Our Mission

The mission of the Challenge Preparatory Charter School Arverne [Proposed] is to prepare students to excel academically and compete successfully for admission to and graduation from high-performing public, private and parochial high schools in NYC. To accomplish its mission, Challenge Prep will offer a rigorous academic curriculum within a safe and supportive school environment. Challenge Prep will cultivate the intellectual, social, emotional and ethical development of its students and support them in achieving mastery of the 28 NYS Learning Standards and the Common Core Learning Standards.


The educational needs of Far Rockaway are well documented. The establishment of the proposed Challenge Preparatory Charter School Arverne is a proactive step in meeting the needs of our children in the Rockaways!
— Rev. Dr. Les Mullings, Lead Applicant

Key information

  • Expected Student Population
    Challenge Prep Arverne will be located in CSD 27’s Far Rockaway community. According to the New York State District Report Card for the 2011-12 school year (the latest year available on the NYSED website), the racial/ethnic breakdown of CSD 27 students were as follows: 28% were Black, 36% were Hispanic, 24% were Asian and 10% were white.  That year, 10% of CSD 27 students were Limited English Proficient and 15% were students with disabilities.  85% of CSD 27 students were eligible for free- or reduced-priced lunch (FRPL). 
  • Challenge Prep Arverne's student body will reflect the district.  Challenge Prep Arverne’s student population will likely be predominantly Black (79%), with another 12% Hispanic. 
  • Challenge Prep’s FRPL population will met or exceed that of the district in each year of its first charter term. Challenge Prep will institute concerted efforts to reach immigrant families in the CSD 27 in order to meet its enrollment and retention goals for ELLs. 
  • CSD 27 is a community in need of strong public school options like that of Challenge Prep Arverne.  The data from the 2013 administration of the NYS assessments indicate across all tested grades 3-8, students struggle in achieving proficiency in ELA and math and proficiency rates decline as students progress from elementary school to middle school.