Imagine Academy of Cultural Arts

About Imagine Schools

Imagine Schools is an organization that operates 74 public charter schools in 12 states and the District of Columbia. Comprised mostly of teachers, Imagine serves more than 36,000 students nationwide by providing them with a challenging, effective program of study and strong moral development in a safe, nurturing environment. Imagine’s mission is to help parents and guardians educate their children by creating learning communities of achievement and hope. 

Imagine applies “Joy at Work”, a unique organizational and operational structure that puts teachers and school leaders squarely in charge of the decisions affecting the schools and students it serves. All work is guided by three shared values: integrity, justice, and fun.  Integrity requires that members of a learning community live consistently and balance the needs and desires of every stakeholder in the schools. Justice means that each Imagine Schools person strives to treat others uniquely and appropriately. Fun describes Imagine’s efforts to create joy-filled schools that enable people to use their talents to make decisions, take action, and have ownership of the results.

All Imagine Schools’ people are committed to accountability and constant improvement.  Imagine’s Six Measures of Excellence function as yardsticks to evaluate effectiveness in six equally important areas of school quality: parent choice and satisfaction, adherence to shared values, academic achievement, positive character development, economic sustainability, and new school development. To learn more, visit: