Imagine Schools Non-Profit Inc dba Imagine School at Palmer Ranch
6220 McIntosh Road
Sarasota FL 34238

The mission at Imagine School at Palmer Ranch is to work in partnership with parents and guardians to educate their children through a challenging program of study and strong character development within a nurturing and orderly learning environment.  The Imagine School at Palmer Ranch’s use of innovative instructional model contributes to its mission by providing an educational program that meets the needs of all children and creates a learning community of achievement and hope.  We strive to position youth for success in and beyond the classroom.

CEO/Executive Director Alisa Wright
Board Chair Abe Kozma
Board Chair Affiliation Sarasota Chiropractic
General Info
Organization DBA
Imagine School at Palmer Ranch
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2012
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Exempt 0
State Registration 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement
1.  ISPR is an "A" school within  our community due to our exceptional students gains in learning.
2.  ISPR has been approved and accepted by the Cambridge Programme to implement the first Primary and Secondary Programme for Elementary and Middle School students which encourage skills of independent research and investigation.
Needs Statement

 The needs at ISPR all pertain to improving the experience for all our students and stakeholders.  We envision our school remaining as a top school in Sarasota County that meets the needs of all our students.

1.     Provide Chromebooks to all faculty and chromebook stations in each classroom which will provide our students with 21st century learning opportunities.  The estimated cost is $53,000.

2.    Add 2  mobile Laptop Learning Labs that will be able to be utilized by all students.  The estimated cost is $40,000.

3.    Install artificial turf and rubberized mulch in our playground area.

 4.    Install a covering over our outside Play court area that is utilized by all students.  This will allow sun protection.  The estimated cost is $21,000.



Background Statement

Imagine Palmer Ranch was established in August 2009 in Sarasota, Florida. We have 45 classrooms in a two story building that was designed and built specifically for our school. Building capacity is 910 students and has grown from 267 the first year to just under 500 students this year. ISPR served students K-6th our opening year and now serves children ages 12 months thru 8th grade.


During our first five years serving Imagine students and families our school has won the following awards:

2009-10: New School of the Year, Character Education New School of the Year and Parent Choice New School of the Year

2010-11: SACS Accreditation

2011-12: Gold Seal Accreditation

2012-13: Fifty in Fifty School Award, Civic Beautification American Award, Certificate of Recognition of Excellence in Parent Choice and Character Education

2013-14: Awarded designation as a Cambridge Academy, received an “A” from the State of Florida 3rd year in a row.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
 A Letter from Board President, Dr. Abe Kozma:
I have served on the Governing Board for Imagine School at Palmer Ranch since 2014.  As both a community member and parent at this school, I am honored to have the opportunity to make an impact in the lives of our students, families, faculty and community through the work done at ISPR.
I chose to volunteer with ISPR because I believe in the school's mission and the people.  My own children attend the school and it was important for me to give back to an organization that has given them so much.
The school's greatest success are AdvancED Accreditation, High Performing Charter School Status, and strong academic results.  Our greatest challenge is financial.  To address this challenge, in 2015 we began collaborating with a marketing team to draw greater enrollment to the school and have renegotiated the lease on our building.  The combination of these two moves is expected to bring in an additional $250,000 each year.  Results from 2015 were promising as enrollment continues to increase.
I look forward to serving the school and it's families for many years to come and am humbled to be part of such an extraordinary organization that is truly invested in helping every child achieve his/her greatest potential.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
A letter from Principal Wright:
From the beginning, I was drawn to Imagine Schools Palmer Ranch because of our school community's absolute focus on helping each child achieve his greatest potential through Imagine's Shared Values of Justice Integrity and Fun.
Justice speaks to the individualization of each child's educational experience.  Giving to each child what he needs and what he deserves.
Integrity speaks to wholeness, the balance between academicsd and character.  We seek to prepare students for the world beyond our walls, not just Florida's standardized tests in the spring.  It is not sufficient for our students to succeed on a test.  They must succeed in life.
Our definition of FUN in unique to Imagine.  Fun is empowering people (faculty, families and students) to make important decisions and then hold them accountable to the results.  Our students participate on interview committees, determine field studies, determine the uniform policy and more.  They are important decision makers and leanring life-long skills in the process.
At Imagine Schools Palmer Ranch excellence is the only option.  Our students, our families, our faculty deserve only the best.
Description We prepare school students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. Cambridge programmes and qualifications set the global standard for international education.  We develop Cambridge learners and teachers who are confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged - equipped for success in the modern world.
Budget $10,000
Category Education, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success
Short term success will be determined by an 80% pass rate on the Cambridge International Examinations.
Long Term Success
The goal of this program is to develop learners that succeed beyond the walls of our school to become engaged, innovative, responsible, confident and reflective citizens of the world.
Program Success Monitoring
Program success will be monitored by the pass and completion rates on Cambridge International Examinations.
Program Success Examples
Pass and completion rates on Cambridge International Exampinations
Program Comments by Organization
  • The opportunities presented by becoming a Cambridge Academy are as follows:
  • Broadening student understanding of the world
  • Assessing our student success on a global stage
  • College preparatory program that feeds into local high school college preparatory options
  • Frames our work in a way that makes us more marketable and thus, economically sustainable
Challenges in implementing this programme:
  • Impact of the implementation dip as the organization goes through change
  • Engaging faculty in effective professional development and coaching to implement Cambridge model
  • Packaging the programme in a way that is understandable to all stakeholders

