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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


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

16 October 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

  • CMS Students Attending Leadership Conference

    Congratulations to four Challenger students, Indra Sai, Mason Westlund, Rylan Federico and Vinh Tong, who have been selected to participate in the upcoming LEAD (Leadership, Ethics, Asprations, & Determination) conference sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of District 5340.  LEAD is a free leadership and personal development program for 8th grade students from schools all over San Diego County.  It's held on a weekend at Cuyamca Outdoor School.  Students will participate in activities that are fun ways to develop communication skills, goals, and positive outlook on life with the guidance of Rotarian leaders.

    LEAD has the following objectives:

        To give young people tools to enable them to make principled decisions
        To encourage and assist young people in becoming responsible and effective servant leaders
        To encourage young people to have high personal dreams and goals to be successful in life
        To publicly recognize the leadership qualities of young people who are rendering service to their communities
        To inform students about Rotary and its many opportunities for service in high school and beyond

  • Fall I Concert
    Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Beginning and Intermediate Orchestras

    Location Name: 
    Challenger MS, Auditorium
    Location Address: 
    Contact Name: 
    Mr. Ted Foster, Instrumental Music Director
    Contact Email:
    Contact Telephone: 
  • Congratulations, Sousa Music Students!

    The John Philip Sousa Foundation sponsors Jr. High (Middle School) Honor Bands in different regions of the U.S.  The members of the John Philip Sousa Executive Board have designed the honor bands to support the work that band students and their directors do throughout the country.  The board felt that high-achieving middle school band students are not always recognized and they wanted to sponsor an event for that grade level. 

    Please congratulate the following Challenger students for their acceptance into the 2019 Sousa Foundation Honor Band!  They were selected from regional teacher nominations, and will rehearse and perform additional challenging music in a concert on Saturday, November 9 at 7:00 PM at Wangenheim Middle School!  This free concert is open to the public.

    Nicholas Kaplan, Oboe
    Callan Barrera, Clarinet
    Sienna Verbon, Clarinet
    Masimo Vallina, Bassoon
    Nate Fabrie, Trumpet
    Lucas Kwan, F Horn
    Bryson Clark, Trombone
    Kyler Nguyen, Euphonium
    Jarod Manuel, Tuba
    Jaymel Santos, Percussion