IMS is a Christian school with many helpful and friendly teachers who are always prepared to help you understand what they are teaching. It has been a good fit for me because of the Christian based learning and because everyone here wants to make it a better place to be. Everyone is caring and friendly to each other. It is a place where students can be themselves and ignite their minds and spirits.
IMS is like one big family. We can talk to older family members (the seniors) or younger family members (the freshmen) all in the same way. There is no one here that I’d feel uncomfortable talking to. We are a pretty knit-together school. Everyone is really nice and welcoming. There are good role models here, people to look up to, people that you want to be like, people who love you. Just like a family.
Even though it was initially a tough decision, IMS was the right choice for me. It has been a very good fit for me because it is a place where I can just be myself. If you are having a bad day, even the teachers care and will ask you about it. Everyone, especially the upperclassmen, care and are so welcoming! There is an expectation that we’ll all just be nice and caring toward one another and it works. The atmosphere at IMS is a really good and positive one.
If what is holding you back from coming here are your friends, well, you can still have those friendships! They don’t have to end just because you attend a different school.
IMS is more than a school; it’s a family. When you walk through those doors you become a part of it. When someone asks you about your day or how you are, they actually care to hear the answer. I love coming to school every day.
Noah is a senior from Washington. He has jumped right in and has been involved in many different extra curricular activities at IMS, including swimming that we do through a sharing program with Iowa City West High. He was named Mississippi Valley Conference Mississippi Division swimmer of the year this year and qualified for the state meet. He has enjoyed his time at IMS serving at lunch and running the sound board for chapels and special events in our auditorium. Noah says that people should just take the leap and come to IMS for high school. In his words, “Do it! It’s worth it.”
I wish others wouldn’t judge IMS just because it has the word mennonite in the name. IMS is a school that welcomes everyone of all race and religion, it is a school where you are able to feel comfortable and express yourself in your own way. IMS isn’t a perfect school and the people aren’t perfect either, but despite that it is a place where you can feel safe to be yourself and see everyone like a family. When one is having trouble academically, in their faith, or in their personal life others are there to help because that is what the IMS community is about.
Coming from a middle school of a big size and having about 20+ students in a classroom, seeing class sizes of about 10 students at IMS was one of the things that appealed to me. Also chapel was one of the aspects about IMS that I enjoyed and helped me make a decision. If you want to see what IMS is like for yourself, come visit us. Check out details here: IMS Visit Day