Imagine International Academy of Smyrna is a tuition-free public charter school serving students in grades K-8th in Cobb County. The school opened in July 2007.
2144 South Cobb Drive, Smyrna, GA 30080
Phone: 678-370-0980; Fax: 678-370-0981; www.iasmyrna.org
Principal: Gloria Clarke
Assistant Principal: Kyle Hibbler
Enrollment: Approximately 485 (2009-2010)
Student/Teacher Ratio: 16:1 (2009)
Demographics: Black (65%), White (17%), Asian (6%), Hispanic (5%)
The school offers Spanish language classes and has regular art, music, physical education and technology classes. School hours are 8 am to 3 pm for grades K-5th and 8 am to 3:30 pm for 6th through 8th. They do offer before and after-school programs at additional costs.
Imagine International Academy says it has a zero tolerance policy for weapons, physical violence and bullying of any nature. It says such behavior is dealt with quickly.
According to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, charter schools are independent public schools that are free to be more innovative and are held accountable for improved student achievement. They foster a partnership between parents, teachers and students to create an environment in which parents can be more involved, teachers are given the freedom to innovate and students are provided the structure they need to learn.
There are currently more than 120 charter schools in the state of Georgia with nearly 35,000 students attending those schools. Read about other charter schools in the metro Atlanta area: Atlanta Preparatory Academy, Amana Academy, Fulton Science Academy Middle School, Kennesaw Charter School, Kingsley Elementary, Dunwoody Springs Charter Elementary, Tech High, North Springs Charter School, and Walton High School. In Georgia, 83 percent (82.9) of Independent charter schools made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP, the national measure of student performance) in 2009 compared to 79 percent (79.1) of all traditional public schools. Also, 81 percent (81.1) of all charter schools made AYP compared to 79 percent of all traditional public schools.