Award Year: 2018

Challenge Elementary School

5409 228th Street S.W.
Mountlake Terrace, WA, 98043-3934

(425) 431-7482

Ms. Mary C. Freitas, Principal at time of Nomination


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To create powerful thinkers and communicators by providing intentional, responsive learning opportunities, integrating effective teaching practices, continually monitoring, supporting, and celebrating each student's individual growth.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 6%
  • White: 48%
  • Hispanic: 6%
  • Asian: 29%
  • Two or more races: 11%
  • ELL: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 0%
Challenge students engage in cross-curricular STEM and social studies projects.

Challenge students engage in cross-curricular STEM and social studies projects.

Challenge Elementary is a public school with 320 first through sixth-grade students from throughout the Edmond's School District who have been identified as highly capable. Challenge is located in Terrace Park School where we partner with 295 students from our neighborhood to grow and learn together. The Challenge students have been identified as exhibiting significantly advanced cognitive ability and advanced levels of academic achievement. Within the Challenge classroom, students participate in a learning environment with a quicker pace, complexity, and level of instruction which allows more time to focus on projects and in-depth assignments. The teachers are supported and participate in professional development in teaching highly capable students. They embed 21st century skills into their instruction and guide students academically, emotionally, and socially, with the ultimate goal of helping students become productive global citizens while assisting them in developing a growth mindset where mistakes are expected.

All students and families from both our neighborhood and Challenge are part of our community, and this makes the school a great place to learn and grow. Students are integrated and work together to be leaders in the school. They greet their fellow students every morning before school and often help lead assemblies or participate in morning announcements. Our school has a very supportive community. Parents regularly volunteer in classrooms, on field trips, and give to classrooms. Our parents ensure that students, teachers, and staff are supported and they provide multiple learning opportunities for the entire community.