Challenger Elementary

Summary:

Challenger Elementary is a public elementary school in Issaquah, Washington, serving 423 students in grades K-5. It is part of the highly-ranked Issaquah School District, which is ranked 3rd out of 249 districts in the state and has a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Challenger Elementary consistently ranks among the top elementary schools in Washington, with exceptional academic performance. In the 2022-2023 school year, 75.36% of students were proficient or better in SBAC English Language Arts, compared to the state average of 52.86%, and 73.91% were proficient or better in SBAC Math, compared to the state average of 41.04%. The school's diverse student population, with 36.17% White, 4.02% African American, 15.13% Hispanic, 34.75% Asian, and 9.93% two or more races, is a key differentiating factor compared to nearby high-performing schools like Creekside Elementary, Discovery Elementary, Cascade Ridge Elementary, and Endeavour Elementary, which tend to have higher concentrations of Asian and White students.

Challenger Elementary's strong academic performance is further highlighted by its relatively low percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, at 18.91% in the 2022-2023 school year, suggesting a more affluent student population. However, the school's exceptional results still outperform the state average, even when compared to schools with similar socioeconomic profiles. This consistent, high-level academic achievement across all grade levels and subject areas is a testament to the school's robust educational program and the dedication of its teachers and staff.


Detail:

Public K-5

 25200 SE Klahanie Blvd
       Issaquah, WA  98029-5763


(425) 837-7550

District: Issaquah School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
104th of 1,169 Washington Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $17,349 Help


Students who attend Challenger Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Beaver Lake Middle School
High:    Skyline High School

Student/teacher ratio:  14.4 Help
Number of students:  423

Racial breakdown:

White:
36.2%
Asian:
34.8%
Hispanic:
15.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  18.9% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Challenger Elementary ranks better than 91.1% of elementary schools in Washington. It also ranks 11th among 16 ranked elementary schools in the Issaquah School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 90.6. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Challenger Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (36.2%), Asian (34.8%), Hispanic (15.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 18.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Challenger Elementary is 14.4, which is the 3rd best among 16 elementary schools in the Issaquah School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Challenger Elementary is $17,349, which is the 3rd highest among 16 elementary schools in the Issaquah School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Challenger Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Challenger Elementary 104th of 1169 Washington public elementary schools. (See Challenger Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Issaquah School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Issaquah School District 3rd of 249 Washington school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Challenger Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Challenger Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 92.38 44th 1026 95.7%
2005 90.85 51st 1031 95.1%
2006 88.51 74th 1051 93.0%
2007 80.53 146th 1069 86.3%
2008 89.50 62nd 1067 94.2%
2009 86.85 82nd 1072 92.4%
2010 87.56 87th 1088 92.0%
2011 84.64 116th 1092 89.4%
2012 88.31 70th 1097 93.6%
2013 83.69 123rd 1106 88.9%
2015 92.26 58th 1067 94.6%
2016 83.23 159th 1053 84.9%
2017 83.11 155th 1056 85.3%
2018 86.15 122nd 1054 88.4%
2019 80.24 206th 1130 81.8%
2021 93.77 69th 1107 93.8%
2022 93.33 68th 1169 94.2%
2023 90.60 104th 1169 91.1%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Challenger Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 88.16 9th 128 93.0%
2022 81.19 40th 252 84.1%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Challenger Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 54.95 366th 835 56.2%
2019 27.78 782nd 979 20.1%
2022 58.81 349th 1019 65.8%
2023 62.99 311th 1013 69.3%
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Rank History for Female students at Challenger Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 89.66 73rd 1004 92.7%
2019 85.08 129th 1068 87.9%
2021 91.52 75th 1008 92.6%
2022 92.13 74th 1100 93.3%
2023 90.95 77th 1094 93.0%
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Rank History for Male students at Challenger Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 81.04 170th 999 83.0%
2019 73.20 275th 1075 74.4%
2021 94.62 60th 1025 94.1%
2022 93.71 58th 1113 94.8%
2023 89.44 106th 1099 90.4%
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Rank History for Asian students at Challenger Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 75.84 46th 169 72.8%
2019 79.71 34th 201 83.1%
2022 82.16 30th 187 84.0%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Challenger Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 57.86 201st 540 62.8%
2022 96.85 8th 694 98.8%
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Rank History for White students at Challenger Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 69.67 310th 1027 69.8%
2021 86.93 100th 943 89.4%
2022 84.24 129th 1031 87.5%
2023 82.27 152nd 1011 85.0%
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Data source: test scores: Washington Office of Superindentent of Public Instruction, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Data source: Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Enrollment information for Challenger Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 575 3 19 4 2 n/a n/a 0 603
1990 617 2 35 7 2 n/a n/a 0 663
1991 765 4 54 7 1 n/a n/a 0 831
1992 522 2 39 9 2 n/a n/a 0 574
1993 580 6 60 10 3 n/a n/a 0 659
1994 630 9 64 7 1 n/a n/a 0 711
1995 656 9 82 6 0 n/a n/a 0 753
1996 656 9 82 6 0 n/a n/a 0 753
1997 579 13 82 11 0 n/a n/a 0 685
1998 601 8 92 15 0 n/a n/a 0 716
1999 551 7 100 12 0 n/a n/a 0 670
2000 572 5 117 22 4 n/a n/a 0 720
2001 572 5 119 20 2 n/a n/a 0 718
2002 448 10 104 15 2 n/a n/a 0 579
2003 448 10 104 15 2 n/a n/a 0 579
2004 415 14 119 19 6 n/a n/a 0 573
2005 364 15 159 21 4 n/a n/a 0 563
2006 433 20 172 40 7 n/a n/a 0 672
2007 375 20 177 35 7 n/a n/a 2 616
2008 360 14 191 33 7 n/a n/a 2 607
2009 333 13 196 30 7 n/a n/a 2 581
2010 349 8 222 35 6 n/a n/a 4 624
2011 268 4 166 35 4 6 16 0 499
2012 272 3 155 31 1 6 20 0 488
2013 277 5 162 43 2 4 28 0 521
2014 290 4 170 42 1 3 45 0 555
2015 308 4 184 48 0 3 58 0 605
2016 295 6 170 54 0 2 57 0 584
2017 279 4 183 52 0 0 58 0 576
2018 269 4 211 65 0 0 70 0 619
2019 256 5 177 64 0 0 56 0 558
2020 254 8 215 56 0 1 56 0 590
2021 184 10 213 60 0 0 45 0 512
2022 174 7 153 52 0 0 48 0 434
2023 153 17 147 64 0 0 42 0 423

