Challenge Charter High School Celebrates First Graduating Class

 Challenge Charter High School Celebrates  First Graduating Class

Celebrating almost 15 years in Far Rockaway, Challenge Charter School hosted the first commencement for the Class of 2024 graduating seniors on Monday, June 17. Hosted by the Founder and CEO, Rev. Dr. Les Mullings, the ceremony took place at Far Rockaway Community Church of the Nazarene.

Challenge Preparatory Charter School opened in 2010 and added its Middle School in 2015 and the High School in 2020. Challenge Charter High School is a Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Early College school with career pathways offered in Allied Health, Aviation, Culinary Arts, and Hospitality in partnership with industry and higher education institutions such as JFK Redevelopment, Vaughn College, and CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies.

“We are so proud to celebrate this milestone,” stated Dr. Mullings. “Our seniors have a 100% graduation rate with a 100% college and trade school acceptance rate. These scholars are special as our first high school graduates, and we are eager to watch their next steps as they grow from here.”

Challenge Charter High School’s first cohort of CUNY’s School of Labor and Urban Studies graduated on May 29 with certificates.

Long-time supporter of the school, NY State Senator James Sanders, Jr. said, “Congratulations to the first cohort of graduates from Challenge Charter School! To now see the first cohort of graduates makes me proud of these scholars. As you embark on this new journey, remember that your education has equipped you to face any challenge. Continue striving for greatness and make a positive impact on the world.”

Challenge Charter School currently serves over 1,200 students across four sites in Far Rockaway with a fifth site to be added in Arverne by the Sea by 2025. Families interested in applying to the school may visit

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