Challenger Basic School has THE BEST teachers who have mastered the art of making all children feel loved and confident while providing an incredible academic education. The quaint feel to the campus allows for the teachers and staff to know and support the kids on an individual basis, and the pure happiness the children exude is inspiring! I love the high standards the school upholds and how the teachers nurture the students' growth in personal responsibility. These loving and dedicated teachers + the sweetest kids around = one amazing sanctuary for learning and clearly one of the best schools in the nation!
They are trained to be overly punitive. Even the nice ones do nice things or say things, then ask you not to tell the principal they were nice. I can't tell you how many times I heard, "just don't tell Mrs. Tobin I did this".
This is what they claim to be doing by continuing to be hard on the students. I do not think "grit" in childhood comes from being beat down. I believe it comes from being in a safe place and being allowed to find success and failure in a safe way.
They develop fear of authority. Before I left, I was on the campus twice in one week. Both times I observed a different child sitting on a specific bench crying. I wondered why no one was assisting these children and why they were there on both occasions. They do not care for children's emotional well being at this school, only producing high test scores.
A school that promotes bullying is not promoting any of these positive attributes. As a matter of fact, after four years at the school, my final straw to leave was having other parents call me to tell me their kids were reporting my child being abused in the classroom.
When the principal and teachers are bullies, the children follow suit. Number one complaint I heard from students there was bullying. They are taught to find the weakest link and bully them by the principal and teachers.