Challenger School - Ardenwood

★★★☆☆
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  • 35487 Dumbarton Ct

    Newark, CA 94560

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  • 510-739-0300

About Challenger School - Ardenwood

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Choose between all-day and half-day preschool and kindergarten programs. Extended hours are available for all-day preschool and elementary students from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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I went to this school from preschool to 8th grade and I have to say I would definitely not recommend this school. There are no serious after school activities (one hour of basketball per week with a bunch of extremely unathletic peers doesn't cut it), half of the teachers are straight off the boat from India and can't pronounce a single word of English correctly, the management treats both parents and students like garbage, and, as opposed to what the school would like you to think, there is no sense of freedom. For example, as an 8th grader, my class still had to line up to leave the class at the end of the period. This school also prevents your kid from acquiring any social skills. After he/she graduates, he will most likely have very few friends in high school. The only way to prevent this is if you have your child participate in a competitive sport such as basketball outside of school (which I thankfully did). The only reason I didn't give this school a one star is that I liked some of the middle school teachers. You are probably better off sending your kid to one of the public schools in the area, such as Forest Park or Ardenwood Elementary.

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★★☆☆☆

I went to this school from preschool to 8th grade and I have to say I would definitely not recommend this school. There are no serious after school activities (one hour of basketball per week with a bunch of extremely unathletic peers doesn't cut it), half of the teachers are straight off the boat from India and can't pronounce a single word of English correctly, the management treats both parents and students like garbage, and, as opposed to what the school would like you to think, there is no sense of freedom. For example, as an 8th grader, my class still had to line up to leave the class at the end of the period. This school also prevents your kid from acquiring any social skills. After he/she graduates, he will most likely have very few friends in high school. The only way to prevent this is if you have your child participate in a competitive sport such as basketball outside of school (which I thankfully did). The only reason I didn't give this school a one star is that I liked some of the middle school teachers. You are probably better off sending your kid to one of the public schools in the area, such as Forest Park or Ardenwood Elementary.

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Challenger at Ardenwood is a wonderful school if your want to turn your children into memory machines and your sons into girls. I sent my son to this school for 6 years and have never met one happy teacher. The Admin department is especially lacking of any humanism and inefficient in their responsibilities to the students and their parents.

After removing my son, I talked to several who had worked there and they were so happy to be no longer associated with Challenger. This is a way over-priced private school that tries to impress you with the credentials of their instructors. You should do background checks on all of those that will be instructing your child. Last I heard, many parents are withdrawing their children from these 'prisons' that haven't a clue what teaching about being social. Can't really blame the teachers, they need a job. The principle and vice-principal really lacked any 'real' connection with the student or parents until it came time for payment of tuition.

Thank God my son doesn't go there anymore. He attends another private school that excels in academics and allows the students the time to become friends, not competitors.

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★☆☆☆☆

Challenger at Ardenwood is a wonderful school if your want to turn your children into memory machines and your sons into girls. I sent my son to this school for 6 years and have never met one happy teacher. The Admin department is especially lacking of any humanism and inefficient in their responsibilities to the students and their parents.

After removing my son, I talked to several who had worked there and they were so happy to be no longer associated with Challenger. This is a way over-priced private school that tries to impress you with the credentials of their instructors. You should do background checks on all of those that will be instructing your child. Last I heard, many parents are withdrawing their children from these 'prisons' that haven't a clue what teaching about being social. Can't really blame the teachers, they need a job. The principle and vice-principal really lacked any 'real' connection with the student or parents until it came time for payment of tuition.

Thank God my son doesn't go there anymore. He attends another private school that excels in academics and allows the students the time to become friends, not competitors.

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My son went to challenger school. Good thing is they have good reading program. Rest is pretty bad. They bring on board really low quality indian teachers(who cant speak english very well themselves). Since they accept really low salary( no body else is giving any work). Challenger is purely business, ruthless school. They put the number of kids in a class at the states highest level allowed in a class(1:32). Worst than public schools. I had never seen smile on some of the teachers face. Basically you are paying really high fee for low grade teachers. They are collecting money based on brand name, not on good teacher or facility. Administration is miserable. Stratford is booting them out. Recently challenger closed pomeroy campus, stratford just opened a new branch there. Thats a clear indication of slowly they are loosing business to stratford. Also the teaching is based on 1970 model. If you look at the dvd's, they give to kids for 4 years(preschool), all the actors in that dvd's are dressed like 70's dresses. They never even bother to change the dvds. Their fees are about 50% higher than stratford(17000 vs 12000) for preschool. Send your kid to stratford and extra reading practice, you can send your kids to www dot thereadingclinic dot com, where they give one to one direct training. Still you will save lot of money

