Learn More About Imago Dei/Frequently Asked Questions
What is the typical class size?
Imago Dei operates on a 10:1 student-teacher ratio, with a grade having two teachers for up 20 students. Our 4th Grade is currently one teacher with 10 students.
What is the cost of enrollment?
There is no tuition, fees or other costs for qualified students to attend our school.
What is the cost for extra curricular activities for the school, including field trips and clubs?
All activities are included at no additional cost for all students. This includes a parkour gym, classes at Tucson Museum of Art, a week of camp in Prescott, field trips, music classes and so much more!
Are uniforms required?
Uniforms are required to attend Imago Dei. Uniform shirts are provided, but families must provide khaki pants or shorts.
Does Imago Dei provide transportation?
No. Families are responsible for transporting their students to our middle school. We are conveniently located across the street from the Ronstadt Transit Center bus hub in downtown Tucson. We will also work proactively with families to address their transportation needs.
Does Imago Dei offer open enrollment?
Yes. Imago Dei accepts students year-round from Tucson and the surrounding areas, based on availability.
Is Imago Dei Middle School a charter school?
No, Imago Dei is a private non-profit school that does not receive state funds.
Is my child eligible to enroll at Imago Dei?
- Financial Eligibility: Families must meet income eligibility requirements to enroll.
- No Entrance Exams: We do not require an entrance exam.
- Special Education: We can make accommodations but we do not provide special education services.
How many students are in the school?
Our commitment is to a maximum of 90 students (up to 10 in 4th Grade, up to 20 each in Grades 5-8). We maintain a 1:10 teacher to student ratio allowing for lots of attention to academics, enrichment, and social-emotional growth.
Do families provide school supplies?
School supplies are provided to our students, including new backpacks each fall to start the school year.
How are parents involved at Imago Dei?
We ask families to volunteer 20 service hours a semester (40/year) at the school, which can be done in many different ways to accommodate everyone’s schedules. Teachers are in regular communication with families regarding each student’s performance to help increase support and encouragement in the learning process. Parent-teacher conferences are held regularly during the school year.
Imago Dei is an Episcopal School. Do you have to be Episcopalian to enroll?
- No. We are open to families of all faiths and encourage the sharing of each other’s beliefs to help foster our community.
- Religion class: Each grade has a religion class. Students in each grade explore different aspects of religion, including an introduction to religions of the world, exploration of sacred spaces and ethics and community service. Our overall goal is to teach our students to be respectful and contributing members of our community.
- Worship: During the week, except for Wednesday, students start the day with a worship service. It is more a time for reflection and to be thankful for family, friends and life in general. Students can choose to pray if they like but it is not required, as we work to honor each student and family’s faith traditions.
- There is a Eucharist every Wednesday before lunch and communion is offered. It is up to each family to decide if the student can participate in communion.
What are some examples of enrichment activities/field trips?
Our scholars enjoy a variety of enrichment activities at no additional cost to families. Activities have included frequent visits to the Tucson Museum of Art, Playformance parkour gym, Children’s Museum Tucson, the Fox Tucson Theatre, The University of Arizona, and other locations. Students also enjoy a variety of activities at the school, including bicycling classes, culinary arts, quilting class, art projects, community service activities, graduate support, and clubs.
Graduate Support Program (GSP)
Imago Dei is committed to following our grads through high school. GSP staff assists with high school placement and checks in with students at their high schools. There is a Graduate Support Center at the school that is available as a study area, tutoring as needed and computer availability. GSP is an integral part of the enrichment activities of all the grades with an emphasis on high school and post-high school goals.
What is the schedule?
- From Monday through Friday, students can arrive as early as 7:30 am to have breakfast.
- The day officially starts at 8:00 am with worship. Attendance is taken during this time.
- Wednesday is early-out day; all students are released at 3:30pm.
- Monday through Friday, the academic day ends at 5pm. Study hall is built into the day.
- Mandatory Saturday Exploratory, once a month, is from 9am to 2pm, when scheduled.
What is your academic year schedule?
We start in early August and observe the usual holidays and breaks of other districts. There are 3 weeks of mandatory summer classes in June with a shorter daily schedule and no Saturday school. There is a mandatory camp in Prescott for continuing students that is scheduled during August. There are no additional costs to the family to attend the camp in Prescott. For this year’s calendar, please visit the Calendar page under the “About Us” tab on this website.
I still have questions – who do I talk to?
As a middle school, we love answering questions! Please give us a call at (520) 882-4008.