Graduate confident, ethically responsible, lifelong learners who are prepared to succeed in higher education and be productive citizens in our world, achieved through a focus on Harvard researcher Tony Wagner's three R's—Relationships, Relevance, and Rigor—which has served as a framework since the school's founding in 2003.
- Black/African American: 15%
- White: 3%
- Hispanic: 76%
- Asian: 4%
- Two or more races: 2%
- ELL: 2%
- Economically Disadvantaged: 71%
At Challenge Early College High School (ECHS), students have the opportunity to earn an Associate's degree along with their high school diploma. Located inside the Houston Community College South West building in Houston, Texas, students receive development in rigorous content, multiple pathways to college credit, experience on a college campus, as well as soft skills and responsibilities necessary for college success, all before graduating high school. Challenge students function in a college environment and are guided by adult advocates to develop a sense of responsibility for their own learning through work and life tools acquired in Advisory, Student Leadership, and Guidance classes. The high school curriculum is designed with a level of rigor that better prepares students for a successful college career.
A high-quality education at Challenge ECHS is founded on relationships. We personalize each student's education by supporting deliberately developing meaningful, sustained relationships among teachers and students. Like many successful small schools, Challenge has smaller classes for students and reduced pupil loads for teachers, so that the young people and the adults in the school are well known to each other.
Challenge receives many recognitions each year, including top 10 of 190 high schools in the Greater Houston Area, top 100 of high schools in the nation by U.S. News and World Report's Best High Schools, and ranked in the top 100 most rigorous by Washington Post.