Edmond Cheyenne Middle School is district's first to be named Great Expectations model

EDMOND — Cheyenne Middle School in Edmond has been named a Great Expectations Model School, the first middle school in the district to achieve the honor.

“We are so honored to receive this recognition,” Principal Susie Schinnerer said. “This is the culmination of many years of work on the part of teachers, administrators and students.”

The program, founded in 1991, is an educational reform model based on scientific research that is bringing major change and innovation to pre-kindergarten to senior public and private school classrooms in Oklahoma and beyond, according to a news release from the school district. The program represents an approach to learning that empowers teachers to expect and to get the best from students.

“Cheyenne Middle School is the perfect launchpad for Great Expectations in our secondary schools,” said Debbie Bendick, Edmond’s executive director of secondary education. “It will be interesting to observe firsthand how this learning community demonstrates the ‘good to great’ transition as they rely on the practices of GE to catapult them on to the next level of continuous improvement.”

The basic principles of the program are: high expectations for students; a learning climate based on mutual respect between students and teachers; 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 succeed.

In addition to Cheyenne, Edmond Public Schools has six elementary model schools: John Ross, West Field, Washington Irving, Frontier, Cross Timbers and Centennial.