Imagine Weston is a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School!
Imagine Weston was one of thirteen schools statewide to be nominated by the State of Florida to apply for the National Blue Ribbon School Award. Nine of those chosen schools met the rigorous criteria and were honored in Washington, D.C. in November, 2012. Imagine Weston was recognized for being an Exemplary High Performing school over the last 5 years.
Imagine Schools is a national family of 63 public charter school campuses located in 12 states and the District of Columbia. Our committed educators impact the lives of 40,000 students in Imagine schools across the country in pre-K through 12th grade. Founded by Dennis Bakke, author of the national best seller Joy at Work, Imagine provides hope and a pathway to life-long success to parents and children by offering high quality schools of choice that are guided by his Six Measures of Excellence: Academic Growth, Parent Choice, Character Development, Shared Values (Justice, Integrity and Fun), Economic Sustainability, and School Development.
Each Imagine campus:
- Is a tuition-free public charter school.
- Fosters student academic achievement, character, and leadership.
- Supports parents and guardians as active participants in their child’s education.
- Empowers educators to seek out the individual learning style of each student.
- Is uniquely designed and operated by local Imagine School’s educators who respond to the needs of their community.
Imagine Weston is comprised of two charters: Imagine Charter School at Weston, a K-5 elementary school with a private Pre-K program, and Imagine Middle School West, (currently grade 6 and expanding), located in southwest Broward County. In our eleventh year of operation, we offer a quality educational program to over 950 students.
The Imagine Schools’ Six Measures of Excellence are our guide. All stakeholders at our school have helped shape our vision. As we seek to make character education and high quality academic performance high priorities among students and staff, we nurture students and prepare them to be productive and responsible participants in the society at large. Our greatest strength is our drive for excellence, exhibited by all Imagine Weston stakeholders. Working collaboratively, we strive for positive and innovative change.
We seek to encourage multiculturalism to support our diverse population of students and families. One such opportunity is our K-5 Bi-literate program through which students will to learn to read, write, and speak in Spanish. This program has proven to be a tremendous success as these students continue to demonstrate great strides in achievement. Our success is evidenced through standardized test results as well as successful demonstrations in the classroom of conceptional thinking, written and oral expression, and collaboration, cooperative learning and teamwork.
We have earned an “A” grade on the Governor’s Grading Scale every year since our 2001 opening. Our 2010-2011 school year successes include making more than a year’s growth in reading and math as determined by the Stanford Achievement Test. We greatly exceeded all state averages on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT), and had the top scores in the district in Grades 3 and 4 reading, Grade 4 writing, and Grade 5 Math and science. Our students read more than 2 million minutes this past school year. Thirty students placed in Imagine Schools’ state science fair; five students earned first place trophies, and 7 took 2nd place. Thirty grades 3-5 students completed the Imagine National Advanced Reading Challenge, each earning $100 savings bonds. In January, 2012 we received the distinct recognition of “High Performing Charter School” by the state of Florida. In February 2012 the Florida Department of Education ranked us 3rd among the 1,800 state elementary schools. We continue to set high expectations, achieving success as professionals and encouraging our students to do the same.