624 Trafalgar Parkway
Cape Coral, FL 33991

Phone: (239) 242-4341
Fax: (239) 242-7217

School Hours:
Mon - Fri: 9:35 a.m. - 3:50 p.m.

Directions from the Lee County Public Education Center
Exit at the South Entrance; Turn right onto Colonial Blvd; Continue on Midpoint Bridge (Toll); Continue on Veterans Memorial Pkwy; Turn right at Skyline Blvd; Turn right at SW Trafalgar Pkwy

About Us:

Challenger Middle School opened its doors in portables in 2006 and was fortunate enough to hire the best of the best in Lee County. Since then, Challenger has maintained an excellent retention rate. Our teachers are dedicated, highly educated, and well rounded individuals who thrive on continued success and pride themselves on being life long learners.

Challenger Middle School's motto is to Challenge the Mind and Charge the Spirit. With that being said all of our best practices are geared towards this mission. Challenger does team scheduling. All teachers are on a team and follow the same students. Teams have common planning and common lunches. This cultivates team knowledge of the student and specific concentration on his/her strengths and weaknesses.

A parent meeting is held at the beginning of the year to share all of our best practices relating to student expectations and processes. This helps parents become knowledgeable about what they can expect from their child as well as from their school. This alleviates parent concerns and complaints related to what their child might tell them as an excuse.

Morning faculty meetings are limited so that teachers can participate in Parent/Teacher conferences regularly on specified days (call for more information).

Two Way Communication:

Much of the communication at Challenger Middle is done in person, through e-mail, or via ParentLink. Challenger Middle is pro-active in recycling and avoiding waste.

All administrators have an open door policy and work around the schedules of the staff and students to address any concerns. These concerns are then discussed during administrative meetings, team leader meetings, department meetings, and/or individual meetings where a resolution is determined together.

Dress Code:

According to Lee County School Board Policy 5.24, the purpose of a Dress Code is to encourage students to focus on the learning process without the distractions of unsuitable dress and grooming. Students shall maintain an orderly and clean appearance at all times.

The responsibility for the personal appearance of the students rests with the parent/guardian and the student. Personal appearance shall not detract from the educational process. When a student’s appearance at school becomes a disruptive factor, or a health and safety hazard, the administration shall take appropriate steps to correct and remedy the situation. The following establishes the minimum acceptable standards for student dress to be interpreted and enforced by the Principal or designee at Challenger Middle School.

  1. Jackets, hooded sweatshirts, and sweaters are not to be used to cover dress code violations.
  2. Apparel must be adequate in both length and coverage to be considered appropriate for school. All pants, shorts & skorts must be worn and fastened at the waistline. They must be no shorter than knee level, but not touching the floor. Skirts, skorts, shorts and dresses should not be shorter than 3 inches above the knee. A 3X5 index card may be used to test for the correct length.
  3. Shirts or blouses must be worn as intended and fastened in accordance with the design of that shirt or blouse. The length must extend beyond waist level when the student raises both hands over his/her head. Midriffs should not show at any time (even when arms are raised). Shirts should not be longer than fingertip length. Sleeveless shirts may be worn but must measure a minimum of 3 inches at the shoulder.
  4. Transparent, bare midriff, strapless tops, and/or low-cut clothing or tops and outfits that provide minimum coverage or are of a suggestive nature are prohibited. Halters, backless dresses or tops, tube tops, spaghetti straps, tank tops, muscle shirts, flannel pants, pajamas and any other clothing which may be distracting is prohibited.
  5. Any article of clothing or jewelry that could cause injury, such as inappropriate belts, medallions, chains of any length are prohibited. No sleep or lounge wear type of clothing. Safety pins are not permitted.
  6. Apparel, emblems, insignias, badges or symbols that promote the use of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, or any other illegal activity are prohibited.
  7. Apparel or symbols which may be gang related or cult related is prohibited.
  8. Clothing with slogans or advertising which is controversial or of an obscene nature is prohibited.
  9. No writing, tattoos, or body stickers on face, arms, hands or legs.
  10. Adornments which are attached (pierced) to exposed body parts other than ears are prohibited. Tongue piercing is not permitted.
  11. Hats, caps, headgear, and sunglasses except in conjunction with designated school approved uniform or at authorized athletic practices or activities are prohibited.
  12. No intentionally ripped and/or torn clothing is permitted - no torn or ripped clothing at all.
  13. Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times. The following are not permitted: clogs, thong sandals, flip-flops, platform shoes, slippers – including Chinese slippers. The sole of the shoe should be no greater than 2”.
  14. Unnatural hair color is also not permitted.
  15. Black or blue or unnatural lipstick is not permitted.
  16. Only prescription eyewear is allowed.

To keep students safe from the year after year exposure to sun, caps and sunglasses are approved by the School Board and should be included in school attire during outdoor activities ONLY. When students come indoors, these articles must be removed and placed in the students own locker or other designated storage area which keeps these items separated. Sunscreen is also beneficial; the following guidelines need to be followed.

Sunscreen should be applied at home before school. This will provide protection during the time going to school as well during the rest of the day.

For those who break the above rules, there will be clean clothes in the Time-Out Room into which the student will change, or he/she will wait in Time-Out until the parent brings a change of clothing. The student will remain in time Out if appropriated clothing is not available. Repeated dress code violations will result in disciplinary action.

Before & After School Information:

Challenger Middle School offers both a Before and After School program. The Before School program runs from 7:30am - 9:30am; students are not allowed to be dropped off before 7:30am. The After School program runs from 4pm - 6pm. The cost for both programs is the same and is as follows: $5/day or $15/week along with a $10 registration fee.