Dear Parents: Thank you for taking a few minutes of your time to learn more about &/or share some of your experiences at Challenge Charter School. CCS was founded in 1996 by Superintendent, Greg Miller & Executive Director, Pam Miller, my parents. The Millers are still active in the leadership of CCS; and I am honored that they have chosen and support me in my new role as Principal. I am proud to have been working with CCS s outstanding team of educators since 1999. The team at CCS is passionate about putting kids first, offering an optimal educational environment, grounded in the fundamental skills of a hands-on, science-oriented, academic core curriculum. As Arizona s First Official Core Knowledge School our curriculum is integrated and sequential providing a challenging and differentiated learning environment also rich in history, character education, and technology. Recently, a few parents have commented on our testing culture. In response, I confirm that our students, of all backgrounds, consistently score 25 to 40% higher than the state average of both: all schools (~1700); and all charter schools (~485). This accomplishment is something our teachers, school community, parents, and especially students are proud of! So, yes, we do talk about it on campus; we empower and encourage our students to celebrate their achievements. Challenge is proud to offer many unique programs and services. Some of the opportunities at Challenge include: Extended-day Kindergarten, before & after school care, extracurricular classes during the school day (such as art, foreign language, PE, technology), Breakfast/lunch program, caring and highly qualified staff, parent/family nights, and a uniform policy. I encourage all interested parents to join us for one of our several Founders Tour & Informational Sessions this spring. At these tours, we discuss school policies & programs in detail and no question goes unanswered. Lots of information including tour dates is available on our webpage at www.challengecharterschool.net. Call our office today at 602-938-5411to sign up! Principal Wendy Miller
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Challenge Charter School5
Posted August 26, 2014
- a parent
This school is wonderful! I pay attention to rankings because they can help show if a school as a whole is teaching the standards and how well students are retaining what they learned. This year Challenge is ranked 9th in the state on schooldiggers.com of more than 1000 state schools listed. This tells me the school is doing a great job of educating my children. I am proud of this school. The work brought home shows me my children receive a quality educational level far above the typical public school. The administration is doing a great job in providing what is in the best interest of the students and delivering a top quality educational experience!
I can t express enough how Amazing CCS has been for my child and our family. Not only do they offer the best education but they encourage and teach their students social responsibility through their Core Virtues . All of the values that as a parent I want my child to have. Unfortunately, they do not offer a middle or high school. But I highly recommend CCS to anyone looking for the greatest elementary school for their child.
RAINY DAYS. when it rains kids wait outside with no shelter. I have picked my young kids soaked completely. The school has no shelters but that is no reason to expose kids to direct rain. OPTIONS???????? Maybe kids can wait in their classes for their parents to pick them up. Or wait in the cafeteria. SUGGESTIONS????? Also whats up with kids not wearing jackets to assemblies???? In this cold???? Some teachers are way too serious and terrify some kids. Not flexible and opereate like robots. Nice school but way too rigid. S.O.M is ridiculous..... I agree with the parent below. Has bad effect on the good kids who never get noticed. If your child is quiet, smart, not outgoing , he or she will be overlooked thru all grades.
I miss Challenge Charter School. We moved out of the city and are at another 10 rated School. Challenge Charter School had done so much more for my kids. They mapped out everything that kept me and my kids and me engaged at all times. The staff at Challenge Charter School is so much more organized and really care about each student as individuals.They put in so much effort into preparing my kids for a well rounded, healthy future beyond compare. From constant notices sent home keeping parents in the loop on everything, to the monthly assemblies, to the wonderful school events, to the assigned projects, to the placement of students in each class according to their learning levels without making anyone feel singled out, to structuring the older grades in a way that prepares them for middle school and helping them transition into being independent and responsible without any stress is extraordinary. Even the after care was handled in a way that made my kids not want to come home after a long day. The new school doesn't even do half of these things. I look back in retrospect I wonder, how did they do it? What a wonderful experience my kids and I had that we may never get again.
My sons are now in 6th and 7th after spending the last 4 years at Challenge Charter School. They are well prepared for middle school at the college preparatory school they currently attend. Challenge Charter School provided an exceptional education for both sons. I cannot praise them enough. Thank you to the entire school and their leadership. I am very appreciative and grateful for my sons to have attended this school.
I value my choices. I value my children s education. I value my time and my efforts. Challenge Charter mirrors the things I value from family to an enriching learning experience. They demonstrate core values and discipline and teach at levels that help children love learning and school. Testing is only one measure of my children s knowledge. Intellectual conversations with them is another. My children coming home and questioning the ideas and information presented at school and then feeling comfortable enough voicing their own views and conclusions after processing it all is another. These all solidify for me that they are not only being taught facts, dates, and names to memorize, but also being taught information and facts in ways that excite their minds to want to learn more. They are thinkers as well as learners. I am already researching junior high and high schools and we have at least 2 years before we will be at this transition. I researched elementary schools for about 2 years as well. I do this in the best interest of my children
I have been with the school since its inception and every year there is one or two people that have a need to refer to other possibliities other than Challenge, spread rummors of closing or ending a grade, etc. In 17 years as a school we have not bashed or slandered another school on Great schools. We are proud of our awards and our school. If you are a parent at Challenge you would know that our Blue Ribbon award can only be re-submitted for after 5 years,. The Blue Ribbon award is so hard to receive most schools in country never have the opportunity to win one. You seem to have missed or overlooked all the other wonderfful awards the school has had every year since then. By the way the Blue Ribbon award was witten and submitted by the current princapal. She is a wonderful writer and has worked for 11 years at the school. Has a Masters degree in business, and adores and respects HER families. With the 25% cut in funding over the last few years we are proud of the extra things and classes we still provide our students. " Respect is a two way opportunity".
Just think.. The board of the school is compose of 4 people, 3 from the same family(75%). The principal is the daughter of the founder. Everything is perfect until you are tired to have coffee with the principal and you actually want to talk about the school. In a charter school you are a "customer", because they are a "business". But you are not always right.. They will like to hold your kids there (especially if smart) like a credit card: high test score=more enrollment, more enrollment = more money. The teacher are doing a phenomenal job considering what the administration is asking to them. With privacy excuse parents can not talk or excange email. Try to organise a bithday.. No sport, no Spanish, no gifted program, unless you think that 3/4 times a month is a "program". Every award is from 2007(5 years later...) If you are afraid of a public school, have fun in this little kingdom but remember.. If you don't like the king(actually the Princess) you better run.. Luckily for you new possibility are opening this summer. Do you want help this school? Simple, a real professional Principal and a real board of director. No more "family", thanks.