Sandy >Education > Challenger School
10685 S. 1000 East, Sandy, UT | Directions 8409440.556968 -111.861994
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.
Please don't enroll your child at the Challenger in Sandy.
My daughter attended the Holladay Challenger campus for a year, including the summer term. At the Sandy campus I couldn't stand having her there for longer than 3 months. I'm an easy going person, so for me to get to the point to come to the internet to write a bad review about something, it's because I don't want others to make the same mistake I did.
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.
Now the employees:
1. Miss Diane (the lady at the front desk) is ALWAYS (and I mean it) on the phone talking personal matters. If you need something taken care, you have to stand in front of her for at least 5 minutes before she hangs up the phone to help you out. Her family comes first, not you who "pays for her salary" through Challenger's tuition.
2. The girls in the school's drive thru could care less for your child's well being. They are so lazy to walk your child around your car if you have your child's car seat installed behind the driver's seat that all they do is squeeze your child through the back seat even if you have another child sitting in the car seat installed behind the passenger's door. Horrendous experience.
3. I was charged another registration fee for the same school year and some other fees (?) when my daughter got transferred even though I was told verbally by Miss Diane that everything was taken care of. Up until today I have no idea what they charged me for, but since I am easy going, I paid for whatever they had asked me without questioning.
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. Unfortunately I made the mistake of registering my child for next school's year and can't get my $270 back, even though $200 out of that fee is "prepaid tuition". They don't care if you're giving them a month notice or if all you're asking for is the prepaid tuition since you're not getting the services paid for. I talked to the so called Headmaster, Shawn Spainhour who could care less about my particular situation. I called the Corporate office multiple times in a week, spoke with Amy, who is unfriendly, unhelpful and even though you think you're leaving messages to the CEO of Challenger School she never passes on your messages. She won't give you the CEO's email address, phone number or even schedule an appointment with him if you ask her to. I've never met someone so useless as she is. She wins the award of the employee with the worst customer service on the planet.
So thanks to the Sandy campus, 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. And this is just the beginning. Stay away from this school!
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. :(
Horrifying experience – 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 turn out to be a rebel unfit for the society. Again, my pediatrician confirmed that my son is a normal 3 year old..
They made false accusations that my son hit, "tackeled" (thats how the teacher spelled it - not a typo it was handwritten), bit kids, just in a matter of three days to force us to pull him out of the school. When i asked them if I can see the bite mark, they said he was "almost" going to bite the other kids. I felt like my kid was blackmarked and ostracized.When I was pulling my son out, I asked them for a report on him. They gave me one and it was a joke - they said he does not know numbers but can count and add.
Well if your kid in inquisitive and chatty, this is not the place for your kid. If you kid likes to be a mindless sheep and gets intimidated by tall men, ofcourse then it is THE PLACE!
Editorial Review – Since 1963, private institution has taught preschool through eighth-grade students language arts, math and logic in smaller class environments.
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