Imagine Schools Non-Profit Inc dba Imagine - East Manatee County
10535 Portal Crossing
Bradenton FL 34211-5758

At Imagine Lakewood Ranch, teachers, parents, students, community members, and school leaders are committed to providing a unique educational experience for children that is innovative, exciting, and, most importantly, fun. The enthusiastic, energetic, and dedicated personnel of Imagine Lakewood Ranch will create an environment of academic excellence while fostering both leadership and character within our students. Imagine Lakewood Ranch shall be a learning community filled with achievement and hope where every child will be given an opportunity to succeed.

CEO/Executive Director Ms. Selenia Quinones
Board Chair Mr. Torrey Spears
Board Chair Affiliation C&H Baseball, Inc.
General Info
Organization DBA
Imagine School at Lakewood Ranch
Imagine - East Manatee County
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2012
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Exempt 0
State Registration Yes Apr 2018
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
Impact Statement

Top 5 Accomplishments from Prior Year (2015-2016):

1. Academic - Students are demonstrating learning gains of 1.05 years within the STAR Assessment as the data shows.

2. Percentage of staff becoming familiar with school budget and finances increased by 20%.

3. Staff retention increased by 12% over previous year.

4. On-going communication with parents and staff. This has helped to create a more comfortable, positive home/school environment.

5. Character – we received a Character grade of “A” from Imagine.

Top 5 Goals for Current Year (2016-2017):

1. Academic – Lesson plans: Implementation and utilization of more explicit lesson plans that demonstrate more rigorous instruction to increase student learning gains.

2. Parent Choice - having more family events that incorporate school and family building activities that will contribute in positive character growth and academic learning. Examples such as MATH NIGHTS, STEM NIGHTS, etc.

3. Character – Increasing the amount of Community Service learning events within our school community.

4. Increase the number of parents volunteering and participating in school events.

5. Implementation of the Acceleration Model to help with the improvement of more rigorous instruction that will contribute to increased academic growth and success.

Needs Statement
 1. Security cameras for inside of school - 2 sets of eight $499 each totaling $998
2. 100 Chromebooks plus licenses @$200 each totaling $20,000
3. 10 Projectors @ $329.89 each totaling $3,298.90
4. iReady Diagostic Testing & Instructional Component site license for both Reading and Math $13,000
5. Rigby PM Leveled Books (supplemental materials) for Guided Reading K-5: $1.050 per grade, totaling $6,300 
Background Statement

During the school's inception in August 2008, there were 6 teachers for the 6 grade levels we had, Kindergarten thru 5th Grade. We were a small family unit.

We were operating out of the Braden River Baptist Church at the time. First and second grades were set up in the resource room of the church using portable walls which we had to set up every Monday morning and remove every Friday night. This required us all to get in early on set-up days and leave late on break-down nights. We were fortunate in that the church members would often help us with break down on Friday nights so they could prepare fo their weekend events.

It was the same for 3rd, 4th and 5th grades, which were set up in the church’s chapel. When we had to set up and take down the portable walls, it meant we also had to remove all desks and educational materials and lock them all up in portable, locked cabinets that were on wheels so we could roll them into a separate room.

The church was a designated voting precinct, so on election days we all had to go on field trips. What made this even more challenging was that, in the beginning, we did not have a bus. Fortunately, it was not long before we got one – of course, as Murphy’s Law would have it, that bus was not very reliable!

In the first half of our first year we had 54 students. To quote Dickens, it was the best of times; it was the worst of times. As a staff member, you had to have a real sense of humor. The teachers did all the specials; PE, Art and Music. The Principal did lunch duty. All teachers served on all "Six Measures of Excellence" Task Forces. We worked many hours, but we also felt very close and committed to our cause.

During winter break of that first year we moved into our current location, which had been built as a strip mall. Kindergarten thru 3rd grades were on one end of the building and 4th thru 6th grades were on the other end. At the time we were using Project Child, so we were in clusters.

As exciting as change is, there are always some things you miss. The small, close-knit atmosphere (which included our families) of the church environment was missed once we moved into our new location. However, having more room, being able to grow, and actually lessen the number of hours committed to setting up and breaking down rooms was appreciated!

~ Keri Moritz

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments Lakewood Ranch, Parrish, Palmetto, Myakka, Bradenton
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type Education
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

December 5, 2016

To Whom It May Concern:

It is a privilege to oversee the great work done by both Imagine Schools at North Manatee and Lakewood Ranch. As the Board Co-Chair, I have had firsthand experience observing the passion and dedication of the staff in the education of their students. They truly embody a holistic approach to education, working closely with parents and guardians to ensure every student receives an education that inspires success in both school and life.

