Susan Armstrong, March 13, 2013
Hello families, Welcome to the Cheyenne page at Great Schools. I am so excited to have this opportunity to share our school with you. Please feel free to contact me or our front office staff with any questions or concerns. We currently have four homerooms at each grade level and service close to 1000 students daily. In the 2013-2014 school year we are excited to introduce the PBIS discipline model. I know that this focus on positive behaviors will be an amazing fit with student focused/teacher directed environment. I look forward to meeting all of you. :)
Super impressed with Cheyenne's traditional approach to teaching our kids! I know they will be very well-prepared for high school!
My kids love this school and adore their teachers. The academic rigor is perfectly balanced with a warm supportive climate. The only negative is the new principal. My kids are terrified of her and it has also come to my attention she doesn't play nice with the staff and is something of a bully. She plays this game called "crispy bacon" during fire drills-not funny when you have an easily scared 1st grader.
The homework load is high, but my son has learned so much. The academics are unparalleled at Cheyenne. We have also dealt with bullying increasing from 6th grade onwards. I realize that bullying is somewhat typical middle school stuff, but I did expect more from Cheyenne middle school teachers. My son gets quietly cussed out by a popular girl during classtime. Even the F bomb isn't off limits during class. Overall great academics, but failing in social skills and anti-bullying.
Cheyenne has been a great school for both my.children the past 5 years. Academics is the focus and teachers are supportive and encouraging. We have never had a bad or okay teacher, they have all been fabulous. The families at Cheyenne are invloved and truly care about their children and their education. There is awesome support by the parent group for events and fundraisers. We couldn't be happier and our kids are growing and learning with positive reinforcement. The new prinicpal is very encouraging and a positive addition to an already great school.
Having your child attend Cheyenne is very much like putting yourself through high school all over again; but this time it is your child that will be bullied if you are not in the 'popular' group. A select group of overzealous parents have bought their way into power at this school. Some teachers and administrators act as minions for this group of 'mean moms', and if you get on the wrong side of this crew, you may as well move ( and many do).
What a wonderful introduction to Elementary School. We are also new to the US system, so feel very happy to have gotten a position at this school. I look forward to a new year with new leadership, as that was the major distraction of the year.
Our family loves Cheyenne. Academic and behavioral expectations are higher for students and we see this as a positive. The kids rise to the occasion and learn that discipline and hard work lead to academic success. Great teachers and involved parents make this school make this school a great place to be.
This school has been a horrible experience for middle school. The amount of homework is absolutely ridiculous. 3-5 hours per day! Kids have no time for after school activites, and little time on weekends becasue many of the tests and projects are due on Mondays as well as homework on weekends. There is no balance in the kids lives. Plus they are treated like elementary school kids. No freedom at all. The teachers are not nice. They do not care about the kids (with the exception of a few), and they act like they do not want to be there. They say in appropriate things to the kids in class and do not treat them with kindness or respect. The schools main focus is dicipline and rules. The adminstration and teachers do not want to hear from parents. The parents are told, if you don't like it, it is a "school of choice". They could not care less if you leave. This is a school for kids who need a lot of structure, dicipline and rules. The teachers do not encourage any type of creativity whatsoever. All in all it was NOT a good experience!
Middle school here is highly stressful with very demanding work load. Kids definitely lose sleep time and play time because of time-consuming homework, 4-6 hours daily just for homework! I think teachers should be more considerate. Just 2 months into school year and kids are already exhausted. Maybe some kids turn into bullies because there s no more balance in their daily life.
This is a great school and my kids have had excellent teachers. I agree with the one post that the school has had problems with bullies. The principal, Mike Duff and vice principal Mark Haugen were terrible leaders and did address the bully problem well. Both were arrogant and I am glad they are gone. This school has some very good teachers and I think the new administration will be a big help. My principal rating is due to the prior administration.
