band Chorus Theatre Visual Arts

Other Opportunities

AVID Project Lead the Way

Choice of: Band Chorus Theatre Visual Arts Multiple Arts Electives

AVID Project Lead the Way Multiple Electives College Campus Visits Community Service

* Students who demonstrate readiness may have the opportunity to receive high school credit for Math 1. † Opportunities for Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) as well as Dual Enrollment through AB Tech for Juniors and Seniors with a 2.8+ GPA.

^ Most students will enter Upper School with a Spanish 1 Credit.

ACADEMICS

We believe the Fine Arts are an integral part of our comprehensive curriculum as we develop the whole child. Fine Arts education is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skills. Building upon the Arts programming each year, IC Imagine graduates have increased capacity for creativity, improved academic performance, confidence, collaboration, and perseverance allowing them to be successful in their college and career pathways.

Visual Arts Band Theatre Chorus

Lower School Visual Arts Music Theatre Music

Middle School Visual Arts Beginner Band Concert Band Symphonic Band Wind Symphony

Upper School* Art 1-4 Ceramics and 3D Sculpting Digital Design Photography

Extracurricular Opportunities

Skate Deck (MS) High Point University Emerging Artists Exhibit for North Carolina Art Students

Scholastic Arts Participation National Junior Art Honor Society (MS) National Art Honor Society (US)

Beginner Band Jazz Band Concert Band Symphonic Band Wind Symphony

All-District & All-State (MS/US)

Mars Hill Band Clinic NC Music Performance Adjudications

Dollywood/Carowinds Festival (MS/US) Jazz Band Cafe

Theatre Chorus

Theatre Theatre Tech Music Theory Mixed Chorus Chamber Choir Section Ensembles (Bass/Tenor and Alto/Soprano)

Musical Theatre productions (LS/ MS/US) International Thespian Society Membership (US)

NC Music Performance Adjudications Dollywood/Carowinds Festival (MS/US)

NC Honors Chorus Auditions and Performance Opportunities

Fine Arts 5K Fine Arts Showcase Visiting Artists

*Opportunities for Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) as well as Dual Enrollment through AB Tech for Juniors and Seniors with a 2.8+ GPA. Involvement in the Fine Arts includes opportunities to share with Lower School students during the school day, perform for families throughout the year, attend related field trips, and participate in local, regional and state competitions.

ARTS

As a school committed to healthy living, we know athletics provide a primary means to develop habits, attitudes, and ideals that align with ethical competition and cooperation. They provide healthy and wholesome leisure time activities for our youth and have a powerful impact on young people during their formative years. Athletics creates opportunities for students to reduce stress, improve brain function, work together with their peers and foster the development of healthy relationships. IC Imagine athletes graduate with the self-confidence, resiliency, and collaborative skills necessary to navigate complex 21st century environments.

Home of the Kingfishers!

Facilites

• Kingfisher Trail

• IC Imagine Gym

• Outdoor basketball court

• Outdoor turf field

Until the school is able to construct its Athletics Complex, we use the fields at Buncombe County Sports Park. Our Tennis team utilizes the tennis courts at Aston Park.

6-12 Athletic Teams Additional Opportunities (K-12)

FALL Co-Ed Cross Country Men’s Soccer Women’s Volleyball

WINTER

Men’s Basketball Women’s Basketball Cheerleading SPRING Women’s Soccer Co-Ed Golf Co-Ed Mountain Biking Co-Ed Track & Field Co-Ed Tennis Co-Ed Ultimate Frisbee

• Fall Mountain Bike Camp

• Cheer Camp

• Wrestling Camp

• Lacrosse Camp

• Volleyball Camp

• Soccer Camp

• Basketball Camp

• Intramural Basketball

• 3 on 3 tournaments

• Skiing and Snowboarding Club

• Golf Club

• Climbing Club

• Wrestling Club

Additional opportunities are added each year.

