CHALLENGER K-8 SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND MATH

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13400 ELGIN BLVD
SPRING HILL, FL 34609
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Phone: 352-797-7024
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 10
  • Educational Climate: Below Average
  • Technology Measure: High
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 8th Grade
  • District: Hernando County Public Schools
  • Students/Teacher: 14:1
  • Students/Grade: 175.8
  • Number Students: 1582
  • Number Teachers: 120
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 4436
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Mr Michael Maine
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (63 ratings)
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    School Reviews (57 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-05-03
    "This school is absolutely amazing! There is no other school that even comes close to the type of education and academic rigor that this school provides. All of the faculty and staff are truly dedicated to doing what is best for all kids that attend. The faculty here go above and beyond to make sure that students and parents feel welcome and encouraged to do their very best! Since Mr. Maine has taken over as Principal we have seen drastic improvements to continue pushing Challenger forward to be the very best! My children have attended Challenger for 6 years and Mr. Maine has brought about positive change and a renewed sense of spirit. We love this school, there is simply no other way to describe how we feel!! Keep up the great work!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-04-29
    "I have a child who was accepted for the magnet program for Kindergarten and later tested into Gifted. With all the bad comments I read, and heard, I was concerned to make the choice to put her in Quest at Challenger. In the end, I knew we had to take the chance because she needed more advanced material. The magnet teachers, she has had, as well as the gifted teachers, have all been phenomenal. People warned me of bad behaviors in the Quest classes. As a person who works in education, bad behaviors and/or children with special needs are found in ALL classes. It saddens me that anyone would avoid choosing the gifted option for their child because of a gifted student with bad behavior. As a family with a child who had a magnet spot, the first thing we were told when our child tested into gifted was if we chose Quest, we would lose the magnet spot. Choosing the gifted path became unexciting, and wrought with stress when I got bogged down in the "bad behavior" comments and the "loss of a magnet spot" comments. I'm glad we chose Quest. She is in a small class doing advanced classwork and loving school!! And she still plays with all her friends in the magnet program."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-04-27
    "Challenger K8 is a truly awesome school. Challenger was stared by a lottery system open to EVERYONE. The children were not hand picked based upon their grades. The top scores achieved by their students is attributed to the dedication of the administration, the teachers, the support staff and yes, the parents and the students attending CK8. Working as a TEAM we all collaborate and success is the outcome. I am saddened by the comments of some parents who's children attend Quest Academy. Perhaps if they embraced the Challenger culture instead of segregating themselves, they would have been happier here. Unfortunately a huge divide has developed among magnet & gifted students, teachers, and parents. This must be resolved for the Quest program to flourish here. Again, Challenger is a great school because of the effort put forth by everyone. If you do not want to participate, then Challenger probably isn't the best choice for you."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-04-19
    "As a parent of two very different boys, both in the Quest Academy at CK8, I am very pleased with the opportunities offered there. I still feel that the school can do more to recruit men, especially for its middle school male gifted learners and offer training that helps the mainly female staff increase their comfort level and ability to teach to the way boys learn. I also think training on how to avoid unknowingly perpetuating racial bias would also be helpful. The school is greatly lacking in any and all forms of acknowledging and embracing the diversity the helps make it what it is."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-04-18
    "My two grandchildren are get:'ting a fine education at Challenger. They are building a strong foundation to build upon, thanks to a school like Challenger."
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