April 18, 2003
Cheyenne is a school of choice in the Scottsdale Unified School District. We attend Cheyenne because we are lucky enough to have that choice and are not required by law to attend our neighborhood school. Although curriculum is the same for all schools in the district, each school can present this curriculum in any way it sees fit; thus you will find differing philosophies for each school in the district. Each school must operate under district policy; therefore, the ever-increasing number of students in the classroom are the same at each school,requirements for admission to gifted programs are the same, budgets are proportionately the same. What sets Cheyenne apart, in my opinion, is that Cheyenne provides solid academic training, is very structured, organized and disciplined. My children attended our neighborhood school when we first moved here, and I regret we did not investigate Cheyenne from Day 1. The teachers all must be trained in Spaulding (phonics) and Saxon Mathematics. More information regarding these programs is on Cheyenne's website. It's a back-to-basics, no-nonsense, teacher-directed approach to learning that you may remember from your childhood. The learning environment at Cheyenne is calm, controlled and invites few distractions. Children move about the campus in an orderly and quiet fashion. Backpacks are lined up neatly outside of classrooms. Students are expected to be respectful of their peers and elders. Cheyenne is in the process of adopting a mandatory uniform policy, just another reason we really like this school. There are many parent volunteers which contribute greatly to Cheyenne's success. And, yes, as you may have heard, there is alot of homework! If you are not interested in being a part of your child's education process, this may not be the school for you. If your child is a discipline problem at home, don't expect Cheyenne to correct these problems -- that's your job! Students are expected to follow the rules. Some gifted students may feel this learning environment keeps them too much 'in the box' and may wish they could stretch their wings a bit more. In this day of alternative methods of teaching and differing philosophies, all of which I truly have an open mind about, I keep coming back to the basics. And that's what Cheyenne is all about -- solid academic basics! As Scottsdale continues to grow, and we are faced with the ever-changing boundary issues (not knowing if our child will be attending the same school from year to year),it's a comfort to know that since Cheyenne is a school of choice, I know where my child is going to school next year! Just keep in mind, you do have a choice. Cheyenne is definitely our choice, and we are so thankful that we have the opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful school!
- submitted by a community member