All IC Imagine students have the ability to participate in Kingfisher Athletics programs, camps, and intramural opportunities.
ATHLETICS

Enrollment Events

Kindergarten Information Night

January 19 and March 9,

6:00 pm

This event will give attendees an opportunity to get an in-depth look at Kindergarten. They will hear directly from the Principals and get a chance to tour Kindergarten classrooms and speak with faculty.

Imagine US: An Upper School Panel Discussion

January 31 and February 28, 8:15-9:15 am February 2 and March 2, 6:00-7:00 pm

Attendees will hear directly from Upper School leaders, faculty, parents, and students, and have the opportunity to ask questions.

Interactive Tour

Saturdays (1/7, 1/21, 2/4, 2/18, 3/4, 3/18), 9:30-10:30 am

The Interactive Tour is an opportunity to see our entire campus. As attendees walk through the selfguided tour, they will have the opportunity to interact one-on-one with school administrators, parent representatives, and student leaders. The sign-up can be found on the enrollment page of our website.

Student Shadow Opportunities (Upper School only)

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30-11:30 am

The shadow opportunity is a chance for your student to come and see what a morning in Upper School feels like. Your child is paired with a student representative and will follow him/her through the first four class periods. Prospective students will be ready to be picked up before lunch. The sign-up form can be found on the enrollment page of our website.

www.icimagine.org/enrollment/

Preparing for Enrollment

Lottery

Open enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year is January 1 at 8:00 am through March 31 at 11:59 pm. We accept applications for students entering kindergarten through twelfth grade. Applicants must be a resident of North Carolina and will need to provide proof of residency. All applications received during the open enrollment period will be entered into a blind lottery system. Enrollment seats and wait list order will be determined through the lottery. The lottery is a public meeting and anyone is welcome to attend. You do not have to be present to receive an enrollment seat. The lottery will be held on Thursday, April 13 at 10:00 am via Zoom. The link will be posted on our website. The results of the lottery will be sent via email immediately following the lottery.

There are four priority categories for the lottery:

• Children of IC Imagine staff

• Siblings of currently enrolled IC Imagine students

• Children of IC Imagine board members

• Children who qualify for the National School Lunch Program (additional information will be required with your application)

All applications received after March 31st will be placed at the bottom of the waitlist in the order the application is received. We will continue to accept applications through the first semester of the school year.

Documents to Prepare for Registration

When you are offered enrollment, these documents will be required with the registration. Please have these ready ahead of time, so your registration is not delayed.

Kindergarten Applicants:

• Birth Certificate

• Immunizations

• Health Assessment (must have been completed within a year from the first day of school)

7th Grade Applicants:

• Immunizations (all rising 7th graders must have updated immunizations with the tDap and Meningococcal vaccines)

9th-12th Grade Applicants:

• Transcript showing High School credits earned

• All rising 12th graders must have updated immunizations with the Meningococcal booster

Never attended a NC public school before?

• Birth Certificate

• Immunizations

• Health Assessment (must have been completed within a year from the first day of school)

Uniform Expectations K-8

• 1 Collared Shirt (White, Navy, Black or Gray)

• 1 Pair of Khaki, Black or Navy uniform style pants, shorts, bermuda shorts, skorts, skirts or jumpers

• Closed toe shoes

Please note the following:

• Approved outerwear in the classroom includes: fleece jackets, hoodies* (without large logos), sweaters, cardigans in the uniform colors of: black, gray, navy, or white with IC Imagine logo or no logo.

• The only outerwear with large logos permitted in classrooms is that with the IC Imagine logo.

• The navy shirt color is shown on the Land’s End school site. Royal blue is not the uniform color.

• Families may purchase additional uniform items as shown on the Land’s End site including shorts, skorts, approved outerwear, jumpers, sweaters, shirts, etc., although items do not have to be purchased through Land’s End. All APPROVED uniforms are displayed on the IC Imagine website.

• Lunch boxes and backpacks may be any color but cannot contain any vulgarity or advertisements for tobacco, alcohol or drugs.

