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Challenger Middle School

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3 stars

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Posted May 19, 2014

My son attends Challenger and is just finishing up his third year there. I am on the fence about how good of a school it is. We have had some pretty bad situations where we felt our son was being picked on by certain teachers throughout the years he's been there. Some aren't afraid to yell at you as a parent either. It has been very disheartening to deal with. And it has caused a lot of discouragement to our son. Also, it's a technology school which I found to be frustrating. Everything's online, and no one sends any missed work home ever. You have to find it online and if you don't that's your problem. On a good note, there are other teachers who are amazing! They are helpful and seem to be the favorites of all the students. In addition, the student body is made up of polite, well-behaved kids overall and that has been a real wonderful part of Challenger. No bullying problems (at least not from the students!) The after-school activities/sports are wonderful as well, although they tend to choose favorites for the teams. The counselor our son has is really sweet and very helpful through certain teacher situations. Band is awesome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2013

I'm ambivalent about CMS. There seems to be an unusual number (a handful) of angry/rude, bully-type teachers. Not true at other middle schools, from what I hear from friends. The administration does nothing about it, very little parental support here. On the other hand, we've had a few excellent teachers who are committed to helping kids succeed. Ask around to find those teachers, and ask which teachers to avoid. Also, the counselor my daughter has had since 6th grade is wonderful. I know many families who will not send their younger children to CMS because an older one had such a bad experience. It's sad. The administration seems to expect a lot of volunteer help from parents but like I said, they're very unsupportive of parents when it comes to needing help with teachers. TAG program is fantastic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2013

My 17 yr old son attended this school, and currently my 12 yr old daughter attends. My son is highly gifted and was never bored. My daughter is bright, hard working, and sincerely enjoys the course work. As a parent, the ongoing communications from the teachers are outstanding, and the school is very safe. We purchased a home in Pine Creek so the kids could attend Mountain View Elementary, Challenger Middle School, and Pine Creek High School --- absolutely one of the best decisons we've ever made.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2013

Anybody else a parent of a new female 7th grade student to the school this year? Looking to network my daughter prior to the first day. Please email me genuinejessica at reagan.com if you are interested in networking your daughter as well. Thanks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2013

i am currently in eighth grade now and attending this school and over all this school id an okay school. most of the teaches help you as needed and others just blow you off and make you feel like you are in kindergarten. as far as the people go it is very hard to find good true friends allot of people are just all talk and the kids that are in my grade are not he best examples of our generation so i would suggest this school but there are some teachers that you should stay away from.


Posted February 26, 2013

I arrived at this school my eighth grade year and i think that a good amount of the students are rude and inconsiderate to the teachers. The students act entitled, and sadly, many don't seem to care about anything but their friends. Some of the teachers are good, while others seem to care less about wether students pass or fail. Some teachers are rude and almost bully-like. Many teachers seem to have a specific group of students who they really like, and if you are not in that group don't expect to be a straight "A" student. I was a TAG student, and I had teachers who seem to like to unfairly treat the overacheivers, but "accidently" forgeting to give credit for certain assignments, or lowering test scores because of ridiculous reasons. Nothin but positive things to say about the TAG program. Great extra Curricular activities & sports.


Posted August 6, 2012

We have a student that just finished 6th grade and is about to move on the 7th, we had an issue with one teacher here and anyone that goes here I am sure will know which one that one is. She would like to choose her own in group of students, and if the other ones would ask questions she would scoff and ask the class if anyone else could answer that question, or just not answer it and say things like "moving on" etc. I brought this up to the asst. principal and nothing happened. Mind you my child received A's in every other class besides this one because she was not on the in crowd list with the teacher. Social status and pecking orders are bad enough among the students, teachers should not do the same
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2012

Overall, we've been pretty pleased with the school. There are some teachers they need to get rid of.... we had one or two that were horrible. This is coming from a parent of an 'A' Tag student. Complaining to the school administration does nothing. The kids just bad math these teachers behind their back. Pity, because the kids are justified in their comments. Other teachers know these folks are horrible and just laugh it off. No one does anything about it. If you can avoid the few horrible teachers, you should have a good experience. I don't know why they don't get rid of these folks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2012

Positive experiences all around at this school. Teachers are experienced, helpful and care about their students. Administration is open to parents and really wants their students to succeed. Plenty of after school activities and help for those who seek it. Part of the technology strand in the Distict Twenty school district. I noticed many of the negative comments made here (homework, discipline, etc.) also state they were ready for high school. Isn't that the point?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2010

