Challenge Success is running a survey to measure parent's perceptions in a number of areas

Challenge Success @ WHS

The goal of Challenge Success at Wellesley High School is to help the entire community by

  • promoting a broader definition of success
  • reducing unhealthy pressures and demands
  • helping students build resilience and achieve balance


WHS Principal Jamie Chisum discussed the Challenge Success initiative with The Swellesley Report - read it here.

Watch the student produced video from Back to School night where students talk about achieving balance in their lives.

December Activity - Technology

As part of Challenge Success’ theme of Balance, the next focus will be on Technology.

Students will watch a Ted Talk to kick off the new focus area.

Check out the Technology Page for more details.

What is Challenge Success?

Based at Stanford University, Challenge Success partners with schools and families to provide kids with the academic, social, and emotional skills needed to succeed now and in the future, encouraging educators to create policies and practices that “foster interpersonal and collaborative skills, adaptability and resilience, and the critical thinking and creativity needed to solve complex problems” (Challenge Success). Challenge Success advocates Playtime, Downtime, and Family Time (PDF) as protective factors for kids.

Challenge Success has worked with over 100 schools nationwide over the past decade, including many in the Metrowest, engaging schools and communities in implementing proven strategies for effective change, drawing from research data as well as best practices from other schools. In the fall of 2016, with generous support from WEF, the PTSO, and a private donor, Wellesley High School launched the Challenge Success Initiative to respond to increasing student stress and anxiety.

The Latest from Challenge Success

Challenge Success has surveyed over 100,000 high school students and found that the college admissions process is one of the primary root causes of stress for students. Their findings are summarized in A "Fit" Over Rankings: Why College Engagement Matters More Than Selectivity. Also, you can watch this 90-second video explaining the paper and read an "Open Letter to College Applicants (and their Parents)" written by Paul Franz, Challenge Success Research Associate.

Follow Challenge Success on Facebook and Twitter

Follow our students on Instagram: WHSChallengeSuccess

To get involved, email: challengesuccesswhs@gmail.com