• The IC Imagine logo may not be reproduced in any manner without the written consent of IC Imagine.

• No large logo other than the IC Imagine logo may be worn.

• Joggers, leggings, gym shorts, cargo pants/shorts,and athletic pants are not permitted as uniforms bottoms.

• All uniform bottoms or dresses must reach the tip of the finger or longer when arms are at the sides.

• All uniform button-up uniform shirts may only have two buttons open at any given time.

• All clothing must fit appropriately and be free of holes (e.g. no tight or baggy clothing).

• Shoes must be closed toe. No shoes with wheels are to be worn at any time.

• Sunglasses may not be worn inside the building or classrooms.

• Due to potential allergic reactions please limit the use of perfumes or colognes.

• All hats/caps/head coverings must be removed before entering the building.

• No bandanas are permitted.

• Undergarments should not be visible.

• Leggings may be worn under uniform bottoms. Leggings may not be worn in place of uniform bottoms.

• Non-Uniform Attire School Days are designated by School Leadership and should be followed as described in each situation.

• Every Friday we celebrate Spirit Day. Students can wear uniform bottoms and IC Imagine spirit wear found in the School Spirit Store on the website.

Assistance for Families

We are sensitive to the needs of families in meeting the uniform requirements. The parent or guardian of a student may contact one of the school counselors regarding requirements for financial assistance for uniforms.

*Please note that any hoodies, etc. that are not uniform compliant are not permitted inside the school building and may be confiscated by administration for the duration of the school day.

Uniform Expectations K-8

All jumpers must be worn with a collared shirt underneath.

T O P S B O T T O M S O U T E R W E A R

Dress Code Expectations 9-12

Student’s attire (clothing/footwear and accessories):

• Must not contain offensive messages or be considered derogatory or otherwise disrespectful

• Must not advertise, advocate, or depict alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, or any controlled substances

• Must not depict nudity, pornograpy, or sexual acts

• Must not use or depict hate speech targeting groups based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation or any other protected groups

• Must not threaten the health or safety of any other student or staff

Tops and Bottoms

• Students must wear a top and bottom of their choice, including pants, shorts, skirt

• Must have fabric in the front, back, and on the sides

• Clothing must cover undergarments

• Fabric covering private parts must not be see through

• Must be suitable for participation in all typical classroom activities, including PE, labs, or other areas where hazards may exist

• Hats and hoods must allow for the student’s face and ears to be visible to school staff

Footwear

• Footwear worn by students must be appropriate for the classes they are taking and allow for full participation in regularly scheduled activities.

• While students are in the gymnasium they will only be allowed to wear athletic shoes. It is the student’s individual responsibility to understand their schedule and whether that restriction applies to their day.

If the administration, in its discretion, determines a student’s dress or appearance materially disrupts or interferes with the IC Imagine Upper School learning environment, the educational mission of IC Imagine, or threatens the health or safety of students or staff, the student will be required to modify his or her dress in accordance with this policy.

Nut-Aware Policy

We have a number of students and families dealing with serious peanut and tree nut allergies- the food allergy that claims more lives each year than any other. We are a Nut Aware building in order to provide a safe learning environment for our children. In order to remain successful, we must closely monitor and manage our practices and what we allow into this facility as it relates specifically to lunch and snack. It is our hope to prevent cross contamination.

We have the following safety guidelines in effect:

Lunch:

• Please do not send any peanuts, peanut butter, or foods containing peanuts or tree nuts to be eaten for lunch in the classroom.

Classroom Snacks:

• Please do not send any peanuts, peanut butter, or foods containing peanuts or tree nuts to be eaten as snacks in the classroom, this includes items processed on equipment (or in a facility) that processes peanuts and tree nuts.

Food Pantry Donations:

• Please do not send any peanuts, peanut butter, or foods containing peanuts or tree nuts to be stored in our school food pantry, this includes items processed on equipment (or in a facility) that processes peanuts and tree nuts.

