Challenger Middle School

10810 Parkdale Ave.
San Diego, CA 92126
(School attendance zone shown in map)
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Top 20%
Serving 847 students in grades 6-8, Challenger Middle School ranks in the top 20% of all schools in California for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 20%, and reading proficiency is top 20%).
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 61% (which is higher than the California state average of 33%). The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 69% (which is higher than the California state average of 47%).
The student:teacher ratio of 23:1 is higher than the California state level of 21:1.
Minority enrollment is 87% of the student body (majority Asian), which is higher than the California state average of 79% (majority Hispanic).

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: 6-8
  • Enrollment: 847 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 23:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 87%
  • : Top 20% in CA
  • : 61% (Top 20%)
  • : 69% (Top 20%)
  • : 50% (Top 20%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), CA Dept. of Education

Top Rankings

Challenger Middle School ranks among the top 20% of public schools in California for:

School Overview

Challenger Middle School's student population of 847 students has declined by 10% over five school years.
The teacher population of 37 teachers has declined by 7% over five school years.
Grades Offered
Grades 6-8
Total Students
847 students
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Total Classroom Teachers
37 teachers
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Students by Grade
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School Rankings

Challenger Middle School ranks within the top 20% of all 9,602 schools in California (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data).
The diversity score of Challenger Middle School is 0.67, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.63. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
This School
State Level (CA)
#1186 out of 9602 schools
(Top 20%)
This chart displays the overall school rank of Challenger Middle School, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
61%
33%
This chart displays the percentage of students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of Challenger Middle School and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of public schools in California by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
69%
47%
This chart displays the percentage of students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of Challenger Middle School and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of California by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
50%
29%
Student : Teacher Ratio
23:1
21:1
This chart displays the student teacher ratio of Challenger Middle School and the public school average student teacher ratio of California by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
American Indian
n/a
1%
This chart displays the percentage of American Indian students in Challenger Middle School and percentage of American Indian public school students in California by year, with the latest 2004-05 school year data.
Asian
51%
12%
This chart displays the percentage of Asian students in Challenger Middle School and the percentage of Asian public school students in California by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
Hispanic
20%
56%
This chart displays the percentage of Hispanic students in Challenger Middle School and the percentage of Hispanic public school students in California by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
Black
2%
5%
This chart displays the percentage of Black students in Challenger Middle School and the percentage of Black public school students in California by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
White
13%
21%
This chart displays the percentage of White students in Challenger Middle School and the percentage of White public school students in California by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
Hawaiian
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n/a
This chart displays the percentage of Hawaiian students in Challenger Middle School and the percentage of Hawaiian public school students in California by year, with the latest 2013-14 school year data.
Two or more races
14%
5%
This chart displays the percentage of students of two or more races in Challenger Middle School and the percentage of public school students of two or more races in California by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
All Ethnic Groups
This chart displays the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Challenger Middle School.
This chart displays the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in California.
0.67
This chart displays the diversity score of Challenger Middle School and the public school average diversity score of California by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
Eligible for Free Lunch
32%
51%
This chart displays the percentage of students who is eligible for free lunch in Challenger Middle School and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for free lunch in California by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
Eligible for Reduced Lunch
15%
7%
This chart displays the percentage of students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Challenger Middle School and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for reduced lunch in California by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), CA Dept. of Education

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Challenger Middle School's ranking?
Challenger Middle School is ranked #1186 out of 9,602 schools, which ranks it among the top 20% of public schools in California.
What schools are Challenger Middle School often compared to?
Challenger Middle Schoolis often viewed alongside schools like Wangenheim Middle School, Marshall Middle School by visitors of our site.
What percent of students have achieved state testing proficiency in math and reading?
61% of students have achieved math proficiency (compared to the 33% CA state average), while 69% of students have achieved reading proficiency (compared to the 47% CA state average).
How many students attend Challenger Middle School?
847 students attend Challenger Middle School.
What is the racial composition of the student body?
51% of Challenger Middle School students are Asian, 20% of students are Hispanic, 14% of students are Two or more races, 13% of students are White, and 2% of students are Black.
What is the student:teacher ratio of Challenger Middle School?
Challenger Middle School has a student ration of 23:1, which is higher than the California state average of 21:1.
What grades does Challenger Middle School offer ?
Challenger Middle School offers enrollment in grades 6-8
What school district is Challenger Middle School part of?
Challenger Middle School is part of San Diego Unified School District.
In what neighborhood is Challenger Middle School located?
Challenger Middle School is located in the Mira Mesa neighborhood of San Diego, CA. There are 8 other public schools located in Mira Mesa.

School Reviews

5   9/17/2020
I am a student at Challenger Middle and I feel like the school has a strong stance although some teachers are very controlling and the emotional and mental state is not very needed, the support and comfort at the school is very welcoming and humble. I would recommend taking your child here if you are looking for a wonderful school!
- Posted by Student/Alumni - Ava H.
1   9/10/2020
This school feels like torture and would rather attend wagenhiem Middle school.
- Posted by Student/Alumni - Nick Gerr
5   5/19/2020
Most of the teachers and staff keep my child in line, but they are also very kind. They have a band, orchestra, Spanish, Filipino, etc. The school is great, and my student's test score is average.
- Posted by Student/Alumni - Student at at Challenger
1   2/28/2020
Staff is horrible, very condescending, and unwilling to sit down with parents and discuss concerns. Office staff asking parents to leave and telling parents they are not welcomed at their school. You are not allowed on campus even with ID and identifying yourself without an appointment. Principal is never available on site when you ask for her, you need to make an appointment otherwise you never get to talk to the principal. I get that they might be busy but when a parent asks specifically several times on different occasions to talk to the principal and she is never around, that is a problem. Vice principal brushes off concerns and takes off to her office, completely disconnected and no disregard for parents' concerns and frustrations. This office staff makes you feel so unwelcomed and make you feel like it is an inconvenience for them to talk to you. They have mentioned that their workload keeps them from dealing with parents' requests to talk to their children. Office denied relaying a message to my son, they refused to let me talk to my son.
- Posted by Parent - Parent of a student at Challenger
1   2/28/2020
School has good testing scores, and overall the school is just ok. The staff in the office are not very nice though.
- Posted by Parent - Eli

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: 6-8
  • Enrollment: 847 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 23:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 87%
  • : Top 20%
  • : 61% (Top 20%)
  • : 69% (Top 20%)
  • : 50% (Top 20%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), CA Dept. of Education

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