Challenge School

Public, Magnet PK, KG-8

 9659 East Mississippi Avenue
       Denver, CO  80231-2401


 (720) 747-2100

District: Cherry Creek School District No. 5

SchoolDigger Rank:
5th of 924 Colorado Elementary Schools


Student/teacher ratio:  17.8
Number of students:  534

Racial breakdown:
White:
46.4%
Asian:
22.8%
Hispanic:
12.2%
Free/discounted lunch recipients:  9.0%

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We updated the 2016-17 rankings and test scores for this school on Thursday, August 17, 2017.


Performance Trends
Compare Details In 2017, Challenge School ranked better than 99.5% of elementary schools in Colorado. It also ranked first among 43 ranked elementary schools in the Cherry Creek School District No. 5! (See more...)
Compare Details In 2017 the calculated Average Standard Score was 99.06. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2017, Challenge School ranked better than 99.3% of middle schools in Colorado. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2017 the calculated Average Standard Score was 99.63. (See more...)
Student Body
Compare Details Student population at Challenge School is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (46.4%), Asian (22.8%), Hispanic (12.2%). (See more...)
Compare Details 9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Challenge School is 17.8, which is the 19th best among 43 elementary schools in the Cherry Creek School District No. 5. (See more...)
Compare Challenge School employs 30 full-time teachers.
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Schooldigger 2017 Rankings:

Challenge School:

SchoolDigger ranks Challenge School 5th of 924 Colorado public elementary schools. (See Challenge School in the ranking list.)
SchoolDigger ranks Challenge School 3rd of 415 Colorado public middle schools. (See Challenge School in the ranking list.)

Cherry Creek School District No. 5:

SchoolDigger ranks Cherry Creek School District No. 5 16th of 109 Colorado school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Challenge School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 96.78 2nd 803 99.8%
2005 96.16 2nd 818 99.8%
2006 96.30 2nd 824 99.8%
2007 96.78 1st 848 99.9%
2008 96.61 2nd 846 99.8%
2009 96.50 1st 870 99.9%
2010 96.74 1st 918 99.9%
2011 96.48 1st 928 99.9%
2012 96.75 2nd 929 99.8%
2013 97.05 1st 948 99.9%
2014 97.18 2nd 956 99.8%
2015 99.77 2nd 936 99.8%
2016 99.45 5th 905 99.4%
2017 99.06 5th 924 99.5%

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

Rank History for Challenge School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 98.00 1st 338 99.7%
2005 97.85 1st 342 99.7%
2006 97.82 1st 349 99.7%
2007 97.67 1st 367 99.7%
2008 97.79 1st 369 99.7%
2009 97.57 1st 385 99.7%
2010 97.28 3rd 418 99.3%
2011 97.16 2nd 433 99.5%
2012 97.37 1st 435 99.8%
2013 97.80 1st 464 99.8%
2014 98.07 1st 469 99.8%
2015 99.79 1st 435 99.8%
2016 99.81 1st 391 99.7%
2017 99.63 3rd 415 99.3%

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

Challenge School Test Scores
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All ratings (Avg rating: 3.4)
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by a parent
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Open Quote Challenge was a great school when my daughters began attending. However, since the new principle has taken over the staff diversity has gone to none and the IB program no longer exists. The kids of color are judged and disciplined for tying their shoe in the hallway while Caucasian children with money are allowed to use the discriminatory "N" word as an every day casual greeting. Close Quote


by a parent
Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Open Quote Extremely disappointed. My child was fairly accepted into this school only to be told two months later into the school year that she was not advanced enough. Then I was threatened that my child could possibly not return the following school year. I moved our whole life out here based on my child's acceptance then was told this. Academics are great but leadership is a joke. Apply at your own risk! Close Quote


by a parent
Saturday, August 22, 2015

Open Quote Our Kid is going to this school from last 4 years and we could not be more happier than how we are regarding our kids future. We feel, all kids in this school are in safe hand. The curriculum is excellent for all graders. Teachers are highly qualified and very enthusiastic. Most of the parents are responsible. One thing, if someone thinks the school as a baby sitting place, then definitely this is not a place for them.Close Quote Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, February 27, 2012