Minimizing Cross Contamination:

• Cross contamination is the most difficult piece to manage. We are placing great importance on hand washing and sanitizing before and after students eat. Similarly, if your child ate peanut butter for breakfast, we would greatly appreciate your making sure that his/her hands are washed with soap and water before leaving for school. Water alone does not do the trick!

We trust you understand how deeply important it is to respect and adhere to these guidelines. If throughout the course of the year you have any questions or concerns about a food allergy, please contact the school.

IC Imagine K-12 Public Charter School 2023-2024 School Year Calendar First/Last Day of School Modified Schedule School Closed/Holiday State Testing/Early Release Faculty In-Service (No School for Students) Su M T W Th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 January ‘24 Su M T W Th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 February ‘24 Su M T W Th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 March ‘24 Su M T W Th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 April ‘24 Su M T W Th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 May ‘24 Su M T W Th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 June ‘24 Su M T W Th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 July ‘23 Su M T W Th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 August ‘23 Su M T W Th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 September ‘23 Su M T W Th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 October ‘23 Su M T W Th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 November ‘23 Su M T W Th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 December ‘23 Approved by IC Imagine Board 11/17/2022 To support families as they begin to plan, we are sharing the Board-approved 2023-24 school calendar with you. As we move to a block schedule in grades 6-12 for the 2023-24 school year, we are re-evaluating our schedule for Wednesdays. Until the bell schedule is solidified, Wednesdays are labeled as “modified schedule” and we will update families once finalized.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for my student to attend IC Imagine?

Fill out an application for enrollment on our website at icimagine.org/ enrollment/. Depending on when you apply, you will either be entered into the lottery or given a spot on the waitlist.

Does IC Imagine follow the Buncombe County Schools’ or another local school district’s calendar?

No. We are on a modified year-round calendar. This involves two short breaks (one week in the fall and two weeks in the spring) and two longer breaks (one summer break and a winter break from Thanksgiving through New Years).

Does IC Imagine follow Buncombe County Schools’ or another local school district’s decisions for inclement weather?

No. We make decisions independently, evaluating the conditions in Buncombe County and the surrounding areas. Once we make a decision, we communicate school closings and delays on our website, Facebook page, email, Remind app/text, and on News 13 WLOS.

Does your school have a cafeteria?

No. Lower School students eat in their classrooms and Middle and Upper School students use open areas inside and outside (when weather permits) for larger groups to gather and socialize during lunch.

Does IC Imagine offer transportation?

IC Imagine is working to implement a comprehensive Transportation Plan made up of 6 community satellite bus stops to support our families who reside throughout Buncombe County and are in need of transportation support. All families will be required to submit an application and sign a Bus Rider Agreement to use the transportation system. IC Imagine’s bus service will be limited and prioritized based on need and hardship. Currently, we have one of these routes running and will add more as our budget and hiring allow.

What is the IC Imagine uniform?

All students in Kindergarten-8th grade must wear the appropriate IC Imagine school uniform to school each day, including field trips. The uniform includes the following: navy, white, gray or black polo shirt; uniform style khaki, black or gray bottoms; for outerwear: solid black, gray, white, navy sweaters or a black fleece. IC Imagine Upper School students do not wear uniforms, but adhere to a dress code. For more detailed information, see the enclosed Uniform and Dress Code Information sheets or the school website.

What are your future plans for your 47 acre campus?

A 3.1 mile cross country and mountain bike trail is under construction. Our future plans include an athletic complex, complete with two fields, a field house and additional parking.

How do families receive communication from the school?

All three schools send regular newsletters focused on each individual school or grade level. We send a whole school newsletter (ImagiNATION Insider) each month. We send important reminders via email and the Remind app. We also post to the school’s social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram. Many teachers also communicate via Google Classroom and Remind when necessary to help students and families in their courses. Google Classroom allows for families to receive updates about their child’s progress and assignments in their classes. In addition, our Parent Portal via PowerSchool allows for parents/guardians and students to stay updated on their current grades and attendance.

What is the behavior system teachers and staff use?