Bullying is a MAJOR problem at this school. As long as the kids are making A's, they are NOT held accountable for their behavior. The kids in middle school can drug their classmates and receive a slap on the hand by being suspended for 2 days. This school has a terrible tract record with bullying, and it is because of very poor leadership at the top, which trickles down to the classrooms. My child has been bullied as has many others, and the teachers put the blame back on the poor victim who is being bullied.
The principal is a politician and has no control over the staff. Teachers are union employees. The middle school is a very harsh enviornment. PTO has a few very involved parents, but overall there is not much family involvement.
I never had a child in this school....was never given the chance! I was a single mother, not of high financial means, so I was (not so politely) pointed in another direction. Very sad the kind of discrimination even caucasians encounter. Their loss because my son is extremely bright!
We had had high hopes for this school and decided to drive him past 3 others to attend based on the "traditional school" program. We were all for rigorous acedemics (saxon and spalding), discipline, and unifiorms, but we found our son's kindergarten experience to be far less than steller. His teacher had just transferred from jr. high-aged kids (maybe on her way out?) and didn't make a great transition to 6-year olds. Problems ranged from answering her cell phone in class, watching movies or tv in class every single day, and just being an overall negative person to parents and students. We approached both her and administration, we got nowhere. It's really a shame to, since Scottsdale doesn't offer another traditional school or even a K-8 program in the Chaparral HS system.
DITTO on the review posted 5/6/2010. Pros - Uniforms, great teachers, Spalding language program, high standards Cons - Extreme rigidity, inflexible staff and and administrataion, ONE SIZE FITS ALL approach, no differentiated learning, weak gifted program, extremely SLOW math program (Saxon). In all, we enjoyed this school but it is very much a school for average children. If your child needs extra help or advanced work this is not the place for them. The math program is woefully slow and the school refused to accelerate it despite the fact that most other schools using Saxon advance it a full grade. The teachers are top notch but are not allowed to use any creativity in their teaching as they're all required to teach the same material in the same way. After two years of fighting for more challenging and differentiated work, we're moving to a more open minded school.
I have had one child in Cheyenne for 2 years, and another whom I moved to a different school last year. Cheyenne is a phenomenal school. Cheyenne is unlike many schools in today's day and age, which teach to the least common denominator. Expectations are high, and most of the kids rise to the challenge. I can't help but to laugh when I read complaints that the homework is 'monotonous' or 'repetitive.' Yes, homework is often monotonous or repetitive, but this this is not unique to Cheyenne, and this has been true since the dawn of time. The real story here is that Cheyenne does not lower its expectations so that those who are one or two standard deviations to the left of the mean will be okay, and this is a good thing. Any kid with average intelligence and drive and parents willing to be involved will do well at there.
I have one child who has been at Cheyenne 8 years and another whom I pulled out six weeks into 4th grade. The bottom line is that Cheyenne can be a great school for the right type of student, but if your child is an outside-the-the box thinker or falls on either end of the bell curve, he or she will probably do better elsewhere. There is A LOT of repetition in all subjects, which can be good for some children, but can be overly monotonous for others. A child with special needs may struggle to keep up, whereas a gifted student will be bored. Cheyenne can also be overly punitive - kids lose 50% credit if they forget to put their names on a project. The principal is all about form over substance. He is more concerned with rule-following than the educational, emotional or psychological needs of individual students.
Cheyenne is an excellent school. It is very academic but offers a balance with PE, music and art. I love spalding math and saxton english. These programs have really helped my daughter that struggled with reading and spelling.
Great school for some but not for all. The homework is monotonous and repetitive; the extracurricular activities are few to none. Yes, the kids perform well on tests but there is so much more to life to getting into college than testing well. There are other programs in and around Scottsdale for high caliber, creative minds. The waitlist is funny even if you are 74 on the list .you will still get in it just may be October.
Cheyenne teaches using the traditional method. Recent brain based research has proved that this method of teaching has a retention rate of 10-15%. These kids are doing well on tests, then completely forgetting everything. Their individuality is taken away with the wearing of uniforms. If good test scores are what you're looking for, choose Cheyenne. If you want a well rounded, smart, decisive child that loves learning......run from Cheyenne.
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