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School leader Mrs. Daisy Salazar

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1185 Hollenbeck Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94087

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2 stars
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September 06, 2014
Teacher's yell at students and are unreasonably strict. I remember one of my classmates once used his hands to manually tear holes into a paper. The teacher got so mad she yelled at him and then showed the paper to another teacher to embarrass him. Another time, when I showed a story I had written to a teacher who happened to be in the class while the other teacher had some errands to run, the teacher got so mad that she made me stand in front of the class and yelled at me for 10 minutes, calling me "disgraceful." Apart from the irrational discipline, the classes were incredibly hard. Teachers were very stringent on how an assignment could be done (for example, after writing a heading on your paper, if you skipped two lines instead of one, you would get a zero). The school also only focuses on academics. No sports, no electives. For those parents who think that this terror-style education is the best way to ensure success in the future, think again. I only went here for two years (the rest was at a public school), hated it, and now study at UC Berkeley. Many of my Challenger classmates are either doing just as well as me (if not worse). Invest in a good public school.

- submitted by a community member
July 28, 2014
I'd give it 0 stars if I could. The teachers yell at students, thinking that's the only way to get students' respect. Instead of earning our respect, they try to force it out of us. Also, some teachers are bullies. For instance, they feel the need to embarrass the students they don't prefer, even insulting them. One teacher insulted me and made the whole class laugh at me just because I was different. The worst part is, she didn't even realize that what she did was wrong until somebody told her. Also, the principal is biased. When she wanted this student on student council, she MADE SURE she was on the council even though she got less votes, making up a new position for her! How ridiculous. There shouldn't even be a voting if she's going to do things like that. Also, the teachers and staff FORCE the students to buy the stuff the council is selling, otherwise we'd get some privileges taken away. I can't believe even after paying the expensive tuition, they're STILL trying to make more money since they spent all the tuition money on useless garbage. LITERALLY. They bought new trash cans and rocks. This place is a joke.

- submitted by a community member
October 01, 2013
I used to go here when I was in PRESCHOOL, 10 years ago, and the teachers that I had seriously needed to learn how to treat children. To start off, I used to have these hiker boots that had shoelaces and they kept on untying, so I would always ask the teachers to help me tie them. They got mad and told me to buy slip on shoes, but I didn't so they made me take off my shoes everyday until I got a new pair that they didn't need to "help me" with. Also, I used to play dinosaurs with my friends during playtime and I accidentally cut myself once with it and went to one of my teachers and asked for a ban-aid while crying. She was apparently too "busy" stapling stuff (what a lame excuse) on the wall, so she told me to go to the other teacher since there were two teachers in the class. I went to her and she told me that the cut was nothing, so I went back to the other teacher. I ended up running back and forth to the two teachers for a band-aid like a million times until I threw a fit and screamed & got a time-out. "Sunnyvale" Challenger needs to work on hiring the RIGHT teachers. (I hope that the teachers that I had are fired now)

- submitted by a community member
May 26, 2013
I decided to write this review because I feel obligated to let other parents know what is happening in this school. This school will cripple your child physically, socially and emotionally. How? While Mrs. Obama is trying to fight child obesity in this county, if a child misbehaves, it is Challenger's policy to refuse the whole class PE and recess. We have laws requiring employers to provide breaks at work, but these children have no rights. There are no real PE class or PE teachers, or sports but they will give your child barely passing grade for PE based on some standards that only they know about. And if you think Challenger is strong academically - you are wrong. They are teaching memorization. All they do is use textbooks from higher grades and give more homework instead of making sure that children actually learn. But you know what you child will learn at this school for sure? The saying: "It is not what you know- it is who you know". No matter how good you child is, the awards and prizes in all competitions will go to children of Challenger teachers. The worst part is that the kids know what is happening. I am utterly disgusted by this institution.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2011
I only sent my kid to the Kindergarten program in summer to try it out. The teachers have attitude, are rude to kids and they do not treat the children well. I will not recommend this school at all

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2011
Hi, I am an eighth grader at Challenger Sunnyvale this year. I think Challenger gave me the best education I could possible receive and everyone is really disciplined and nice. I never encountered any sort of bullying or peer pressure in this school and the teachers take good responsibility. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a community member
November 09, 2010
My first suggestion is to avoid this school if you want the safety of your child. The school is overcrowded and has least amount of supervision during outdoor activities. All the emphasis is on Academics, there is no importance given to Social Skills. My kid got hurt twice within a couple of months, one of them being a serious injury, but the school management refused to improve their supervision practices. I heard great things about this school, I deeply regret sending my kid to this school. Please don't make the same mistake as me.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2010
Challenger focuses mainly on academics, and only has a running field. You can get a $1000 scholarship too; however, you need a 3.9 GPA in all the terms and 97% and above in all sections of the ITBS.

- submitted by a community member
April 28, 2010
Challenger empowers my daughter to be her best - the school has very high academic standards and provides the encouragement I would expect from every school.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2010
It's true this school has VERY high expectations. Some of the students have even developed permanent health problems due to all the stress. The school rules limit ours AND the teachers' creativity severely. Challenger is actually given standards by corporate (situated in either California or Utah). When one of the best teachers in our school tried to give the classroom a theme, someone from corporate said it was too 'colorful' and 'distracting' and demanded it be taken down. In the past we have taken Stanford Acheivment Tests, used mainly for private schools, but they have recently changed to IOWA tests, for public schools too. I work hard, and being in a private school, I want to be on private school standards. Also, some teachers could definitely be smarter, and the staff is simply unorganized - but just going to preschool is worthwhile, and middle school is average if not above.

