Upper School


Thank you for sharing your children with us this past year.  Amidst a year with many changes and unique challenges, they have shown perseverance, grace and adaptability.  We are proud of them, and you should be too!

Cheers to the Class of 2022! Congratulations — you did it!  To the Class of 2023, we look forward to welcoming you as seniors in August, and to the Class of 2026, we look forward to your joining us on the 3rd floor.

As a school committed to helping all students develop their full potential, consistent reflection and evaluation is valuable to inform our decisions as we plan for the future. We will continue to develop opportunities to invite feedback and encourage community participation to ensure collective support for all students in the ImagiNation.

There will be many positive developments for the 22-23 school year, which we will be sharing as August 9 approaches.  Our 2022-23 school supply lists are posted, and should any changes arise over the summer, we will notify you.  As always, we will be in touch later this summer with the information you need to know to set your Upper School student up for success.

We hope each of you enjoy a restful summer filled with laughter, fun, and memories.

Stay cool!

Summer Camp Invitation

It’s that time of year again where summer is coming and Upper School has some amazing opportunities that are being provided to students for this summer! IC Imagine is partnering with EVERFI in providing lessons and opportunities for students to engage in activities regarding financial education, social-emotional learning, health and welfare, college and career readiness, diversity, equity and inclusion and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). These lessons are super engaging, we will have guest speakers and we will have time to bond as an upper school! Plus, we have some really cool teachers who have agreed to come join us for the fun!

Summer Camp is happening from Tuesday, July 5th to Thursday, July 14th from 8:30 – 1:30pm at no cost to you. We would absolutely love it for your student to join us and to get a wealth of education that is fun and engaging! If you have any questions or would like your student to join, please email Ms. Gunnin at nicolegunnin@icimagine.org.


AP Statistics Carnival:


Senior Walk & Other Celebrations:



We can’t wait to celebrate our Seniors! On June 6th the Seniors will be walking throughout the school in their caps and gown. It’s sure to be a special morning for our community.

Check out the Upper School Student Newsletter

The 2022 prom was a huge success. Students enjoyed spending time together and dancing the night away at Haiku I Do. 

Photo Credit: Sondra Honrado



Finals June 8th – June 16th

Field Day Celebration Last Day of School June 17th



We are happy to announce a few new opportunities for our Upper School students, beginning next year!  

We are excited that our Upper School will be offering a few new course pathways through Project Lead The Way (PLTW).  PLTW is a non-profit organization aimed to provide an engaging learning environment for students in the areas of Engineering, Biomedical Science, and Computer Science.  We are currently in our second year of offering Engineering Essentials and look forward to adding  other Engineering Essentials classes next year. Through grant resources we will begin adding in classes for Biomedical Science and Computer Science in the 2022/23 school year, allowing for our students to have multiple rigorous and hands-on course offerings that build many of the skills necessary for many post-secondary opportunities.  Our  hope is to eventually offer courses and activities through Project Lead The Way for our students K-12, please look for more information about these exciting pathways as the 22/23 school year begins!

IC Imagine’s Upper School is looking forward to offering a brand new opportunity for our students. Beginning in the 2022/23 school year eligible students will be able to participate in internship opportunities throughout our community.  We have begun the process for hiring an Internship Coordinator who will partner with families and students to create appropriate matches based on skills and post-secondary goals. These internship opportunities will vary from options that take place during breaks and also for students who would like to earn credit toward graduation. This opportunity was created based on feedback from our stakeholders (you!) and we agree that this will fulfill many of the various needs for some of our students to leave us with the skills needed for post-secondary education, training, and  employment.. If you are a part of a company or organization that might be a good fit for providing these opportunities, please be on the lookout for more information in the coming months about partnering with us! 

Our inaugural AVID class continues to move forward with engaging activities and community building opportunities while learning important skills that will serve students well in their post-secondary education. Recently, they have been working on time management skills. The students are utilizing a planner daily to keep track of assignments, projects, and upcoming tests or quizzes. The class has engaged community service opportunities helping in  a 2nd grade classroom once per week. Students are also improving their writing skills and writing strategies, as writing is an essential skill for college entrance essays. 

Below are some pictures of our AVID students working with our Lower School students by engaging in activities and reading with them.  They love this time with the younger kids as it allows them to demonstrate leadership and for some of them they get to see their old teachers!

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We are so excited to see the students back at school after a refreshingly long winter break. We have some exciting things coming up to kick things off for 2022.


Did you know that our Upper School students participate in our school-wide PBIS initiative?  PBIS, or Positive Behavior Intervention Supports, allow for everyone in our school community to focus on positively acknowledging our expected behaviors.  Students will revisit school-wide expectations during CLIMB and with their teachers throughout this month and for the remainder of the year.  Our Upper School students share the K-12 focus on Value, Engage, and Leadership.  We look forward to seeing our students model these for our younger students.


