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16995 East Carlson Dr
Parker, CO 80134

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(303) 841-9816
(303) 840-3246
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November 21, 2014
Overall, this is a good school. However, to put this blatantly, nobody in authority here cares at all about subjects that aren't math, technology, and science. The music program (if it even deserves that title) is a joke, and then there's the matter of English here at this school. My child has been here since kindergarten and is currently in 8th grade, so it's safe to say that we have a lot of experience. Since the administrative office pays no attention to these subject, the authority falls into the teacher's hands. Sometimes they do an excellent job, as evidenced by the current 7th and 8th grade social studies teacher. However, my son comes home complaining about his English class nearly every day. He says that the students don't learn anything, and I would have to agree. It seems like the students learn nothing. They are just assigned work about things that they already know how to do, and have known how to do since elementary school. The teacher is incredibly lazy. He also seems unorganized. But if math, science, and technology are all you care about, it might be a good place to send your kids.

- submitted by a parent

June 21, 2014
Challenge to Excellence is a school that you should consider looking at before making that final decision of your "school of choice" when it comes to academics and compassion. I love the fact that teachers really care about the needs of their students and expect them to actually DO their work. Our older children thank us for sending them to C2E because they were well prepared for high school. It was the teachers who made them accountable and did go that extra mile to help and encourage them. We have attended private schools in the past and this school offers a great education for not having to pay tuition. The family atmosphere is what my wife and I love about this school! There is no perfect school that comes with all the bells and whistles each family wants, but Challenge to Excellence comes real close to being that perfect school by fitting the needs of all of our children. Our children who have gone on to high school thank you for all that you have done to prepare them for the future. Thank you, C2E, for all that you have done for our family and will continue to do for others. We will miss you when our last ones graduate from 8th grade and move on to high school.

- submitted by a parent

May 11, 2014
Our family really loves this school. We live in CCSD and pulled our kids out because of Common Core and the lack of real classroom work. Our kids are challenged every day now and we don't have to supplement anymore. We love the uniforms as well and the longer days. I'm not crazy about the communication, or lack thereof, between teachers and parents as well as administration and parents. That could be better. I wished administration asked for feedback on teachers.

- submitted by a parent

May 11, 2014
Not a great school is your child has any learning problems. They need more education with their staff in learning lab. Stick with your neighborhood school if your child is on any IEP's. We may leave our kids here, maybe not-on the fence! If your children has no learning issues, it is a great school!

- submitted by a parent

March 17, 2014
This school provides a challenging ability-based curriculum with involved and caring teachers. Math is taught a grade level above other schools, there is a 1:1 computer device ratio from 3rd - 8th grade and there is strong parent involvement. The dress code, spanish curriculum and sports are all bonuses. Our children love going to school and are exceeding even our expectations. We have never questioned our decision in placing our children at C2E. With a lot of great choices in DCSD, this is definitely a school to consider.

- submitted by a parent

October 28, 2013
We absolutely love this school. Our children have been extremely happy and motivated since moving from BFH. The staff does a fantastic job and it was the best choice we made.

- submitted by a parent

October 27, 2013
We are so happy with this school! The teachers are wonderful, so dedicated and enthusiastic. The curriculum is challenging for students of all levels. The uniforms are an added bonus and I am very happy that our children can attend the school through the 8th grade (notably, the Colorado Department of Education's "schoolview.org" rates Challenge to Excellence as the top middle school in DCSD for achievement and growth). We have a bit of a drive, so we have to leave our house fairly early. Our daughters are up and excited to go to school! So thrilled with C2E!

- submitted by a parent

May 27, 2013
Personally, I thought this was an ok school. It was average. But, ever since the sixth grade it went down hill. You just get pounded with assignments and projects like no tomorrow. Many kids are stressing out and need more time on assignments. I mean it's not college yet, the teachers need to engage their students to learn and enjoy stuff, not just learn it. My philophosy is you have to engage the student in order to learn. As much as the teachers try, they don't succeed at teaching children and engaging them. They need to improve engagement and learning system. They really need to stop piling work on students and space things out and not cram it, which disappoints me. If you hate end of the year stress and frustration for your child, I do not recommend this school

- submitted by a community member

November 06, 2012
I was happy with thisC2E originally as my child attended this school for a few early years. Over time, it seemed that the teachers did not put in the effort, and I definitely think that some teachers care more than others. It wasn't until we got to a new school that I discovered that some of the fundamentals were never taught at this school. Overall, not a great school, but not terrible either - Just very average. Looking at the newness of the building, and the wait list to get in is very deceiving as there are much better public schools in Douglas County.