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 Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 603 27.0 22.3 n/a
1990 663 29.0 22.8 0
1991 831 39.9 20.8 n/a
1992 574 29.7 19.3 n/a
1993 659 28.6 23.0 n/a
1994 711 33.2 21.4 n/a
1995 753 34.3 22.0 n/a
1996 753 34.3 22.0 n/a
1997 685 32.8 20.9 n/a
1998 716 33.0 21.7 n/a
1999 670 32.4 20.7 n/a
2000 720 34.5 20.9 n/a
2001 718 34.1 21.1 n/a
2002 579 32.5 17.8 2.8
2003 579 32.5 17.8 2.8
2004 573 31.0 18.5 4
2005 563 30.7 18.3 5.9
2006 672 30.4 22.1 6.1
2007 616 33.9 18.2 4.7
2008 607 32.1 18.9 5.6
2009 581 32.1 18.1 3.8
2010 624 33.2 18.7 4.4
2011 499 27.5 18.1 6.8
2012 488 26.2 18.6 5.7
2013 521 27.4 19.0 4.8
2014 555 n/a n/a 4.7
2015 605 35.0 17.2 4.8
2016 584 33.0 17.6 4.8
2017 576 33.9 16.9 5
2018 619 36.2 17.0 6.3
2019 558 37.3 14.9 7.9
2020 590 38.1 15.4 7.1
2021 512 39.4 12.9 7.4
2022 434 31.6 13.7 11.8
2023 423 29.3 14.4 18.9

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

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Challenger Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 603 27.0 22.3 n/a
1990 663 29.0 22.8 0
1991 831 39.9 20.8 n/a
1992 574 29.7 19.3 n/a
1993 659 28.6 23.0 n/a
1994 711 33.2 21.4 n/a
1995 753 34.3 22.0 n/a
1996 753 34.3 22.0 n/a
1997 685 32.8 20.9 n/a
1998 716 33.0 21.7 n/a
1999 670 32.4 20.7 n/a
2000 720 34.5 20.9 n/a
2001 718 34.1 21.1 n/a
2002 579 32.5 17.8 2.8
2003 579 32.5 17.8 2.8
2004 573 31.0 18.5 4
2005 563 30.7 18.3 5.9
2006 672 30.4 22.1 6.1
2007 616 33.9 18.2 4.7
2008 607 32.1 18.9 5.6
2009 581 32.1 18.1 3.8
2010 624 33.2 18.7 4.4
2011 499 27.5 18.1 6.8
2012 488 26.2 18.6 5.7
2013 521 27.4 19.0 4.8
2014 555 n/a n/a 4.7
2015 605 35.0 17.2 4.8
2016 584 33.0 17.6 4.8
2017 576 33.9 16.9 5
2018 619 36.2 17.0 6.3
2019 558 37.3 14.9 7.9
2020 590 38.1 15.4 7.1
2021 512 39.4 12.9 7.4
2022 434 31.6 13.7 11.8
2023 423 29.3 14.4 18.9

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.