Imagine Schools is a national non-profit network of pre-K thru 12 charter schools preparing students for lives of leadership, accomplishment and exemplary character. Our individualized focus on learning, character education, innovative programs, accelerated curriculum, and high expectations is what sets us apart from other educational institutions.

All Imagine public charter schools are open to all children and are tuition-free. Imagine at North Manatee and Lakewood Ranch have been providing quality education to pre-kindergarten thru 8th grade levels since 2006 and 2008 respectively. We serve over 550/403 students and their families in Manatee County. We have developed a curriculum that guides teachers and students toward the highest level of learning expected in today’s world with a focus on learner-centered results, hands-on learning, critical thinking and creative problem solving.

In addition to their academic curriculum, North Manatee works with the local YMCA to provide before and after school care. We also offer students a variety of options to spark their extracurricular interests, including: sports & fitness clubs, odyssey of the mind club, anime club and faith club. The availability of extracurricular clubs is due to the volunteer efforts, in-kind donations and sponsorship support of our board members, parents and staff.

Imagine Lakewood Ranch accommodates their parents’ needs by incorporating both preschool and VPK in their charter.

Please join us in supporting this incredible collaboration of people in the education of our children. Whether it be through sponsorship, in-kind contributions or volunteering, we guarantee your efforts will be greatly appreciated. We are committed to our goal of economic sustainability and every resource is used efficaciously, ensuring the biggest impact possible in the lives of our students.

Sincerely yours,

Chris Hehn
Board Co-Chair

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

To Whom It May Concern:

At Imagine Schools Lakewood Ranch, it is our goal to create a unique educational experience for children that is innovative, exciting, and, most importantly, fun. Our individualized focus on learning allows our certified teachers to devote more time and attention to each child. The staff here is committed to the Shared Values of lmagine Schools and our goal of economic sustainability.

We have been developing character and enriching minds since 2008. We place a high value on partnering with parents and guardians in the education of their children, as we believe it is a best practice in preparing students for lives of leadership, accomplishment and exemplary character. Throughout the year, we host many events that bring together and engage parents, teachers and students. We welcome your questions, concerns, and feedback at any time. I invite you to visit our campus and see of the advantages of being part of the Imagine School Family!


Selenia Quinones

Imagine School at Lakewood Ranch

The Cambridge approach is designed to be rigorous and deep. In history courses, for example, rather than memorize dates and take multiple-choice tests, students dig into research through primary sources, develop arguments, and present their findings. End-of-course exams require analyzing and synthesizing information in a writing-intensive format.

Math and science instruction is often integrated to allow students to apply what they've learned across courses. A math course might include various topics, and, in some courses, teachers can customize the syllabus to choose a combination of pure math, statistics, and mechanics to build a path to the exam, based on the needs and interests of students.

At the elementary and middle school levels, the Cambridge program is focused on English/language arts, math, and science. At high school, however, it offers some 70 courses, including biology, economics, and world literature.

Budget $5,000
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Short Term Success
We are initiating Cambridge Academy this year, based on its success at our sister school in Sarasota, Imagine School at Palmer Ranch. Our first goal of introducing it to our staff and gaining their acceptance and understanding of the concepts has been broached and is an on-going learning process.
 The results received by students in this program are recognized and accepted globally.
Long Term Success
As expressed in our mission statement, we want to ensure our students are competitive in the global environment of the 21st century.
Anticipated long-term success of this program (this is our initial year), is to have the accomplishments of our students recognized on a global scale. 
Program Success Monitoring We use several assessment tools; STAR, iReady, student-led conferences and continual communication with parents. We are fortunate to have a sister school with two years' experience with this program whose principal can offer guidance during this initial phase.
Program Success Examples This is our initial year.
This guide provides for the implementation of tools and strategies for research-based instruction. We start each day with "Success Hour," during which time students focus on instruction with their homeroom teachers. This provides time for hands-on learning and small group instruction.
It is based on the four four basic elements of establish, equip, engage and evaluate.
Budget $15,000
Category Education, General/Other Educational Delivery
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Short Term Success
Implementation by school, teachers, on-going progress monitoring and individualized growth.
Any time a new program is introduced, it usually takes some time to introduce the program to teachers and students and have them become fully engaged.
We were fortunate to be able to start right at the beginning of the school year to have this program implemented and quickly accepted by all. 
Long Term Success
The goal is increased learning gains. We have our Instructional Coach and Imagines' National Academic Team guiding us with this program, which has already been implemented by several Imagine schools.
Program Success Monitoring STAR, LAFS and MAFs assessments to review progress on all strands of Florida state exams.
Program Success Examples
3rd grade was split up during Success Hour. Some students were SIGNIFICANTLY below grade level (1st Grade)! They couldn't be immersed in grade level text or they'd constantly be working at a level of frustration, and eventually shut down. We collaborated and decided to use K and 1st grade FL Ready lessons to fill gaps in their learning. We began using leveled readers as a supplement to FL Ready. The results have been UNBELIEVABLE!! In a little over 1 month, 7 students have made 6 to 10 month gains, and enjoy newfound success and confidence in reading! To say this is just a "Success Hour" is a complete understatement!!
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Selenia Quinones
CEO Term Start Aug 2013
CEO/Executive Director Email
Ms. Quinones has a Master's Degree in Education and has worked in education since 2000.
In addition to principal, Ms. Quinones has been a teacher, 504 Coordinator, and Dean of Students.
She has worked in public, private and charter schools during her career. 
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Stephen Sajewski Aug 2008 - 2013
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 41
Part Time Staff 7
Staff Retention Rate % 84
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 2
Volunteers 452
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 Lakewood 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 Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization

