Imagine Schools Non-Profit Inc dba Imagine - Manatee County
9275 49th Ave. E.
Palmetto FL 34221-5758
The mission of Imagine Schools North Manatee is to provide an environment that promotes academic excellence, leadership skills, and social development within a diverse community of young men and women. We are committed to helping our students on their journey of self-discovery. We will model integrity, self-discipline, perseverance and wellness while preparing them for the challenges of the 21st century within a global society.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Dawn Patterson
Board Chair Mr Torrey Spears
Board Chair Affiliation C&H Baseball, Inc.
General Info
Organization DBA
Imagine Charter School at North Manatee
Imagine - Manatee County
Imagine Schools Non-Profit, Inc.
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 – learning gains exceeded more than one year’s growth based on STAR assessment.

2. State assessment data shows our school continuing to exceed district average math scores in majority of grade levels.

3. Percentage of staff living out Imagine Schools’ Shared Values of Justice, Integrity and Fun has steadily increased due to monthly focus and recognition of staff.

4. Staff has become more aware of the school budget and been encouraged to ask questions, make decision on purchase and develop ideas to raise money.

5. All staff are encouraged to participate in decision making and lead the initiative of an event, task, committee, etc.

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

1. Academic – implement Florida Ready curriculum to employ higher-rigor test questions to focus more on Reading/Language Arts deficiencies by zeroing in on integrations of knowledge, as well as craft and structure.

2. Parent Choice – increase parent involvement by sending out monthly notices of balance of volunteer hours due and including ways to volunteer in our monthly newsletter.

3. Character – weekly character goals were implemented week 1 and continue to be a school-wide focus; displayed in EVERY classroom and announced every morning.

4. North Manatee earned no acceleration points in middle school because high school credit classes were not offered. An Algebra class has been added to include this option and raise the level of rigor and expectation in Math.

5. We are transitioning to a Google School. This involves not only a commitment of resources to purchase enough Chromebooks and licenses to accomplish this transition, but the buy-in and training of all staff members. We believe this is the best use of resources for future education and testing to bring our students into the global economy of the 21st century.

Needs Statement

1. Chromebooks to Develop “Google Classroom”: Google Classroom has students and teachers using Google's many platforms to help instruct, do homework and share information using a paperless system. Four-hundred Chromebooks for students at $200 each. Cost: $80,000

2. Staff Training for “Google Classroom” certification: We have 30 teachers on staff and the cost per certification is $350/teacher. The training is in Tampa and educates teachers how to best utilize the technological resources available to them. 

3. Security Screens for Student Laptops: Students take the state-required annual exam in one room, side-by-side. Currently, the only privacy measure taken during these exams are cardboard dividers between students. We would like 50 screens at $25.00 each. Cost: $1,250

4. Tents for Outside Area: We are seeking 3 10' X 10' pole tents for outside eating area at $1,000 each. Cost: $3,000

5. New School Bus: We serve 6 counties and our buses travel up to 30 miles one-way. We are currently operating with 7 older buses and repair work costs are high. It is our goal to secure reliable, efficient, environmentally-friendly school bus with air conditioning and seat belts. Since buses are high-cost, we are trying to replace 1 annually. Cost: $110,000

Background Statement
Imagine Schools at North Manatee was established in 2006 and is currently located at 9275 49th Ave East, Palmetto Florida. During the 2013-2014 school years the school housed 567 students from PreK to 8, around 520 for grades PreK-8, and about 550 for the current school year. The school went through charter renewal during 2013-2014 and was awarded a three-year charter. Imagine North Manatee is SACs Accredited, and went through the renewal process in the 2014-2015 school year. This current school year (2016-2017) we have entered the third year of the charter and will go through the renewal process again, hoping for a five-year charter this time.

Imagine North Manatee has a supportive PTO that has helped with funding of playground shade, parking lot lights, $100 teacher donations to the classrooms, painting, and fencing. The school has received grants for an outdoor classroom, benches and potted plants for the front of the school, a kindergarten TAG reading system, science lab materials, and computer programs.

