Prospective Students

  • Our Admissions Process




    Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Challenge School will not be offering Parent Information Sessions/Tours.



    While doing your research about Challenge School, you might find it helpful to read our Student-Parent Handbook.  In it, you can find information about the school day and academic expectations for Challenge School students.



    The Admission process for the 2020-2021 school year will be facilitated by The Office of Gifted and Talented Services for Cherry Creek Schools.

    Challenge School is a magnet school in Cherry Creek School District charged with the mission of meeting the needs of academically advanced students.  Any student in the district may apply for admittance into Challenge School.  The purpose of the admissions process is to select students based on demonstrated need for an advanced academic experience.

    The Challenge School admissions is an equitable process based on demonstrated student need, and it is meant to include students into the program rather than be exclusive.  It is the intent of this process to draw broadly from qualified candidates across the school district as well as mirroring the racial demographics of the district.



    Only students entering grades Kindergarten – 8th Grade and living within Cherry Creek Schools boundaries may apply for admittance to the Challenge School.  Proof of residence will be required and must be submitted as part of a completed application packet.  PRINTABLE APPLICATION PACKET

    Application packets can be downloaded from either the Challenge School website or the Gifted and Talented Services webpage on the main Cherry Creek Schools website.

    Application packets and all supporting assessment documentation must be submitted either in person or via mail to the Office of Gifted and Talented Services no later than 12:00pm on Friday, December 20, 2019.


    Office of Gifted & Talented Services

    Student Achievement Resource Center

    14188 E. Briarwood Avenue

    Centennial, CO 80112

    Phone:  720-886-7050 

    Fax: 720-886-7094


    ***Only completed packets will be reviewed.



    • Family Contact Information Sheet
    • Parent Questionnaire
    • Parent Observation Form
    • All available assessment data/reports for the student(s) applying for admissions
    • All current student plans (i.e., 504, Individual Education Plans- IEP, READ, or other)
    • Verification of Parent Residency (please see the list of acceptable verification documents below)
    • Check and/or Money Order made payable to Cherry Creek School District in the amount of $60.00 (Fee will be waived with documentation of qualification for free and reduced lunch.)



    ***Actual residence at the address supplied is required.


    If you OWN your home, any of the following documents will be accepted.

    • Current gas or electric bill
    • Warranty Deed if purchased within the last 60 days
    • Three pieces of current USPS business mail received – with at least 1 item being a utility bill for the address
    • Future Purchase Contract – Complete, signed contract with Possession Date and Closing Date within the current semester/trimester


    If you RENT your home, any of the following documents will be accepted.

    • Current gas or electric bill
    • Three pieces of current USPS business mail received – with at least 1 item being a utility bill for the address
    • Future Lease/Signed Lease Agreement and receipt of the first month’s rent payment


    If you live with another family, please bring the following:

    • Completed and notarized Co-Resident Form which can be obtained through the district’s Admissions Office
    • Verification of residency for the family with whom you are living with, such as their current gas/electric bill AND current proof of your residence at the address (i.e., bank statement, insurance statement, Colorado drivers license receipt, mail received, etc., with your name, the address, and the date clearly listed.)



    Upon receipt of completed application packets, the contents will be reviewed and individual student assessment plans will be determined based on the contents of his/her individual cognitive and academic data.  The assessments necessary to complete the admission application process will be communicated to the parent(s)/guardian(s) by the Office of Gifted and Talented Services, and dates and times for assessments will be coordinated.

    Necessary student data for admissions will consist of cognitive ability, academic achievement, and characteristics of gifted students in the form of:

    • Completed application packet questionnaires
    • Historical academic achievement data
    • Standardized assessment data Historical academic achievement data
    • Normed and/or criterion-referenced cognitive and/or academic measures
    • Normed-referenced observation scales – completed by student’s current classroom teacher



    Once all completed applications and any additional assessments have been conducted, determination for admittance to the Challenge School will be in the following manner.

    Students must meet minimum criteria in the following three categories to be considered for admittance.

    • Highly advanced levels to Superior levels of academic achievement
    • Superior cognitive abilities
    • Observable and documented Gifted characteristic traits

    Once all student data has been collected, application packets will be divided into one of the following three categories.

    • Highly-qualified
      • These application packets and assessment data will have met all three criteria listed above.
    • Qualified
      • These application packets and assessment data will have met two out of the three criteria listed above.
    • Not-qualified
      • These application packets and assessment data will have met one or less of the criteria listed above.

    Once the application packets have been sorted by qualification level, the following criteria will be applied based on available space at any given grade-level.

    1. Students meeting Highly-qualified status
    2. Students meeting qualified status who are also siblings of currently enrolled students
    3. Remaining students meeting qualified status will be placed into a completely random lottery using only student identification numbers

    In situations where there are more qualified candidates than spaces available, applicants will be placed on a waiting list based on the order in which their student identification numbers were pulled from the random lottery drawing. 

    Parents/guardians will be notified, by US Mail, of acceptance status no later than Friday, February 28, 2020.




Last Modified on September 14, 2020