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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


  • Read Across America

    Challenger students shared their joy of reading with students from Hickman Elementary on March 2 when we celebrated reading on Dr. Seuss' birthday.  We had TWO Cat in the Hats visit this year!  Some of Mrs. Martin's 8th grade English students spent a couple of days at Mira Mesa High School working with high schools students to present Dr. Seuss to local elementary students. 



  • New Dates for Campus Tours

    Families who are interested to learn more about Challenger Middle are welcome to join the upcoming campus tours. 

    On Friday, April 13 at 9:30 AM, ASB students will lead a tour group around campus to visit some classrooms.  It will be followed by a question and answer session with the principal, a counselor and the registrar.

    The May 23 tour begins at 4:00 PM at the office with Principal Kate Dominique who will answer questions as she leads the group on a tour of the campus.  As a bonus, visitors are welcome to stay for Challenger's Filipino Culture Night hosted our World Language Department with Mrs. Myrna Ablana.  Students from our Filipino 1-2 and 3-4 class will showcase songs, dances, and skits beginning at 5:00 PM in the auditorium.

    To reserve your space on the tour, please contact Tamra Winchell at or 858-586-7001, extension and indicate the number of spaces you would like to reserve.

  • Spring Open House

    The current Challenger families and the families of our incoming students are invited to attend Challenger's Spring Open House on Thursday, April 26.  Festivities begin at 5:00 PM with a workshop designed to help you and your student transition smoothly to the upcoming school year.  Students from the Jazz Band and other clubs will entertain visitors while they enjoy the free Ice Cream Social beginning at 5:30 PM.  Tour the school's garden and visit classrooms starting at 6:00 PM.  The library is hosting an art show and a Scholastic Book Fair from 5:00-7:00 PM. 

    Yearbooks may also be ordered at the Finance Office.  Please bring cash or a check made out to Challenger Middle School.  We are unable to accept credit cards on site.  If you wish use a credit card, please use the online link for Josten's Yearbooks

    We hope you will join us as we celebrate our students' accomplishments!


  • Rubik's Cube Team Wins Third Place

    The Rubik's Cube Team assembled from Challenger's long-standing Rubik's Cube Club rocked Super STEM Saturday in March at the University of California at San Marcos (UCSM).  They won third place by solving 25 cubes with a time of 2.33 minutes!  Sebastien Roberts took first place for the solo competition.  His time was an mind-blowing 2.6 seconds!  They had a great time competing against schools from all over San Diego County.  We are very proud of this fabulous team.  Thank you to the club sponsor, Mr. deLeon, for donating his time to support this special club!  You can see some of Challenger alumi with this year's Mira Mesa High School team posted below.