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Challenger Basic School

Charter | K-6 & ungraded | 303 students

 
 

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Posted March 15, 2014

Challenger is a great place for kids. They are loved and taught well in way that are motivating to them. The staff gets along well and seem to enjoy working there. It feels safe and small and the families are committed. I have had no issues with behavior in the classes and the teachers are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2013

THis school succeeds because it plucks the students who have supportive and motivating parents. The curriculum is advanced and the kids are taught to be accountable. Behavior problems are less than that of the neighborhood elementary schools and it feels small and sheltered. The facilities may be small and there is no library, gym or cafeteria, but the trade off is a superior education for your children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2011

If you want your kids to sit all day long, doing worksheet after worksheet, after worksheet, then this is the school for you! There isn't any "hands-on" anything. Science mostly consists of: worksheets! The teachers are great, and work very hard. However, the principal can be downright cruel and rude to the staff. Students aren't allowed to work in cooperative groups, ever. Also, teachers will get in trouble if they're doing any activity that seems the least bit "artsy" if it's not "Art Day". The school doesn't offer any after-school activities, or a real music program. So, no band or orchestra or anything like that. Also, there isn't a cafeteria. So, children have to eat outside in the heat. I feel that the teachers are great, but they are restricted by what they can do, due to the rigid rules of the administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2011

My daughter has been attending this school for several years now and I can't say enough about the school and the teachers. Each one is superb at their job. The husband and wife the run the school hold the students and staff to extremely high expectations and will remove any of the staff or students who do not meet those expectations. My daughter has friends who have transferred out and they are always well ahead of the students in their new schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2010

This is a Wonderful school. I attended the school in 2009 and I can say many good things. I attended this school 5 years ago and stopped because we moved to Utah. Then we came back and I went to the school. The teachers there still knew who we were and were very kind. The principals were the greatest. They were very kind. Things were changed after four years, they put up a portable and changed the paint. This school is good for all ages.


Posted December 10, 2009

My Daughter has attended this school since K and I really cant say enough good things! From the small class sizes (although this is changing) to the committed and caring teachers, everything at this school has far exceeded my expectations. My daughter is learning far above grade level and is challenged to do her best every day. It has a small-town personal feel to it and I love that I can walk into the office and they know exactly who you are, who your child is and what class they are in. The only less than amazing thing I can say is this: If your family is not Morman (as mine isnt) it may be a little harder to connect with other parents since there is a huge Morman presence here and a bit of clique-ishness going on. Thats only a minor glitch, the school is awesome and parents are involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2009

Once again, our kids have finished yet another FANTASTIC year at Challenger Basic School! This tiny school is Gilbert's best kept secret!!!! The entire staff is dynamite and appears to work incredibly well together to provide an outstanding education!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2009

We finsihed Kindergarten here and it couldn't have been better. It's rare that education exceeds expectations, and Challenger has so far. Having a full time teacher and full time aid in Kindergarten makes all the difference. No complaints this year at all...can't wait for first grade!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2009

I did a ton of research before choosing Challenger Basic and there is no doubt we will continue with them next year! The school has a lovely private 'campus' and top notch academics. My daughter transferred in the middle of the school year and both the staff and students helped her make a happy, seamless transition. There is no busing service, so the school tends to attract parents who are serious about getting a quality education for their children. For example, if homework isn't done, students may very well miss part of recess to complete it...as it should be! Plenty of fun to be had here as well: field trips, planned after school activities, Pizza Day, Field Days and Book Fairs. This school has it all!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2009

My child has went to this school from K to 5th and I couldn't be any more pleased with the education she is getting. She loves it too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 23, 2008

This school is an excellent school but it was not the right fit for my son. First of all I would recommend that you send your child there from K because they have their 'own way' of teaching. Since my child started there in 2nd grade (new to AZ) he didn't have the 'system' down. That is just my advice to parents interested in this school. Otherwise it is a wonderful school. You also must be aware that the classes are smaller and you may find that your child is spending outside playtime catching up on class work. Since the school is small and limited if you child isn't keeping up then he/she will be missing out on those activities. I only became aware after some time and I was very upset BUT again the school is small so they just don't have the resources to give that extra help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

I have a child in 2nd and in K and both my children are excelling in all areas. The teachers are wonderful . I like the small classroom atmosphere. The children get the extra attention when needed. I will keep our children there during there elementary years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2007

I have been very happy with the quality of teachers and academics at Challenger. They encourage parental involvement but require fingerprinting/background check on all who wish to help in the classroom and on campus and encourage parents to do so. I'm very pleased with what my child has been learning and enjoy the small atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2007

My children have thrived learning and using the curriculum Challenger Basic offers. I like how the curriculum has continuity throughout each grade level and that each teacher is held accountable to teach it. Parents are required to take an active part w/ their children's education by insuring that the daily homework which reinforces daily concepts is completed. I'm thrilled with the caliber of educated teachers and the administration that enforces the school's policies. I'd recommend this school to any parent that desires a well-rounded education with a smaller class size and high expectations for their children. The school campus reflects an ambience that is also carried over into each classroom. I'm so glad I found Challenger Basic School for my children. I'm definitely here for the duration of my children's elementary education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2006

My wife and I have no regrets leaving the public school environment for Challenger Basic School. I was educated in a small town school, similiar to Challenger, where the emphasis was placed on teachers being involved with each child's education on an individual basis. We did not have what the big city schools had to offer, but we learned to love to learn. I want this for my son. To find a school like this in the Phoenix Metro area, that has that small town, family oriented ambience, yet has all of today's more effective curriculum, modern teaching tools, and qualified educators--well, it's a diamond in the rough. I don't think a great school happens by chance. The leadership, staff, families, and students all just work well together. I highly recommend this charter school to anyone looking for a small school that delivers quality education in a big way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2006

The school is very pretty and everything looks good on the outside. When you finally get to know what goes on inside it is enough to make you sick. The principal is so controlling with her teachers and the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2006

My children went to this school for 2 years. At first it was great but I was really appalled at what happened the last year. This school has a good curriculum but terrible administration. Volunteers were discouraged. I would not recommend it to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2006

Can't say enough about how wonderful this facility is. Great hardworking teachers and highly caring administrative staff. Well kept campus, limited # of students. No over crowding. Highly recommend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2006

This school has wonderful teachers, a great curriculum and horrible administration. The teachers are the ones who care about the children, not the administration. They are more interested in playing the 'cover up what's not pretty' game and place blame on everyone but themselves. Parent involvement is not something they like very much and would rather you not be around, although they will lead you to believe otherwise. Parent concerns fall on deaf ears unless it has the potential to tarnish the schools ficticious image. I have a child at this school for the 3rd year. Things were great in the beginning but have continued to spiral downhill since, due to their lack of administrative skills, enrollment has declined every year. If you choose to visit this school, notice the lack of parent volunteers and aids for the larger classes. Keep your options open, you might happier somewhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2006

I would not send my child to this school. The teacher he had was awful and was mean to him constantly. It got to be so bad that I pulled my child out in the middle of the year. I can't give this school anything less than a one, but if I could I would give it a zero.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

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The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Excelling".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 84% 42%
Hispanic 10% 43%
Black 4% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 52%N/A49%
Male 48%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1315 North Greenfield Road
Gilbert, AZ 85234
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