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★☆☆☆☆

My son went to challenger school. Good thing is they have good reading program. Rest is pretty bad. They bring on board really low quality indian teachers(who cant speak english very well themselves). Since they accept really low salary( no body else is giving any work). Challenger is purely business, ruthless school. They put the number of kids in a class at the states highest level allowed in a class(1:32). Worst than public schools. I had never seen smile on some of the teachers face. Basically you are paying really high fee for low grade teachers. They are collecting money based on brand name, not on good teacher or facility. Administration is miserable. Stratford is booting them out. Recently challenger closed pomeroy campus, stratford just opened a new branch there. Thats a clear indication of slowly they are loosing business to stratford. Also the teaching is based on 1970 model. If you look at the dvd's, they give to kids for 4 years(preschool), all the actors in that dvd's are dressed like 70's dresses. They never even bother to change the dvds. Their fees are about 50% higher than stratford(17000 vs 12000) for preschool. Send your kid to stratford and extra reading practice, you can send your kids to www dot thereadingclinic dot com, where they give one to one direct training. Still you will save lot of money

Pros: worst schools in bay area

Cons: low quality teachers

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Great academic program but could use more extracuricular / enrichment type classes. By further cutting down on those, the "fun" will completely disappear from "learning and fun". Sad.
(Heard that music and PE teachers are being downsized at some schools.)

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★★★★☆

Great academic program but could use more extracuricular / enrichment type classes. By further cutting down on those, the "fun" will completely disappear from "learning and fun". Sad.
(Heard that music and PE teachers are being downsized at some schools.)

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My boy is 6 now and joined Challenger for about 4 months. We noticed that he has difficulties on developing his thinking power. He has good memory and always curious, if someone can catch his attention.
Before joining Challenger, we have been called by the kindergarten several times for his class behavior such as talk back to teacher, goofy around the classes ? We were also told that he can not focus (for 3 minutes or longer) and has problems on learning. We were also advised to spend more time with him and help him on his academic works. We??ve tried all the ways we can possibly think of and get almost no result. After a year of hard working, we know we need different help.
With the concern of too academic oriented and my friend??s recommendation, I send my son to Challenger for the first grade. Since then we experienced a wonderful team work with school and turned the kid around.
Challenger has a very good training and evaluation system. They are also very good at dealing with kids. We??ve been called in at the end of the first month for a parent conference with the teacher and principle. They told us the difficulties the kid has such as lack of confidence, mind only playing, ?and what we can help. They suggested sit down with the kid the same time and same place everyday for about 30 minutes and try do some reading. In two weeks, we finished 3 books the school recommended and experienced our first big surprise.
At the end of the second month, the teacher told us that the kid??s phonic falls behind and prevents him from concept construction and class attendance. The teacher recommended a tutor who is the teacher from the other first grade class. She trained the kid with the famous Challenger phonic kit 3 hours a week. The two teaches met frequently on discussing the weakness and next improvement.
With the concern about too much pressure may crack the kid, I told the two teachers don??t worry about the tutor ending day as long as we see progress there. After 5 weeks work out, the tutoring teacher called me this Monday and told me that the class teacher want the kid run by himself for the rest of the semester.
I??m so amazed to find the friendship between him and teachers, his confidence, and his achievements have been developed. The kid can finish all his homework in one hour without any help. He also starts to clean his own room and share family chores. After his confidence build up through academic training, he want to learn more on fine arts.
If you are patient enough to check out what I said in the title, I hope you are somehow convinced the respectable methodology and system Challenger has built up for developing kids. They have very professional staff there. Leave the training to the experts, my family saved the frustration and uncertainty to each other and become much happier. In my opinion, kids should be benefit from a certain period of serious systematic training. ??How long?? may depend on each child. Me as a parent, decide how much to do is far easier than identifying what to do.

