Challenger - Berryessa School

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711 E Gish Rd

San Jose, CA 95112

(408) 998-2860

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Grades: PK - 8

School Type: Private

Student Enrollment: 800

Students Per Teacher: 20

Parent Reviews

29 Parent Reviews for Challenger - Berryessa School

I switched my daughters from a public school to Challenger Berryessa in their seventh grade. Thanks to the wonderful support of the Principal and the teachers, their transition was very smooth. My kids made new friends in no time, and settled in very quickly. Challenger prepared them well academically. ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 06/12/14

Challenger is the best school I have been to.Challenger helps you be independent and honest. I am in elementary school and none of the teachers treated my friends or me badly. Parents,if you want to enroll your children in Challenger, go for it.

Posted by a other on 06/05/14

If I could put zero stars as a rating, I would. My son used to go here when he was little but then I pulled him out because they were giving the kids MASSIVE amounts of homework. I have a friend that also has a son that used to go here but pulled him out last year because her son had a horrible experience. ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 02/09/14

I have my kids at different levels at Challenger - one in middle school and another in elementary school. You will be getting your FULL money's worth of academic education at CBS - no doubt about that. For that focus, while they will get PE, they are not going to get team sports like at other middle ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 01/16/14

It has been a worst experience for my Kindergartner ever since we switched from Stratford because this was closer to base. The teachers have been bullying my kid. She loves going to school and after challenger berryessa, she dreads going to school. The teachers actually criticized her using personal ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 05/22/13

I have attended Challenger Berryessa since Kindergarten, and it has been going downhill each year. The academics are great, but the students aren't encouraged to participate in contests outside of school like Math Counts, Quiz Bowl, etc. In fact, the teachers are prohibited from organizing any teams ...  Read more

Posted by a other on 03/30/13

If you think the GATE program is the tops at public school, you have not seen anything yet. Your child will get a new level of REAL learning at Challenger. I have kids in both sections - elementary and middle school. They are primarily academic focus - teaching my kids not just facts, but how to think ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 10/19/12

As a Challenger Berryessa graduate who has attended the school since Preschool, I believe that the whole Challenger system has a bad reputation for being an unbearable and strict school. Parents constantly criticize Challenger for pushing their children too hard with absolutely no time for fun. Although ...  Read more

Posted by a other on 06/25/11

As a parent of a lifer Challenger student that just graduated college, what the students learn at Challenger will help them through all aspects of life. My child is a confident, logical thinker and I thank Challenger in helping her to develop to her fullest potential. Yes, they have very high standards ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 02/07/11

This is great school. I have not had any negative experiences so far. My 4 year old son has learnt how to read upto 5 letter words and is writing well. The school has very high standards which is very good in my opinion. The only very minor issue I have is that they donot offer half day classes. The ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 08/17/10

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Advanced Placement

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Before/After School

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Gifted and Talented

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  • general intellectual ability or talent - high intelligence test score (usually two standard deviations above the mean), and high levels of vocabulary, memory, abstract work knowledge and abstract reasoning;
  • specific academic aptitude or talent in one area such as mathematics or language arts;
  • creative and productive thinking, the ability to produce new ideas;
  • leadership ability, the ability to direct individuals or groups to a common decision or action;
  • visual and performing arts, special talents in visual art, music, dance, drama, or other related studies;
  • psychomotor ability, such as practical, spatial, mechanical, and physical skills.

Vocation/Technical Curriculum

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Special Education Classes

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Adult Education Classes

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English as Second Language

English language classes for students whose first language is not English.

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San Jose schools — Challenger - Berryessa School is located at 711 E Gish Rd, San Jose CA 95112. 711 E Gish Rd is in the 95112 ZIP code in San Jose, CA Challenger - Berryessa School is a Private school that serves grade levels PK - 8.
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