Challenge Success Program

What is Challenge Success?

Challenge Success is a new initiative being launched at the Dover-Sherborn Regional Schools (K-12); it was started in Fall of 2014. As part of a nationwide research and intervention program based out of Stanford University, Challenge Success aims to reduce unhealthy pressures on youth and to champion a broader definition of “success” in our schools and communities. Through a grant from the Dover Sherborn Education Fund (DSEF), Dover Sherborn is fortunate to be one of ten new schools across the country participating in Challenge Success this year. Challenge Success targets ways to address the current pressures students face and offers proven strategies for making change, drawing from the research as well as best practices from other school districts that have implemented their program.

While the initial focus has been on middle school and high school stress, the issues can start at a younger age as children begin to feel academic pressure. We hope to explore these issues and talk about creative ways to reduce stress for our children. 

Background on Challenge Success:


Recommended readings by Challenge Success Co-Founders:

Madeleine Levine

Denise Pope

DS Challenge Success in the Press:


The Challenge Success Program for the Dover-Sherborn Regional Schools has been made possible by generous grant funding from the Dover-Sherborn Education Fund, POSITIVE Middle School Parent Group and private donations.  We are very grateful for the support from the school system and the community!



The Dover Sherborn Public Schools do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex/gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or homelessness.

  • Dover-Sherborn Public Schools
  • 157 Farm Street, Dover, MA 02030
  • Phone (508) 785-0036
  • Fax (508) 785-2239
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