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From the Principal

We are proud to announce our partnership with TechSmart Kids! As the first TechSmart Kids school in Arizona, we are leading the way to add value to, not replace, other important content by integrating computer science coding instruction directly into our content-rich Core Knowledge® curriculum that our kids already love and that is proven successfull!

Learn more about this unique opportunity here....

This partnership takes math instruction to the next level as well as problem solving, logic, sequencing/order of operations, and computer science! 

“It’s been shown that learning to code can help you do better in other subjects that you’re studying or learning. Within programming, you learn how to break down a problem into individual steps and to use a language that the computer understands to logically create a working program.”       -

The CCS Team has worked diligently this summer to integrate this additional coding instruction and skill development and 11 CCS Educators have become Certified Coding Instructors with an intensive training program. 

We have devoted significant time and consideration to the research behind coding instruction benefits and to finding just the right fit and best available program to align with the school’s consistent mission and emphasis in science and technology integrated with the content-rich Core Knowledge® curriculum. Mrs. Dismukes has already been incorporating these concepts and this will take to the next level and is SO FUN!

Stay tuned for continued and frequent communication about the TechSmart Kids implementation at CCS. We can’t wait to see our Eagles soon and we know they are UP to the TechSmart Kids CHALLENGE!

Challenge Charter School has won the 2017 Honeywell Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge! 

Congratulations to the Challenge Charter School Team of Champions!

Team R.A.C.E: the Rapidly Ascending Cosmic Eagles: Ruth Cox, Ada Stanley, Catherine Taylor, Emily Taylor, and Coach Amanda Dismukes.

These four dynamic and dedicated Challenge Charter School 6th grade girls proved that they are UP TO THE CHALLENGE in this rigorous Space RACE!

Team R.A.C.E worked tirelessly doing research to prepare for the challenging mission: to “create a scale model and written report about an International Logistics Mission to colonize Phobos, a moon of Mars. The primary purpose of this mission is to develop a plan to establish a sustainable base on Phobos with minimal support from Earth. A secondary mission of the base is to develop an infrastructure to support Command, Control, and Communications (C3) for robotics and humans on Mars. The base must be able to support a crew of 24 people within 10 years supported by nine launches per year from Earth.”

Finalists prepared a ten minute oral presentation to be delivered to a tough panel of judges on Saturday February 25th at the National Bank of Arizona Conference Center. Following their presentation, R.A.C.E. shone during a judging Q & A session.

While the judges deliberated, the teams enjoyed learning from a real astronaut, Ed Gibson. When someone in the audience asked Ed what the Earth looked like on the way to the moon, he said it was “Familiar, yet more grand and more beautiful.”  

Later the judges said they stood out for their “teamwork and energy” & “knowing their stuff!”  Judges also told the girls that everyone has “butterflies” when they present in public and commended them that their “butterflies flew in formation.”

R.A.C.E. has made us all so very proud and won on all expenses paid trip to the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville Alabama. They are going to Space Camp! They will also be making an on field appearance at the 2017-2018 Fiesta Bowl.

Their perseverance, teamwork, and talent are an inspiration to us all. We appreciate the support, help, and collaboration of their families, their Coach, Mrs. Amanda Dismukes the CCS Technology Teacher, Ms. Meghan Sheehan, the 6th Grade Coordinator, and CCS Alumni Patrick Kontz.

Congratulations Team R.A.C.E! Thank you to the Fiesta Bowl, Honeywell, National Bank of Arizona, Astronaut Ed Gibson, the ASU Polytechnic Campus, Mesa, and all of our community partners.

CCS has been rated the 4th best elementary school in Arizona on Niche K12:

Challenge also ranks in the top 1% of ALL schools as 25th on the SchoolDigger site:

Upcoming Events


Friday, February 23rd - Math, Music & Movement Night 6-8pm
                                            KG & Before & After Payments due 

Friday March 2nd - End of 2nd Trimester, First Friday Dance Party

Wednesday, March 7th - SOM Assembly:
                                               4-6 at 9am
                                                1-3 at 9:45am
                                                KG at 10:30am

Thursday, March 8th - Science Fair 6pm

Friday, March 9th - Grade switch day & report cards go home

Tuesday, March 13th - Lifetouch Spring photo day

Wednesday, March 14th - CCS Gala 6pm to 8pm

Friday, March 16th - Field Day

Week of March 19-23rd - Spring Break, NO SCHOOL

March 27th - March 29th - AzMERRIT testing

Friday, March 30th - Before & After care & KG payment due


Winning the Space R.A.C.E!

Challenge Charter School is proud to announce our partnership with TechSmart Kids!

As Arizona's FIRST TechSmart Kids School we are integrating the Global Language of Computer Science Coding directly into our content-rich Core Knowledge® curriculum.

Learn more about this unique opportunity here....

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