This school is said to be one of the better elementary schools in the city. Academically the test scores are high. The atmosphere is large, crowded and busy. There is a fair amount of bullying also. My daughter was bullied to the point of her father and I having to contact the superintendent. It is easy for certain kids to get lost between the cracks because the class sizes are large and some of the teachers do not seem like they are really interested in helping out anymore. Some of those teachers definitely need to retire. My child has been there since Kindergarten and she is now in 3rd grade. Most days she doesn't even want to go to school. Her Kindergarten teacher was Ms. Newsom who is awful and that set the tone. She's really mean to the kids and you can tell she is just hanging in until retirement. I reported several concerns about her to the principal at the time but nothing was done. My daughter's teachers since then have been better than Newsom but not great by any means. Her current 3rd grade teacher is uninspiring and again you can tell she's just waiting on retirement. The Asst. Principal Ms. Henson is the best asset this school has but she can only do so much.
We debated choosing private school over public, but we are very pleased with our decision of going to Challenger. The principal is fantastic, and the teachers are wonderful. My son is constantly telling us how much he loves the school!
One of the best schools my kids have attended. The principle cares and loves the kids and the school. I have never had a teacher or principle for that matter call home to congratulate the kids on an award or good work. I have had both here. Teachers are dedicated and very professional. I have 4 kids so, this is very important to us!
coming from the big city i can appreciate the smalller classrooms,teacher-parent communication and the quality of the healthy food choices my son has.in 6 short months my son has improved grately and i am happy for my son and his new confidence. challenger is a great school and i really like how the kids are seperated by grades in the school in different hallways.