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Challenger Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 956 students

 

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Posted July 14, 2009

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2008

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
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 23, 2008

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2005

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.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 22, 2005

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2005

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!
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
34%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
66%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
27%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) 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. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona 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.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
77%
Science

2014

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

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n/a

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
35%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) 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. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona 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.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
43%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) 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. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona 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.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 89% 43%
American Indian/Alaska Native 8% 5%
White 2% 42%
Black 1% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 76%N/A46%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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100 East Elvira Road
Tucson, AZ 85706
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