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K-8
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Spring Hill, FL
Students enrolled: 1,590
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13400 Elgin Boulevard
Spring Hill, FL 34609

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(352) 797-7024
(352) 797-7124
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May 03, 2014
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!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
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.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2014
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.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2014
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.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2014
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.

- submitted by a community member
September 24, 2013
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!

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2013
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!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2012
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

- submitted by a community member
September 07, 2011
I have 2 kids at this school. Love it! Best school my kids have attended.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2011
I must agree that it was quite confusing yesterday. We to are new because of the Gifted Program and we felt lost yesterday

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2011
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

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2011
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.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2011
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.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2011
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.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2010
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.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2010
Teachers at this school work hard to facilitate student achievement and parent involvement. The administration is supportive and all stakeholders have students' best interests in mind.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 24, 2010
This school offers creative learning techniques, teachers communicate well with parents & the administration is vigilant in keeping the focus on the children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
dedicated teachers and staff work in conjunction with supportive moms and dads.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 20, 2010
My child is coming home using (and understanding) an amazing new vocabulary. In Kindergarten, they're already learning about evaporation and centrifugal force. Yes, he's even used those two terms correctly. I'm amazed. I'm even very pleased with the arts program for this level. Elementary students are being exposed to art history, classics, and even theory. The classes are large, but very well managed, and the teachers really work well together to handle difficult situations. Expectations are high of both students and parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
They have great staff and make sure all parents are involed in the school in some form. I feel this makes the students see how much parents care about them learning, and helps the students strive to learn.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
Because my grandaughter is doing so well and LOVES IT!

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 19, 2010
The students learn a lot and the teachers are available to help the students. The classrooms arent overcrowded. The Staff nip problems in the bud!

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2010
ive gone to challenger since my 6th grade year and now in 8th and i could not be happier! the teachers really go above and beyond to help theyre students and truly care for them and want them to succeed. overall, it's one of the best schools in the county in my opinion

- submitted by a student
January 24, 2010
Im in 8th grade at ck8 and I love it here! its a great school and we have amazing teachers(:

- submitted by a student
no rating November 19, 2009
Challenger is a terrible school with the exception of a few really great caring teachers, and I mean a few. The rest of the teachers are on a 'ego' trip and care only about their status. If there is a problem and you go to administration, your child will suffer reprocusions!! They sweep everything under the rug so to speak because they don't want any bad publicity! I'm sure this negative review will get deleted before too many people can read it. Before you send your child to this school, talk to a lot of parents and do your research!

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2009
Challeneger is a great school and really prepares you for high school.

- submitted by a student
July 21, 2009
I agree with the parent that posted the review yesterday. I know that the school's emphasis is science and math, but a few 'art' programs would help the kids be more well rounded. Also - Yes - please have text books available during study hall!

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 20, 2009
great science programs are available. School. Should corporate some arts in though, instead of study hall in 6th period. Kids can't do all HW since books are at home.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2009
This was my son's 1st year in Kindergarten and I couldn't be happier. His teacher assisted him in adjusting to the workload, scheduling, and the socializing that is different than that of a preschool atmosphere. The teachers/staff/and administration were all extremely attentive & understanding. I would highly recommend this school to anyone moving in the area and hope that it continues to do well. The ONLY issue I had with the school was the amount of homework that came home at the beginning of the year. It subsided about midway through, however I personally would love to see this school issue homework on Thursday due back on Tuesday. That would give Parents & children MUCH MORE quality time to work on it together over the weekend. It would be a help also as that my child was tired. We would have more fun doing it too.

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June 13, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
Excellent administration, faculty, and staff. Go above and beyond for each student, serving needs that range far and wide. Would recommend this school to any new parent moving to the area. Mrs. Stoops, the principal is the best in the county, hands down.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 17, 2009
this school is good becouse there has been no crime.

- submitted by a student
February 26, 2009
This school is almost close to perfect. If you want to learn things everyday and are interested in science and math, this school is definitely for you. If you just want to do whatever you want and teachers don't care, go to some other school. We have plenty of un here at challenger. Im not sad im leaving this year because all my friens and I are going to NCT. Oh Yeah.

- submitted by a student
no rating January 16, 2009
I love this school. i have been going there since it has opened. this is my last year there then off to highschool. all the teacher are wonderful. we have fun in the classes but we also get our work done. my elementary school didnt teach me things but this school has helped me alot. i am going to miss this school next year!!! :(

- submitted by a student
December 02, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating November 30, 2008
I love challenger! i go to it right now!!! i love all of my incredible teachers!!

- submitted by a student
November 30, 2008
Nothing is perfect, but this is as close as it gets in our area. I have 3 students at this school, and they are doing very well. I take the responsibility of keeping them focused and challenged, as it is difficult for public school teachers to teach to the individual ability of each student. Parental involvement is required, which is nice; but sometimes it becomes a little too demanding in terms of assignments 'for the parents' or 'for the family' to do. I have to take time off from work and come up with frequent small amounts of money, and some of the ancillary staff/ teachers are impolite, but the school is worth it overall.

