Summer Challenger Enrichment Program


    2020  Summer Challenger has been canceled. Summer Challenger staff join me in thanking you for your support and selecting Summer Challenger. We will miss not being able to work with your children this summer.

    On April 29, 2020, South Carolina State Department of Education announced the cancellation of face-to-face activities with students in schools for the month of June 2020.  As a result, Rock Hill Schools, regretfully, is canceling the Summer Challenger Program for the entire summer.

    The safety and well-being of our students are our first priority.  Therefore, we made the decision to cancel the Summer Challenger Program for the entire summer for two reasons:

    1. The program had over 150 enrolled students. There was great concern from the Challenger leadership that, based upon the design of the program, maintaining safe social distancing would be too great of an obstacle in their efforts to better ensure an environment in which student safety was a priority, and

    2. Multiple field trips and weekly outings are a crucial part of the summer program that attracts many of the Challenger summer students. We are unable to ensure the facilities in which we planned to take students on regular field trips will practice the health and safety precautions recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC). 

    Full reimbursement of all Summer Challenger fees will be refunded.  It is our hope to provide this excellent summer enrichment program in the future.


    Thank you for supporting Challenger and please let us know if you have questions or concerns.



    2019-2020 Challenger Weekly Rates

    • $60.00 – Full Pay
    • $55.00 – Full Pay with more than one child enrolled in Challenger
    • $42.00 – Reduced Lunch Student
    • $35.00 – Free Lunch Student


    Challenger Information 


    What is Challenger?

    Challenger is an after-school enrichment program for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. The program is housed at each of the district's elementary schools. The Challenger enrichment program is separate from the regular school day.  Challenger is an optional, self-supporting, academic program. The Challenger program operates daily during the school year from 2:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Enrollment for Challenger is on a full-time basis during the school year. Enrollment is based on the expectation that students are able to actively participate in the program and meaningfully benefit from being with other children.  Registration forms must be turned in to the Site Director for their review.  Site Directors are available 3:30-6:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.  At the time of your application submission, the director will provide you with a start date.  The daily schedule includes homework and snack time, healthy activities and Challenger curriculum.  Here is the Parent's Guide to help answer additional questions you may have.  For more general information and FAQs click here

    How do I register my child for Challenger?

    Download Registration Directions Here


    Give a completed registration form (pages A, B, C and D with banking information) to the site director at your child's school. The directors are listed below. Registration forms are in the office of our elementary schools, as well as the Rock Hill Schools District Office. When completed registration forms are received by the site director on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday,  there is enough time to set the account up for the student to begin the following Monday. Please confirm your child’s start date with your Challenger site director at the time of your application submission.  

    How can I reach my Challenger Director via e-mail? 

    Site directors may not always be available by phone and may need to return your call.  Your director may be reached via the following e-mail addresses or school numbers:


    The Site Director information below is for the 2019-2020 academic school year: 

    Belleview-Swanetta Hall

    Cherry Park-Robby Bartless



    Ebenezer-Wendy Douglas

    Ebinport-Christine Rasmusson

    Finley Road-Alaina Reichart

    Independence-Sally Jackson

    India Hook-Lonzette Gunter

    Lesslie- Tara Gilmore

    Mount Gallant-Chastity Baccus

    Melisa Smith


    Mount Holly- Melinda Reid

    Northside-Amanda Bolt

    Oakdale-Micheon Pearson

    Old Pointe-Meredith Horton

    Richmond Drive-Diane Bailey

    Rosewood- Carmen Austin


    Sunset Park- Tara Blackwell

    York Road- Laura Norwood


    What are the 2019-2020 weekly fees?

    Weekly Fees:
    $60.00 - Regular Lunch Students

    $55.00 - Regular Lunch Student if more than one family member is enrolled
    $42.00 - Reduced Lunch Students
    $35.00 - Free Lunch Students

    Family Trust Federal Credit Union has offered to assist any parent in need of establishing a checking or savings account for tuition payment. Family Trust brochures regarding branch locations, accounts information, and services are available at each Challenger site. Please contact your school's Challenger Site Director for additional information. You may also visit for additional information.