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 a decision 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, via
family email, via family Remind text, and on News 13 WLOS.

Does your school have a cafeteria?
We do not have a traditional cafeteria on our campus. 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?
Not currently. We have 2 busses that we use for field trips and extracurricular
activities. Transportation to and from IC Imagine is the responsibility of each
family.

IC Imagine is working to create and implement a comprehensive
Transportation Plan made up of community satellite bus stops to support
our families who reside throughout Buncombe County and are in need of
transportation support. All students 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.

What is the IC Imagine uniform?
All Champions must be wearing the appropriate IC Imagine school uniform
to school each day, including field trips. The IC Imagine uniform includes the
following: navy, white, grey or black polo shirt, uniform style khaki bottoms,
solid white, grey or black tights. And for outerwear: solid black, grey, white,
navy sweater or a black fleece. For more detailed information, click here.

What are your plans for the outdoor space at the new facility?
We have a Land Use Committee that has created a master plan for our 47
acres that includes several phases of work. At this time, the committee is
planning to focus all of its initial phase on the space directly surrounding
the building. Mountain biking and cross country trails have already been
established on the property.

How do families receive communication from the school?
Lower School families receive weekly Grade Level newsletters and bi-
monthly Lower School newsletters, while families of Middle School students
receive a newsletter every week that details what is happening at our school,
in individual courses, and in our community. Upper School families receive a
newsletter every two weeks with school, course, and community information.
We also send a whole school newsletter (ImagiNATION Insider) each
month. We send important reminders via email and post them to our school
social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram. Many teachers also
communicate via Google Classroom 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?
At IC Imagine, we believe in a proactive positive reinforcement system to
encourage appropriate behaviors. To that end, we have developed a matrix to
use with our Champions 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 Value, Engage and Be a
Leader. Lower School Champions receive stars and Middle and Upper School
students receive tickets for following the core expectations at IC Imagine
(Engage, Value and Be a Leader),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.

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 find a way to 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 at IC Imagine is placed in one of six houses.
Houses are comprised of students from grades 6-8. 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. If a
student chooses to take beginner band, they 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 likely to be the most successful. Beyond the
beginner level (typically 6th grade), students will then 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. In 10th
grade and beyond our course offerings begin to include Advanced Placement
options. In 11th grade, students 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.
Can my child earn High School credit for Spanish in Middle School?
Many of our students complete Spanish 1 by the end of their 8th grade year.
These students earn one of their credits for Spanish by following this model
and can choose to take additional credits of Spanish once they complete
Spanish 2 while in Upper School.

Is Spanish required all 4 years in Upper School?
Students are currently required to take Spanish I and Spanish II and can
continue if they wish. We encourage them to do so in order to allow for a
well-balanced experience in grades 9-12.

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, protocols and their impact on the school schedule, the following questions have been answered based on the 2019-20 school year. There have been major changes to our schedule, daily operations, and ability to offer extracurricular opportunities at the time of this publication. It is our plan to return to “typical” operations as soon as it is safe to do so.

What are the school hours?
Every year, we communicate the arrival and dismissal specifics for that year.
Currently, the school day begins at 8:00am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday,
and Friday. On Wednesdays we start school approximately an hour and a
half later to provide additional collaboration time for teachers, so the school
day begins for students at 9:30am on Wednesdays. On these late-start
mornings, we do offer ASCEND early care. See information below about this
opportunity.

Do you offer camps during the breaks?
Our camps are currently targeted toward students in grades K-8. We hope in
the future 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-free school. All lunches and snacks should not contain any
nuts. Families are required to pack a lunch daily for their Champions. Please
be mindful that we will not be able to heat food up for your child and that
microwaves will not be accessible to Champions.

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 6:00pm to provide care for
students after school. On Wednesday mornings, ASCEND also offers before
school care from 7:30 until 9:00am. 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 fifth 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 – Entire grade level together (30 min)
English/Language Arts – Strategic reading and writing instruction on
grade level standards along with small group instruction (approx. 90
min)
Math – Instruction on grade level standards along with small group
instruction (approx. 60 min)
Science – Instruction on grade level standards (approx. 30 min)
Social Studies – Instruction on grade level standards (approx. 30 min)
Recess – 2 times per day (20 min each), 1 time (30 min) on Wednesdays
Investments – 1 per day: Music, Visual Arts, Spanish, PE, or Theatre (45
min each)
CLIMB – 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 operate on a 7 period day. Each class period is
approximately 45 minutes long. There is a Recharge period between 2nd and
3rd period that lasts for approximately 15 minutes. Middle and Upper School
students have 30 minutes for CLIMB (Enrichment/ Intervention block where
students receive support or enrichment on grade level standards based on
need) and 30 minutes for lunch.

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 daily. There is a Recharge
period between 2nd and 3rd period that lasts for approximately 15 minutes.
Upper School: Upper School students are required to take one PE course
for graduation. They may elect to take additional PE courses. There is a
Recharge period between 2nd and 3rd period that lasts for approximately 15
minutes.

What athletics do you offer?
We currently offer Men’s/Women’s Soccer, Men’s/Women’s Basketball, Co-
ed Cross Country, Men’s/Women’s Mountain Biking and Cheerleading for
Middle and Upper School students.

What clubs do you offer?
Each year since we opened, we have been able to offer more clubs than the
year prior. We will continue to offer clubs based on student interest.

For Lower School, current club offerings include: Adventure Club, Yoga Club,
Destination Imagination, Tennis Club, Bricks for Kidz, Battle of the Books,
and Lower School Chorus.

For Middle School students, current club offerings include: Adventure Club,
Yoga Club, Destination Imagination, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Band, Math
Counts, National Junior Honors Society, Junior Thespians, and Ultimate
Frisbee Club.

For Upper School students students, current club offerings include:
Adventure Club, Destination Imagination, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Band,
International Thespians Society, National Honors Society, and Ultimate
Frisbee Club.