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.
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.
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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