- submitted by a student
January 08, 2010
They have too much strict rules like army. They don't think about child's charateristic. Bad School....

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September 04, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2009
Very bad experience putting my kid thru' the priamry school system. Extremely high rate of turnover starting with the principal all the way thru' the baby-sitters. If you can please do avoid.

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August 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2009
Teachers work with only few kids. They dont work with all the kids. Biased approach. Had a very bad experience.

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May 29, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2009
This school is not like any other. The expectations are high and hard to achieve. Though the discipline satisfactory, the extra-curricular activities are bad. Thirty minutes of fitness and really not much. Parents have to pay a lot for not much. This school for sure takes away your ability to grow and to have fun. Once I entered middle school, freedom has become a lot less than I would expect. Teachers want too much out of students. I would for sure not recommend this school to anyone else in my opinion. Unless, you want your child to become a brainy little child. I have to admit, the academics are fantastic.

- submitted by a student
June 13, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2008
Academics are good. Sometimes teachers are excellent, sometimes they are not. Teacher turn over rate is high since many teachers are there for their child's discount. Advantages are that all children have to perform at a minimum academic level and are there to learn.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2008
I am very underwhelmed by the quality of teachers. The teachers spend little time with parents to discuss the progress of students. There are no additional preshool classes for extended day care. The teachers have a condescending attitude and seems like they are doing you a favor by serving you. I would definitely not recommend this to anyone. I am currently looking to move my preschooler to another school.

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January 27, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 13, 2007
I went to challenger for three years. love their academics (good teachers, reasonably challenging), hate everything else. No field trips, no electives, no anything not hardcore academic. Horrible music program and no Walden West, which is an essential part of every 5th grader's life. Except for mine because I went to Challenger. If you really must send your child to challenger, try middlefield.

- submitted by a student
July 25, 2007
This school is overrated. They may be more advanced in academics but it didn't differ much from the public school. If parents are involved in their child's study, the kid that goes to the public can easily catch up with what they taught in this private school. The public schools have some great and caring teachers in contrast to the 'rule' dominated teaching system. I like the extracurricular activities provided in the public school, it makes the child well-rounded unlike this school. Tuition in Challenger is high and no parent involvement needed. Not recommended. Not worth the money.

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June 08, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2007
The school teachers attitude are bad. They have no concern for the students but go through the routine every day. I do not recommend this school. Get out when you can...

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2007
My son goes to Kindergarten and I am really amazed at how advance this school in academics. Extracurricular activities are on the low side though. You have to pay extra. and tuition fee is quite high. I'd say if you want a well rounded child, perhaps other schools can provide mroe. But if you want a brainy child, definitely pick this one.

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November 19, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2006
My son attended Challenger Sunnyvale for 9 years and did very well. He was lucky to have many exceptional teachers through the years. However, for the last two years of Middle School the teachers were less than stellar. It's a shame since the students have the same teachers for three years. The literature and writing teachers were outstanding. The many restrictions do not give the students the opportunity stray, yet also tend to limit their growth. Excellent phonics and math program in the younger grades. Can't help to excel!

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May 03, 2006
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March 11, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2005
I'm realy happy with this school and so is my 4 year old son. This is our second year in this school and I'm planning to keep him there. I like the both the accademic part and the social part. I noticed a positive improvement in my child personality and he knows alot compared to other friends. The teachers are great and so caring and the principle is one of a kind. She is realy great and knows all the kids and participate in every event they celebrate. The school does not require any help from parents but we as parents are welcome any time to see our kids in calss and enjoy them as often and as much we want.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2005
Worse and worse each year. Teacher come and go. Many teachers are bad.

- submitted by a former student
September 10, 2005
It really isnt that good not worth the money

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
The Children are challenged to perform above the standards of their grade levels. This raises the students capacity and confidence. Absolutely less time for extra curricular activities.

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August 08, 2005
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July 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2005
Strong on academics. My 2nd grader is doing the amount of homework you might expect from a high school student. Students will learn a lot and will have to develop good homework/study skills to make it through a grade. For the beginning grades, this will most likely mean a lot of parent involvement. One of the problems with many private schools is the quality of the teaching staff. Teacher turn over rate tends to be high with many new inexperienced teachers each year. There are some good teachers at this school, but it is a coin toss as to whether you will get a good teacher or not.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2005
Great School, very much academics.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2005
There are wonderful teachers here, such as the middle school literature and grammar teacher, who I assure you are very good and thorough in their teaching. But, this school does not have any language classes, and P.E. is only for thirty minutes. There are afterschool clubs, but they all require paying extended care bills.

- submitted by a student
August 29, 2004
My son went to preschool there. It was a great experience. He learnt to read there now at 5 years old can read almost like an adult. I would recommend this school highly.

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Challenger - Sunnyvale
1185 Hollenbeck Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA  94087
(408) 245-7170
Last modified Challenger - Sunnyvale is a Private school that serves grades K-8
Challenger - Sunnyvale Rating: 2 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top