• Applications are now available on our website. Please click the link Our School to locate the application and all of the forms that are to be filled out for completion.


    The Timeline for Applications is as follows:

    All Application Checklist Items are Due: February 15th by 4:00p.m.

    Letter Mailed to Home of Prospective Student: March 15th

    Mandatory Meeting for Accepted Students and One Parent/Guardian: May date TBD at 6:00 p.m. at the CVCC Tarlton Complex Gymnasium.

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  • The Lady Firebirds game against North Hills in Salisbury will start at 6:00pm instead of 5:00.

    Please be aware of this time change!

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  • Challenger Girls and Boys Basketball Conference Tournament games will be on Thursday, February 18 at Piedmont Charter in Gastonia. The girl's game will begin at 5:30, boys will follow afterwards.

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  • Challenger's Mandatory Spring Sports Meeting is Thursday, February 4 @ 6:00pm in the Auditorium. If you are planning on playing a spring sport you and a parent MUST attend this meeting. 

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CHALLENGER Recruitment Video

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Coaches vs. Cancer 2016

  • The Coaches vs. Cancer program empowers coaches, their teams, and communities to join the fight against cancer by participating in awareness efforts, advocacy programs, and fundraising activities. Guided by the Coaches vs. Cancer Council, participating coaches help people with cancer today and to find cures to end the disease tomorrow, and have raised more than $87 million to help the American Cancer Society’s mission.

    Dr. Benfield was duct taped to the wall for "STICK IT TO CANCER" along with Jerry Willard, Principal of University Christian School to help raise money for Coaches vs. Cancer.
    The taping was a HUGE SUCCESS!!
    ALL Proceeds go to The American Cancer Society.
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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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