Welcome Letter from Principal Sostre

Welcome to Challenge Charter Middle School.  This year will be an excellent year of learning and growing here at Challenge Middle.  Our school mascot is the Cheetah.  Like the Cheetah, we will be relentless in our pursuit of a 21st Century Education!

As the principal of Challenge Preparatory Middle School, my goal is to ensure that under my leadership and partnerships with all of our stakeholders, our mission to prepare scholars to “excel academically and compete successfully…” will be achieved.  

Challenge offers a rigorous academic curriculum within a safe and supportive school environment. CCMS is dedicated to scholars who seek an atmosphere of academic rigor through intensified instruction in literary arts, foreign language, science and mathematics. We are among the top-ranked middle schools in Far Rockaway. We honor each scholar's individual mode of learning and believe that early adolescents perform best in a child-centered environment that builds self-esteem through accomplishments, and encourages individuals to explore new ideas while honing their skills, interests, and abilities.

Our dedicated staff of middle school specialists has created an exciting, differentiated, interdisciplinary curriculum, which goes far beyond the New York City and State curricula, and provides for both independent and collaborative group work. Blended Learning, STEAM and Essential Questions that require higher-level thinking skills are its cornerstones.

I look forward to our partnership this year here at Challenge Charter Middle School!  Let’s Go Cheetahs!


Debra Sostre