 The school uses the Character Counts! Approach to character education. The school chose this approach because it includes six generally accepted ethical values. It is not political, religious, or culturally based. The six pillars of character include trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. The school has quarterly character pep rallies that award our students chosen by the class that exemplify the chosen trait. Our goal is for the students to better understand the concept of Integrity, Justice and Fun.

Our biggest challenge is enrollment. Many of the surrounding schools offer a wide variety of technology, specials, middle school programs with advanced classes, middle school programs with a large range of electives, and schools of the arts. We remain wise in our spending and resources; Teachers at our school understand the budget constraints and work for less than the county teachers would offer, because they love the shared decision making our school offers compared to others in the area.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
FL- Hillsborough
Areas Served Comments We serve 538 children in grades K thru 8th grade from Manatee and Hillsborough counties. Sixty-three percent receive a free or reduced lunch.
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

At Imagine Schools North Manatee, it is our vision for every student to reach his or her fullest potential and discover the pathways for life-long success. Our individualized focus on learning allows our certified teachers to devote more time and attention to your child. The staff here is committed to the Shared Values of Imagine Schools and is committed to our goal of economic sustainability.

We have been developing character and enriching minds since 2006. 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. We welcome your questions, concerns, and feedback at any time. I invite you to visit our campus and see all of the advantages of being part of the Imagine School Family!

Dawn Patterson
Imagine School at North Manatee 
Description We are a Pre-Kindergarten thru 8th Grade public charter school that opened in 2006. We are proud to serve over 610 students and their families. We are here to partner with parents and guardians in the education of their children.
Budget $52,879
Category Education, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Families Minorities
Short Term Success Overall growth last year 1.09 – Reading; 1.07 – Math. We administer four STAR tests during the school year to track each student's progress; one in the fall to establish a baseline, the one later in the fall to determine progress. The third and fourth administrations are in the early and late spring.
Long Term Success Maintain and/or increase growth. We have started utilizing student-led conferences where the students discuss and explain their progress with their parents. This helps both the student and parents understand where they are and set goals for where they want to be. Because each child has a different learning style, we differentiate learning by pulling small groups, having small group discussions, consistently communicating with parents and utilizing the services of our two ESE teachers, as well as an OT and PT specialist. 
Program Success Monitoring
STAR testing (4 administrations per year), Florida Ready (implemented this year), Moby Max, chapter end testing and a wide variety of subject specific testing.
We are fortunate to have two computer labs that we make full use of to facilitate program success monitoring. 
Program Success Examples
STAR reports for individual students
Student-led conferences
Teacher newsletters
 Weekly school newsletters
Constant Contact
Parent Volunteer Tracking and Follow-Up 

Any student, grades K thru 8th is welcome to attend the Before & After Care program. Childcare is provided from 7:00 to 8:15 am and from 3:15 to 6:00 pm Monday thru Friday by the local YMCA. This program is free of charge to families. Supplies are the only cost.

Budget $490
Category Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Families Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success Number of students enrolled; fulfills needs of our parents
Long Term Success Continue to have this program available for our families
Program Success Monitoring Parent Satisfaction Survey
Program Success Examples Increased use of program
The VPK program is from 8:30 – 11:30 am Monday thru Friday and is free to families. Our certified, passionate teachers educate your child and providing meaningful experiences to develop a lifelong love for learning. We also have affordable options for care outside of the main program including before, after and extended care.
Budget $0
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) Families Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success

The most important growth and development in the brain happens by the age of five.

The early years are the learning years. A child’s ability to be attentive and to follow directions emerges in the early years. Structured early learning fosters these abilities for later success in school and in life.

