• Our Vision

    To insure 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                               

     

    Counselor:  Alison Von Stein

     

    COMMUNITY

    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 now houses 14 portables at its current location.  It is one of four high schools in the Bethel School District, and Challenger serves 300 students.  Challenger High School is located in Spanaway, in Pierce County, south of Tacoma, Washington. For more information visit: www.bethelsd.org/chs.

     

    SCHOOL FACTS

    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%

     

    COURSE SCHEDULE:

    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:

    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.

     

    PIERCE COUNTY SKILLS CENTER: 

    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.

    GRADE POINT AVERAGE:

    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

     

    CREDIT SYSTEM

    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. 

     

  • ADMINISTRATION
    Principal: Jeffrey Johnson 
    Phone: 253.800.6889
    jeajohnson@bethelsd.org

    Associate Administrator: Kara Runge 

    Phone:253.800.6888

    Email: krunge@bethelsd.org 


    OFFICE STAFF
    Secretary: Kim Nelson 

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

    Registrar: Kelly Jones 

    Email: krjones@bethelsd.org
    Phone: 253.800.6884 Fax: 253.683.6898

    BSD Becca Clerk: Karen Duncanson
    Phone: 253.800.6850

    Attendance Clerk: Stephanie Davis 
    Phone: 253.800.6892

     

    A.L.E. Clerk: Nelson Molina Medina

    Email: nmolinamed@bethelsd.org  

    Phone: 253.800.6859

     

    Phone: 253.800.6800 


    SCHOOL SUPPORT STAFF
    School Social Worker: Patti Bunnell
    Phone: 253.800.6854

    School Psychologist: Geraldine Snyder
    Phone: 253.800.6852

    School Nurse: Krisula Brady 
    Phone: 253.800.6868

    Health Clerk: Lori Weik and Stephanie Davis 
    Phone: 253.800.6893

    Academic Counselor: Alison VonStein
    Phone: 253.800.6808

    Graduation Success Coordinator: Jessie Blocker  
    Phone: 253.800.6808

    Career Clerk: Jessie Blocker
    Phone: 253.800.6810

    CAMPUS SECURITY
    Lori Weik
    Phone: 253.800.6893