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10693 S 1000 E
Sandy, UT 84094

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3 stars
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June 28, 2014
Our biggest fear about moving to Utah from the east coast was the quality of education. When we found Challenger, all of our worries disappeared. Our children are stronger than ever, and they love going to school.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2014
The work is challenging but the teachers and school administrators are fair. My child is in the TOP 1% in the country on the standardized tests. Thank you Challenger.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2014
I love this school! The teachers and administrator helped me teach my children to be independent, happy, successful young adults. I don't know what I would have done without them.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2014
This school is in business becasue of their marketing prowess. Or really, I should say their marketing tenacity. NOT their ability to run a school. That apparently was a secondary strategy in running their school. The teachers and curriculum is probably deserve more than one star (3?), but the overall experience is barely even deserving of any stars. The administration is a complete joke. If this is your only option (we thought that was the case with us) then grit your teeth and the best of luck to you. BUT, if you are trying to decide between two schools do yourself a huge favor and pick the other one. It may not be much better but as the old adage goes "it can't be any worse!"

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2014
My son currently attends kindergarten at the Holladay campus. He is my third child, but my first child to attend Challenger. I have been pleasantly surprised with how much he loves going to school each day. He had learned so much and enjoys sharing his newly found knowledge with our family. The teachers and staff are very friendly and enthusiastic about teaching and learning. My child is very creative and inquisitive and I feel like these characteristics are fostered at Challenger. If his eager enthusiasm to go to school each day is any indication of the quality of his school, then I highly recommend the kindergarten program at Holladay Challenger.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
I do not trust public review venues for this reason, 6 reviews in a short time period gives the impression one person was upset and posted several posting to give their point value. I recommend you go to Challenger, take a tour, and observe it firsthand. Those negative reviews are suspicious, and do not come close to describing the school.

- submitted by a teacher
September 04, 2013
Wow. I posted the comment below this one BEFORE I read the other reviews! Coming from the teacher's perspective, if a teacher is yelling or being harsh, it is completely on that teacher. The style of teaching that Challenger promotes, encourages, and uses as training is patience and fun. In fact, the headmaster once told us that if he walks past a room and the kids aren't laughing, the teacher stinks. It was said in jest, but realistically, costumes are highly encouraged! Yes, Challenger's curriculum is accelerated and the teachers have their work cut out for them trying to give the students the education their parents are paying for. However, at every staff meeting and at all training, management ALWAYS brings up the reminder to HAVE FUN! It really is a big part of Challenger's whole philosophy. Please keep that in mind when looking at the school. There are good teachers and bad everywhere.

- submitted by a teacher
July 20, 2013
To the person who posted on July 9, 2013, who did you have for the kindergarten teacher. We had Mrs. Amerson and Ms. Lindsey and they were wonderful. For preschool, we had Ms. Roberta and Ms. Karen and they were also wonderful. And no, I am not a parent who is getting a discounted rate for my children.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2013
Parents who are thinking about enrolling their children at the Challenger location in Sandy: please DON'T. I could go on and on and detail every single problem/flaw I noticed/had with the Sandy campus. But then this review would get too long. Long story short, the Sandy preschool campus is overcrowded; my daughter never got to know her teachers well; not even her classmates. She started telling me that she "hated" Challenger school and that she didn't want to go to school anymore (something that had never happened in the previous campus). I agree with other reviewers who said their children became like "zombies". The Sandy campus does an excellent job in turning your child from a happy human to a sad zombie. My daughter is currently enrolled in their summer program but I decided to let go of the 2 remaining weeks before the session is over. I can't stand the Sandy campus anymore. I will NEVER send my daughter there again. My other child will be in preschool age next year and he will be lucky to have never stepped a foot in your school. I've told my sister already not to enroll my niece at Challenger for next Fall either. Please don't make the same mistake I made.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2013
Very disappointed! This school is poorly run! This school may have been good years ago, but not now. It is safe to stay this school is still living off of good will from the past. The teachers are over-worked and under-paid. The teachers and administration use fear to attempt to teach. Students are coerced daily! The teachers and administrators do not take responsibility for their actions and are always trying to pass blame to the students or parents. Unfortunately, many parents don't learn the truth about this horrible school until after they have had their children enrolled for a while. This school breaks hope, spirit and confidence of all its students. The longer a child is at this school, the more zombie-like they become. We had a child at this school for about 9 months. Hopefully the negative impact will not be long lasting. Very sad!

