• Our Vision

    To ensure that all students are career and college ready.

    Our Mission

    Challenger High School provides a safe and equitable community for educating and inspiring students in preparation for their futures. We provide academic, social and emotional supports for the whole student to foster responsible local and global citizenship. Smaller class sizes allow individualized and innovative teaching methods to meet the needs of each student.

    At Challenger High School We Believe:

    • In maintaining vibrant and relevant classrooms

    • Attendance and effort are critical to learning

    • In celebrating diversity and unity in our community

    • All students will be provided a safe and secure learning environment

    • Communication among students, staff, families and administration is vital



    School Profile 

    Principal:    Jeffrey Johnson                               

    Assistant Principal: Kara Runge

    Counselor:  Alison Von Stein



    Challenger High School was formed in 1974 as the Alternative High School for the Bethel School District.  After several location changes and transformations of the program, Challenger High School’s campus housed 14 portables at its current location. It is one of five high schools in the Bethel School District, and Challenger serves 300 students in grades 9 - 12.  Challenger High School is located in Spanaway, in Pierce County, south of Tacoma, Washington. For more information visit: www.bethelsd.org/chs. The new Challenger High School building opened in September of 2022 and features 20 classrooms, commons, computer and science labs, student resource center, CTE maker-space, a gym and an art studio.  Challenger will also be adding an in-person alternative middle school serving grades 7 and 8 starting in the fall of 2022. 



    Type of School:  Challenger is an Accredited, Public, 4-year high school, organized into four quarters of nine weeks each. Challenger is the Alternative High School for the Bethel School District. 

    Total Enrollment:  300 students,  grades 9 – 12 

    Percent Free/Reduced Lunch:  71.1%



    A total of four courses plus an Advisory period are offered, with an AM or PM session for a full-time student each quarter.  



    Running Start is a Washington State early college entrance program that provides an opportunity for juniors and seniors to take community or technical college classes, earning high school and college credit simultaneously.  Challenger High School students may take advantage of this program, either full or part time.



    Challenger students may attend the PCSC during the opposite session of their school schedule.  Students attending the Skills Center can earn an additional 4.5 high school credits each year, while learning a trade.  Programs descriptions are online on the Pierce County Skills Center website. For more information please visit: www.bethelsd.org/pcsc


    CLASS RANK:  Based on unweighted cumulative GPA.


    A   =  4.0 B   =   3.0 C   =   2.0 D   =   1.0

    A-  =  3.7 B - =  2.7 C-  =  1.7 F    =   0.0

    B+ =  3.3 C+ =  2.3 D+ =  1.3 P    =   not used in calculating GPA



    0.5 credit is awarded per class per quarter for a grade of A, B, C, D, or P.  No credit is given for an F or NC.


    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTSfor the class of 2020 and beyond (grades 9-12)

    4 credits of English Language Arts, 3 credits of Social Studies, 2 credits of Fine Arts

    3 credits of Science, 1.5 credits of Physical Education, 0.5 credits of  Health

    3 credits of Mathematics, 1 credit Career and Tech. Ed. 2 credits of  World Language

    4 credits of Electives  

    Total of 24 credits needed to graduate

    In addition to passing the academic requirements, students must also pass the Smarter Balanced Assessment in English Language Arts and in Math. Students can also use minimum  scores on alternative assessments to meet this requirement: SAT, ACT, ASVAB. 


    Principal: Jeffrey Johnson 

    Email: jeajohnson@bethelsd.org
    Phone: 253.800.6889

    Assistant Principal: Kara Runge 

    Email: krunge@bethelsd.org
    Phone: 253.800.6888

    Secretary: Kim Nelson 

    Email: kknelson@bethelsd.org
    Phone: 253.800.6800
    Fax: 253.800.6898

    Registrar: Nelson Molina Medina  

    Email: nmolinamed@bethelsd.org
    Phone: 253.800.6884
    Fax: 253.800.6898

    Academic Counselor: Alison VonStein

    Email: avonstein@bethelsd.org
    Phone: 253.800.6808

    Attendance/Health Clerk: Celina Avallone 

    Email: cavallone@bethelsd.org
    Phone: 253.800.6892

    A.L.E. Office Clerk: Robert Tucker 

    Email: rtucker@bethelsd.org
    Phone: 253.800.6859



    School Social Worker: Lauren Riley
    Phone: 253.800.6871

    Email: lariley@bethelsd.org

    Family Resource Coordinator: Christney Kpodo 

    Phone: 253.800.6825

    Email: ckpodo@bethelsd.org 

    School Psychologist: Geraldine Snyder
    Phone: 253.800.6852

    School Nurse: Jaci Sweet  
    Phone: 253.800.6868

    Health Clerk: Celina Avallone 
    Phone: 253.800.6892

    Graduation Success Coordinator: Jessie Blocker  
    Phone: 253.800.6808

    Career Clerk: Jessie Blocker

    Email: jblocker@bethelsd.org
    Phone: 253.800.6810

    Lori Weik

    Email: lweik@bethelsd.org
    Phone: 253.800.6893