Challenger Middle School

Public 6-8

 10215 Lexington Drive
       Colorado Springs, CO  80920-2417


(719) 234-3000

District: Academy School District No. 20

SchoolDigger Rank:
47th of 366 Colorado Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $9,972 Help

Student/teacher ratio:  16.0
Number of students:  720

Racial breakdown:

White:
69.6%
Hispanic:
11.7%
Two or more races:
7.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  8.2%

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We updated the 2020-21 rankings and test scores for this school on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.


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Compare Details Challenger Middle School ranks better than 87.2% of middle schools in Colorado. It also ranks 2nd among 6 ranked middle schools in the Academy School District No. 20. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2021 the calculated Average Standard Score was 82.76. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (69.6%), Hispanic (11.7%), two or more races (7.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 8.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Challenger Middle School is 16, which is the 2nd best among 6 middle schools in the Academy School District No. 20. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Challenger Middle School is $9,972, which is the 2nd highest among 6 middle schools in the Academy School District No. 20.
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Schooldigger 2021 Rankings:

Challenger Middle School:

SchoolDigger ranks Challenger Middle School 47th of 366 Colorado public middle schools. (See Challenger Middle School in the ranking list.)

Academy School District No. 20:

SchoolDigger ranks Academy School District No. 20 7th of 83 Colorado school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Challenger Middle School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 84.48 43rd 336 87.2%
2005 85.27 35th 340 89.7%
2006 84.09 46th 346 86.7%
2007 87.27 34th 360 90.6%
2008 82.13 54th 362 85.1%
2009 81.96 54th 377 85.7%
2010 82.49 56th 409 86.3%
2011 80.93 70th 422 83.4%
2012 81.33 64th 425 84.9%
2013 86.11 49th 454 89.2%
2014 89.35 33rd 461 92.8%
2015 94.03 21st 436 95.2%
2016 91.79 22nd 400 94.5%
2017 89.71 34th 424 92.0%
2018 89.84 27th 418 93.5%
2019 87.77 40th 458 91.3%
2021 82.76 47th 366 87.2%

Data source: test scores: Colorado Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Data source: Colorado Department of Education

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by a parent
Monday, October 15, 2018

Open Quote Great school, challenging all kids to work hard and to perform. Engaged administration, teachers and parents! Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, August 14, 2017

Open Quote This school is great. We transferred from the lauded Cherry Creek school district in Denver and were amazed at how much more attentive and structured D20 and Challenger MS were comparatively Close Quote


by a parent
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Open Quote Worst school ever! Unless your child is gifted... Yes, my student with an IEP in Reading, Language Arts and Math. Received an F & D even though they had an IEP in these areas and has a Para. School refuses to listen to what was successful in previous schools. Child had all B's & some A & C's in previous school. There Special Education program stinks!!! Group size services and there is definitely no "individualized" services. Assistant Principal refuses to listen to suggestions and is very condescending. So disappointed with placing my child in this school. Worst decision ever! Close Quote


by a citizen
Friday, January 30, 2015

Open Quote excellent school. Caring administration and teachers. Lots of extra help offered if students need it. Terrific counseling department. Sports, Gifted program, band, choir, all fantastic and available to students. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Challenger Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 1117 21 16 33 4 n/a n/a 0 1191
1989 771 26 13 23 8 n/a n/a 0 841
1990 724 31 14 22 6 n/a n/a 0 797
1991 737 33 18 27 8 n/a n/a 0 823
1992 762 35 15 31 6 n/a n/a 0 849
1993 799 32 20 44 6 n/a n/a 0 901
1994 913 35 24 46 9 n/a n/a 0 1027
1995 1018 39 29 41 16 n/a n/a 0 1143
1996 1018 39 29 41 16 n/a n/a 0 1143
1997 1033 34 32 50 19 n/a n/a 0 1168
1998 538 10 14 9 11 n/a n/a 0 582
1999 599 11 21 25 6 n/a n/a 0 662
2000 590 10 16 29 8 n/a n/a 0 653
2001 641 13 19 25 9 n/a n/a 0 707
2002 690 13 29 35 13 n/a n/a 0 780
2003 690 13 29 35 13 n/a n/a 0 780
2004 710 20 42 34 7 n/a n/a 0 813
2005 706 21 39 46 10 n/a n/a 0 822
2006 649 20 39 48 9 n/a n/a 0 765
2007 585 17 30 53 6 n/a n/a 0 691
2008 498 17 25 41 2 n/a n/a 0 583
2009 530 19 34 50 1 n/a n/a 0 634
2010 543 14 30 48 0 n/a n/a 0 635
2011 548 8 23 83 0 1 28 0 691
2012 586 8 19 75 2 2 28 0 720
2013 549 12 28 87 3 3 36 0 718
2014 584 19 31 82 4 4 42 0 766
2015 600 19 39 87 6 4 55 0 810
2016 636 24 49 83 6 5 53 0 856
2017 654 20 53 85 6 3 58 0 879
2018 655 27 62 103 5 2 59 0 913
2019 647 23 69 98 3 0 69 0 909
2020 501 18 55 84 3 2 57 0 720

