Challenge Success School Program

Partner with our team to tackle the unique challenges at your school while creating a more balanced and engaging student experience.


A collaborative change process

The Challenge Success School Program is a year-long, collaborative partnership that leverages student-voice data to create a healthier, more engaging school environment. Using our SPACE framework as a guide, schools make improvements in areas such as school climate, student schedules, curricular design, homework and assessment practices, and community education.

The program is a good fit for middle and high schools that want to improve student well-being and want guidance, support, and tools to build community alignment and accomplish their goals.

After completing the first year of the program, many schools continue improving student well-being and engagement by participating in the RETURNING SCHOOL program. 

The program follows a school year calendar running from August, 2023 – June, 2024.


Schools commit to a year-long partnership

During their first year in the School Program, teams progress through a series of phases to propel the work.

School establishes a multi-stakeholder team and lays the foundation for change work
Teams utilize surveys and other research tools to deepen understanding of the student experience
Teams leverage the data to explore underlying root causes, identify a focus area, and orient towards appropriate actions for the community
Teams use the identified focus and strategies from the SPACE framework to identify multiple ideas to pilot
Teams implement pilots and assess the effects of the pilots against the identified measures
Teams develop a plan to move the work forward


What types of changes have schools made?

Our partner schools have translated their learnings from the program into a variety of school change strategies to improve student well-being and increase engagement with learning.

A few examples include: 

  • Designed a new bell schedule
  • Revamped an advisory program to support student belonging and connection
  • Revised homework policies to ensure purpose and volume of homework is appropriate
  • Implemented mastery-based assessment practices
  • Created test and project calendars to reduce overlapping major assignments
  • Dropped class rank and reimagined award ceremonies
  • Changed conversations about college to focus on the “right fit”

See more changes.


Many schools have accessed state, local, and community funding to support this work. Learn more about potential sources of funding.

Challenge Success strives to offer need-based financial assistance in an effort to support schools and organizations with limited resources. We believe that cost should not be a deterrent to accessing quality programs. To apply, please complete this form. All requests will be reviewed by our Executive Director.


“Challenge Success has been part of our district for five years and has stretched our thinking in terms of how we support the social-emotional well-being of students. We have made strides in looking at the quantity and quality of homework, the scheduling of extra-curricular activities, adding free time and downtime to the school day, and worked to educate students, teachers, and parents on how to develop a balanced lifestyle for our overloaded kids.”


“I can honestly say that our involvement with Challenge Success exceeded our expectations. Meeting, dialoguing and connecting with like-schools, the student survey and working with our coach has been the extra support we needed to begin the process of creating a healthier climate for our students, teachers, and parents.” 


“The Challenge Success program acted as a breath of fresh air within our extremely narrowly-focused school environment. The program helped to build in P.D.F. (Playtime, Downtime, and Family time) that every student needs in order to find the necessary balance in their day.” 


Interested in joining the Challenge Success School Program?
Inquire or submit your application to join the school program using the links below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Still have questions? Reach out to our team directly for more information: