Recent Champion School News
4th Place Finish in the oldest Worldwide Computer Science Competition
1st Place in California
We are happy to inform you that Champion School's, the only school team invited from the Bay Area to compete in a worldwide Computer Science tournament in New Jersey, achieved a Fourth Place Finish in one of the most prestigious as well as one of the oldest global competition in Computer Science.
Top 85 schools from around the world were invited to compete at this worldwide tournament, after a year-long series of 4 contests during the year, with participation from 300 schools from around the world, including the elite school as well as the largest private school in the Bay Area. Our students had an opportunity to compete against the very best teams from China, Russia, Romania, Japan, Korea, and the US. Champion School team qualified as a First Place team from California.
In addition to achieving Fourth Place overall at this worldwide tournament, Champion students also received the top score, the 2nd highest possible score and the 3rd highest possible score in the individual awards category. Additionally, 6 Champion students won 1st Place in California awards.
Please join us in congratulating Champion School students, as well as their extremely dedicated coach who put in more than a 100 hours of his time during the year during school, afterschool and numerous weekends to train these students.
We are also happy to say that by any objective measure, Champion School offers:
- The Best Math Program in the Bay Area
- The Best Debate Program in the Bay Area
- The Best Computer Science Program in the Bay Area
- The Best Performing Arts Program in the Bay Area
- The Best 1:1 Academic Coaching Program in the Bay Area
- The Highest Academic Standards AND Student Progress in the Bay Area
- The Best School-Work--to--Home-Work Ratio anywhere, except for homeschooling.
- The Most Balance/Well-Rounded Program in the Bay Area
Top School Based Computer Science Team in California
Champion School was the top school based team in California - with a perfect score - at an International STEM Tournament
As you may know, we have worked diligently with our students to prepare for the International STEM tournament. The International STEM tournament is the most prestigious and the oldest STEM tournament worldwide. It includes not only schools and teams from across the country, but also international teams from Russia, China, Korean, Japan, among others.
We are pleased to announce that we are currently one of only 14 teams in the Junior Division to have a perfect score after the second contest. We are the only school-based team in ALL of California to have this honor.
This adds to our legacy in this tournament from last year, where we were the only school team in the Bay Area to qualify for the All-Stars tournament, and also placed 7th internationally. (Qualifying for the All-Star tournament is based on previous success in a series of year-round contests.)
In addition to our Junior division, we also introduced an Intermediate division this year. Our school comprises one of the 15 teams internationally to achieve a perfect score in the second contest. We are the only school-based team in all of California to have this honor in the Intermediate division as well.
Please join us in congratulating our students for this tremendous achievement. We are immensely proud of them.
1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Teams in UDB Spring Classic Debate Tournament
As you may know, we have worked diligently with our students to prepare for a regional debate tournament this weekend.
We are pleased to announce that our teams placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at the UDB Spring Classic - each of these teams was undefeated at the tournament. Our students were also awarded the top 6 speaking awards for the tournament, sweeping all of the top awards.
Please join us in congratulating our students and their parents. We are very proud of them.
Champion School team - the only school in the Bay Area -- Qualified for an International Computer Science Contest
Champion team placed 7th overall and one of our students also got the 2nd highest individual score among his peers.
We are happy to inform you that, after performing extremely well in a series of international computer science contests throughout the school year, Champion was the only school from the Bay area in their category that was invited to the All -star Finals. Our team traveled to the east coast this past weekend to take part in the invitation only Finals competition against the very best, most motivated students from around the world, and they did quite well. Champion team placed 7th overall and one of our students also got the 2nd highest individual score among his peers.
What is even more important is that throughout the year most of our students in 5th grade and above learned some very advanced concepts in computer science that are typically taught in Sophomore or Junior year of college. Here is another example of Champion students participation rate in an intellectually challenging activity being Hundreds and hundreds of hours of effort went into preparing students to get ready for these very challenging contests throughout the year.
Please join us in congratulating all of the students and their parents, as well as thanking the teachers who put in endless effort on behalf of these kids.
Top Award - A Perfect Score...
in the AMC-8 Math Competition -- 30% in the National Honor Roll
We are happy to inform you that our students performed extra-ordinarily well in AMC-8 and AMC-10 Math Competitions.
One of our students achieved a perfect score in the Fall 2017 AMC-8 math competition. One of Only 75 students, out of more than 100,211 participants achieved a perfect score. One of only 15 seventh graders in the US with a perfect score. Champion School had the ONLY 7th GRADER in the whole Bay Area to achieve this perfect score.
More than 30% of Champion Participants made the National Honor Roll. Additionally, based on the results of the AMC-10 math competition, one of our students was given the rare honor of being invited to participate in the American Invitational Math Competition.
We are proud of all of the students who took advantage of all of the coaching and opportunities in multiple Math, STEM/CS, and Debate/Speech competitions in the past year. This level of coaching and opportunities is extremely rare - Champion student participation rate in these cognitively challenging activities is likely 1000X higher than a typical school, public or private.
Please join us in congratulating all of the students who participated.
>10,000X Higher Participation Rate!
Here are some of the Champion students who participated in the National Math Kangaroo contest. We are proud to say that Champion is an extremely rare school that offers so many opportunities to develop our students' advanced thinking skills. Virtually every other student who participates in these types of competitions is at the initiative of the parents. Whereas, at Champion, every one of our students benefits from lots of coaching, opportunities to compete in numerous competitions, at the initiative of the school. Preparation for Math Kangaroo exercises important thinking skills that are not otherwise as well developed -- skills such as:
- Spatial Reasoning
- Logical Reasoning
- Abstract Reasoning, Pattern/Trend Recognition
- Quantitative Reasoning
We can say with reasonable confidence that our 4th graders would likely outperform 90% of adults. One fun fact: Mark Zuckerberg and Sergey Brin were participants in math competitions when they were in school. Thanks to all of the coaching that they receive, Champion student participation rate in these types of competitions is probably >10,000X higher than a child from a typical school.
It is Champion School's mission to provide as comprehensive an education possible to prepare each of our students to play leadership roles in the 21st Century economy and lives of purpose.
Our congratulations to all of the students/families that participated.
Awesome Again! Congratulations to All of the Kids and their Families.
We are pleased to inform you that this past weekend, Champion School students participated against some of the best debaters in the Bay Area at the Milpitas High School Debate Tournament, and did extremely well.
One of the Champion 9th grade teams made it to the semifinals in the Varsity division, competing against mostly 11th and 12th graders during the elimination rounds, and our middle school team finished in 1st place among the middle school students, also in the Varsity division. In the Junior Varsity division, 10 of our middle school students won various awards.
Far more important than winning is participation. Debate is a valuable activity for students of all skill levels. Participation rate at Champion is probably 20X - 50X higher than at virtually any other school because of all of the support the kids are provided to get ready for each tournament.
According to Arne Duncan, then-Secretary of Education, debate is “uniquely suited” to build skills required of a modern citizen, including critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”
Debate fits perfectly into our mission to help our students develop the necessary skills and confidence to become the leaders of tomorrow. Please join us in congratulating all of the students who participated.
10 Champion Students participated and 6 students won awards
13 Students Top Scored in an International Computer Science Contest
We are pleased to inform you that as a part of Champion School’s STEM program, our students participated in an international Computer Science contest in which 100s of teams from across the US and the world participated. The tournament covered diverse and challenging computer science topics and Programming skills. Our elementary and junior-high teams were top-ranked in their respective categories at this tournament. Additionally, we had a total of 13 students with a perfect score. In Junior Division, we had 11 students participate and 8 won. What is even more important is the exposure to these advanced concepts that less than 1 in 1000 students typically receive.
Lots of dedication and more than 100 hours of investment into curriculum preparation and coaching was provided by the principal herself to provide this fantastic opportunity to learn and test their skills against the very best in the world.
We, at Champion School, are committed to doing our utmost to make sure that we do everything in our ability to help our students become leaders of (a fast-changing) tomorrow and live purposeful lives and contribute positively to the world that we live in.
Please Join us in Congratulating all of the students/families who participated in this tournament.
4 Undefeated Teams
We are pleased to inform you that our students once again did well at this weekend's Harvey Milk Classic Middle School Debate Tournament. In the Advanced Category, we had 3 undefeated teams and one team that was 2nd overall. In the beginner category, we had one team of 5th graders who were undefeated and came 2nd overall.
Even more important than winning, each of our students enjoyed preparing and enthusiastically participating in the whole process. Virtually every student at Champion thinks "Debate is so much fun", even though it involves vigorous preparation.
Debate teaches some extremely important life skills:
- Creativity and Ideation
- Critical Listening and Questioning
- Persuasive Writing
- Effective Presentation/Communication
- Collaboration on a Project
- Servant Leadership
In the next 15-20 years, with automation and artificial intelligence, the future that our kids are marching into will value these skills far more than most people can imagine. Champion is a RARE elementary/middle school that offers competitive debate in its program and nurtures these skills in all of its interested students. This program is even more valuable to kids who are not naturally gifted in these areas and need to be encouraged and coached to improve these skills.
It is never too early to get started with teaching your child these critically important life skills. Please join us in congratulating all of the students who enthusiastically participated not only in the tournament but also in the whole preparation process.
Overall Champion, Again!
Our 5th - 8th grade students participated in a regional debate tournament this weekend, against the very best middle school debaters in the Bay Area.
We are happy to inform you that one of the Champion School teams was "Overall Champions" and one of our teams came in 2nd in the tournament. Our students also came in 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th in best speaker category. In addition, five of our teams were undefeated.
A lot of this is possible because of the culture of collaboration among our students. Every resolution is a big project that can only be achieved through a collaborative effort, and leadership by a few. Every argument must go through rigorous critique from every conceivable angle -- the process leads to these young kids learning how to analyze issues and frame arguments against a strategic framework. These are important life skills, don't you agree?
While winning these awards validates the quality of preparation of the Champion team. What is even more important is desire/enthusiasm to participate from our students. Participation in debate can have a profound impact on the growth of a child towards becoming a leader of the future and live a purposeful life. It is however, not as common as one would expect. Only the extremely motivated students participate in debate -- less than 1 in 1000. We are proud to have a set of students and families that value this very educational activity.
Please join us in thanking all of the parents and teachers who support our school team, and congratulate all of the students who PARTICIPATED.
At the Presentation High School Debate Tournament this past weekend, Champion High-school team won the overall Championship, and our middle school students placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th among middle school students, in a tournament that included some of the elite schools of the Bay Area.
Debate is a fantastic activity, both from the perspective of developing critically important life skills, as well as from the perspective of strengthening a student's college application.
Please join us in congratulating all of the students who participated.
Wow, 4th in the US National Gymnastics Campionship!
Zoya Kalvade, a Champion 3rd Grader and her partner came 4th in US Nationals Acro Gymnastics (Level 7 Womens Pair).
Zoya has been doing gymnastics since she was 4yrs old. She has been a part of the competitive team for last 3yrs & qualifying for US Nationals last couple years.
Acoording to Zoya's mom, Namrata Vora, "Being at Champion school has allowed her to dedicate several hours a week to practice while still having a great standard of education."
Please joins us in congratulating Zoya and her family.
First Place in the Nation... and a Total of 11 Math Kangaroo 2017 Awards
Champion School students are finishing the school year with a bang in all spheres. We are proud to tell you that 11 Champion School students won awards in the US Math Kangaroo contest, and one of students placed FIRST IN THE US and in CALIFORNIA.
In 2017, Champion students received coaching in, and opportunities to participate in multiple Math, Abstract Reasoning, Science, Public Speaking, Debate, and other competitions. They have won lots and lots of awards. Even more than awards is participation and learning/growth. We can state with confidence that you would be hard pressed to find ANY SCHOOL that provides ALL OF ITS STUDENTS more opportunities to participate/compete in advanced cognitive developmental areas.
We would like to thank all of the teachers who provided countless hours of coaching to all of these kids, as well as the staff who created the customized curriculum for all of these contests. Please join us in congratulating all of the students, their teachers/staff, and their parents.