The Imago School
A private Christian school in the classical tradition

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


Why should I consider sending my child to a classical Christian elementary school like Imago?

In order to answer fully this question, we would invite you to visit The Imago School. Once you enter its hallways, you will notice several things. First, there is generally a hushed atmosphere and healthy order when classes are in session. The students and staff at Imago take learning and teaching seriously. The Imago experience instructs children from a very young age that they have been endowed with minds and gifts by a God who desires that they use them for His glory. The opportunity to learn is a privilege they ought not to take lightly. For this reason, many Imago students have consistently gone on to post-graduate academic success. Activities are infused with a love and a zest for life. Thus, we take recess, Phys. Ed., and less academic pursuits equally seriously (or joyfully!). Drama, the visual arts, musical pursuits – these too are encouraged in the Imago student. In addition to these scholastic and artistic pursuits, an atmosphere of mutual respect, kindness, humility, and honesty is reinforced, and a consistent Christian work ethic encouraged; all of which stem from our deeply-held Christian faith. Please, come and see for yourself.

How much does an Imago education cost?

The tuition rates for Kindergarten, Lower School, and Upper School can be found on the Tuition and Financial Aid page.

What if I can’t afford the Imago experience?

As part of its founding philosophy and mission, The Imago School remains committed to providing need- based financial aid to qualifying families. Our financial aid program assists families to the extent our annual financial aid budget allows. After our admissions committee accepts an applicant to The Imago School, financial aid awards are made based on a family’s demonstrated need and the availability of funds.

What is the Student:Teacher ratio?

The student:teacher ratio is approximately 14:1.

How is Imago different from any other private school?

The distinguishing feature of The Imago School from other local private schools is that its desire to educate a child well is rooted in its Christian foundation. Guided by the crucial belief that every child is created in the image of God, The Imago School seeks to give a strong education to each student while recognizing that each one is endowed with his or her own unique identity. As a result of this principle, we seek to impart an essential corpus of knowledge all the while encouraging the imagination, creativity, and even physicality of each pupil to flourish. The Imago School is also not parochial, meaning the school is not under the auspices of any particular church or denomination.

What would you consider Imago’s strength?

For its students, Imago’s strengths include a strong academic program, a serious approach to character formation, and a nurturing, warm, and structured atmosphere in which a child finds security and assurance. For its parents, The Imago School provides a community of believers who are like-minded in their desire to inculcate in their children the truths of the Christian faith while receiving a solid, thorough education.

What opportunities to get involved are available to an Imago parent?

There are opportunities for Imago parents to help out year-round. Helping to supervise recess, joining a book club, sewing costumes or set-making — whatever your interests and skills might be, their development and employ will be welcome.

From where do Imago students come?

Although the school is located in Maynard, Imago’s students come from not only there but a number of surrounding towns such as Stow, Acton, Littleton, Concord, Hudson, Clinton, and so on. Some students come from as far east as Arlington, and Worcester to the west.

What do students do for lunch?

Students bring both snack and lunch and eat in the classroom.  Generally the teacher will read a book aloud, or students can talk quietly while they eat.  A microwave and refrigerator are available for upper school students.  Several special ”pizza days” and “hot dog” days are offered throughout the year.

Does Imago offer Preschool?

Not at this time, but many families send preschoolers to Mount Calvary Lutheran Preschool in Acton.

Where do most Imago students go after completing Grade Eight?

The majority of our students enter the public high schools, though some continue through homeschooling and others have attended TriviumSaint John’s High SchoolSt. Mark’s SchoolThe Newman School, and Lexington Christian Academy.

What are The Imago School hours?

Our school day begins with Chapel at 8:15 a.m. Students may arrive between 7:50 a.m. and 8:10 a.m. A usual school day ends at 2:50 p.m. Every Thursday is a half-day, with dismissal at 12:15 p.m. Kindergarten meets all day Tuesday, Wednesday, and for the half-day on Thursday.

What about recess?

We like the motto, “Work hard, play hard”. Everyone has a mid-day break on the 4 full days of school. Grades K-3 have a 40 minute recess then lunch. Grades 4-8 break for lunch first, followed by a 30 minute block of time. Unless the weather is too grim – which is rare as defined by the founding Headmistress, a former Canadian and past recess supervisor – we go outside to enjoy seasonal activities including various games, digging, insect hunting, sledding, fishing, and just enjoying the fresh air.

Does Imago have a dress code?

We have a dress code but not a uniform. We have selected clothing colors and styles that are tailored and modest and available through the Lands’ End Company as well as other stores.  We usually have a used-clothing sale where families can buy and sell from each other.