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating November 20, 2008
I now go to CK8 and i made friends immeadtially! The teachers are great but the gidance councelors are a little wierd. But overall its a great school.

- submitted by a student
October 24, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2008
this school is awesome im going right now and i love it!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a student
August 29, 2008
I went to challenger for three years and my teachers were amazing, especially the 8th grade teachers. They were dedicated and really helped us to prepare for high school.

- submitted by a student
July 31, 2008
My grandchildren attend this school.I've never seen a more dedicated group of teachers than the ones at Challenger.

- submitted by a community member
May 17, 2008
challenger is a great school my daughter was struggling in math when she started challenger she started briging A's home

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March 07, 2008
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March 01, 2008
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February 04, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2008
This is the best school in the world

- submitted by a parent
December 25, 2007
It's the best the teachers help you with any problems this year 2007-2008 school year they introduce studyhall so you have time to do your homework and study.And they put people in your other classes so you can help one anouther

- submitted by a student
no rating October 09, 2007
My daughter has gone to this school the last 2 years and I feel very blessed to have her here. She is learning so much and is so excitied about being at this school. The teachers she has had the last 2 years have been wonderful influences on her. I find she tries so hard and loves going every day. I don't find her saying I don't want to go to school today. She has 3 projects right now and she is doing great with them. I am able to send emails to the teachers and they response very quickly. You are always welcome to volunteer. I love this school and would encourage anyone to go here. It is an A school in this county and is trying hard to teach our children and encourage them. They may give alot of homework but it is only helping your child.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2007
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September 19, 2007
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- submitted by a student
August 30, 2007
Well I moved out of state and to tell you the truth the Challenger is not a great school now that my child is in an other school I can see that challenger or should I say Florida school are behind in the times. I had a problems in Challenger's teachers they rushed threw the day trying to fit everything in and then at night I would have to go over it all with my child because they did not have the time. I was always at the school helping out and I saw this first hand. Good luck all !

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2007
My 4th grade daughter has been at this school since it opened and we are thrilled. I am very involved and know what is going on in the classroom and at school. She has had wonderful teachers who have recognized her abilities and challenged her( unlike at her old school). She is in the gifted program which has always been a little less than to be desired but it is quickly improving. The energy and talents of all of her teachers (specials included) past and present are very impressive. Parents have to stay involved always to get the benefits of any school and to be sure your child is receiving the education he/she deserves. I see teachers at this school who are far beyond what I have seen before. I am thankful my daughter attends Challenger.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2007
My daughter has gone to challenger since its first opened, and to be honest she is not that happy with it. She complains of the projects that are assigned during the process of another. I think this should me taken into consideration. My daughter has enough pressure on her part to be worrying about 3 projects at a time. Also the dresscode isn't really helping me as a parent.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
July 29, 2007
I love this school! The staff and teachers are professional, dedicated, and knowledgeable. I am impressed with the teacher websites and the Tuesday Communicator. My child's teacher is approachable and willing to communicate success as well as classroom housekeeping and events. I feel informed and a crucial part of my child's education. Upbeat and positive atomosphere! I feel my child is blessed to attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2007
My daughter went to this school for both years it has been in progress. It is by far the best school around an d i reccomend it to every student/parent out there. Great teachers and excellent school!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2007
I think there are still some things that need improvement. But all in all it seems to be a good school for my son. His 3rd grade teacher seems well qualified. As for the homework they need to send home a cheat sheet for the parents.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2007
This is Science & Math school, academics are very good, music & art programs are not. Parent involvement is zilch, they really don't encourage us to be there, and are not that welcoming. Organization and communication are very low. Their volunteer program was not enforced last year because they couldn't organize checking hours. For a technical school I'd expect their web presence to be top-notch, but it's quite bad. Some of the teachers are dedicated. The Forensics program is wonderful, and I'm sure other electives are as well. My biggest complaint is way too much homework. In two years I haven't been able to determine what they do in class because we spend hours upon hours helping our child and doing homework. We've had to drop everything else in our life. Way too much.

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May 01, 2007
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- submitted by a student
April 26, 2007
I have one child at this school and am very pleased with the quality of education she is getting. I wish communication between school and parent was a bit better though.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2006
I have three children at Challenger and I am impressed with the both the quality of the education my children are receiving and the caring nature of the staff, teachers and administrators.

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December 11, 2006
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Challenger K-8 School Of Science And Math
13400 Elgin Boulevard, Spring Hill, FL  34609
(352) 797-7024
Last modified Challenger K-8 School Of Science And Math is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Challenger K-8 School Of Science And Math Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 69 reviews. Top