I have grown in so many ways since coming to IMS. Adolescence is a time when people grow and experience many changes, and coming to IMS helped me grow in the right direction. Attending chapel every day and being able to delve into spirituality in the classroom makes faith an immediate, constant part of life at IMS. The community at IMS has also been a huge influence in my spiritual life. Being able to pray, fellowship, and talk candidly about faith with teachers and classmates makes IMS more than just a school. It has become a church community and support network. I care about the people here, and I know they care about me too. IMS is a great example of the fact that although we might not always agree, we are called to be the body of Christ together.
There is no doubt about the fact that I have been challenged academically. There are rigorous courses in every subject here, and I am already applying concepts from some of them to my everyday life. Required English classes like speech and research have quickly evident practical applications. They taught me skills such as public speaking, writing with an academic tone, and constructing a paper. I have also been pushed outside my comfort zone in areas like math and science, where I am less comfortable naturally, and been able to learn a lot and succeed. History classes have given me a broader perspective to understand how current situations came to be, and in class, we are challenged to consider current events and understand them. Finally, literature courses here have broadened my horizons and given me the tools to understand, appreciate, and analyze literature much more deeply than I ever could before.
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.”