School Details

Challenger K-8 School of Science and Math

13400 Elgin Boulevard, Spring Hill, FL 34609
(352) 797-7024
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-8 1590 students 14 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

86%
58%
58%
91%
63%
57%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
  • This school in 2014
  • Hernando County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

88%
58%
63%
90%
65%
61%
75%
42%
53%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
88%
80%
81%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)

In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.
  • This school in 2014
  • Hernando County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

84%
51%
56%
90%
61%
61%
89%
53%
54%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
  • This school in 2014
  • Hernando County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

84%
46%
53%
87%
60%
60%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
  • This school in 2014
  • Hernando County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

94%
59%
56%
89%
57%
57%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
  • This school in 2014
  • Hernando County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

93%
55%
47%
87%
55%
57%
87%
47%
49%
77%
46%
56%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
92%
75%
78%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)

In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.
  • This school in 2014
  • Hernando County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

99%
59%
66%

Florida End-of-Course Assessments (EOC)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
  • This school in 2014
  • Hernando County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Challenger K-8 School of Science and Math is a public middle school in Spring Hill. The principal of Challenger K-8 School of Science and Math is MR. MICHAEL MAINE, who can be contacted at maine_m@hcsb.k12.fl.us. 1,590 students attend Challenger K-8 School of Science and Math and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian. 3% of the Challenger K-8 School of Science and Math students are "limited in English proficiency." 86% of the 1,590 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Challenger K-8 School of Science and Math is 14:1. Powell Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 76% 71%
Multiracial 4% 4%
Asian 4% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 7%
Hispanic 13% 16%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 86% 64%
Limited English proficiency 3% 3%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    This school is absolutely amazing! There is no other school that even comes close to the type of education and academic rigor that this school provides. All of the faculty and staff are truly dedicated to doing what is best for all kids that attend. The faculty here go above and beyond to make sure that students and parents feel welcome and encouraged to do their very best! Since Mr. Maine has taken over as Principal we have seen drastic improvements to continue pushing Challenger forward to be the very best! My children have attended Challenger for 6 years and Mr. Maine has brought about positive change and a renewed sense of spirit. We love this school there is simply no other way to describe how we feel!! Keep up the great work!

  • (10 months ago)

    I have a child who was accepted for the magnet program for Kindergarten and later tested into Gifted. With all the bad comments I read and heard I was concerned to make the choice to put her in Quest at Challenger. In the end I knew we had to take the chance because she needed more advanced material. The magnet teachers she has had as well as the gifted teachers have all been phenomenal. People warned me of bad behaviors in the Quest classes. As a person who works in education bad behaviors and/or children with special needs are found in ALL classes. It saddens me that anyone would avoid choosing the gifted option for their child because of a gifted student with bad behavior. As a family with a child who had a magnet spot the first thing we were told when our child tested into gifted was if we chose Quest we would lose the magnet spot. Choosing the gifted path became unexciting and wrought with stress when I got bogged down in the "bad behavior" comments and the "loss of a magnet spot" comments. I'm glad we chose Quest. She is in a small class doing advanced classwork and loving school!! And she still plays with all her friends in the magnet program.

  • (10 months ago)

    Challenger K8 is a truly awesome school. Challenger was stared by a lottery system open to EVERYONE. The children were not hand picked based upon their grades. The top scores achieved by their students is attributed to the dedication of the administration the teachers the support staff and yes the parents and the students attending CK8. Working as a TEAM we all collaborate and success is the outcome. I am saddened by the comments of some parents who's children attend Quest Academy. Perhaps if they embraced the Challenger culture instead of segregating themselves they would have been happier here. Unfortunately a huge divide has developed among magnet & gifted students teachers and parents. This must be resolved for the Quest program to flourish here. Again Challenger is a great school because of the effort put forth by everyone. If you do not want to participate then Challenger probably isn't the best choice for you.

  • (10 months ago)

    As a parent of two very different boys both in the Quest Academy at CK8 I am very pleased with the opportunities offered there. I still feel that the school can do more to recruit men especially for its middle school male gifted learners and offer training that helps the mainly female staff increase their comfort level and ability to teach to the way boys learn. I also think training on how to avoid unknowingly perpetuating racial bias would also be helpful. The school is greatly lacking in any and all forms of acknowledging and embracing the diversity the helps make it what it is.

  • (10 months ago)

    My two grandchildren are get 'ting a fine education at Challenger. They are building a strong foundation to build upon thanks to a school like Challenger.