Open Quote we just switched our fifth grader over to Challenge this year and could not be any happier. The environment is warm and cozy but the kids are challenged and expected to perform. It is amazing what the school is able to accomplish without too much pressure on the kids. This is what education should be. My other two children attend other Cherry Creek schools and it is very frustrating that more of the traditional schools don't look to Challenge. Obviously, a traditional school can not adopt the Challenge program in toto, but there are certain elements that could greatly impact a traditional school. Close Quote


by a student
Sunday, December 4, 2011

Open Quote I am a student at the Challenge school, and I have been for nine years. I have spent about 60% of my life at this school, and it has impacted me so much! The environment is cozy and friendly, the other kids are awesome, the teachers are intelligent and funny, and the academics are challenging but also interesting. Challenge is like a second home to me, and I cannot recommend it more for any child who loves to learn. Close Quote


Enrollment information for Challenge School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1995 240 13 19 7 2 n/a n/a 0 281
1996 240 13 19 7 2 n/a n/a 0 281
1997 252 16 27 6 1 n/a n/a 0 302
1998 351 20 38 9 0 n/a n/a 0 418
1999 390 20 45 9 0 n/a n/a 0 464
2000 380 20 41 11 3 n/a n/a 0 455
2001 399 19 38 7 3 n/a n/a 0 466
2002 403 23 61 13 0 n/a n/a 0 500
2003 403 23 61 13 0 n/a n/a 0 500
2004 429 27 66 11 0 n/a n/a 0 533
2005 419 25 70 12 0 n/a n/a 0 526
2006 408 27 88 15 0 n/a n/a 0 538
2007 392 29 96 17 0 n/a n/a 0 534
2008 370 33 109 22 0 n/a n/a 0 534
2009 361 39 104 31 1 n/a n/a 0 536
2010 351 36 118 31 2 n/a n/a 0 538
2011 285 38 111 64 1 2 34 0 535
2012 278 38 114 66 1 2 35 0 534
2013 274 38 113 69 1 2 39 0 536
2014 258 40 122 69 1 2 41 0 533
2015 249 43 126 67 1 1 46 0 533
2016 248 48 122 65 1 1 49 0 534

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 Challenge School

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1995 281 14.8 19.0 3.6
1996 281 14.8 19.0 3.6
1997 302 15.9 19.0 1.3
1998 418 22.4 18.7 0.5
1999 464 28.9 16.1 0.6
2000 455 28.0 16.3 1.8
2001 466 27.9 16.7 2.1
2002 500 27.9 17.9 1.6
2003 500 27.9 17.9 1.6
2004 533 31.5 16.9 1.3
2005 526 32.1 16.4 1.3
2006 538 32.0 16.8 1.5
2007 534 31.5 17.0 1.9
2008 534 30.9 17.3 1.9
2009 536 30.5 17.6 1.9
2010 538 30.5 17.6 3.5
2011 535 29.9 17.8 4.5
2012 534 29.3 18.1 3.6
2013 536 29.9 17.8 5.2
2014 533 29.8 17.8 4.9
2015 533 29.0 18.3 8.4
2016 534 30.0 17.8 9.0

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 Challenge School

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1995 281 14.8 19.0 3.6
1996 281 14.8 19.0 3.6
1997 302 15.9 19.0 1.3
1998 418 22.4 18.7 0.5
1999 464 28.9 16.1 0.6
2000 455 28.0 16.3 1.8
2001 466 27.9 16.7 2.1
2002 500 27.9 17.9 1.6
2003 500 27.9 17.9 1.6
2004 533 31.5 16.9 1.3
2005 526 32.1 16.4 1.3
2006 538 32.0 16.8 1.5
2007 534 31.5 17.0 1.9
2008 534 30.9 17.3 1.9
2009 536 30.5 17.6 1.9
2010 538 30.5 17.6 3.5
2011 535 29.9 17.8 4.5
2012 534 29.3 18.1 3.6
2013 536 29.9 17.8 5.2
2014 533 29.8 17.8 4.9
2015 533 29.0 18.3 8.4
2016 534 30.0 17.8 9.0

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.




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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Colorado Department of Education.

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