ChallengerLogo200Challenger's Vision

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


Bridging the Digital Divide for Adults and Caregivers

The Internet is an amazing place where kids like to spend lots of time socializing and exploring. Unfortunately, they often encounter too much too soon. The San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (SD-ICAC) and the San Diego Police Foundation are providing tools to help families manage their online lives. Learn about Snapchat, Instagram, KiK, Facebook, Ask.FM, Tinder, and more. Parents and guardians are invited to attend this important community event at Challenger Middle School.

Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Time: 6:00-7:15 PM
Who: Adults and caregivers. *No children under 18 
Where: Challenger MS

Visit or view the flyer to learn more.


The San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (SD-ICAC) and the San Diego Police Foundation are providing tools to help families manage their online lives. Learn about Snapchat, Instagram, KiK, Facebook, Ask.FM, Tinder,and more. Parents and guardians are invited to attend this important community event at Challenger Middle School. Visit us at to learn more

DATE: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
TIME: 6:00-7:15 p.m. Presentation
WHERE: Challenger Middle School 10810 Parkdale Ave.
WHO: Adults and caregivers.

Challenger is hosting a Parent Orientation for incoming new students and parents. Parents who are looking at schools for 2014-15 are also welcome to attend.

Tue Jan 28, 2014  6:00-7:00pm

Check the Challenger Website for more information



One of Challenger's vice principals, Mr. Bauer, has been working on the school's emergency plan to ensure the safety of our students and staff in case of natural disaster or any other kind of emergency. Each year staff is trained on emergency procedures, emergency drills are conducted with students, and our safety plan is revised to meet current safety standards. After reassessing the plan, we launched our Safety Project to improve our safety equipment and supplies.

Challenger MS News

02 July 2020

  • SDUSD Coronavirus/COVID-19 New Website
  • 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

  • First Day of School
    Monday, August 31, 2020
  • MM Public Library Information

    Read, Investigate, and Discover this summer and join the Summer Reading Program: “Dig Deeper!” San Diego residents of all ages are encouraged to sign up for this virtual event to dig below the surface and discover something new! Read 10 books or for 10 hours to collect prizes and complete fun at-home activities to earn digital badges. Sign up begins June 1st and the program will last through August 31st. 

    Summer Reading Facebook page:

    Join us in a community reading goal to read 200,000 books by the end of August. If we meet our goal, The San Diego Library Foundation and Intuit will donate $10,000 to support library youth programming. All you need to do is sign up for the Summer Reading Program and log your books and those books will automatically count towards the Read-A-Thon.

    Summer Reading Program Flyer: English    Spanish

    The SD Public Libraries are gradually opening up services at the brick and mortar buildings as restrictions are lifted.  There are many online services and eReading opportunities.  For updated news, please visit their website.