- submitted by a parent

August 23, 2011
One thing we must remember about schools, especaily in Douglas County, is that you can never make everyone happy. In general you get out what you put in. In the day of entitlements and teachers teaching parents how to parent this school serves it's comunity with fling colors. I have one in, and one on the way and I am especaily pleased with how well they teach to the individual. The negative reveiws that I have read sound like poeple that can not handle accountability for themselfs or thier students. Over the last several years I have watched C2E build several programs and help students prosper. Are there other great schools out there? Yes, but i think no one cares as much for the students as C2E's teachers do.

- submitted by a parent

March 15, 2011
I have taught at Challenge to Excellence for about 5 years. A lot of the criticism from 3-4 years ago is somewhat valid, but we have come a long way in the last 2 years. This is the best school I have taught at, the best principal I have worked for, and this has been the best year of my career. Do we still have faults? Yes. However here are some facts: there are more students now on Honor Roll than ever before, we do very well on CSAP testing compared to local schools, and our withdrawal rate has been dropping steadily over the past 2 years. More families are staying and as a result, we are at capacity with a long waiting list. Is this school the best for every student? No. You won't find a school that perfectly fits every students' needs. Is C2E worth considering for your child? Yes, it is, and you can ask for a tour during school hours to see for yourself.

- submitted by a teacher

January 30, 2011
I have been very impressed with this school since my daughter started 3 years ago. She is now in middle school and thriving. She loves the middle school teachers and how they make learning fun. I like my daughter being at a smaller school where teachers know all of the kids personally. The music teacher is excellent. She has brought so much to the school in such a short amount of time. The programs that she puts together in band and the school concerts are top notch. Since everyone learns at a different pace I was looking for a school that would accommodate that and C2E has. They teach to the children s abilities and put them in the appropriate level. This is the 4th school my daughter has been at so I ve seen what s out there and C2E is one of the best.

- submitted by a parent

November 24, 2010
Challenge to Excellence is a great school for elementary students but as soon as the child hits middle school it's all down hill. They pile alot of homework on you, and claim they are preparing you for high school but the truth is they are doing far from that. The middle school teachers gossip about the students even though they claim not to. The music teacher is ridiculous and gives out detentions like its candy on Halloween. the teachers humiliate students in front of their classmates, and get kids in trouble for no reason. do not send your children to this school.

- submitted by a community member

November 18, 2010
I have watched teachers humiliate students on repeated occasions. The school is so intent on the idea that everyone needs to be at least a full grade ahead that they miss a lot of basics. Parents are expected to spend a LOT of their own time teaching what did not get taught in the classroom but got assigned as homework anyway, so if you don't have the time and/or ability to home-school in the evenings, this is not the school for you. There is very little communication between the teachers/administration and parents; teachers are very lax about keeping up with grades on parent portal. The dress code is simple and looks nice. Class size is usually under 25. If you like a classroom where the teacher will not be preoccupied by severely handicapped or autistic kids, this is the place for your kid. They do not allow anyone to tour the school during session, claiming it is a "distraction." We could have made a better decision for our family if we had been allowed an opportunity to see how the classes were conducted, and the "feel" of the energy in the halls. Our child is a high achiever and usually ends up in "gifted" classes but C2E just about broke this kid's enthusiasm for learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 22, 2010
I think you are out of your mind...there are true leaders out there and she is not one of them.

- submitted by a community member

April 25, 2009
I think that this school has the most wonderful PVA!!! The president of the PVA is the best thing that has happend to our school. My children have been atending Challenge to Excellence since it has oppened. The system is amazing. My kids love love love the school and i just wanted to give a big thanks to the PVA president of 2009, 2008, and 2007. All of the years with her parent volentenre assosiation. And also the years before when she headed the social comite!!!! She is our schools CHAMP!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
July 29, 2008
I believe this school goes above and beyond with the kids. I actually took my child out of a cherry creek elementary school because he didn't fit their box, so to speak. He is on a 504 and the staff does a lot to keep him on track. This school is not for the faint of heart though. It is 'challenging' and they expect a lot. How much you put in to your childs education will depend on how successful they are. I would say most of the children are doing math at least one grade level above their actual grade. This school was also named one of the nine for 'school of distinction' in the entire state for their CSAP scores. With three children in this school I can say it is great!

