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As a community we work to develop and nurture:

Life-long learners
A love of learning
The pursuit of personal excellence
Responsible citizens of good character
A safe environment
A community that embraces diversity


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Challenger Middle School
10810 Parkdale Avenue
San Diego, CA 92126

(858) 586-7001 Phone
(858) 271-520 Fax

The Parent Orientation Meeting on January 11 will help parents understand the process and how to prioritize elective courses for their student.  We hope that all of our incoming 6th grade parents will join us on Wednesday, January 11 at 6:00 PM in Challenger's auditorium.  Students are also welcome to attend. 

Join the party!  Bring the whole family!  Volunteers from the San Diego Astronomy Association will bring their amazing telescopes to Challenger's Shuttle Court on Tuesday, January 17 to view the wonders of the night sky.  They love to share their knowledge and spark the imaginations of young people.  Challenger will be serving hot chocolate and hot cider.  We will begin viewing at 5:30 PM and hope the sky is clear through 7:30 PM.  Please do not bring any flashlights as the light affects the telescopes and people's ability to view the sky. 

The event will take place weather permitting.  If there is cloud cover, the event will be canceled.

View the Night Sky Through Telescopes at the Challenger Star Party
Monday, March 7 from 6:30-8:30 PM - Weather Permitting

Challenger is hosting a Star Party with the members of the San Diego Astronomy Association in the Shuttle Court. They bring their own telescopes so we can see Mars, Venus, Jupiter and all kinds of wonderful sights in the sky. Free hot chocolate or cider will be available. We hope for clear skies and to see many families from the Mira Mesa community in attendance!

This special event is great for parents of incoming 5th grade students and any parent who wishes to know more about the school.

  • Find out about the articulation process and timeline
  • Hear presentations about student courses, activities, and special programs
  • Participate in the question/answer session
  • Assistance with Spanish translation will be available.

    Challenger's Auditorium
    10810 Parkdale Ave
    San Diego, CA 92126

You are invited to a Challenger Middle School Campus Tours

Join Dr. Divya Kakaiya as she facilitates interactive discussions on cyberbullying, the digital divide, the impact of social media on the teen brain, attachment parenting, bully-proofing your child, parenting skills and strategies, and how to raise a sustainable digital family! More information

Date: Wednesday, October 7
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Location: Challenger Middle School Auditorium

rubic cube winners On March 14, Super Stem Saturday, Mira Mesa students had the fastest hands and brains in the county! Challenger's Rubik's Cube Club won first place and Mira Mesa High School's club won second place. Challenger students took first and second place in the solo category. The first place soloist was Norman Ta and the second place soloist was Sushanth Byru. We are so very impressed with your skills! Congratulations to you all. For more information, click here.

Congratulations to the Challenger MESA winners. This year’s MESA Day Competition at San Diego State University (SDSU) had 13 middle schools competing against each other in 9 different categories - Solo Math, Team Math, Prosthetic Arm, Mousetrap Car, EggXpress, Speak Up, Gliders, Stick Together, and Model Science - Gastrointestinal Physiology.


Challenger Middle School and the San Diego Astronomer’s Association Welcomes Mira Mesa Families to a Star Party

Challenger Middle School
10810 Parkdale Ave, San Diego, CA 92126

Monday, February 9, 2015
6:00-8:00 PM – or until the sky clouds up

  • Weather permitting. Cloud cover = cancellation
  • Free Hot Cocoa or Hot Cider
  • No flashlights, please
  • View Venus, Mars, Jupiter, the Moon, the Orion Nebula, and other celestial bodies through telescopes set up by SDAA club members.

Challenger Middle School science teacher Danny Cook takes his classes on a virtual field trip with a real-life California State Park’s ranger. Students get to have a conversation, ask questions, and taking a tour in real-time! More information click here

Campus Tours are open to Interested Students and Parents
Please RSVP to reserve your space for one of these dates:
November 21
December 10
January 8

Parents and students interested in enrolling at Challenger for the 2015-2016 school year are welcome join us on one of the following dates from 8:30-9:30 AM to tour the school. You will have a chance to meet the principal, a counselor, and registrar, tour the school led by some of our ASB student leaders, and have an opportunity to ask questions.

Raising Resilient Teens in our Digital World
By Dr. Divya Kakaiya

Dr. Kakaiya will facilitate interactive discussions on cyberbullying, the digital divide, the impact of social media on the teen brain, attachment parenting, bully-proofing your child, parenting skills and strategies, and how to raise a sustainable digital family. Check the Flyer for more details.

October 8th at 6 PM in the Challenger Auditorium. All Mira Mesa parents are welcome. You do not need to have a child at Challenger to attend. You do not need to RSVP. Provided by the Challenger PTSA


Challenger MS News

  • Challenger Campus Tours

    Challenger will host four campus tours this year primarily directed toward parents who are interested in enrolling their student at Challenger for the 2018-2019 school year.  Students are welcome to accompany their parent.  The tour will begin with a brief introduction to the campus and key staff personnel and continue with our students from our ASB student leadership course guiding the way.  While on the tour of the campus, visitors will get a chance to visit 2-3 classrooms and ask questions which our ASB students will answer from a student perspective.  The tour finishes with a question/answer session with staff members. 

    Please contact our counseling secretary, Tamra Winchell at or 858-586-7001, extension 2219 to reserve your space on one of the tours.  Please include the number of people that will be in your group.  Spanish speakers can contact Maria Yap at or 858-586-7001, extension 2216. 


    7:30-8:30 AM

    Campus Tour Dates

    Wednesday, October 11

    Thursday, October 19

    Friday, November 3

    Thursday, November 9

    Challenger Campus Tour Flyer


  • Back to School Night 2018
    Thank you for attending Back to School Night!
  • Finance Office Partial Closure, October 2-16

    The finance office will be closed October 2-16.  For some items, we made alternative arrangements and others will have to wait until the finance office reopens.

    PE Clothes and Locks: See Ms. Winchell in the counseling center for purchasing PE clothes and locks.

    Yearbooks: If you would like to order a yearbook at the school, please wait until the finance office is open.  The price of the yearbook does not increase until November 30.  Alternatively, parents can purchase online through the Challenger website at any time.

    Challenger Spiritwear: Pre-orders are due by Friday, September 21st, and orders will be placed the week of September 24th. The order will not arrive at our campus from the printing company until late October/early November.  The order form states that it can take up to 4 weeks to be delivered.  Any leftover spiritwear will be sold on a first come first serve basis after the ordered items have been distributed.

    ID Cards:  Students can pick up a temporary ID card at the library with Mrs. Gandy.  We do not expect the ID card machine to be delivered until after our make-up picture day.

    Book Fines: Book fines can be paid directly to the library with Mrs. Gandy.

    Volunteer Forms: The forms can picked up from Mrs. Verdugo in the front office and will be processed after October 16.

  • Middle Years Newsletter

    The Middle Years newsletter is distrbuted monthly through our Challenger News email blast.  It contains helpful tip for parents whose student is going through not only middle school but the challenges adolescents face as they become young adults. 

    September 2018

  • Holladay Henry, Michelle


    Phone: 858-586-7001

    Location: Room 507

    Year Started at Challenger: 1998-2004, 2018

    Classes: English