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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Challenge Early College High School is a highly rated, public, charter, magnet school located in Houston, TX. It has 470 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 95% of students are at least proficient in math and 95% in reading.
Address
5601 W Loop S
Houston, TX 77081
Telephone
(713) 664-9712
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Challenge Early College High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
95%
Percent Proficient - Math
95%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1150
199 responses
Average ACT
26
25 responses
AP Enrollment
92%
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    C
  3. Housing
    C-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$30,491
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$834
National
$949
Median Home Value
$106,203
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
87%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.55 responses
Poll
78%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.55 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 253 responses
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  • School-wide Hermann Park field trip
    23%
  • Advisory
    21%
  • Challenge Cup Competitions
    17%
  • Halloween Carnival
    9%
  • Advisory and an awesome "Cryptolight" dance
    8%
  • Senior X presentations
    8%
  • Tedx Challlenge E.C.H.S Event
    6%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
470
Free or Reduced Lunch
71%
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.64 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.64 responses
44%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.64 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
25:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$51,772
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.4%
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.71 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.71 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.71 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$10,544/ year
National
$12,239
65%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.71 responses
30%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.71 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.71 responses
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One thing I thought of when I was entering high school was the type of environment that I wanted to be in. "Small or big?" the question came to. After some review, I knew I wanted to go to Challenge - a school where I can shave some time of of my college? It was a dream to me. I pleaded and pleaded to go to challenge - I had a hunch that I would enjoy it. As it turned out, I did! It was one of the best choices I have ever made. Every teacher was different, and I could finally be myself in a classroom without having to face as serious of repercussions. Among this, being a high school student placed in college classes, while stressful, was a great experience as it forced us to become more mature if not already. Overall, going to Challenge has been a life changing experience. I made friends I know I will have for the rest of my life, made great bonds with the faculty, made great memories, and most of all, got a great education, and I know I will never regret my decision.
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Challenge Early College High School has opened so many doors for its students. There are so many different ways to get involved with the school that a regular school does not offer. One thing that sticks out about Challenge is Youth Tedx. At the end of the year, 12 selected seniors, who have been working on a year-long project on a topic of their choice, get to give a Ted Talk. There are other aspects of Challenge that makes the school stick out like the Advisory Program. Advisory runs from 11:00-11:40 Monday-Thursday. It is a homeroom of all grade levels in the middle of the day. Personally, Challenge has slowly made me more confident about myself, and the classes have made me more independent.
If you're looking for the whole high school experience, this is definitely not the school to attend. Sports, clubs, and the arts are limited, and the school is very small. However, haven taken several college courses at HCC, I feel that this school has genuinely prepared me for college. The small population isn't the best if you want to make new friends every year, but the level of comfort and bonding I have had with all my peers makes this school's environment very unique. In the beginning, it may not seem like the best school to attend, but I, and several of my peers, are incredibly happy with our experiences.