We believe in a proactive positive reinforcement system to encourage appropriate behaviors and have developed a matrix to use with our students to teach appropriate behaviors and use consistent language among our faculty and student body. We utilize this system to continue supporting our children as they learn to DIVE (Do Everything Safely, I am a Leader, Value, and Engage). Lower School students receive stars and Middle School students receive LiveSchool points for following the core expectations at IC Imagine, which can be exchanged for prizes or rewards.

How do you deal with bullying and discipline violations?

As with any incident of student behavior, the IC Imagine administrators must exercise informed judgment as to whether a student’s actions constitute a violation of Board policy and/or regulation. Consequences are actions taken by school administrators in response to a violation of the Code of Conduct. Moreover, if a behavior is deemed a criminal offense by local authorities and such offense is not identified in this Code of Student Conduct, the consequence may be expulsion from IC Imagine. Restitution for loss or damage will be required in addition to any other prescribed consequences. Repeated chronic or cumulative offenses may require higher levels of interventions/consequences. For serious violations, interventions/consequences may begin at a higher level.

Additionally, we are committed to providing tiered levels of intervention and support to students who struggle with behavior in the school setting. Interventions are aimed at reducing continued and/or escalation of inappropriate behaviors or violations of the code of conduct. Consequences and interventions may be used simultaneously.

How much support do teachers get?

All of our teachers receive timely feedback and support from our administrative team. Teachers also have support from their participation in collaborative teams that meet on a daily and weekly basis. Additionally, our beginning teachers participate in a beginning teacher program for the first three years they are with us.

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What is the turnover rate for teachers?

On average, 5% of our teachers do not return from one year to the next.

How do you meet the needs of the range of learners that come to you?

Our goal is to meet students where they are, and grow them from there. We meet children exactly as they come to us in all areas (including academic, emotional and/or social needs) and support them to maximize their potential. It is our goal that students demonstrate a year’s growth each year.

What are Middle School Houses?

Every Middle School student is placed in one of six houses. Houses meet weekly to discuss relevant information, play games, and participate in team building activities.

Do students have to audition for Fine Arts classes in Middle and Upper School?

Students do not have to audition for beginning level Fine Arts classes. Students who choose to take Beginner Band will need to do an instrument assessment with a Band Director in order to make sure they are placed on an instrument where they are most likely to be successful. Beyond the beginner level (typically 6th grade), students have the opportunity to audition or complete a portfolio in order to enroll in an advanced level course within their chosen Fine Art.

What advanced classes are offered and how is it decided who participates in these courses?

We use data and input from teacher recommendations to suggest the courses that students should take each year. For Upper School, most of our academic courses are offered at the standard and honors level. Beginning in 10th grade, our course offerings begin to include Advanced Placement options. In 11th grade, students with a 2.8+ GPA are able to start taking advantage of Dual Enrollment courses with AB Tech, allowing for the opportunity to earn college credit in some cases. We always encourage students to take the most rigorous course load appropriate for their individual strengths and needs.

What are the school hours?

Every year, we communicate the arrival and dismissal specifics for that year. Currently, the school day begins at 8:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Wednesdays we follow a modified schedule to provide our teachers protected collaborative time during their 40 hour work week.

Do you offer camps during the breaks?

Our camps are currently targeted toward students in grades K-8. We hope to offer camps that are focused on academic or social needs and geared toward the ages of students in Upper School as well.

What are my lunch options?

We are a nut-aware school. All lunches and snacks should not contain any nuts. Families are required to pack a lunch daily for their children. Microwaves are not accessible to students and the school is not able to heat food up for students.

We offer boxed lunch options most months, which is an optional program for your convenience. Menus will be posted on the IC Imagine website and you will order for one month at a time. Prices vary depending on the meal served.

Does IC Imagine offer before school and after school care?

Yes. The ASCEND program operates daily until 6:00 pm to provide care for students after school. On Wednesday, ASCEND offers extended care options for the modified day. For more information contact ascend@icimagine.org.