We moved here from being stationed overseas. My dad is in the military. I have lived in Canada, the east coast, Germany, and in Hawaii. I have been to all kinds of schools, from DOD to public to private. As an 8th grader I began Challenger. Friendships were formed for the past 2 years. What I liked about the kids at CMS is how they helped me by letting me into their social groups. It was way cool. Teachers are strick and you lose points if you turn in work late, especially in the 8th grade. I really liked the conversations we had in classes. The Broadcast Journalism class was the best. If I had a bad day, my teachers, friends, and counselor would help me out.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 1, 2010

Challenger has experienced teachers who really are supportive of student who want to do well in school. The Success Maker for Math and Reading are programs that have helped my child improve several grade levels in one school year. I absolutely think the counseling staff is very supportive and the overall school is safe and friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2010

My two daughters both went through Challenger. We found the school to be excellent. The school has a very supportive environment for students to acheive. Very caring teachers go the extra mile for students. The administration has been responsive to our needs and the leadership from the top sets a positive climite within the building.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2009

When I arrived at this school in 8th grade, I was not welcome at all. The teachers were unnecessarily strict- I couldn't bring a lunch I bought into lunch detention... I had to throw it away and have the one provided, and I also got in trouble for sitting on my foot at the lunch table because i might 'fall.' These circumstances and countless others made me hate going to school since I felt more independent in elementary school. I can say that academically, I was ready for High School but socially, it was a whole new world that I think they could do a better job in with preparation. I pity those who spent 2 more years there than I did.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 2, 2008

i do notlike this school there is very little help for students who fall behind and teachers are very preasuring exept for ms hanson but i do belive they over work us even saying they challenge us more than 9th grader i feel that you are set up to fail
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 4, 2008

It's all in the name. Challenger was definitely challenging for me when I was an 8th grader in 2004-2005, but that's all it was. I would have to say that it was not a very enjoyable experience. They got a lot of me in my education and I was more than prepared for high school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 28, 2008

If your child is in the 'grey' area or the middle don't expect any help! If you go to the principal for help this is what you'll hear.....' Maybe you should try another school' We have even had teacher an student bulling issues at this school which were never delt with and at this point a year and a half is enough. We are looking to homeschool until high school. Would not reccomend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2007

I have only great things to say about Challenger. I have had two kids graduate from there and one currently in 6th grade. The teachers are caring and go the extra mile for students success. They have high expectations for all kids but provide supports so that all kids can be successful. There is a real sence of community when you walk in the door. I have volenteered there often and have found a real positive climate. Being military, we have lived all over the country and have found Challenger to be one of the best middle schools that we have seen. I have found that Challenger has prepared my kids not only for success at higher school levels but in life in general.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2006

This is a technology school were some classes require computer and internet access for a passing grade while others don't require a computer at all. There is a variety of electives to choose from including 2D and 3D art, Drama, Spanish, French, Choir, Study Skills, Computer class, and Tag classes. There is also always an after school activity going on with activity busses available afterwards. The teachers know what they are doing. You have to work for your grade but hard work pays off and there are reward after every quarter for grade improvement and 4.0. By the time you hit 8th grade even if you have not attended the school before, the teachers are teaching at a high school level. The only downfall is the make-up work policy for some classes. If you ask for help though, most teachers don't have a problem helping you during the lunch hour.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 18, 2006

Mediocre in quality. Homework policy sets children up to fail rather than win. No sense of community at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2005

Moderate. Seems like gifted and or problem children in the school get all of the attention and support while the average student falls behind. Not impressed with our experience
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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 62% in 2013.

222 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

222 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
91%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2013.

222 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
77%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

241 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

241 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 61% in 2013.

241 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
77%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

255 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

255 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2013.

255 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

255 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
74%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students83%
Female84%
Male82%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Free lunch eligible70%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English84%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant83%

Reading

All Students90%
Female91%
Male89%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Free lunch eligible90%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English91%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant90%

Writing

All Students78%
Female83%
Male72%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Free lunch eligible70%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English78%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant78%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students74%
Female72%
Male75%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Free lunch eligible29%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English74%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant74%

Reading

All Students88%
Female91%
Male86%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Free lunch eligible77%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English89%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant88%

Writing

All Students87%
Female93%
Male82%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Free lunch eligible65%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English88%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant87%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students68%
Female65%
Male71%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Free lunch eligible45%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English68%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant68%

Reading

All Students88%
Female90%
Male85%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Free lunch eligible70%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English87%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant88%

Science

All Students68%
Female70%
Male66%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Free lunch eligible45%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English68%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant68%

Writing

All Students77%
Female86%
Male70%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Free lunch eligible55%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English78%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant77%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

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52%
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24%
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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 TCAP results from the state of Colorado.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math, English Language Arts, and Writing from the state of Colorado.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 81% 56%
Hispanic 10% 32%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Black 1% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 9%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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