  • (1 year ago)

    Challenger is truly a one-of-a-kind school! The teachers and faculty are amazing and the test scores prove it. Being ranked 2nd in the state in 2011 definitely comes as no surprise! The standards are set high but there is plenty of help and support for students who may need it. It's great to see how many parents are involved with their children not only academically but also with school functions and volunteering as well. We are very blessed to have our daughter enrolled in such a wonderful school!

  • (1 year ago)

    I am reading so many negative comments about the Quest Academy and I just had to remind everyone who may read this Quest is NOT Challenger K-8!!!!! The Quest Academy is a completely different "program" that just happens to be housed on Challenger's campus. Challenger is a wonderful school and to all the parents who are not happy with the Quest program I would recommend trying to get your child(ren) into Challenger so you too will understand what a great school it truly is!

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is great. My daughter is in quest she has been there since 1st grade now in 3rd grade. Some children are not cut out for all the work that goes with the quest program. Some of the kids get into trouble and don't listen to the teachers. My daughter made superintendents list last year. She reads on a 7th grade level. If it wasn't for quest she would be board at regular school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our child loves the school. Mrs. Lilybridge was his 1st grade teacher and now in 2nd grade he has Mrs. Gibson who is also great. Great level of academics and our son embraces the challenge. He normally has energy to spare but loves learning and his behavior is at is best now that he is constantly being asked to perform at a higher level. Quest is not for everyone but has been a blessing to our family. Thanks.

  • (1 year ago)

    Couldn't agree more with the Quest parents on this site. Your child will hate school and you will have to endure that which you never thought possible. We moved to our zoned school and everything is FINE.

  • (1 year ago)

    The quest program has been a major disappointment.It is not at all what I was told it would be.My son is in Kindergarten there but I am probably going to pull him out.He is special needs and apparently they can't be bothered.They can't even get the pick up and drop off right.To me it is just a school where they can hand pick the students they want in order to get the high test scores.They are close to losing their magnet school status then they will have to let everyone in.The horror!! Pardon the sarcasm but the school is run by a bunch of snobs that would need a ladder to pick their own noses.My advice go elsewhere and don't bother with this school.

  • (2 years ago)

    CK-8 is pretty good school.Very happy here. My son is in the first grade this year. Kindergarten was an awesome year and we had Ms. Vasquez for Kindergarten.

  • (3 years ago)

    i have been at this school since kindergarden. im in 6th grade now. which means im the first class to graduate from k-8. i really love this school i wish it was a high school too. we learn alot and i enjoy school because of this school. in third grade the teachers were so nice that ever since then loved school and learning !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ) -cassyddog

  • (3 years ago)

    I have 2 kids at this school. Love it! Best school my kids have attended.

  • (3 years ago)

    I must agree that it was quite confusing yesterday. We to are new because of the Gifted Program and we felt lost yesterday

  • (3 years ago)

    The School really needs to get organized!!! I am very dissapointed on how they handled orientation this 2011- 2012 School year. You require so much for a child to attend your school. They did not even have the paper work ready no maps for new students It was a waste of time. They even had the front office closed. `Whos bright idea was that? The one word I can use to describe this School is Pompous. My child is there only because the Gifted program was moved there

  • (3 years ago)

    I have a recent graduate of Challenger and as with previous child feel that we were truly blessed to have our children attend this school. The teachers were great tuned into our girls and equiped them to succeed in high school and beyond. Felt that we were part of a team with the goal of making our children the best they can be academically socially emotionally etc. The administration and support staff were wonderful as well. My children felt comfortable in communicating with them. Challenger K8 is truly a great school.

  • (3 years ago)

    Our kids have been at this school since Kindergarten. They have just completed the 1st and 3rd grades. Both of them on the superintendent's list. The administrative staff and teachers are beyond comparison. I consider them as part of my family and so do our kids. This is truly an amazing place for children to grow and learn.

  • (3 years ago)

    Our child has been in Challenger since 2nd grade she is now in 6th the school is outstanding. However the gifted program is not. This is not run by the school administration and there in is the problem. Gifted is run by the district and is a seperate program. Our child has been in gifted since Kindergarten when the program was run by the challenger school and administration it was very good. Our student will not be in gifted for another year if the program does not change.

  • (4 years ago)

    I live across the street from Challenger and have seen teachers' cars in the parking lot at 10 pm. not to mention on sunday afternoons too. They work so hard and go above & beyond what is "necessary " because they truly care about what they do and it shows. I was amazed at how much they accomplish with these kids in one school year and how much time and effort the teachers put in to ensure the kids enjoy learning. I feel very fortunate to have my children attend this school.

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