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About This School

Challenger Middle School is a public middle school in San Diego. The principal of Challenger Middle School is Sheelagh Moran, who can be contacted at smoran@sandi.net. 1,092 students go to Challenger Middle School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian. 11% of the Challenger Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 54% of the 1,092 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Challenger Middle School is 23:1. Charter School of San Diego is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Spanish
    • Tagalog
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Bicycling
    • Cheerleading
    • Crew
    • Cross country
    • Fencing
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Lacrosse
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Rock climbing
    • Rugby
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Water polo
    • Wrestling
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 13%
Multiracial 6% %
Asian 45% 9%
Filipino 25% 7%
Hispanic 23% 44%
White, non-Hispanic 17% 25%
Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.8% 129055%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.5%
Unspecified 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 54% 63%
Limited English proficiency 11% 29%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    My son was viciously beaten by another student at this school. My son was an advanced placement student excelling in everything... until he was targeted. He began to fail after his first beating and removed himself from school activities because he didn't want to fight his way through them. After the second beating the school administration rallied around the offender and we were forced to remove my son from this school. By the miracle of the internet we have found that the offender is beating other children and failing in his studies.. KEEP YOUR CHILDREN AWAY FROM THIS SCHOOL. THE ADMINISTRATION DOES NOT CARE ABOUT THEM.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son really likes this school. The teachers are very supportive and office staffs are so nice and helpful. The leadership of the Principal is great.

  • (2 years ago)

    We requested for my son to this school. We went to their orientations cats camp etc...everything sounded excellent! WRONG!!! This school is over rated! My son has always been an excellent student always staying on task and well informed of all the school work. Since being at this school its been nothing but problems. First on the 2nd wk of school he forgets his PE uniform. We take it to him and bc it's an "inconvenient" to those in the office they get punished by doing lunch clean up. We called to speak with the Principal and she doesnt even know the rules on that. 3rd wk of school his first time getting cafeteria food he steps ON a red line and he was again put on lunch clean up! This is the final straw for me. My son got his first lunch detention along with a few other students for not turning in their assignments on time. They didn't know the due date bc their teacher never told them and the teachers response was "you should've checked the website!" This school relies highly on computers to get anything done. They don't send home outlines for homeworks or projects and everything is "online" or in their planner. GO TO WAGENHEIM DO NOT GO TO CHALLENGER!

  • (4 years ago)

    Our experience with the teachers have been frustrating along with school staff. My child had issue with bullying and was seemed to be tolerated by school officials. When obtaining progress of your child from the teachers we didn't get a response or was told to remind them to check on the childs progress. There is lacking of responsibility or care for the students. The school's quality has changed since prior principal Mr. Wong has left. We sent our child there as we heard great things from parents and teachers. VERY disappointed in this school.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is awesome! The principal is a great disclipinarian (which is what middle schoolers need). The entire staff is awesome they really seem to care about getting all the kids to the next level there is a lot of after school support for those that need it A very positive learning environment whether your kid is a brainiac or is struglling to stay at grade level. I had both types go thru this school my seminar daughter ended up at UCSD and still wants to come back and say Hi to the teachers that made a big impact. My 7th grader struggles and there is a lot of support to keep he on track.

  • (5 years ago)

    School is above average definitely not exceptional though. Students have opportunities such as class trips but have to seek out the experiences to enhance classroom learning (parents have to pay for these extras though). Some good teachers many mediocre teachers.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is great it has great discipline and the teachers are great and trust me i go to that school.

  • (5 years ago)

    The school is fantastic and the academics are great ! They have a wonderful transportation program that lets my daughter from far away go up there. Best teacher Martinez Baird Belknap Truxton Cummins Shenkal Deleon. And many many more .

  • (5 years ago)

    I have 2 children currently attending CMS. We love the school. We do have the same issues though with sporting programs. Coming from a state where there are huge sporting programs starting in 7th grade its discouraging that this is not something they focus on in California. They need to feel as if they are part of the school spirit but there is no school spirit because they have no reason to have any. No sporting leagues no pep rallies no anything that is encouraging to them. They go to school they come home. Where is the building programs to bridge the two. In the middle schools from our previous areas we had basketball softball/baseball football track and field soccer and cheeleading to name a few. The staff is awesome though and we are thankful for their help and guidance in the educational field. They just need sports.

  • (7 years ago)

    I guess I could say it lives up to its name. So there. ]

  • (8 years ago)

    I had one son go to Challenger. It's a newer school and was well run. Academically improving it already has some of the best standardized test scores in san diego county. Located in a better part of mira Mesa this is a good choice for your Child.

  • (8 years ago)

    I guess public school is public school but even so we had hoped for more from Challenger.

  • (8 years ago)

    The quality of this school has declined somewhat with the loss of long time principal Sam Wong to the county school system and with the passage of 'No Child Left Behind' so now several busloads of children from other areas arrive each morning full of typically less-well performing kids. There has been a big increase in discipline problems over time....but this is likely happening all over with this busing-in policy.

  • (8 years ago)

    We had hoped things would improve with new leadership but it seems litle has changed and our children are left out.

  • (8 years ago)

    I think this school is cool

  • (8 years ago)

    I am not sure about the experiences of others but this is not a satisfactory placement for disabled children. Challenger staff have little time training or inclination when it comes to disabled children and we ended up with very serious problems when all was said and done

  • (8 years ago)

    I am on the PTSA at Challenger have been here for 4 years now the best thing about Challenger is the teachers. They are absolutely awesome! They have a great seminar program. The only thing the school is lacking in is extracurricular activities they have little to none.

  • (8 years ago)

    Our experience with Challenger was very bad. Bullying issues were not addressed and they lack any meaningful programs for disabled children. I could tell some of the teachers tried but were overshadowed by poor leadership. We certainly did not feel our son was safe in school at any time.

  • (8 years ago)

    Both my children went to Challenger and it is a wonderful school. I never had a problem wiht any teacher classowrk or administration. Everyone was always extremely helpful. There is a homework helpline and website withc the daily assignments. All the teachers are very accesible and cooperative. The school is so clean it looks new. I highly recommend this school. It has an outstanding gifted program and even the mainstream classes are providing a good educational challenge. They are strict on the dress ocde and violence is not tolerated. The only downfall is there are no sports teams but plenty of tutorials. Thank you

  • (8 years ago)

    Good for all students and teachers.

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