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity
For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Challenger Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1191 63.6 18.7 n/a
1989 841 50.5 16.6 2.6
1990 797 51.5 15.4 4.4
1991 823 50.0 16.4 2.7
1992 849 53.0 16.0 3.8
1993 901 53.2 16.9 3.3
1994 1027 52.6 19.5 3.7
1995 1143 65.1 17.6 4.1
1996 1143 65.1 17.6 4.1
1997 1168 68.4 17.1 2.7
1998 582 39.5 14.7 1.9
1999 662 41.4 16.0 1.2
2000 653 38.1 17.1 1.8
2001 707 40.1 17.6 2
2002 780 49.1 15.9 3.3
2003 780 49.1 15.9 3.3
2004 813 46.4 17.5 3
2005 822 46.3 17.8 2.6
2006 765 44.5 17.2 2.9
2007 691 42.5 16.3 2
2008 583 36.0 16.2 3.3
2009 634 37.0 17.1 3.9
2010 635 39.1 16.2 5.8
2011 691 41.0 16.8 8.2
2012 720 43.0 16.7 8.6
2013 718 45.3 15.8 8.5
2014 766 44.9 17.0 8.2
2015 810 46.0 17.6 7.8
2016 856 48.0 17.8 8.2
2017 879 51.0 17.2 7.3
2018 913 52.0 17.5 8.3
2019 909 52.4 17.3 7.2
2020 720 45.0 16.0 8.2

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
For information about the National School Lunch Program, see the USDA Website

Student/Teacher Ratio Challenger Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1191 63.6 18.7 n/a
1989 841 50.5 16.6 2.6
1990 797 51.5 15.4 4.4
1991 823 50.0 16.4 2.7
1992 849 53.0 16.0 3.8
1993 901 53.2 16.9 3.3
1994 1027 52.6 19.5 3.7
1995 1143 65.1 17.6 4.1
1996 1143 65.1 17.6 4.1
1997 1168 68.4 17.1 2.7
1998 582 39.5 14.7 1.9
1999 662 41.4 16.0 1.2
2000 653 38.1 17.1 1.8
2001 707 40.1 17.6 2
2002 780 49.1 15.9 3.3
2003 780 49.1 15.9 3.3
2004 813 46.4 17.5 3
2005 822 46.3 17.8 2.6
2006 765 44.5 17.2 2.9
2007 691 42.5 16.3 2
2008 583 36.0 16.2 3.3
2009 634 37.0 17.1 3.9
2010 635 39.1 16.2 5.8
2011 691 41.0 16.8 8.2
2012 720 43.0 16.7 8.6
2013 718 45.3 15.8 8.5
2014 766 44.9 17.0 8.2
2015 810 46.0 17.6 7.8
2016 856 48.0 17.8 8.2
2017 879 51.0 17.2 7.3
2018 913 52.0 17.5 8.3
2019 909 52.4 17.3 7.2
2020 720 45.0 16.0 8.2

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio
Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Challenger Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $188 (1.9%) $9,786 (98.1%) $9,972

Data source: Colorado Department of Education




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