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Q: Why should my student select your school?

A: Imagine Prep Surprise is a tuition-free college preparatory school preparing students for college, career, and life. Our school culture is high energy, high-tech, and highly personalized. Here, academics are rigorous, and students are empowered to learn at the speed of their personal potential… and live up to it! Imagine Prep Surprise is proud to be an Excellence for All/ Move On When Ready Demonstration School, allowing our students to earn a Grand Canyon Performance-Based Diploma as early as the end of their sophomore year. This particular diploma means that it’s not just important to “pass” your classes but even more important that you master the knowledge and skills needed to be successful at the next level of education… and most importantly, in life. Learn more at http://arizonafuture.org/mowr/overview/ .

Imagine Prep Surprise is best described as a learning community made up of active students who want to be here, great teachers who are not just content experts but are skilled craftsmen who truly care about eachth grade Secondary One courses all the way through to A Level courses that represent the most rigorous high school courses and may even earn you college credit. We have also been chosen by Cambridge International Examinations as one of only twenty schools in the world (only two being in North America) to pilot the middle school level Global Perspectives program. Learn more at http://www.cie.org/globalperspectives.

Grades and student progress can be viewed online to keep parents informed. Additionally, teachers maintain websites that keep both students and parents well aware of daily objectives, assignments, and important documents and resources.

Q: Can I attend your school?

A: As long as there is available space, anyone may attend any charter school in Arizona by completing the enrollment process. We do not accept students that have been expelled or are in the process of being expelled from another educational institution.

Q: What are the attendance boundaries for the charter school?

A: Any student living in Arizona may attend.

Q: Is this your only school in operation?

A: Imagine Schools is an organization, comprised mostly of teachers, that operates 67 public charter schools and independent schools in 12 states and the District of Columbia.

Our mission is to help parents and guardians educate their children by creating learning communities of achievement and hope. Imagine Schools was founded with the goal of restoring vision and purpose to schools and returning parents and guardians to full participation in the education of their children.

Q: What is it like in a Cambridge classroom?

A: With Cambridge programs, students build more than just a deep understanding of their subject. They also develop higher order thinking skills so that they can apply what they’ve learned.

Cambridge students get to play an active role in the classroom. They will be asked to think critically, to learn how to construct an argument and evaluate evidence. They will learn to work independently and to collaborate with one another to bring a project to a successful outcome (and if it’s not successful, they’ll also learn lessons from reflecting on why that might be). And they’ll be encouraged to develop an international outlook and become confident, global citizens.

When we design our programs, we start by identifying what a student needs to learn. Students have to demonstrate understanding and the core knowledge of a subject, as well as think critically. Exams are there to recognize, reward, and encourage learning.

So, when we design a history course, we want students to really engage with the historical evidence and learn how to do research. So we make sure the exam assesses these skills, and this in turn impacts on the way the course is taught in the classroom.

We provide comprehensive classroom support and schools worldwide. We also offer training and professionalpractice and share expertise with Cambridge schools worldwide.

*Adapted from Cambridge International Examinations website found at: http://cie.org.uk/cambridge-for/parents-and-students/in-class/

Q: What is a charter school?

A: Charter schools are independently operated public parents. There is no charge to parents because funding comes from state and local taxes. Charter schools must meet the same academic requirements as traditional public schools but are also directly accountable to parents.

Q: What sets Imagine Schools apart from other schools?
A: First, at Imagine Schools we believe that our mission is to support and help parents and guardians fulfill their responsibility for the education of their child. Therefore, we work hard to involve parents in their child’s education at school and at home. For us, parent satisfaction is a key indicator of our success.

Second, we pay attention to results. Each of our schools ischaracter development; economic sustainability, and development of new schools.

Third, we work to create the most fun learning and working environment possible in our schools. We believe that every person is talented and wants to make a positive contribution to his or her school. We strive to help students become active, responsible learners. A joy-filled workplace requires that every adult is allowed to participate in decision-making, take action, and is held accountable for the results.

Q: How much does it cost to send my child to an Imagine School?
A: Imagine Schools are publicly funded charter schools.operates two tuition-based independent schools in Florida and Missouri.

Q: Are Imagine Schools’ teachers certified?
A: Every Imagine Schools’ teacher meets or exceeds state and federal teaching requirements. All of our teachers hold at least a Bachelor’s degree and must demonstrate competence in the areas they teach. Most importantly, we recruit and hire teachers who are committed to upholding Imagine’s Shared Values and Six Measures of Excellence for every student in the school. Our teachers are screened thoroughly and interviewed by the school’s principal and staff. Teachers receive training from Cambridge International Examinations in the subject areas they teach, along with subjects that correlate to their curriculum (for example, middle school English teachers attend high school English training to ensure they are fully preparing middle school students for high school). Imagine Prep Surprise teachers are often visited by other Move On When Ready Cambridge schools, both administrators and teachers, to observe their teaching practices and learn more about Cambridge and how to prepare students for key examinations.