I'm simply stating our family experience. Almost the first day my child came from Challenger, he was a different child - no fighting about homework, more appreciative of our (parents) effort. In about 1.5-mo's I noticed that my son has learned something in school vs. previously everything he knew I taught him (I work and I'm not a teacher, so that was not a long-term solution, especially after 7 hours in school). Language Arts program is excellent. Math is so-so. It is still MUCH better than in most public schools, but I feel that there are better programs that have more methodical approach and achieve better results. I do however have high expectations for math - everyone (no need to be gifted) can learn calculus in 9th grade successfully. I've seen programs that teach millions to do just that. Science, History and other subjects require to listen in school. There is very little homework given. If child can listen in school, there is one hour of homework Mon - Thur plus 30 min reading every day. On the weekend, there might be another hour needed. I feel that Challenger program can work for "super-stars" as well as poor students. Both will greatly benefit. Contrary to many opinions, I don't think that Challenger strictly "selects" good students only. My child doesn't belong to "A-student" category and he greatly benefits from the program anyway.
Mr Robinson and Mrs Bowden are two people we interacted with; they both made a great difference in our experience; for the first time (on 5th year of schooling) I feel that my child learns something in school and excited about something other than kicking ball during recess
My child went to a different school for 4 years before coming to Challenger. I head almost everything - behavioral problem (Does your child have good hearing?), academic problem (Intervention is needed). Challenger teacher says "we don't have time to misbehave". My child says "the day has gone so fast; it seems like I was in school for 3 hours only".
The values are Honesty, Integrity, Self-reliance. What I see as a parent that some subjects ask questions like "Will character XYZ be a good Challenger student? Why or why not?" The child should describe the characteristics that should support Challenger values
Good School who are focussed on academics. Some of the teachers are good and not all of them but good for beginners. The school emphasis on discipline, cleanliness and good manners which is fine but less time for extra curricular activities.
You may think that this school is tough, but think of all the great things your child will be able to learn and do after all the experience of reports and tests. Also, your child will have better concentration. I know, for I am a student there. The school also has great teacher, and the headmaster, Mr. Schiffner, is excellent. I am positive that your child would be able to be as happy as I am at this very safe and fun school!
A very demanding school with unrealistic expectations. I liked their pre-K and K programs. However, I've been very disappointed with their 1st grade. They have about 6 - 7 tests every week. With a teacher to student ratio of 1:26 or 1:28 (corporate policy), they can hardly expect the kids to get much attention from the teacher. So, a parent has to spend 1.5 - 2 hours per day after school to prepare the kids. Science and Geography requirements for a first grader are ridiculous. Sample questions from tests conducted in the first month of school: Geography- What is a popular industry in California? Answer - Computer Services. Your first grader needs to write this out and explain why this is a popular industry. Science: What is weathering? What is erosion ? How can you prevent erosion ? These are not multiple choice questions; Your 6-yr old to write out 3-4 line answers. Unless you are a parent who wants to dedicate 10 hours a week of after school tutoring, I wouldn't recommend this school. The fun part of education is lost... testing is rigorous and a parent has to sign off on academic progress reports if the child scores below 75%. I don't think any 6-year old deserves this.
Excellent school! The curriculum is demanding and well balanced. The Kindergarden program builds a strong base for reading, math and science skills. The teachers are passionate about teaching so that kids actually learn and understanding the concepts they are studying. The higher grades are great as well. This school requires plenty of homework and additional special assignment. The program is accelerated, so this is a great school for children, who are highly motivated and looking for getting challenged learn. The School also puts effort on arts and music teaching as well as promotes creative writing. We have new principles and they are highly professional as well as friendly.
My daughter has now been attending challenger since Pre-School. She has been at this campus for one year and we are going back next year, I love the staff, the teachers and the school we have seen nothing but great results, Yes there is homework and lots of test but she is in First Grade and loving it, She actually wants to go back next year. I think you should talk to parents at the school to see what they say!