• Congratulations to CHALLENGER’s Soccer team who went 6-5-1

    this season with a conference record of 5-2-1.

    We are very proud of you!

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  • Congratulations to our CHALLENGER Lady Firebirds Volleyball Team for winning their Conference Tournament and for being Co-Champs for the 2015 Volleyball Season.

    We are so proud of you girls!!



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    Congratulations to Challenger's Entrepreneur Club for being a finalist in the Edison Project!

    We are so proud of you guys! 

  • National Beta Club Inductees

    Challenger Early College inducted 45 new members into their chapter of the National Beta Club on Thursday, October 29th. Imelda Navarro, a 2015 graduate of Challenger and a Beta Club alumni spoke to the inductees about being an inspiration to others and getting out in the community to volunteer. She challenged her peers to tutor their classmates and use their skills to help others. The keynote speaker for the induction ceremony was Mr. Austin Pearce, the Executive Director of the Hickory Soup Kitchen





From the Principal

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    Challenger Early College High Schools has opened its doors for the 11th year to a new class of incoming freshman.  Serving 400 students from Alexander and Catawba Counties in partnership with the four school districts, CVCC, NC New Schools, and the NC Department of Public Instruction.  The early college supports project based and inquiry based learning while promising each student exposure to life-ready skills, infusion of the Habits of Mind and 21st Century Skills, adherence to the early college model, access to the Future Ready Core Diploma with the required university admissions courses, and access to earning an associate's degree.  The school is the only early college in the state that offers a comprehensive performing arts program and interscholastic athletics program.  In terms of economic impact, the school has created more than 100 additional local jobs, due to higher graduation rates and greater earning potential for our graduates earning Associate's Degrees, and contributed in excess of a net half-million dollars to local government revenue with our total 419 graduates in our ten years according to the Regional Economic Analysis Laboratory at Clemson University.  For 10 years running, the Firebirds top the state and county in academics, attendance, and graduation rate.  In fact, the most recent data ranks Challenger Early College High School in the top 10 in the state.  Designed around research the school follows the national early college model offering students a personalized environment, powerful teaching and learning in classrooms, and a pervasive ready-for-college culture that creates pathways and opportunities for life in the 21st Century.


"Doing School Differently"

  • Ninety-seven percent of the graduating students of 2015 are expected to earn their Associate Degree which is equivalent to two years of transferable college credit.  All graduates will have a college-ready high school diploma.  Pass rate of college courses: 92%.
    Graduates are promised:
           * Infusion of the Habits of Mind and 21st Century Skills
           * Access to the University-prep Diploma and an Associate                          Degree
           * Exposure to Life-Ready skills
           * Fidelity to the Early College Model
    Students at Challenger Early College complete a minimum of fifty hours of community service and an E-Portfolio that reinforce the tenets of integrity, stewardship, and citizenship. 
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