• 2016-2017 Calendar and School Supply List can be found under the "Students and Parents" tab.


    Check out our school store items under the "Students and Parents" tab! 

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    March 25th - Challenger Jr/Sr Prom at Warehouse 18


    April 14th-18th - Late Spring Break


    May 4th - Quartely Parent Meeting 



    April 11th

    May 9th



    As you know we have had several students absent in the past few weeks-in some cases between 10% to 15% at some of our schools. We are aware that this is flu and strep season, and we wanted to inform you of the things we are doing to disinfect our schools.

    • Our custodians and staff are disinfecting desks, knobs, restrooms, etc. each day and night.
    • Schools that have experienced multiple days of a 10% absence rate or higher - the district will be sending additional personnel armed with spray equipment to spray and wipe down surfaces throughout the school.
    • All sprays used are hospital grade disinfectants to kill the germs each day and night.

    Our schools have been encouraging extra hand washing for students and staff as our Blackboard Connect message indicated last week. We also ask that as parents you remind your students to wash their hands several times a day and we ask that you do not send your children to school with a fever. Children need to be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.

    Thank you for helping to keep our schools clean and safe! 

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From the Principal




    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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