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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

17 July 2019

  • 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

  • Challenger Campus Tours

    Challenger has scheduled some campus tours this year primarily directed toward parents who are interested in enrolling their student at Challenger for the 2019-2020 school year.  Students are welcome to accompany their parent. 

    Campus Tour

    The morning campus tours 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. 

    Time:8:30-9:30 AM

    Dates:Monday, October 22 or Friday, November 9

    RSVP: 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.


    Campus Tour with the Principal

    This evening tour begins at 5:30 PM in the Shuttle Court with Principal Kate Dominique and a couple of our ASB students.  As a bonus, visitors are welcome to stay for a fall concert featuring Challenger's Symphonic and Concert Bands.  They will be playing with special guests, the Pomerado Community Band. 

    Time: 5:30-6:30 PM

    Date: Wednesday, October 24

    RSVP: 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.


    Fall Concert - Symphonic and Concert Bands with special guests, the Pomerado Community Band

    Time: 7:00-8:30 PM

    Date: Wednesday, October 24

    Cost: Free

    RSVP: No need to reserve a space for this event.


    Campus Tour Flyer

    Mira Mesa School Cluster and Neighborhood Boundaries


  • Measles Global Travel Watch From CDC

    There is currently a Global Travel Notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for measles.

    Measles is still common in other countries. 

    Measles remains a common disease in many parts of the world. Each year around the world, an estimated 10 million people get measles, and about 110,000 of them die from it.

    In the United States, most of the measles cases result from international travel. The disease is brought into the United States by unvaccinated people who get infected in other countries. Typically 2 out of 3 of these unvaccinated travelers are Americans. They can spread measles to other people who are not protected against measles, which sometimes leads to outbreaks.


    Before You Travel - Make sure you and your family are protected against measles. 

    The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from measles is by getting vaccinated. You should plan to be fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks before you depart. If your trip is less than 2 weeks away and you’re not protected against measles, you should still get a dose of MMR vaccine. The measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine protects against all 3 diseases. Two doses of MMR vaccine provide 97% protection against measles; one dose provides 93% protection.


    After You Travel Internationally - Watch for measles.

    Measles is highly contagious and can spread to others through coughing and sneezing. Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected. An infected person can spread measles to others 4 days before the rash even develops.
    Watch your health for 3 weeks after you return. Measles symptoms typically include:
    •    high fever (may spike to more than 104° F)
    •    cough
    •    runny nose (coryza)
    •    red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis)
    •    rash (3-5 days after symptoms begin)
    If you or your child gets sick with a rash and fever, call your doctor. Be sure to tell your doctor that you traveled abroad, and whether you have received MMR vaccine.

    Read all the information from the CDC about measles at this link.

  • EcoSquad Wins $200

    EcoSquad's school garden has produced a total of 9 harvests with 140 pounds of food which was used in school lunches for students or sold during produce sales to the community.  They were one of the top producers in the district and have won $200 from the La Jolla Village Garden Club.  We are so proud of all of our students and staff who have made the garden such a success!