Challenger Middle School
Challenger Middle School serves 971 students in grades 6-8.
Challenger Middle School placed in the top 20% of all schools in California for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 20%, and reading proficiency is top 20%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 64% (which is higher than the California state average of 40%) for the 2018-19 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 73% (which is higher than the California state average of 51%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 26:1 is higher than the California state level of 23:1.
Minority enrollment is 85% of the student body (majority Asian), which is higher than the California state average of 77% (majority Hispanic and Asian).
Challenger Middle School ranks among the top 20% of public schools in California for:
Reading/Language Arts Proficiency
Challenger Middle School's student population of 971 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
The teacher population of 38 teachers has declined by 7% over five school years.
Total Classroom Teachers
Students by Grade
Challenger Middle School is ranked within the top 20% of all 9,659 schools in California (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-19 school year.
The diversity score of Challenger Middle School is 0.68, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.64. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year Data
State Level (CA)
Overall Testing Rank
#1165 out of 9659 schools
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
Student : Teacher Ratio
Two or more races
All Ethnic Groups
Eligible for Free Lunch
Eligible for Reduced Lunch
School Statewide Testing
School District Name
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, CA Dept. of Education
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!
This school feels like torture and would rather attend wagenhiem Middle school.
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.
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.
School has good testing scores, and overall the school is just ok. The staff in the office are not very nice though.
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