What kind of field trips can families expect?

Typically, in lower school, grade levels go on approximately 1 field trip per quarter. These include cultural experiences, trips tied to grade level standards, service learning and trips focused on the fine arts. Grade levels also add in additional on-campus experiences to extend and deepen students’ learning. In Middle and Upper School, there are grade level experiences, course specific experiences, service learning trips and college visits. Beginning in 5th grade, students experience overnight trips.

What is a typical day like for a Lower School student?

The daily schedule is grade level dependent, but for the most part, it follows a general structure that is similar.

Morning Meeting/Social Emotional Learning

English/Language Arts

Math

In classroom communities, grade level morning meetings happen occasionally (30 min)

Strategic reading and writing instruction on grade level standards along with small group instruction (approx. 90 min)

Instruction on grade level standards along with small group instruction (approx. 90 min)

Science Instruction on grade level standards (approx. 30 min)

Social Studies

Recess

Investments

CLIMB

Instruction on grade level standards (approx. 30 min)

2 times per day (20 min each), 1 time (30 min) on Wednesdays

1 per day: Music, Visual Arts, Spanish, PE, or Theatre (45 min each)

Enrichment/Intervention block where students receive support or enrichment on grade level standards based on need. (approx. 30 min)

Grade level dependent parts of the day:

• Independent Reading Time (length of time varies by age)

• Play Centers (Kindergarten only)

What is a typical day like for Middle and Upper School students?

Both Middle and Upper School will operate on an A/B Block schedule. They will attend four classes every other day on regular school days. On modified days they will attend all eight classes. See academic page for more school level specific information.

How much time do children spend in recess/participating in physical education?

Lower School: Students have two twenty minute recesses on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and one thirty minute recess on Wednesdays. students also have physical education, which happens outside (mostly), once a week. When the weather does not permit us to go outside, students receive indoor recess.

Middle School: Middle School students take PE as one of their courses.

Upper School: Upper School students are required to take one PE course for graduation. They may elect to take additional PE courses.

What clubs do you offer?

We offer clubs based on student interest. The offerings change from year to year. A comprehensive list of current offerings is available on our website.

ASCEND: Before & After School Care

ASCEND is an IC Imagine program that offers extended care to IC Imagine families.

Enrollment Plans

ASCEND offers the following enrollment options:

• Full Time: provides after school care each day school is in session AND before school care on school-designated Late Start Wednesdays

• Part Time: provides after school care a maximum of 3 days per week

• Drop-In: provides after school care on an as-needed basis

• Wednesday Morning: provides before school care on school-designated Late Start Wednesdays

Pricing

Full-Time* $90.00/week $81.00/week Part-Time* $70.00/week $63.00/week Drop-In $40.00/day $40.00/day

Wednesday Morning $9.00 $9.00

* Invoices for Full Time and Part Time After School Care are issued weekly, including during Fall, Winter and Spring Breaks.

Wednesday Morning Before School Care

Each Wednesday morning, IC Imagine operates on a late-start schedule with classes beginning at 9:30 am. Wednesday Morning Care allows participating families to drop their children off from 7:25 am –8:00 am and provides care through 9:00 am, when students are dismissed to class for the day. Students are provided with a light breakfast snack and given an opportunity to finish up their Home Learning Opportunities, participate in organized activities and structured play time. Wednesday Morning Care is only available on scheduled Late-Start Wednesdays and does not operate on any unplanned late start days, such as delayed start for inclement weather.

After School Care

ASCEND operates every school day from dismissal until 6:00 pm. During this time, students are provided with a light snack and given an opportunity to begin their Home Learning Opportunities, as well as structured play time. ASCEND does not operate when school is closed or released early due to inclement weather.

The following information and pricing is for the 2022-23 school year. Pricing is subject to change for the 2023-24 school year. For more detailed information on the program and policies, please refer to the ASCEND webpage at icimagine.org/ascend.

Enrollment Option 1 Child 2+ Children