We transform communities’ one mind at a time with real world engagement and continue to inspire generations through a STEM-focused education that successfully prepares students for tomorrow.
Imsa Vision of Excellent Instruction
Students do the thinking
We interact with rich content. We work first. We make meaning with one another then we discuss together. To do this, we …
Turn and Share
Acknowledge (i.e. Snap)
Build upon each other’s ideas
We go conceptual
We master basic skills. We make connections. We continuously ask “why”. To do this, we …
Sustained practice basic facts, fluency
Verbalize the conceptual understanding
Stretch each other’s ideas
Use academic vocabulary
Look for alternative solutions, counter arguments
We embrace the challenge
We find joy in the struggle. We thrive on the challenge. We cheer for each other. To do this, we …
Ask for a challenge when things are easy
Understand if we struggle, we are learning
We don’t opt out
When we fail, we try a different approach and that is okay
We hold ourselves accountable
We know the goals. We monitor the progress. We share data. We show personal responsibility, not blame. To do this, we …
Teachers communicate short and long term goals for the class
Teachers aggressively monitor in the classroom
Teachers highlight the most crucial part of the assignment
This is the goal
This is the gap
Students hold themselves accountable for the work, not others
Staff holds themselves accountable for the work, not others
We celebrate success
Imsa Vision of Culture and Learning
We believe all students deserve:
A quality instruction that will stretch our students’ potential beyond the student’s’ imagination.
A caring environment, from the support staff to the administration and to the classroom teacher.
Opportunities to develop their leadership skills.
A safe environment where they are not bullied and enjoy coming to school every day.
A rigorous curriculum with different electives and pathways
1. All adults (parents, teachers, and administrators) work collaboratively to create a joyful, supportive learning environment that believes in the potential of each student.
2. Teachers work cooperatively to improve the rigor of their instruction and to encourage students to reach their highest potential.
3. All adults (parents, teachers, and administrators) work to create an anti-bully atmosphere that gives students a judgment-free environment to resolve conflicts.
4. Administrators provide support for the teachers that build capacity and allow them to continue to grow both as an educator and individual.
As a valuable member of the IMSA-North community, today I commit myself to growth, achievement, and success. I pledge to use the tools I have been given, to realize my talents, fulfill my dreams, and attain my goals. I am on a quest to be my best.
I am here to learn with joy
I am in charge of my learning and
I will lead by example
I will be respectful to all people
I will cause no harm to others with my
words and behaviors.
I will hold myself accountable for my choises.
I will advocate for myself
I will be kind to myself and others
I will learn from my mistakes
I will ask for and offer help
I know where I am headed
I will put first things first