Our educational philosophy (why we do what we do) drives our advanced curriculum (what we do) and proven teaching methods (how we do it). The results are impressive and evident in a Challenger student’s confidence, skill set, and happiness earned from her individual success.
What is Challenger's curriculum/course of study?
Challenger emphasizes the bedrock of knowledge: reading, composition, math, history, and logic. We promote individual and independent thinking and teach traditional American history and values.
How do Challenger students rank against other private schools?
Challenger students' standardized test scores not only surpass the national average by a phenomenal margin, but they also rank well above other private school test takers.
How can parents communicate with teachers and staff?
Please call the campus Headmaster for information or to arrange a conference with your child's teacher.
How do you ensure that Challenger teachers are effective?
Challenger teachers are carefully selected and tested and then evaluated and coached on an ongoing, long-term basis. We look for teachers that are well educated, have mastery of their subjects, and have a natural love for children.
What happens after Challenger? How does a Challenger education impact graduates' future successes?
Most Challenger graduates go on to accelerated high school programs and then to distinguished colleges and universities. No matter where graduates go, they have the foundation and thinking abilities that allow them to pursue any endeavor they wish.
What is the foundation of Challenger's teaching philosophy?
We teach children to become independent thinkers by leading them to understand the why behind the what. Emphasizing independent reasoning skills (a focus which is so rare in today's world) results in extraordinary rationality and academic performance.
How does Challenger handle student behavior problems?
The core of behavior management at Challenger is to require the student to recognize and successfully accept responsibility for his behavior so that we can together develop strategies to correct the behavior.
Do you offer help for students who are behind or who struggle academically? Do you offer tutoring?
At the discretion of the Headmaster, and in close coordination with the teachers and parents, students may be enrolled in our Basic Keys group, which provides additional practice for those who need to catch up or review basic language arts and/or arithmetic concepts.
Does Challenger follow Common Core or other state education mandates?
No, Challenger School does not incorporate Common Core materials. Challenger has always had an advanced curriculum, much of which is proprietary, and our students achieve far beyond state minimum requirements. Each year, our students take the IOWA standardized test, which is an effective indicator of how our students compare on a national scale.
What is the difference between a private school and a charter school?
A charter school is a public school and is bound by the same curriculum requirements as a public school. Challenger is a private school, and by not accepting any government funding, we retain our independence.
Do you offer child care before and after school for preschool and elementary students?
Extended Classtime is available for kindergarten–grade 8 students between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Half-day kindergarten students may enroll in the extended session adjacent to their program. Extended Classtime is structured and organized. Activities vary and may include games, crafts, robotics, and foreign languages as well as outside play, homework time, and snack time.
All-day preschool students may arrive as early as 7 a.m. and stay as late as 6 p.m.