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2013
I would have to agree with the prior bad reviews. We moved to Utah the previous year and started our two kids at the Sandy campus in the PreK and Kindergarten program. Our kids have always been energetic and happy until we came to Challenger. We noticed right away a certain sadness from them as they would come home. As we explored the reason why, we discovered that the teachers are harsher than most. It would seem that most of the teachers are merely there to get a discount for their children and are unconcerned about the damage they are doing to the rest of the class. In fact, I would not be surprised if the post prior to this one has come from one of these teachers who have their kids attending Challenger at a discounted rate. If you notice the older kids walking into school, the older they are the more sad and zombie like state you see. Their confidence has been shattered and are unable to look you in the eye. In summation, Challenger is not our school.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2013
I've had the same horrible experiences as the previous posts, especially regarding the PreK teachers, the Director and the Headmaster. They have completely taken the fun out of learning and my child has been having nightmares for the last few months due to their constant YELLING and Bullying that amazingly enough comes from the Teachers! It's pointless to talk to the teacher and when I brought these issues to the Director, she unbelievably tried to turn it around on me and reprimanded me. She then interrogated my child - brainwashing him further! When I tried to bring the Headmaster into the situation that clearly the Director was not resolving, he wouldn't return my calls! Very Poorly Ran - needless to say, my child no longer goes to Challenger. They've cowed me into submission, so that the only way I can be heard is through this avenue. BE WARNED! This is not the school for you!

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2013
I was surprised to discover how inhumanely they treated the children at this school for the amount they charge; they sure don't teach the children much of anything but fear.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2013
Watch out for the Pre-K! Ms Aubrey is horrible and the Directors at the Sandy campus are useless. Ms Aubrey, in particular, specializes in preaching instead of teaching and has absolutely no patience. She ll go over the concept one time and if the kids don t understand (which is every time) she will write a note on their paper saying the child wasn t listening. So the parent ends up teaching the kids at home. Now, I can understand every now and then, but this was happening every day! What was I paying $1,000.00 a month for? Ms Aubrey made my daughter so miserable that she was single-handedly turning her first learning experiences into a nightmare. I had to wait a full year to write this review, because the Teachers and Directors retaliate against the kids if you bring up any problems. I don t understand how anyone could treat these cute little kids the way Ms Aubrey does and the Directors are so defensive they can't see what is, so clearly, a big problem. Definitely a boot camp. :(

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2013
I will not give this school even one star!! I was shocked and very upset one day to find my daughter's teacher yelling at her to stop crying, so loud, I could hear her through the door. It was a nightmare from the start with my daughter waking up in the middle of the night, many nights, terrified to go to school. Now I understand why. I had words with her teacher right after and let her know I did not appreciate, at all, the way she treated my child. (It takes a lot for me to confront someone.) She then had the audacity to deny she had yelled at her. Then the Senior staff came, mainly to escort me out, without any solution. And, now, hours later I have yet to hear from the school. Needless to say, I took my daughter and left. I will be getting my money back! There is much more I could say, but please run the other way!

