Challenge Charter Middle School is a free public school open to all New York City residents. Charter schools are in high demand.  In a recent poll conducted by Quinnipiac University, 62% of New York City voters supported the expansion of charter schools.  For the 2017-18 school year, it is estimated that 73,000 applications were submitted for only 25,200 openings at New York City's charter schools

How do I apply to Challenge Prep/Challenge Middle School?
Simply download and complete the 2020-21 Lottery Application or visit our online application. The application is available also online in multiple languages at by following this link. Challenge Prep Charter school applicants do not have to take tests to get in and you can apply to more than one school at a time. The deadline to apply is Monday, April 1, 2020 by 5:00 PM.

Is the lottery system fair?
Yes. Students are selected through a random lottery which will be held on Thursday April 2, 2020 at 7:00 PM. Please see below for additional information about the lottery process. See our flyer here for more information and application instructions.

Open House Events?

Open House Events for the 2020-21 School Year is below. We highly encourage you to attend an Open House to get valuable information, have your questions answered, and to get to know our school. You may attend at either location regardless of the grade level you are applying for.

1279 Redfern Avenue Dates: 

Wednesday, February 12th at 5:30-6:30 PM 

Wednesday, March 4th at 5:30-6:30 PM

710 Hartman Lane Dates:

Wednesday, February 5th at 5:30-6:30 PM

Wednesday, February 26th at 5:30-6:30 PM

Wednesday, March 11th at 5:30-6:30 PM


Tameeka Richards, Consultant

Scholar Admission FAQs

Do current scholars of CPCS or CCMS need to reapply?

No, it is not necessary for current scholars to apply.

What classes will CCMS be offering in 2020-21 school year?

6th, 7th, 8th grades. We also will for the first time be taking applications for our new High School for 9th and 10th grades.

Can I fill out one application for all of my children?

No. Every child needs a separate application.

What age do you have to be to start K?

A child must be five (5) years old by December 31, 2020 to begin Kindergarten.

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline is April 1, 2020 at 5:00PM.

How do you determine admission?

Admission is by a fair and random lottery.  By NYS law, Challenge must give preference to the scholars living in the community school district #27.  We also have a sibling policy where we give preference to siblings of current scholars.

Is there an application fee?


Does it cost anything to attend Challenge Prep/Challenge Middle School?

No. Our schools are public schools, so there is no required tuition--it is free.

Does CPCS offer Special Education Services?


If my child is an English Language Learner, are they allowed to apply?


I was on the wait list last year, do I go before everyone who applies this year?

No.  Applications do not carry over from year to year.  If you applied last year and did not get in, you must apply again this year and your application will go in the lottery.

I have a child attending CCMS and/or CPCS.  Do I need to fill out an application for a younger sibling?

Yes. We require an application for every student.

When will we find out the results?

The date for the 2020-21 Challenge Charter School lottery is Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 7:00 PM.  If you submitted an application, you will get an invitation to the lottery by this date.  Please check your email and voicemail regularly for updates on waiting list information.

What happens if I didn't send in my application on time?

Late applications are placed on the waiting list in the order received.  This waiting list is used AFTER the lottery waiting list has been exhausted.

Non-discrimination Policy

It is the policy of the Challenge Preparatory Charter School to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, marital status, partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex), military status, unemployment status, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as permitted by law) predisposing genetic characteristics, or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual offenses and stalking, and to maintain an environment free of harassment on any of the above-noted grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation.

It is the policy of the Challenge Preparatory Charter School to provide equal educational opportunities without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex) or weight and to maintain an environment free of harassment on the basis of any of these grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation.

This policy is in accordance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Section 503 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Fair Labor Standards Amendments of 1974, Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Civil Rights Act of 1991, New York State and City Human Rights Laws.