A very special year when during with COVID pandemic, our Fremont Site opening has been pushed away and away. Finally, after months of work, we will have our grand opening in July 2020 and welcome new children from Fremont and nearby cities. We are thankful to be able to share campus with Crossroad Church in Fremont.
After years of sharing sites with Belmont Preschool, Belmont Afterschool, led by Teacher Kelly, has moved to a new campus in Mt View Ave Belmont with 8000 sq. ft. Teacher Jenny has all Belmont Masonic campus by herself for Belmont Preschool. Both Belmont Preschool and Belmont Afterschool are blooming from then on.
Over the years, Challenge School has built strong partnership with various enrichment teachers and providers. Parents really like our enrichment classes, but afterschool hours are just not enough. As a result, our Chinese Culture Institute was born. Led by Teacher Vivian, our weekend program strives and parents now have a all-in-one place for various enrichment classes like public speaking, theater, drawing, dace etc.
After 3 years of preparation, Challenge School is so proud to be the first Mandarin Immersion School in California to receive accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). We wholeheartedly thank the generous support from all Challenge School children and families, as well as all the hard effort of our staff.
We are very thankful to be able to find our beautiful home at Fashion Island Blvd San Mateo. This new campus gave our kids plenty of indoor rooms, nice real grass outdoor playground, ample daylight through the high ceiling glass window, and last but not least, a central location which has easy access from freeways.
Teacher Grace is so thankful to join Challenge School and started her life as a teacher and a manager. Over the years, Teacher Mei and Teacher Grace became true partners. They argued and compromised, they worried and laughed. More importantly, they have one goal in mind, i.e. To take Challenge School to the next level, so it will serve our staff and our students better and better.
With over 80 students, it about time to expand Challenge School. We found a a video store in Masonic Way, and turned it into our beautiful Belmont campus. With a few teachers and a handful of students, Teacher Kelly grew the Belmont Afterschool to a community. Not only she has taught so many student, but also many parents. Parents will come and hang out at the school to chat and learn from Teacher Kelly.
In 2003, Teacher Mei, a seasonal interior designer, realized that most Chinese schools were weekend schools and did not serve the purpose of Mandarin Immersion. So, she decided to quit her architect job and started Challenge School with 6 children at her home when her second daughter was born. Challenge School grew from 6 children to 80 children in 3 years.