Kindergarten Immunization Rates

Challenger Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPersonal ExemptionPolioDiphtheriaHepatitis BVaricellaMMRPertussisMeaslesMumpsRubellaTetanus
201696.2%0.0%1.3%0.6%98.7%98.7%96.8%97.4%97.4%98.7%
201795.9%0.0%0.7%0.7%2.7%98.0%98.0%98.6%97.3%98.0%98.0%
201896.4%0.0%0.0%0.0%3.0%97.0%98.2%98.2%98.2%98.2%98.2%
201994.7%0.0%0.0%1.5%3.1%97.7%96.2%97.0%97.0%97.0%96.2%
202094.0%0.6%0.0%0.6%4.2%97.0%97.0%96.4%97.0%97.0%98.8%98.8%98.8%97.0%
202198.4%0.0%0.0%0.8%0.0%98.4%99.2%99.2%99.2%99.2%99.2%99.2%99.2%99.2%
2022100.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%
202390.6%1.6%0.0%3.1%4.7%90.6%92.2%95.3%93.8%92.2%96.9%96.9%96.9%92.2%

Data source: Washington State Department of Health

Immunization Rates (Entire school)

Challenger Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionPersonal ExemptionPolioDiphtheriaHepatitis BVaricellaMMRPertussis
201995.2%0.0%1.3%2.7%97.7%98.2%97.9%97.2%98.0%98.2%

Data source: Washington State Department of Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Challenger Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $129 (0.9%) $14,745 (99.1%) $14,875
2020 $174 (15.7%) $931 (84.3%) $1,105
2021 $485 (3.1%) $15,340 (96.9%) $15,825
2022 $1,356 (7.8%) $15,993 (92.2%) $17,349

Data source: Washington Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Challenger Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 206th of 1130 Elementary schoolsRanks 104th of 1169 Elementary schools
 9.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Challenger Elementary)54.467.6
 13.2%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Issaquah School District)75.876.6
 0.8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Washington)56.348.9
 7.4%
3rd Grade Math (Challenger Elementary)69.676
 6.4%
   3rd Grade Math (Issaquah School District)81.679.7
 1.9%
   3rd Grade Math (Washington)5951.6
 7.4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Challenger Elementary)79.870.5
 9.3%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Issaquah School District)78.378
 0.3%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Washington)57.750.1
 7.6%
4th Grade Math (Challenger Elementary)67.867.2
 0.6%
   4th Grade Math (Issaquah School District)78.679.3
 0.8%
   4th Grade Math (Washington)54.949.4
 5.5%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Challenger Elementary)8087.5
 7.5%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Issaquah School District)82.782.1
 0.5%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Washington)61.353.8
 7.6%
5th Grade Math (Challenger Elementary)73.777.5
 3.8%
   5th Grade Math (Issaquah School District)76.777.1
 0.4%
   5th Grade Math (Washington)49.142
 7.1%
5th Grade Science (Challenger Elementary)80.381.7
 1.4%
   5th Grade Science (Issaquah School District)78.380.5
 2.1%
   5th Grade Science (Washington)54.152.3
 1.8%
All Grades English Language Arts (Challenger Elementary)70.775.4
 4.7%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Issaquah School District)81.378.7
 2.6%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Washington)6152.9
 8.1%
All Grades Math (Challenger Elementary)70.273.9
 3.8%
   All Grades Math (Issaquah School District)77.272.6
 4.7%
   All Grades Math (Washington)50.141
 9%
All Grades Science (Challenger Elementary)80.381.7
 1.4%
   All Grades Science (Issaquah School District)79.577.8
 1.7%
   All Grades Science (Washington)52.748.8
 4%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students558423
 24.2%
African American517
 240%
American Indian00
Asian177147
 16.9%
Hispanic6464
Pacific Islander00
White256153
 40.2%
Two or More Races5642
 25%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients7.9%18.9%
 11%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Challenger Elementary

Yes. Challenger Elementary ranks in the top 8.9% of Washington elementary schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 423 students attended Challenger Elementary.

Students at Challenger Elementary are 36% White, 35% Asian, 15% Hispanic, 10% Two or more races, 4% African American.

Students who attend Challenger Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Beaver Lake Middle School
High : Skyline High School


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Washington State Department of Health and the Washington Office of Superindentent of Public Instruction.

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