Students and families will begin hearing about the upcoming registration for the 2022/2023 school year over the next few weeks.  During this time students in grades 8 will begin hearing from our Upper School teachers about what to expect in their classes.  In February families and students in grades 8-11 will begin hearing from their advisors to set-up registration conferences in March.  We look forward to allowing students, families, and advisors to  have the opportunity to get to know one another better.

Our advisors will help their advisees with registration each spring to ensure that students are signed up for the right classes.  For the rest of the year our advisors are working with their group several times a week to help them with staying on track academically, providing Social Emotional Learning lessons, and just being their advocate.  Please be on the lookout for more information about this as it will be coming regularly soon!

Social Media Takeover Coming Soon

Starting in late January we will be taking over social media for IC Imagine on Thursdays.  We look forward to taking time to allow you to get to know our Upper School better.  You can expect to see a glimpse of life as an Upper School student during these takeovers and we can’t wait to show you all that is happening upstairs at 110 Champion Way!


The ACT will happen for 11th grade students on Tuesday, March 1st. This will be an online test. For students in grades 9, 10, 12 there will be classroom location changes to student schedules in order to provide an adequate test environment for our students.

11th grade students will learn more about the upcoming ACT during a 2nd period class meeting on Monday 1.10.  We will talk to them about the test prep plan that is in place and some plans to get them ready for the test in March.

Changes to CLIMB

Beginning in February students will have the opportunity to remediate in all subjects instead of just their core academic courses. We will be sharing the details about the new rotation with students over the next few weeks.

Outdoor Lunch and Cold Weather

Please be sure your student is leaving the house with clothing/gear that will allow them to be outside in temps as low as 33 degrees for our lunch.  We will continue to eat outside unless it is severe weather or temps are 32 or below.


Week of November 1st


Student Clubs are starting to be active again.  If your student is interested in starting a club please tell them to talk to a teacher about the steps involved in getting one going and have them complete the Student Club Request Form for approval.

Pre ACT Information for 10th Grade Students

On Wednesday, November 17, each of our 10th grade students will participate in the Pre ACT, a test that is taken by most students enrolled in public schools across North Carolina.  Students who are in the OCS program will be taking an alternative exam, please look for details to come soon.

Students need to arrive by 7:45am on this day and they will NOT have late start.  The exam will begin at 8:00am sharp.  Only students who are taking the exam will be allowed in the building unless they have signed up for early care.  

Students may be signed out upon completion of the test without penalty toward their attendance.  Your child will receive an update with their testing room by Monday, November 15 along with other details about expected finish time, etc.

Please plan to send them with a bottle of water and a few snacks that can be easily consumed outside of the testing room for their breaks.  Students should also bring their calculator if they would like to use it on the exam. Please be sure it has been charged or has batteries as we will not have the ability to provide power or batteries during the exam.

Donations Needed

Middle and Upper School are in need of new and unused/unopened travel-sized toiletries that we can use for students.  The following specific needs would be greatly appreciated:

  • Deodorant
  • Body spray
  • Face/Body wipes
  • Toothpaste/Toothbrushes
  • Mouthwash
  • Hairbrush/comb
  • Lotion- Body lotions both scented and unscented
  • Cosmetic bags- something that could be used to discreetly distribute items to students
  • Other unused and unopened  items that may be given with subscription services such as Ipsy or what you may receive after purchasing cosmetics

If you can provide donations please send them inside of a bag and label the bag with “Toiletry Donations.”  These can be brought to to the front desk or to a counselor via your student. 


Upper School will begin implementing a program called E-Hallpass. This will allow for our teachers and students to use digital passes to move throughout the building when they are supposed to be in class.  There are many benefits to using this system that include:

  • Reduction of paper waste
  • Receipt of appointment notifications for remediation during CLIMB
  • Collection of data to support our effort to reduce the ongoing vandalism
  • and so much more

Students will begin learning about how we will utilize this system in the coming week.


Winter sports will begin having practice the week of November 1st with games starting, as well. Please remember that IC Imagine students can attend games for free!  We look forward to supporting our Kingfisher basketball teams and our cheerleaders!

Chili Cook-off

Our students will have the chance to judge the cooking of our teachers, this was a tradition we started several years ago that everyone is very excited to bring back. On Tuesday November 23rd we will hold our annual Chili Cook-off during lunch and CLIMB. We will randomly draw names of approximately 50 students. If they have no major referrals and are passing all of their classes for Q2 they can choose to participate.

Teachers will submit their recipes so that we can list the ingredients prior to them tasting their samples.  We will take many safety precautions to ensure that samples are safely served to participants.  We will check our allergy list to ensure we don’t serve something to somebody with an allergy to a known item. However, if your child has an allergy to something that may be found in chili that you didn’t share with us OR you do not want your child to participate, please let us know by emailing an Upper School administrator prior to the event. Please note that our recipes are not any spicier than you would get at a typical restaurant, most variations have to do with the style of chili made.


2021.22 Upper School Supply List