by Hugh Gourgeon, Challenger CEO
A child’s optimal intellectual development takes place best with structured independence. In such a setting, children learn to think for themselves. They learn to challenge themselves and see what they are capable of accomplishing.
The process of guiding children towards this freedom begins at birth. It comes in small steps, such as learning to dress, wash hands, and brush teeth.
At Challenger, we encourage students to understand self-ownership. They build confidence in the strength of their own minds to live successfully and happily, as they discover what they can do for themselves and experience the delightful freedom that comes from overcoming achievable challenges. Our teachers, in turn, nurture this independence, beginning with the first moments each child steps into the classroom.
Challenger School will be conducting standardized testing in the coming weeks. California and Utah campuses will be testing the week of March 25, Texas campuses the first week of April, and Idaho and Nevada campuses the week of April 8.
Our students have a history of performing very well on national standardized tests. We are confident that this year’s results will also be impressive.
Tips for Test Days
Make sure your child:
You will receive a report of your child’s academic progress this month. Our students have accomplished much already this year and are continuing to learn and achieve.
In conjunction with St. Patrick’s Day, Challenger preschool students will learn about Irish folklore during the month of March.
We are very proud of our budding scientists who used the scientific method to explore their world at last month’s Science Fair.
Their projects showed careful thinking and research, and their presentations showed poise and confidence.
Students are looking forward to performing their Spring Programs beginning on April 29.
Ask your child to sing the songs she has been learning at school. It will help her to practice and will be a treat for you, too!
This May, all Challenger students in grades 1–8 will showcase their creativity, problem-solving, and programming skills in computer projects that will be displayed during the weeks of Spring Programs.
Students will design and complete their projects during computer class. The projects will fulfill specific requirements and challenge students to use their independence and the logical and creative skills they have acquired over the course of the year.
We know you will enjoy seeing what our talented students can do!
For those who need it for their tax returns, Challenger’s tax ID is 47-1405971.