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★★★★★

My boy is 6 now and joined Challenger for about 4 months. We noticed that he has difficulties on developing his thinking power. He has good memory and always curious, if someone can catch his attention.
Before joining Challenger, we have been called by the kindergarten several times for his class behavior such as talk back to teacher, goofy around the classes ? We were also told that he can not focus (for 3 minutes or longer) and has problems on learning. We were also advised to spend more time with him and help him on his academic works. We??ve tried all the ways we can possibly think of and get almost no result. After a year of hard working, we know we need different help.
With the concern of too academic oriented and my friend??s recommendation, I send my son to Challenger for the first grade. Since then we experienced a wonderful team work with school and turned the kid around.
Challenger has a very good training and evaluation system. They are also very good at dealing with kids. We??ve been called in at the end of the first month for a parent conference with the teacher and principle. They told us the difficulties the kid has such as lack of confidence, mind only playing, ?and what we can help. They suggested sit down with the kid the same time and same place everyday for about 30 minutes and try do some reading. In two weeks, we finished 3 books the school recommended and experienced our first big surprise.
At the end of the second month, the teacher told us that the kid??s phonic falls behind and prevents him from concept construction and class attendance. The teacher recommended a tutor who is the teacher from the other first grade class. She trained the kid with the famous Challenger phonic kit 3 hours a week. The two teaches met frequently on discussing the weakness and next improvement.
With the concern about too much pressure may crack the kid, I told the two teachers don??t worry about the tutor ending day as long as we see progress there. After 5 weeks work out, the tutoring teacher called me this Monday and told me that the class teacher want the kid run by himself for the rest of the semester.
I??m so amazed to find the friendship between him and teachers, his confidence, and his achievements have been developed. The kid can finish all his homework in one hour without any help. He also starts to clean his own room and share family chores. After his confidence build up through academic training, he want to learn more on fine arts.
If you are patient enough to check out what I said in the title, I hope you are somehow convinced the respectable methodology and system Challenger has built up for developing kids. They have very professional staff there. Leave the training to the experts, my family saved the frustration and uncertainty to each other and become much happier. In my opinion, kids should be benefit from a certain period of serious systematic training. ??How long?? may depend on each child. Me as a parent, decide how much to do is far easier than identifying what to do.

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As a teacher and a parent of a pre-school age student I am embarrassed that I sent my child to Challenger. The incredible academic pressure on these little children is in complete contrast to what students can achieve at their developmental level. To expect a 3- or 4-year-old to sit through a 30-minute lesson boggles the mind. And the schools philosophy on individualism will not build teamwork for the future. If you want your child to read and write before they learn to cooperate and share--Challenger is your school!

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★★☆☆☆

As a teacher and a parent of a pre-school age student I am embarrassed that I sent my child to Challenger. The incredible academic pressure on these little children is in complete contrast to what students can achieve at their developmental level. To expect a 3- or 4-year-old to sit through a 30-minute lesson boggles the mind. And the schools philosophy on individualism will not build teamwork for the future. If you want your child to read and write before they learn to cooperate and share--Challenger is your school!

Pros: Great drop-off and pick-up routine.

Cons: Too much academic pressure. Not many credentialed teachers.

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My daughter enrolled to the pre-K program for less than a year. By now, most of teachers can call my daughter with her name. They do pay attentions to individual kids.

She had problems when she first attended a new school before, but she is happy since the first day attending Challenger.

Some feel that this school is too academic-oriented. So far I have no problem with this. There are a lot of Indian and Chinese kids in this location.

She is enjoying her school life.

PROS: Great academic focus
CONS: The population of kids are not diversified.

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★★★★★

My daughter enrolled to the pre-K program for less than a year. By now, most of teachers can call my daughter with her name. They do pay attentions to individual kids.

She had problems when she first attended a new school before, but she is happy since the first day attending Challenger.

Some feel that this school is too academic-oriented. So far I have no problem with this. There are a lot of Indian and Chinese kids in this location.

She is enjoying her school life.

PROS: Great academic focus
CONS: The population of kids are not diversified.

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Challenger Schools as well as montessorri schools really focus attention on learning. This particular Challenger School is really nice because kids don't need to think about fashion - they wear uniforms and concentrate on learning. There are lots of fun classes, like dance, for example. not too many schools offer dance. I really like Challenger School and do suggest you check it out.

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★★★★★

Challenger Schools as well as montessorri schools really focus attention on learning. This particular Challenger School is really nice because kids don't need to think about fashion - they wear uniforms and concentrate on learning. There are lots of fun classes, like dance, for example. not too many schools offer dance. I really like Challenger School and do suggest you check it out.

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This school has a good Phonics program. Cildren as young as 4 are reading at school. Science, Math, Music are other subjects that are taught quite early.
This is a great school to start an education because once a kid begins here, he will be very well positioned in a public school.

PROS: Great academic focus
CONS: Strong academic focus does not spell fun for many kids

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★★★★☆

This school has a good Phonics program. Cildren as young as 4 are reading at school. Science, Math, Music are other subjects that are taught quite early.
This is a great school to start an education because once a kid begins here, he will be very well positioned in a public school.

PROS: Great academic focus
CONS: Strong academic focus does not spell fun for many kids

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