(Disclaimer - I work in a HS math center, helping students. This is from an Algebra/Trig text used by both sophomores and juniors depending on the class. Every so often, I hit an odd situation that I don't recall how to solve. Is this a paradox, or is there a preferred answer?)
I read thru How do you compute negative numbers to fractional powers? twice, and the issue isn't with i, the students know how to handle a simple square root of -1, it's more practical - do I suggest they raise to the power first, take the root first, or object to a non-integer power of a negative number? Much of the answer linked is well beyond their level.