  • Children who participate in high-quality early childhood education programs develop better language skills, score higher in school-readiness tests, have better social skills and fewer behavioral problems once they enter school
  • Pre-K enables children to be better prepared for Kindergarten, especially in the areas of pre-reading, pre-math and social skills.
  • Pre-K promotes a love of learning in children.
  • Pre-K enhances what a child learns at home and instills a love for life-long learning.
Long Term Success Voluntary Pre-kindergarten or VPK gives children a jump start by preparing them for school and enhancing their pre-reading, pre-math, language and social skills. By developing the skills children need to become strong readers and students at an early age, children are more likely to be successful in school. VPK classrooms offer high-quality programs that include high literacy standards, developmentally appropriate curricula, manageable class sizes, and qualified teachers.
Program Success Monitoring FLKRS and periodic assessments
Program Success Examples Increased skills at each assessment
Sports & Fitness (flat football, volleyball, cheer leading, cross country, basketball and soccer), Odyssey of the Mind club, Anime club and Faith club
Budget $7,413
Category Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Families Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success Student Engagement
Long Term Success Continued demand for extracurricular clubs
Program Success Monitoring Number of students signing up for clubs
Program Success Examples Skills learned; an increase in ability
Program Comments by Organization We are blessed with very dedicated teachers who not only spend many hours each week producing well-organized and rigorous lesson plans directly correlated to state standards but also willingly devoting much more time working with students to engage them in their own success. They spend hours after school running clubs that pique the students' interests while expanding their depth of knowledge.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Dawn Patterson
CEO Term Start Oct 2015
CEO/Executive Director Email

 Dawn Patterson has her Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and ten years' experience in education. She has worked as a VPK (Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten) teacher, 1st grade teacher and Instructional Coach.

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Matthew Loge Aug 2013 - Sept 2015
Jennifer Lucas May 2012 - June 2013
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 48
Part Time Staff 41
Staff Retention Rate % 76
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 1
Volunteers 561
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 Charter School at North Manatee. Imagine Schools provides personnel, operations and financial support to the school as needed and upon request.
AdvancedED accredits our school. 
We collaborate with the local YMCA to provide before and after school care for students.
We collaborate with Fidelity Bank, who is a sponsor and offers "Little Lion's Savings Accounts" for our students. 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Coolest School in Manatee CountyMacaroni Kid2016
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability
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 Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization
Since our inception in 2006, we have seen an overturn in leadership. We feel we have found stability in our current leader. She has been a dedicated member of the Imagine Charter School at North Manatee staff since the beginning (she did spend one year at Imagine Town Center and one at Imagine Lakewood Ranch). She has embodied and been a role model for Imagines' Six Measures of Excellence.
Due to her depth of experience as an instructional coach, disaggregating data and modeling teaching for other teachers, she is seen as an instructional leader. Her respect and dedication to students is seen every day both in her interaction with them and fairness in any disciplinary actions. She is in constant communication with parents and has a very visible presence on the campus. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr Torrey Spears
Company Affiliation C&H Baseball, Inc.
Board Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2019
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. Marcelo Manino Manino
Mr. Sean Meehan Recreational Fishing Coordinator- Southeast NOAA Federal
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
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Board Meeting Attendance % 91
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
Our challenge is to attract more board members to serve on our board. We are blessed with very dedicated and involved current board members. Several have extended their terms to ensure a smooth transition to an on-going dedicated board.
We recently have found a parent at Imagine North Manatee who has agreed to join the board and is currently going through board training and fingerprinting. 
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 $4,328,063.00
Projected Expenses $4,319,775.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
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$3,688,424$3,298,975$4,380,401
Individual Contributions$97,607$392,914$0
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$4,078,972$4,095,844$4,356,891
Administration Expense$18,513$21,892$6,770
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.000.971.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%99%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$269,706$469,151$574,034
Current Assets$238,381$429,508$522,063
Long-Term Liabilities$0$14,977$61,066
Current Liabilities$283,179$468,217$390,651
Total Net Assets($13,473)($14,043)$122,317
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - State $3,688,424Government Grants - State $3,298,975Government Grants - State $3,862,137
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther $313,875Contributions, gifts, grants $392,914Government Grants - Local $518,264
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $97,607Other $294,4360 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $75,001 - $100,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.840.921.34
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%3%11%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Economic Sustainability is one of Imagine Schools' Six Measures of Excellence. Because our budget is reliant on the number of students enrolled, this measure is one we pay close attention to.
Our enrollment has grown this year which we attribute to two reasons; stability of leadership and growth in our area (Palmetto) 
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from the audited financial statements as the Federal tax returns report financial information on a consolidated location basis.
Nonprofit Imagine Schools Non-Profit Inc dba Imagine - Manatee County
Address 9275 49th Ave. E.
Palmetto, FL 22201 5758
Phone 941 981-5345 304