The Elementary School at IMG Academy was established in September 2002 to serve the educational needs of our youngest student athletes, as well as the siblings of older IMG Academy students and the children of our own faculty and staff. In the fall of 2010, IMG Academy Elementary School relocated to a new campus, nestled between Sarasota Bay and the IMG Country Club, and opened its doors to the public to share this wonderful educational experience.
The faculty at the IMG Academy Elementary School uses a Balanced Literacy approach throughout the curriculum. To ensure that all objectives are covered for each grade-level in each unit for Reading, Writing, Math, Science, and Social Studies, there is a carefully selected text series in place. Within this core text curriculum, the elementary team combines an exciting project-based learning approach to enhance the learning experience to better meet the critical thinking objectives of the Common Core standards for Reading and Math, and the Florida Sunshine Standards for Science and Social Studies. Small class sizes allow for enhancement of each individual’s program. In addition, the Seven Essential Skills and Capacities crucial to the 21st Century Learner, as identified by the National Association of Independent Schools, are weaved through all of the elementary school program’s lessons. Accommodations are made for students who need additional help through the classroom teacher in partnership with the ELL and ESE teachers.
In addition to the main subject areas covered in our classrooms, we offer the following programming:
- Weekly specials – Art, Technology, Spanish, Physical Education, and Music
- Monthly field trips coordinated with the Science curriculum
- Play Writing in coordination with Florida Studio Theater
- Organic Gardening
- Micro-community Studies
- Community Service Projects
For assessment purposes, student portfolios are kept throughout the year. The IMG Academy Elementary School also uses the standardized MAP test, which is given in the fall and at the end of spring. Consistent review of portfolios and test scores allow the elementary teachers to evaluate student progress and curriculum effectiveness.
The Elementary School’s caring, dedicated teachers strive every day to create a dynamic, stimulating and enriching learning environment while attending to the individual needs of each student. For information on our Elementary School, please email Mrs. Laura Hahn, the school’s lead teacher and department chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.