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Old 05-21-2009, 07:27 PM
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Am really confused about these two schools can anyone help me out?
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:17 PM
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Waterford is probably a better school academically (probably the best in the state, for that matter). The challenger school has a few "campuses" in Salt Lake, as well as in other states, and Waterford only has one, in Sandy. Also, I believe Challenger only has grades k-8.
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Old 05-26-2009, 12:04 AM
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Challenger is a bit obsessed with test scores. They are very proud of their students scoring over 90% on standardized testing. Their academics reflect that. Math, science and reading are definitely pushed more than the arts. Foreign languages are not taught, unless you sign up for an after-school option. Also, the class sizes are large (average of over 25 kids per class. For a private school I think it's ridiculous.) They definitely push the academics, big time. My kids went there for a couple of years and I didn't really care for the pushy academics. I thought it was over-the-top. I wanted my kids to have a well-rounded education that featured the arts a lot more.

Waterford has a great reputation, although I think people just assume it's great because it costs so much. My sister taught there for five years up until recently. She said that while it is a very good school, it isn't great. Something that most people don't know is that they have A LOT of kids with ADD/ADHD (like 20-30% of their students.) Unfortunatley the teachers are not given extra training on how to deal with these students, so there can be some real problems.

Waterford has a lot more extra-curricular opportunities than Challenger. Plus the campus is a lot nicer (which you pay for, obviously.)

For my money I would say Carden Memorial in sugarhouse is the best school around (they are only k-8 as are many private schools in Utah.)
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Old 05-26-2009, 10:24 AM
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A few years ago, Waterford was advertising for a clinical psychologist to work there. I didn't realize so many students had ADD/ADHD but now it makes sense.

Don't know if it's true, but I heard it was pretty snobby there and that's where the Marriott kids went.
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Old 05-26-2009, 02:26 PM
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You really need to go visit the schools and interview with them. They will tell you their approaches to education and between that and the physical surroundings you will get a pretty accurate feel of how they feel education should be instilled. Most likely you will love the schools you mention or hate them--probably not much in the middle. They are very staunch in their approach and beliefs so you're going to think "wow, great approach!" or "wow, I would never send my kid here."
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Old 05-26-2009, 05:16 PM
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From what I've heard Roland Hall is much, much more snobbish than Waterford.
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Old 05-26-2009, 06:20 PM
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^ I've heard the same, but also from my own experiences, it seems like that's a popular place for rich parents to dump their kids after a public school doesn't work out (for one reason or another).
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