There is nothing like this school. Challenger School is the best preschool in our area. We live in Hayward, and most preschool that we have here are just a waste of money. In some preschools here (Hayward) the teachers are not well trained, the curriculum does not prepare children for the challenges when they go to regular schools, students can not even speak clearly, and aree not trained to do their best. My son attends Challenger School in newark and he is so much smarter than most children we know wha are about the same age as he is, or may be older. Although he is only in Kindergarten, he reads very well, does his homework on his own, he can write sentences, and is able to spell words just by pronouncing words....through phonetics. I have encountered a lot of children from other schools that can't do the same.
My son attended the school from Kindergarten till 3rd grade. The school does an amazing job of developing confident, capable and well-rounded happy children. They have art, music, P.E, computers and critical thinking. The curriculum is very well balanced and contemporary.
My daughter has been at this school since her Kindergarten Summer program there. We were so impressed with her progress (and enjoyment) that we decided to register for her regular program in first grade. She's now finishing her 2nd grade there. The curriculum is quite demanding but manageable. There are arts, music, computer programming, PE (daily) classes and other activities. Even though the school does not require parent involvement in school, I think all parents are helping/involving in their kids' learning/studying. The school is populated with a great majority of kids of South Asian descents (due to the demographic composition of the area)
This review for the Ardenwood campus of Challenger . My son is currently in the first grade. This school is definitely focused in academics and has a demanding schedule for 6 yr olds in my opinion. Even his own teacher acknowledged that. This past year they have added art, computer and P.E. classes since many parents have demanded it. This school may work well for children who need structure. Our son has done well with this school, but we are now considering pulling him out and enrolling him in a school that has a more well-rounded curriculum. This seems to be the thinking of most parents we talk with as well.
Academic programs are great.though they push a preschooler a little i feel they can take that.i am happy with the music and art programs.my daughter started singing and started experimenting with crayons in a month she started school.parent involvement is nil though.overall i am very happy with the school.
The academics at Challenger are quite good. I'm impressed with the phonics and science programs. However, the math in pre-K is not as impressive, and there doesn't seem to be much time dedicated to art and music, with no time dedicated to sports.
Challenger provides a very academic-oriented program. Most kids are reading fluently when they leave Kindergarten. Homework is heavy! Kinder is about 30 mins a night. 1st Grade is 1-2 hours/night. We find it sometimes hard to get our son to do the work without a lot of fighting. He did like the school though. THey provide music, art and PE several times a week but it is still very academic. There are no field trips or off-site excursions. Most of the children seem to come from Indian or Chinese descent - at least in the Fremont area. This is due to the fact that these cultures put a very high premium on academics. We did find that many of the kids were also somewhat spoiled and our son had some problems with kids. I am somewhat disappointed that it is not more well rounded.