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Welcome to Challenger Elementary

Excellence and Equity in Education

Dear Parents and Families,

Welcome to a new school year at Challenger Elementary and thank you for visiting our website!  I am excited to join the school community and look forward to listening, learning, and leading. This is my 16th year in education. I am a passionate educator that believes in cultivating an inclusive school community, celebrating diversity, and fostering an environment of academic excellence.  

Our team has been preparing for the upcoming school year and is looking forward to welcoming our Challenger Champions. Our staff is trained in Capturing Kids' Hearts. This program has equipped our staff to implement processes focused on social-emotional well being, relationship driven culture, and student connectedness. 

We value and appreciate our students, parents, staff, and community! We welcome your feedback and partnership. Should you ever have a need, don't hesitate to reach out to our school office. Thank you for visiting our website! 


Dwight Quinn Jr. 


Since September of 1990, Challenger Elementary School has been helping children grow into capable, happy and responsible adults. From young fives through fifth grade, Challenger Elementary assists children to develop their intellectual capacity, sense of civic and personal responsibility, and self-esteem through a stimulating and positive environment. We believe that school should be fun and exciting, and our staff at Challenger hope to make it that way. When children love learning, they are able to excel in many diverse and exciting subjects.

Here are the non-negotiables that our staff members created and believe in doing every day!

  • Infuse hope. We are the promise of our children in ever increasing ways. Help students DREAM BIG - create paths to accomplishment. Our efforts today powerfully impact the success of our children in the future. Be child centered and passion driven.
  • Grow relationships. Positive relationships are the foundation of who we are. Relationships are everything and without relationships we do not have anything.
  • Celebrate our cultural mosaic as a unifying strength. Community thrives and learning ignites when diverse people unite in partnership and friendship. Every individual is a critical "piece" to the "whole" of Challenger.
  • Inspire and insist upon individual and organizational excellence. Personal and collaborative accountability. Get better every day - help others get better every day. To be extraordinary, we have to rise above ordinary.
  • Maintain focused attention and relentless forward progress. Daily we journey toward excellence - no matter what. We are intensely focused and resolute. We stress continuous growth, incessant step-by-step movement.
  • Target academic objectives, programs, and strategies that are few in number and deep in impact. We emphasize data-driven, research-supported, and empiracally-validated initiatives. We adhere to program fidelity, tight lesson focus, time on task, learning through doing, collaborative and independent work, and differentiated instruction. We strive to do a few things masterfully than many things satisfactorily. Students know and monitor growth toward meeting daily learning targets and year-end objectives. 

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Challenger Elementary

2475 52nd St Kentwood, MI 49508
P: 616-698-2524 F: 616-698-9089


Dwight Quinn

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School Hours

Reg School Day  9:00 am - 3:59 pm
Half Day - 9:00 am - 12:15 pm