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2013
With this school you child swims or sinks. Those who swim get great attention and teachers boost their confidence. Unfortunately the kids who have attention or academic issues are left to drown, worse their confidence is so shattered it could have irreversible affect on them. Tread with caution.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2012
The school is great for first three years from pre school to Kindergarten. After that it is a waste of money and does not help your child to be a social all rounded person you would want him or her to be. This is school program is very academic and does not allow the child to enjoy their childhood. the teachers are very mechanical and are driven by corporate policies. Not caring about the individual child's needs. I wish I took my child out after Kindergarten. Will definitely take him out for 2nd grade. It is not worth the money. The teacher student ratio is 1:25 from 1st grade onwards. For $800 a month, that is not worth it. The kid is unnecessarily pressurized with their boot camp style of working.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2012
I won't recommend this school if your kid is social as they kill the innocent of a 5yrs old and ask them to act like 20yrs old guy....Teachers don't want to take the responsibilities to correct unacceptable behavior of pre-K or KG school kid at school and ask parents to do everything in one night....Won't recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2012
My child attended Challenger School for 2 years and overall I found the teachers, staff, and school to be good. Challenger is place where academics is the key focus and I found it a little over bearing for (some) kids. My child seems to have gravitated more to technology and we are now getting him involved in more in those area's where we see him excel rather than putting huge academic pressure on him as child. Challenger is a for profit school and its a good place for some kids but we listen and watch our childs needs, rather than we as parents thinking its a great school because its private and has a good reputation. Our child has excelled in public school and the class room sizes are smaller than they are at Challenger.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2012
We had our Child in Challenger School for two years and it was so bad we had to quit. We found out our Child was bullied there. Our Child has Nightmares and Wets the bed, due to the high stress atmosphere. The love of learning is no longer there. The good teachers have left and poor ones have been hired. They have a high turnover rate with teachers. All they do is advertise for help wanted. All this for only 10,000 per year. Take my advise and go to Waterford or somewhere else.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2011
The Sandy Campus has the potential to be a great school, however they continually miss the mark with their administration, parent interaction and teacher relations. They are very unwelcoming to any parent participation (no volunteers allowed here). The school refuses to integrate any technology, such as e-mails accounts for the teachers or an online grading system. The iron-fisted administration does not allow teachers to use any of their own creativity in their teaching - if it doesn't come from the corporate office, it doesn't get used in the classroom. While they feel they're superior to public schools, you won't see any wonderful teacher imaginations and creativity in this school. There is also a high teacher turnover because of that iron-fisted mentality I mentioned earlier and the harshness with which the school deals with varying personalities of the teachers. I watched many great teachers come and leave the Sandy Campus. There are a few exceptional teachers in that school, however they are not allowed to individualize their class activities or projects. It's a shame that this school is wasting a good curriculum due to it's heavy-handed dictator-like administration.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2011
The best academic school Utah has to offer. Chec out the students test scores compared to the nation. These kids are smart!

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2010
This is not a school, it is a boot camp. Children should learn to love learning. Challenger seems to think children are robots, to be programmed tpo spit out multiplication tables and phonics rules on demand. The teachers are trained the challenger way to enforce rules and get results, not to do what is best for the child.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2010
I met with the director of admission and they have tested my kid and determined he is capable of advance learning/knowledge at grade1 but since my boy is only 4 and they not allowing "jump grade" . Also, the teaching matter is just emphasis on pushing students to the limit without the joy of learning naturally. Tons of homework and no socializing and curriculum for outdoor activities. just a small playground that very crowded. Plus, for a private school, it has big class size, I think students will not given attentions much needed.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2010
I was so excited when my son got into this school but I realized that it is not really a school - it is a slave house. They do not want a 3 year old to be a 3 year old - they even suggested that my son has ADHD because he was active (like a normal 3 year old, my pediatrician confirmed he did not have ADHD). They pull the paper out of the kids hands if they paint green instead of the teacher suggested blue. They said my son does not get intimidated by the 6'2" headmaster and hence they have run out of behavior management techniques. One of their problems for my son was that he was chatty and it takes him sometime to actually get to the chores and that if he is let to be himself, he will become a rebel!

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2010
The big classroom size is our frustration too. There's study showing that once the classroom size is over 25, the quality drops dramatically. With the budget cut in JSD and Canyon school district, both school district still work hard to keep the classromm size under 25. But the sandy challenger is very disappointing. Our kids have been in challenger for many years and we have been happy with the school's focus on accdemic quality. Now we are looking for other options.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2010
This semester's 5th grade is a BIG problem, there are 34 students in one class! It just changed my good impression of Sandy campus. Many parents are complaining. My friends told me the 6th grade has 29 students. Not private school in size! If no change is made soon, we will definitely leave the Sandy campus.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2010
Challenger School is by far the best private school available in Utah. They do only serve up to 8th grade however, but I have found it to be a wonderful transition into an ALPS HIgh School or JDHS. My children have all attended the Sandy location and I couldn't be happier. I am the Director of Academics at a private university with a MAEd, in my opinion Challenger School's curriculum is perfectly designed to give students the advantage not only academically but also philosophically for the rest of their lives. The administration this year (2009-2010) is wonderful and seems more stable than in the past, also the turnover rate with the teachers has stabalized this year. I recommend this school to everyone I talk to. They are a conservate minded institution. They are highly patriotic and are not afraid to teach values.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2009
I have a 6 year old son attending Challenger in Sandy (First Grade). This is our first year here and I just have to say how TOTALLY impressed I have been. First, the office staff is incredibly friendly. I think every mom knows what a huge difference a friendly office staff makes. Second, the headmaster is awesome. He always has a smile on his face and practically radiates goodness and kindness. Even the staff that stands outside and loads your kids always look happy, and half of them know my son's name (with hundreds of students I think this is very impressive). They will say 'Good morning Jacob, ready for school today?' My son's first grade teacher is a perfect combination of no-nonsense teacher and kind encourager. The homework is not overwhelming, but I feel like he is being challenged at the same time. Great School!

