The Challenge Success Program is a year-long, collaborative partnership that helps schools transform their students’ experience by gaining alignment and commitment to a shared vision of school culture, policies, and practices that support student health, well-being, and academic engagement.
Schools in the program implement research-based reforms in areas such as school climate, student schedules, curricular design, assessment practices, and community education. Our change process with schools follows these steps:
After completing the first year of the program as a New School, many schools opt to continue as a Returning School to further their commitment to meaningful and lasting school change.
We are not consultants. We do not come with a predetermined list of best practices that we instruct schools to implement. Instead, we believe that effective and sustainable school change efforts must emerge from within a community, tailored to meet your specific needs.
We’ve designed our School Program to operate as a partnership. The magic happens when we blend our expertise and research-based tools and strategies with your own deep understanding of your school community.
Through this program, schools commit to a shared vision to transform their school community into one that puts student voice at the center of their change process in their pursuit of more balance, less pressure, and deeper engagement. We work with partner schools to identify and implement specific practice and policy changes that improve student well-being and increase engagement with learning. Here are some of the changes past schools have made:
✓ Moved to a block/modified block schedule
✓ Shifted to a later start time
✓ Revamped an advisory program to support student belonging and connection
✓ Implemented quarterly “no homework” nights
✓ Incorporated revision and redemption practices in grading policies
✓ Created test and project calendars to reduce overlapping major assignments
✓ Dropped class rank
✓ Changed conversations about college to focus on the “right fit”
Discover how Dover-Sherborn High School in Massachusetts benefited from joining the Challenge Success School Program and furthered their work to prioritize student well-being and engagement with learning.
Listen to how The Alexander Dawson School describes their partnership with Challenge Success and what they have learned by being in the School Program.
Audience: Elementary, Middle, & High Schools
Timing: Aug 2021 – June 2022; Rolling registration now through March 2021. Space is limited.
Price: $16,000 per school team. Challenge Success offers limited financial assistance based on need. Click here to apply.
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* These will be live if COVID restrictions allow.
**Out-of-area schools are responsible for team travel and lodging.