Challenger Middle School is a sixth through eighth grade school within Academy 20 School District. The district services the north end of Colorado Springs and students on the United States Air Force Academy. Challenger has a rich history of academic excellence and continues to be one of the highest academic performing middle school in the district. Challenger is the proud recipient of the John Irwin School of Excellence Award. This state level award is awarded to schools who demonstrate significant academic performance throughout the school year. Challenger, in conjunction with Mountain View Elementary and Pine Creek High School, makes up the middle level portion of the "Schools of Innovative Learning and Technology". Instruction is delivered through one to one iPad implementation for all students.