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- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2009
I have 3 kids at Challenger two children in Kindergarten all day and one second grader. I am amazed how much they are learning. I am grateful for this school and believe it is worth every penny. I don't get the June 9, 2009 posting the teachers seem happy, I have not seen the turn over of teachers. The head master decided to go back to teaching this next year, but he did a wonderful job and really grew into the job this last year. The June 9 posting sounds like sour grapes because we love the school and are amazed at what they are able to get my 3 kids to learn and read. I highly recommend challenger school to anybody looking for a private school at a reasonable price.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 09, 2009
I am the parent of a child who has gone to Challenger for 7 years. Up until this year, I have been extremely impressed with Challenger. However, this year, with the change in the direction and mood the school has taken, I have been extremely disappointed. We have had hours of homework and a subsitute teacher who came and proceeded to fail all of the children in the class (without exception). Grades are picking up a bit, but it has been extremely stressful on the children. My child is in 4th grade, and, because of their antisocialism approach, military feeling, leaving out Utah history altogether, and staff that are rude and condescending, I would no longer recommend Challenger. They have a high teacher turnover rate without continuity. I believe there are other schools with better academics and values for the money.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2009
I have two children attending Challenger, the preschool- K is wonderful. After 4th grade I would not recommend the school at all. To my knowledge the entire staff is miserable with the new direction of the school as Mrs. Baker has retired. This year alone my daughter has had 4 new teachers all of which no comment was made on. They have no structure in the staff yet alone where to take off once another teacher is dispensed. Another director this years I believe they last 1- 2 years. If you are spending the money look elsewhere, unless you want your children under the direction of a boardroom. We do have one teacher Mrs. Cance who is exceptional at her job kudos to her!

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2009
I have my son in their pre-k class. It is just average. For the amount of money, I feel it should be better. I get notes sent home telling me to teach my kid the letters and sounds. Which is fine, but I thought that was what I am paying them for!

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2009
The school in wonderful. The teachers are amazing. The Admin is not the best trained in dealing with conflict resolution. But if you are looking for a great education this school is one of the best.

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We moved to SLC in May 2007. Our kid started 1st grade (2007-2008) at this school. We have simply loved Challenger! The academic level is too high, they do have parent involvement, homework every night, lot of events like Spelling Bee, Speech Contest, Math Contest etc to keep the kids challenged. It is expensive; but its worth it!

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- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2007
My advice for Challenger School: get your kiddo involved for two years of Preschool and stay for Kindergarten. You will be amazed at how far advanced they are compared to public. Then test them into the local ALPS program and they will be off and running. We have had five school years at Challenger between two kids, and have loved their early learning programs. They are so advanced by the end of the second year of Preschool that public Kindergarten is not even an option it's a joke. My daughter scored at a 3rd grade level by the end of Kindergarten. It's worth every penny for those three years!

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- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2006
This is the second Challanger school our child has attended. The Sandy school has a new principal this year (2005-06). She lacks both the skill-set and innate intelligence to do her job even moderately well. Whenever any challenges pop up, her response is to simply cancel events: Geography Bee, student events, whatever. She should be managing the school so that it excels and grows, but instead sits in her office most of the day thinking, 'How can I cover my @#$ today?' We have to wonder if the Challenger home office knows what an embarassment she is to their brand name. My wife and I both have teaching and administrative experience, so our our basis of comparison is valid. As far as parent-involvement goes, we're kept politely out of the loop. The one thing that keeps our child there is that he has a good teacher this year. We're out next year.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2006
Expensive but such an excellent start.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2005
I have three children that have attended Challenger over the past 13 years. We are in the JSD and found the public school system to be academically lacking. My first child attended 3rd - 8th grade, my second child from Preschool-5, and my youngest from pre-school-currently in fifth. The curriculum to be academically challenging, and prepares them well for SAT's. My oldest son received a National Merit Scholarship. My second son is still an A student. This year we tried a public charter school for my daughter, and found it to be a big disappointment. The curriculum was too easy, and she was bored most of the time. Challenger has very high parental involvement, and there is homework every night. I have found the teachers to be kind, considerate, and very concerned about the students progress and needs. We have found Challenger to be the best option for academics.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2005
Both of my daughters have been going to Challenger since pre-school. We've been very happy with Challenger up until this year. My eldest daughter does homework for 3 to 3/12 hours every night. We have no family life anymore! Her teacher berates her and the rest of the class - basically embarrassing them and humiliating them in numerous ways. There is no communication between the us and the teacher - we sometimes don't find out there's a problem until weeks later when our daughter has a breakdown. She told us she's nervous to go to school now. She used to love it. We are looking into moving her.

- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2004
My daughter went to challenger from second grade to fourth. I must say I wouldnt know much about parental involvement because I never really stepped in other than to help her with her homework. The academic programs were great for her, but I was a bit concerned about the excessive amount of homework. My daughter often had a bad experience with her classmates. I suggest that the teachers try to get involved more with social problems.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2004
We have been with Challenger for 6 years. We enrolled our eldest for pre-K, and were so impressed that we stayed for Kindergarten. We tried public school for 1st grade, but it was a letdown, so we returned within a month. I have 3 kids in Challenger, and not all teachers are perfect, yet the standardized curriculum helps every teacher reach the same goals. My eldest is (forgive me) not a genius, and yet he's consistently at the top of the class. This is because we worked along with the teachers to make him independent from an early age. I rarely help him with his homework. As for the 'excessive work', he manages his time well in class and thus rarely has any homework. Some kids don't. This school is NOT for everybody, but if you want values, respect, a wonderful education, and are not afraid of hard work, it's great!

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2004
My daughter has gone to Challenger for her pre-school years. And though I do agree that this curriculum is appropriate for some and not for others, I disagree with the other reviews in this: I found the teachers to be dedicated, concerned, and great role-models. The principal has been nothing less than professional while demonstrating dedication and integrity. My daughter continues to 'learn' there, by repeating and rediscovering what I believe is largely the parent's job--learning right from wrong, learning to share, learning respect for others, learning patrotism. This school is by no means a daycare center, and unfortunetly, it does continue to be used as such by some.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2004
I have both my kids in Challenger. I am also a pre-school teacher at Challenger. I love Challenger and believe in what I teach every day to my students. Both of my kids have learned very well at Challenger. I believe the Challenger way workd very well for most kids. However, Challenger is not for every child. My son went to Challenger for five years. We had him enrolled for the following year for second grade. He is very bright and his SAT were amazing. But because he had adhd the staff at Challenger were not willing to work with us. And the comunication was horrible. We were not told he would not be accepted for the new year untill two weekd before school started and I had already bought the uniform. The new principle was very unprofessional. Make sure Challenger is right for your child first.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
We have had some wonderful teachers at this school, and some not as wonderful. They are held to very strict guidelines concerning the curriculum they must teach, but sometimes at the expense of unexpected learning situations which may arise that the students are not allowed to take advantage of because they do not fit in with the curriculum, or would take class time from other subjects. This rigid, inflexible attitude on the part of the principal and the corporate office has been a sore spot for us. The homework load has been very excessive, to the point that my very bright child, who has always loved school, is beginning to rebel against all the homework and just wants the school year to be over. Challenger provides a very acedemically advanced education, and instills good skills and study habits, but is beginning to feel a bit too gestapo-like and full of drudgery.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2003
I have had my child in Challenger for 5 years. Up until this past year I have been very pleased with the school and the curriculum. However I do believe that the integrity of the school begins with the Principal and the Teachers and that is where I have been disappointed. I believe in and approve of structure and discipline but not to the extent of overwhelming the kids with homework to the point where they do not have the time to be kids. I have watched my son regress to the point of total anxiety because he wants to do well and please his parents as well as his teachers. I have witnessed more focus on implementing the rules, ie; wearing belts and the right color of blue socks, instead of focusing on the well-being of the student and his capabilities to improve and succeed. I am discouraged and disappointed, but still want the best education for my child and I always thought that Challenger was the answer, until now. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Challenger School - Sandy Elementary School
10693 S 1000 E, Sandy, UT  84094
(801) 572-6686
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Challenger School - Sandy Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 53 reviews.