Challenger MS

  1. New

    Challenger has a new phone network system which required a new number, 858-302-3000.  One of the benefits of the new network is voice mail; you will be able to leave teachers messages.  Please be patient with us as we learn the new system and establish our voice mail boxes.  The fax number will remain the same.  Our old phone number will work for a few months while everyone gets used to the change.

  2. CA_Distinguished_School

    On February 25, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond, announced that Challenger Middle School is one of the 162 middle and high schools that have been designated a 2019 California Distinguished School.  After a three year break in the program, this is the first year secondary schools have been recognized for exceptional student performance for two consecutive school years or closing the achievement gap between two school years.  Challenger is one of two schools in the San Diego Unified School District who earned this designation, and is the third time Challenger has been awarded this honor with the first time being in 2001 and the second being in 2011.

    The teamwork of dedicated staff, supportive parents, and, of course, hard-working students resulted in Challenger becoming eligible for the award.  Out of pride and love for their school, another team of enthusiastic educators volunteered many hours to complete the collaborative data-driven application within a week’s time.  This document not only included information on the academic success of our students, but expressed our belief in educating the whole child with a focus on our work around mental health awareness.

    We are very proud to have provided and maintained excellent educational opportunities for students for so many years.  Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the success of Challenger Middle School!

    2019 California Distinguished School News Release

  3. Challenger Middle School will begin Distance Learning on April 27.  Because this will involve students earning grades, our first step is in determining how many students do not have access to electronic devices or the internet.  SDUSD is attempting to determine how many families have access to internet connectivity.  In order to help us make this determination, 

    Challenger Middle School Technology and Connectivity Survey:


    We were just a few days away from having collected all elective cards when school was closed.  Please speak with your child and only have him/her complete this elective card if he/she did not turn in the card before school closed.  If your student turned in the elective card before school closed, please do not fill out another.

    Placement Guide: Common Core vs. Advanced Classes

    Challenger Middle School Online Elective Card (please do not fill this out if you turned in your elective card to the school before they closed):



  4. Good nutrition makes for healthy bodies and healthy minds.  Challenger students are offered healthy and nutritious meal choices for breakfast and lunch on our campus daily.  The meals are provided by the San Diego Unified Food and Nutrition Services department and follow the nutrition guidelines prescribed by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.  We serve whole-grain rich products; low fat and fat free milk; 100% fruit and/or vegetable juices; and a variety of fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables.  

    Food and beverages brought to school should be nutritious, low in fat, and low in sugar content.  Energy drinks such as Red Bull, Monster, and sodas are not allowed.  

    In addtion, our school participates in the Garden to Cafe program where the EcoSquad grows organic fruit and vegetables.  As the harvest allows, the food is made available for the cafeteria to use for student meals.  


    Free/Reduced Cost Meal Program - San Diego Unified School District participates in the National School Meal Programs.  As these are federally subsidized programs, your child may be eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals.  The online application is located here.  Paper applications are sent home on the first day of school and are available in the front office.  Families may apply at any time during the school year, especially if their economic situation changes mid-year.



    Cost: $1.25 or free if student is part of the Free/Reduced Meal Program

    Served: 7:00-7:10 AM

    Location: Cafeteria windows and breakfast kiosk located by 200 building




    Cost: $3.00 or free if student is part of the Free/Reduced Meal Program.  In addtion to the full meal, there are other food options available.

    Served: 30 minutes either during 1st lunch (10:31-11:01 AM) or 2nd lunch (11:29 - 11:59 AM)

    Location: Cafeteria window and lunch kiosks located in the lunch court



    For additonal information and details about the food and nutrition our school and the district offers, please visit the San Diego Unified Food and Nutrition Services webpage