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As the first TechSmart Kids school in Arizona, CCS is 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!

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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.”       -

CCS has 11 Certified Coding Instructors that have successfully graduated from  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. 

We can’t wait to see our Eagles soon and we know they are UP to the TechSmart Kids CHALLENGE!

Previous CCS stories and news:

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 

February 21st: Math, Music and Movement Night 6-8pm

February 21st: Before and After Payment due

February 25th: Enrollment Tour 6-8pm

February 27th: Science Fair 6-8pm

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

Friday, March 6th: First Friday Dance Party 8:10am, Grade Switch Day and end of 2nd trimester 

Wednesday, March 11: Lifetouch Spring Photo Day

Friday, March 13th: Field Day and report cards go home

Week of March 16th: Spring Break, NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, March 24th: Enrollment Tour 6-8pm

Friday, March 27th: Before and After Payment due

March 30th, March 31st & April 1st: AzM2 Testing (Grades 3-6)

CCS on Ch12 Arizona Midday

Advanced computer science Python coders by the end of 6th grade?! ...Only at CCS!

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