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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

24 February 2020

  • New Phone System

    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.

  • We Are Proud To Be A 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

  • How Does the School Lunch Help Families

    Food and Nutrition Services is committed to providing healthy school meals and snacks to the students of San Diego Unified in order to support student academic success and promote healthful eating habits that lead to lifelong positive nutrition practices.  Four reasons the school lunch helps families are:

    1. Provides a balanced meal: It meets one third of the nutrition needs of most children for the day.

    2. Helps kids understand where food comes from: Farm to school programs are in 42% of schools which increase kids access to locally produced foods and learning activities.

    3. Saves time: If you spend 10 minutes a day packing a lunch, that adds up to 30 hours each school year.

    4. Supports learning at school: Research shows that healthier eating patterns have better academic performance.

    Did you know that breakfast is also available starting at 7:00 AM?  Check out the menu options here.

  • Looking for Donations for Taste of MM Baskets

    This year, the Challenger PTO will be collecting donations to create a basket/s for the Taste of Mira Mesa to be auctioned off.  The money received from the basket/s will go back to support Challenger.  Our basket/s theme will be Family Fun Time.  We are looking for donations of new items like board games, movie tickets, gift cards to restaurants, beach toys, outdoor game sets or ANYTHING that you feel is a fun family activity.  Starting on Monday Feb 24th – March 9th, there will be a box in the Challenger front office where you can place your donations.  Thank you in advance for your support to Challenger and the PTO.  If you have any questions, feel free to email  We appreciate your support!

  • Tickets On Sale For Taste of Mira Mesa

    The Mira Mesa High School Foundation is hosting their annual Taste of Mira Mesa on Saturday, March 21, 2020.  When purchasing tickets, please indicate Challenger is your school so that we will receive credit ($10/ticket).  Guests will sample food from various local restaurants, as welllas enjoy a Silent Auction for many baskets full of items such as movie and theater tickets, spa treatments, and sports memorabilia.  For more details, please visit their webpage.

    Taste of Mira Mesa
    Date: Saturday, March 21, 2020
    Time: 5-9 PM
    Location: Veloce Motors The Vault, 9340 Dowdy Dr #102, San Diego, CA 92126
    Advanced Ticket Purchase:$35 through March 16
    Ticket at the Door: $40