At Imagine Lakewood Ranch, we work diligently to maintain high standards in our Six Measures of Excellence, Academic Growth, Parent Choice, Economic Sustainability, Character Development, Shared Valued (Justice, Integrity & Fun) and School Development.

Academic Growth:  When it comes to state assessments our school has struggled to increase proficiency rates in Reading and Math. In addition, this year we will strive to demonstrate adequate learning gains for all students, with an emphasis on those in the lowest quartile.
Parent Choice: Slow but positive growth. The school is slowly growing in enrollment but not as fast we would like. An area of strength for us is on-going communication with parents and staff. This has helped to create a more comfortable, positive home/school environment, as evidenced in the parent survey question: “I feel comfortable speaking to teachers about problems in my child’s education” At least 90% of our families concur with this statement and have for the past two years. Economic Sustainability: We carefully review our budget monthly. It is always a challenge to work within our budget while developing a highly effective program for our students. We are blessed with a very dedicated staff.
Character Development: As important as academic growth is to us, character development plays an equal role. It has been shown there is a direct correlation between character and academic achievement.
Shared Values:  These include Justice, Integrity and Fun. Justice is giving the needed response in the appropriate circumstances. An example of this would be differentiated instruction. Students learn differently. We adjust our teaching style to accommodate different learning styles. Integrity is the establishment and adherence to moral priniciples, such as honesty. Fun, for Imagine, is defined as the ability to be part of the decision-making process.
School Development: This measure encompasses the five measures that come before it; basically making our school the best that it can be - all working toward common goals.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Torrey Spears
Company Affiliation C&H Baseball, Inc.
Board Term Jan 2015 to Jan 2019
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. Marcelo Manino Manino
Mr. Sean Meehan Recreational Fishing Coordinator- Southeast
Mr. Torrey Spears C&H Baseball, Inc
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 3
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Board Meeting Attendance % 90
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 0
Governance Comments by Organization We are always seeking new board members.
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month July
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month June
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $3,937,825.00
Projected Expenses $3,963,884.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
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$2,557,442$3,140,907$0
Individual Contributions$757,273$208,506$3,633,115
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$3,208,441$3,302,086$3,519,486
Administration Expense$355,691$344,348$396,629
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.000.980.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%91%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$282,413$1,981,289$501,525
Current Assets$194,801$1,857,370$340,263
Long-Term Liabilities$208,714$15,669$281,819
Current Liabilities$189,594$2,080,846$245,963
Total Net Assets($115,895)($115,226)($26,257)
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Federal $2,557,442Government Grants - State $3,140,907Contributions, gifts, grants $3,633,115
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $757,273Contributions, gifts, grants $208,506Program Services $182,925
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Services $173,785Program Services $134,014Miscellaneous $50,277
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $75,001 - $100,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.030.891.38
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets74%1%56%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Our budget is based on the number of students we can attract to our campus. This is a constant challenge, as our location is not visible from any main thoroughfare.
Most of our new enrollments come from word of mouth. However, our board has recently approved a new marketing strategy that should get our name in front of more parents in our area. 
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from the audited financial statements as the Federal 990 is filed on a consolidated basis.
Nonprofit Imagine Schools Non-Profit Inc dba Imagine - East Manatee County
Address 10535 Portal Crossing
Bradenton, FL 22201 5758
Phone 941 750-0900 102