School Details

Challenger Middle School

100 East Elvira Road, Tucson, AZ 85706
(520) 545-4600
2

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 843 students 15 students/teacher (AZ avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

30%
36%
63%
60%
62%
79%
27%
34%
53%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Sunnyside Unified District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

35%
38%
65%
75%
74%
85%
29%
32%
52%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Sunnyside Unified District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

30%
36%
58%
53%
58%
72%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Sunnyside Unified District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Challenger Middle School is a public middle school in Tucson. The principal of Challenger Middle School is Wil Arias. 843 students go to Challenger Middle School and identify mostly as Hispanic; Native American or Native Alaskan; and White, non-Hispanic. 11% of the Challenger Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 76% of the 843 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Challenger Middle School is 15:1. Wildcat School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 88% 88%
Native American or Native Alaskan 7% %
White, non-Hispanic 4% 5%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 11% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.8% 2%
Multiracial 0.3% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% %
Asian 0.1% 0.7%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 76% 83%
Limited English proficiency 11% 27%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 years ago)

    My son has attended Challenger Middle School for the last two years. He has participated in several extra-curricular activities and has also maintained a 4.0 GPA. I am truly grateful for the time and effort of every single student and teach that are willing to do a good job! Go Challenger!

  • (6 years ago)

    I have worked at Challenger from it's opening day. We have gone through a lot of changes but we are truely a great school - a flagship for the district of what a middle school should be. During class time you don't see students wandering around as they are all in classes learning. There is a spirit of true collaboration amoung teachers all looking for what is best for the students and how we can reach the student who is still struggling. Our test scores continue to rise with teachers setting goals for their classes and indivual students. This school has evolved to be a true professional learning community

  • (6 years ago)

    The other reviews are dated. The entire staff is new since those reviews were written (one of my older children went there back then) including the principal and assistant principal and the school has really progressed to becone a fantastic school. Visit the school...the climate when you come on campus is great and also check out their test scores....continually improving over the past 3 years.

  • (8 years ago)

    Challenger has classes that have increased in size for the last 3 years. My child attended from 6th through the 8th grade there and has done the same types of projects and brought home the same type of homework for the last three years. It seems like the work stays the same when the teachers move through the grades - his old 6th grade math teacher was his 8th grade social studies teacher and she hadn't changed the level of her assignment. Maybe my son needs to be challenged more than other students. He does however make straight A's and that is a plus.

  • (9 years ago)

    The school does not have welcomming atmosphere not for students parents or teachers.The place is a warehouse a daycare. If you have a choice send your child elsewhere.

  • (9 years ago)

    There are too many students in the classrooms and this makes for a very difficult time for the students who need a little extra help.

  • (9 years ago)

    I think this principal has made a habit of driving off innovative creative and effective teachers. Being a graduate of a Sunnyside school helps even if you are not really qualified for your position. Finally if you are a student teacher for one of the chosen ones you can get a job when the great teachers leave next year! Job security for the less effective teachers is a reality. Really large class sizes and an iffective discipline program are a component too! My child will go to a charter school next year!

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Overall score

(based on 8 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
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