The Challenger Academy began in August 2001. The program was designed to serve and educate students who wanted or needed an alternative route to the acquisition of a high school diploma. Since then, there have been twenty-two graduation ceremonies held in the spring and fall semesters with over 230 students. Many of the graduates have moved forward by pursuing further education, some have entered the military, entered technical school and others have entered the work force. The students realize the importance of a high school diploma and are determined to achieve that goal.