“I am extremely proud of the staff and students at each of these sites,” said Dr. Jarod Mendenhall, Broken Arrow Public Schools Superintendent. “Schools that immerse themselves in the Great Expectations program create a unique, positive learning environment that enhances every student’s learning experience.”

Each of these four elementaries is a showcase for the rewarding benefits that Great Expectations provides to students, staff, parents and the community.

“These schools are truly a shining star in the community, state, and nation. They are to be highly commended for their efforts. We are overjoyed to add them to our list of ‘Showcase Schools’,” said Dr. Linda Dzialo, President and CEO of Great Expectations.

The Great Expectations Program, founded in 1991, is a scientifically-based research educational reform model that is bringing major change and innovation to PK-12 public and private school classrooms in Oklahoma. The program represents an approach to learning that empowers teachers to expect and to get the best from students; it rekindles the excitement of discovery among both students and teachers, and it pushes everyone involved to greater heights of achievement.  

The basic principles of the program are: high expectations for students, a learning climate based on mutual respect between student and teacher, student self-esteem, a belief that all students can learn, positive teacher attitude, and highly skilled and knowledgeable teachers who inspire and enable students to achieve success. More information about the program can be found at www.greatexpectationsok.org or by calling 918-444-3744.

Each of the four Broken Arrow schools will host a ceremony for the students, staff and parents to celebrate their achievement of Model School Status. The ceremonies will be held at the following times:

  • Country Lane Intermediate – Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at 9:15 a.m.
  • Country Lane Primary – Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at 10:15 a.m.
  • Liberty – Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, at 10 a.m.
  • Arrowhead – Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, at 2 p.m.

“If you’ve never seen Great Expectations in action, I encourage you to attend these ceremonies and catch a glimpse for yourself,” Mendenhall said. “You will be amazed at the behavior, character development, and learning that takes place in a Great Expectations school.”