- submitted by a parent

March 24, 2008
I am very pleased with this school. My child is reading and doing math at the 1st Grade level in Kindergarten. Kudos to the principal and teachers. This is one of the only schools that still has specials such as P.E., Art, Music and Spanish. This school is the best.

- submitted by a parent

August 14, 2007
I disagree with the person who wrote ...' if your child does not fit the mold then they are a problem . The school can not handle kids that need more time on projects or help during class.' could not be more wrong. My child is on a IEP and the school/teachers/administration have been great!This school cares about the kids and what they learn! We are starting our 3rd year at C2E and I only wish we would have started sooner!

- submitted by a parent

June 27, 2007
Agreed the school is challenge to excellence, however, if your child does not fit the mold then they are a problem . The school can not handle kids that need more time on projects or help during class. I met several times with the staff and if you have a full time career run from this school. In my experience I was with the school for three years and it got worse not better. The interim principal tries really hard but the school is lacking passion and caring from the teachers. No child left behind does not apply to this school. When I notified the school that we would not be returning, the principal called my son the next day to say what a great month he had???

- submitted by a parent

February 28, 2007
Although the current principle couldn't be worse, the teachers are ok. The only sports this school comepetes in are Flag Football, Basketball,and Volleyball.

- submitted by a student

December 19, 2006
My son is in sixth grade now and we have been at this school since forth grade. This has been a wonderful school for my son, he is not been bored. Academically it is great! This is the second year of middle school sport teams for boys and girls. They are still working all the kinks out, but its still Fun! There is a school play and science fair each year for the kids to be in. I have another son who will start kindergarten next year and I cannot wait. Its still a young school but it's growing and getting better each year.

- submitted by a parent

October 15, 2006
When I read the reviews calling teachers 'militaristic' or saying that the teachers should do more to help the children that fall behind and give less homework, I can only sigh. This school is fantastic! Yes, it is tough. Yes, they ask a lot of the kids. Yes, they are challenged- Challenged to excellence. Our kids are meeting the challenges and are very proud of their hard work. When parents make excuses for their children, they aren't doing them any favors- the real world doesn't work that way. Our kids have had to work very hard and are quite proud of how they have met all of their goals. We are grateful that this school exists.

- submitted by a parent

May 22, 2006
This school has been a big disappointment. Seems very militarist and the teachers, especially the middle school teachers, do not connect with the kids. One of the worst schools we have been in. Staff/teachers very disorganized.

- submitted by a parent

April 22, 2006
I believe some of the teachers need to put less stress on the children by giving less homework and helping kids who are falling behind this would improve this school greatly

- submitted by a student

April 09, 2006
Nice Charter School. Current Director is not the best, but next year 2006/2007 will have new director and hopefully things will improve. Some great teachers, some not so great. They have increased class size from the original 22 limit, so that is a drawback. New school building, nice facilities. Not much in extra curricular activities. Small school atmosphere is nice. Overall better than neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent

March 28, 2006
Great school, higher expectations of students as individuals and as a group than public schools offer. Uniform/dress code is awesome. Great new building,built winter 2005. Lots of new clubs being formed. School admin is still working out ways to communicate and involve parents, new principal to start in fall 06 will help with that I think. Great spanish program and a very diverse bunch of kids for Douglas Co! Parents are required to give 20 volunteer hours per year...harder than you think if you have a career or younger non-school age kids to juggle around. The website for the school is poor, but is on the list to be improved. I am surprised test scores on Csap aren't higher..truly not representative of what these kids know. I love this school, bummed that we have to move away. Would totally recommend.

- submitted by a parent

August 18, 2005
This school gets better every year! The students have great respect for each other and teachers/staff, the academics are very strong, the facility is wonderful and the teachers and staff are make it a priority for each child to succeed and to feel successful.

- submitted by a parent

August 08, 2005
This isnt the best school but it has good education.

- submitted by a student

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Challenge To Excellence Charter School
16995 East Carlson Dr, Parker, CO  80134
(303) 841-9816
Last modified Challenge To Excellence Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Challenge To Excellence Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top