We are tackling the challenges by engaging in a staggard implementation plan, attending Cambridge professional development, partnering with schools that have already implemented the programme and seeking advice from those who have successfully implemented a Cambridge Academy.

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Alisa Wright
CEO Term Start June 2010
CEO/Executive Director Email
Mrs. Wright has been in education since 1996 and our school leader since 2010.  In addition to principal, her experiences include classroom teacher, librarian, adjunct faculty for the University of South Florida and Lower School Coordinator.  She has worked in both private and charter schools throughout her career. 
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Ms. Kathy Helean Aug 2009 - July 2010
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 34
Part Time Staff 14
Staff Retention Rate % 80
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 61
Volunteers 258
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Imagine Schools Non-Profit, Inc. is the parent company for Imagine Schools Palmer Ranch. Imagine Schools provides personnel, operations and financial support to the school as needed and upon request.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Other Documents
Other Document 2
Document Destruction Policy
Board Chair
Board Chair Abe Kozma
Company Affiliation Sarasota Chiropractic
Board Term Aug 2015 to Aug 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
DR. Abe Kozma Parent
Ms. Jo Dawn Martin Community member
Mrs. Gwen Phelps Community Volunteer
Mrs. Kimberly Thomas-Cain Duke University
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 1
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board Meeting Attendance % 74
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 66
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 66
Governance Comments by Organization
Our greatest challenge has been to maintain a diverse board.  This challenge is being addressed by actively recruiting board members with diverse backgrounds who can bring new insight and perspective to the board.
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month July
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2016
Tax Year End Month June
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $5,250,229.00
Projected Expenses $5,241,108.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$4,860,029$4,871,445$5,307,950
Individual Contributions$0$0$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$50,897
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$4,353,472$4,382,170$4,784,903
Administration Expense$515,473$488,469$575,364
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.001.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses89%90%89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,263,629$1,721,295$597,680
Current Assets$1,142,553$1,575,375$420,981
Long-Term Liabilities$224,974$245,793$174,642
Current Liabilities$1,132,532$1,565,354$530,774
Total Net Assets($93,877)($89,852)($107,736)
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - State $3,667,556Government Grants - State $3,589,799Government Grants - State $3,582,777
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Local $1,192,473Government Grants - Local $1,281,646Government Grants - Local $1,689,173
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $0Government Grants - Federal $36,000
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $75,001 - $100,000
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.011.010.79
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets18%14%29%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from audited financial statements as the Federal 990s are consolidated at the national level.
Nonprofit Imagine Schools Non-Profit Inc dba Imagine School at Palmer Ranch
Address 6220 McIntosh Road
Sarasota, FL
Phone 941 923-1125