Award Year 2016
- Black/African American: 1%
- White: 81%
- Hispanic: 11%
- Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
- Asian: 3%
- Native American: 1%
- Two or more races: 2%
- ELL: 7%
- Economically Disadvantaged: 34%
Challenger Intermediate School in Goddard, Kansas serves 420 students in the fifth and sixth grade with a focus on building strong, positive relationships with every student. There is also a focus on innovative science technology, engineering and math (STEM) opportunities with hands-on Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum. Challenger has always had a strong sense of tradition and innovation.
Challenger is a close-knit community which maintains a family-type environment for all students. Capturing Kids' Hearts is a tradition dedicated to developing safe, trusting relationships between students and staff. Staff greet students with a handshake and a personal affirmation every day. At the beginning of the year, teachers empower their students to create a social contract as a classroom based on positive character traits and are held accountable to follow those principles.
One innovation that has empowered our students academically is implementing PLTW, a STEM based interdisciplinary curriculum. This gives every student the unique opportunity to engage in hands-on activities by learning how to code computers, study diseases, and collaborate with peers to build and program robots. This partnership program with Wichita State University instills a passion for engineering in students and opens the door to future STEM-related careers.
At Challenger, we believe academic success and emotional stability are interdependent. We nurture life-long relationships through strong character development and academics. Together, we cultivate a culture of excellence and support for every student because all parties within our school community are meaningfully engaged.