Posted September 12, 2011
I am glad to see so many positive things being said about our school on GreatSchools.com. I will use this space to clarify a few points. 1. We are focused on high level academics at Challenger. Our average student scores in the 95th percentile on standardized tests. We are proud that we set the bar high at Challenger. 2. P.E. during the school day focuses on physical fitness, but after school we have many activities to include, but not limited to: soccer, basketball, softball, art, chess, martial arts, science, and Spanish. 3. We have a rigorous screening and hiring process ruling out most applicants. Once hired, we have a comprehensive training program that teaches the new teachers the Challenger curriculum and teaching methodology. Once placed in a class, we have continuous teaching training that hones and refines teaching techniques.
I love that I have found such a great school for my daughter! I visited several Challenger schools, and they all seemed nice...but the Harwood campus is the place to go! The campus is just beautiful-the rooms, the landscaping, and the view. The office is friendly and responsive, and the classes are VERY diverse! There is a great mix if Asian, Indian, Caucasian, African-American...even students from around the world like Russia, Holland, etc. My daughter is learning so much, making tons of friends, and having a blast!
The school focuses on academics and nothing else- children have no flexibility and the atmosphere is very rigid and inflexible. No extracurricular activities and school does not encourage parent involvemnt or input. Would not recommned it to anyone.
I believe that teachers are not certified and curriculum is too strict, rigid and does not allow for creative children to flourish.
Teachers aren't qualified & there are better public schools out there. They are very poor with math. I would not recommend this school for any grades above 1st.
My son has been going to Challenger for the past two years and we love it. The curriculum is excellent and the children are very well informed about science, math, geography, literature, etc. My one concern is extra curricular activities such as PE and art. Students have to enroll in extra classes for soccer, art and piano classes.
Challenger school is good academically. But they are very poor in extra curricular activities. No speciality teachers for PE, music, ART etc... Many teachers are not well qualified. very poor English accent. If your kid gets good teacher you are lucky!
This school is wonderful. My son has attended preschool here for two years. He can read small books, his math and science are excellent. Challenger is a leap ahead of other schools. The development of children is a high priority at Challenger. I have had only great experiences. *Note - this is a private school *
My kid is going to this school as preschooler since she was 2 yr.9 mo. She loves it.. She has made many friends over there and does not stop talking about how much fun she has at school.. Now she want to go for 3 days a week from 2 days a week..
In Kindergarten: PROS: Music daily, science, art, logic, geography every week. Kids reading by first week- very academically challenging. Very diverse. Teachers are kind and professional and seem interested in the individual child and teaching them to be good citizens. Bi-weekly assemblies with whole school. CONS: Academically 'challenging'- perhaps overly so. Supported by parents who value that. They SAT test Kindergarteners! The administration is very rigid. The admin postion is one of 'letting' you be there rather than appreciating you have entrusted your child to them. Allow no parent involvement on campus but expect alot at home. Use really rude and inefficient uniform company. Conclusion: Wonderful teachers, great Saxon math, music, phonics. Very demanding. Admin not glad you are there. Teach good citizenry and independence. Teachers responsive to parents.
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