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Welcome to Challenger Elementary!

Located in Issaquah, WA, Challenger Elementary serves approximately 415 students in Kindergarten through 5th Grade. Read more about Our School.

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Our elementary students throughout the district will not attend school on Monday, Dec. 12, due to the rescheduling of one day of parent-teacher conferences.

This non-student day was rescheduled from Dec. 1, when conferences were canceled due to snow and poor road conditions.

Teachers will adjust the schedule as needed to accommodate all families.

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By the Numbers


Students enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year.

The Challenger community will create a positive, friendly, and respectful learning environment where staff and students feel safe, are willing and encouraged to take risks, and individual learning styles are recognized and nurtured.


Classroom teachers in the 2019-2020 school year.

In the 2019-2020 school year, our teachers had an average of 8.9 years of experience.


Of our teachers have a master's degree or higher.

To find the contact information for one of our teachers or staff, visit the directory (use the menu option at the top right to access the directory).


Of our students attend regularly.

This data is from the 2019-2020 school year, the most recent year available from OSPI.

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School Highlights & Programs

Our students will be prepared for and eager to accept the academic, occupational, personal and practical challenges of life in a dynamic global environment.

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Meet Principal Jennifer Kessler

Hello, Comet families! One of the best things about being a principal is being around kids every day – they say the funniest things! A few fun facts about me: I’m a lefty! My favorite children’s book is “Go Dog, Go!”by P.D. Eastman. When I listen to music I’m likely to pick almost anything that came out in the 1980s. If I could only eat one food for the rest of my life it would be PIZZA! My travel bucket list includes a vacation to London and Paris.  

PW Junior Leaders Challenger


Play is a basic human need. Playworks after-school program works with our students, called Junior Coaches, for the entire school year. This is a great opportunity for leadership and skill development through participation in fun leadership activities, games, and team building led by a positive adult role model during the after school hours.

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Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

MTSS is shaping the student experience at our school and throughout our district. Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, or MTSS, is a nationally recognized, evidence-based framework guiding our approach to academics, social emotional learning, behavior and attendance.

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