Great Expectations

Great Expectations® (GE) is a professional development program that provides teachers and administrators with the skills needed to create harmony and excitement within the school atmosphere, elements that are basic for inspiring students to pursue academic excellence.

GE is an answer for all schools, regardless of size, geographic location, student demographics, or economic base. GE creates an infrastructure that promotes improved student self-esteem, attendance, discipline, and parent participation – all of which result in improved academic achievement. Drawing from many learning theories, professional development is grounded in the belief that all students can learn, no matter what labels have been placed on them.

Rather than teaching WHAT to teach, Great Expectations methodology focuses on the learning climate and the HOW of teaching.

Eight Expectations for Living

King’s Gate teachers and staff provide varied learning opportunities that help students achieve excellence by guiding them to adhere to the following expectations. We will use these scriptures to help guide students as they strive toward becoming godly citizens of their world that encourage these expectations for living. These expectations also foster a positive identity and an emerging sense of self and others:

We will value one another as unique and special individuals.
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
1 Peter 2:9

We will use good manners; saying “please,” “thank you,” and “excuse me” and allow others to go first.
“Whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them.”
Matthew 7:12

“So the last will be first and the first will be last.” Matthew 20:1

We will help one another whenever possible.
“If one falls down, his friend can help him up.”
Ecclesiastes 4:10

“I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus Himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”
Acts 20:35

“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’” Matthew 25: 44-45

“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due when it is in your power to do it.
Proverbs 3:27

We will cheer each other to success.
“You and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” Romans 1:12

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” Hebrews 10:24

We will encourage each other to do our best.
“But encourage one another daily.”
Hebrews 3:13

“Let us encourage one another.”
Hebrews 10:25

“Encourage one another and build up one another.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11

We will not laugh at or make fun of a person’s mistakes nor use sarcasm or put-downs.
“Pride comes before a fall.”
Proverbs 11:2

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
Ephesians 4:29

“So the last will be first and the first will be last.” Matthew 20:1

We will recognize every effort and applaud it.
“Encourage the exhausted and strengthen the feeble”
Isaiah 35:3

“Encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.”
1 Thessalonians 5:14

We will practice virtuous living, using Life Principles and working to show the fruit of the Spirit.
“It is by deeds that a young person distinguishes himself if his conduct is pure and right.”
Proverbs 20:11

Life Principles

At King’s Gate we practice and encourage these life principles. We emphasize one life principle or one fruit of the Spirit each week. We use these scripture verses, chapel time, Bible stories, parables, fables and modeling to guide children as they learn to live a life that reflects godly character, while fostering a positive identity and an emerging sense of self and others. Use these scriptures at home. For example: You could say, “As far as it depends on you Cindy, are you at peace with your brother?

  • Appreciation – valuing something highly, recognition and liking of something’s qualities, a feeling or expression of gratitude and thankfulness
    “If anything is worthy of praise, let your mind think on these things.” Philippians 4:8
  • Attitude – a positive approach, outlook and way of behaving
    “Do everything without complaining or arguing.” Philippians 2:14
    “And having food and clothes, let us be content” 1 Timothy 6:8
  • Character- positive qualities, moral makeup of a person
    “God loves righteousness and justice.” Psalm 33:5
    “The Lord is intimate with the upright.” Proverbs 3:32
  • Citizenship – behaving in a responsible manner as a citizen of a community
    “We who are many form one body.” Romans 12:5
    “The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body.” 1 Corinthians 12:12
  • Compassion – ability to share another’s feelings or ideas
    “Rejoice with those that rejoice, and weep with those that weep.” Romans 12:15
  • Commitment – keeping a promise or a pledge
    “It is better to say nothing than to make a promise and not keep it.” Ecclesiastes 5:5
    “A person who promises a gift but doesn’t give it is like clouds and wind that bring no rain.” Proverbs 25:14
  • Common Sense – thinking before acting; using good judgment
    “Turn your ear and hear the words of the wise, and open your mind to what they teach.” Proverbs 22:17
    “A person with good sense is respected.” Proverbs 13:15
    “A prudent man foresees evil, and hides himself, but the unwise pass on, and are punished.” Proverbs 22:3
  • Cooperation – working together
    “Do everything without complaining or arguing.” Philippians 2:14
    “A person standing alone can lose, but two can stand back-to-back and win. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12
  • Courage – strength to act even when afraid or uncertain
    “The Lord is with me, I will not be afraid.” Psalm 118:6
    “Be strong, and let your heart take courage.” Psalm 27:14
  • Curiosity – desire to learn, to explore, to investigate
    “The mind of a person with understanding gets knowledge; the wise person listens to learn more.” Proverbs 18:15
  • Dependability – reliability, ability to be trusted to act in the proper way
    “Trustworthy messengers refresh like snow in summer.” Proverbs 25:13
    “I can do anything through Christ.” Philippians 4:13
  • Effort – doing one’s best in an endeavor
    “Work as if you are working for the Lord.” Colossians 3:23
    “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
    “Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.” Galatians 6:4
  • Enthusiasm – eagerness to act, passionate interest
    “Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord with enthusiasm.” Romans 12:11
  • Flexibility – ability to make adjustments or alter plans
    “Learn to be content in whatever circumstance you are in.” Philippians 4:11
    “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault.” Phil. 2:14
  • Forgiveness – the act of pardoning someone for a mistake or wrongdoing
    “Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:13
    “For if you forgive others when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” Matthew 6:14
    “Be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32
  • Friendship – caring for and trusting others
    “A true friend loves at all times.” Proverbs 17:17
  • Integrity – acting according to a sense of right and wrong
    “He stores up sound wisdom for the upright. He is a shield to those who walk in integrity.” Proverbs 7:7
    “He who walks in integrity walks securely, but he who perverts his ways will be found out.” Proverbs 10:9
    “Only conduct yourself in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” Philippians 1:27
  • Initiative – taking action; originating new ideas
    “A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water and a man of understanding draws it out.” Proverbs 20:5
  • Generosity – willingness to give money, help, time, or belongings and to share
    “God loves a person who gives happily.” 2 Corinthians 9:7
    “Do good, be rich in good works, be generous and ready to share.” 1 Timothy 6:18
    “But this I say, he who sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall reap also bountifully.”
    2 Corinthians 9:6
  • Loyalty – faithfulness to another
    “Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart.” Proverbs 3:3
    “Loyalty makes a person attractive.” Proverbs 19:22
    “He who pursues righteousness and loyalty, finds life, righteousness and honor.” Proverbs 21:20
    “For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice, and in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.” Hosea 6:6
    “Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.” James 1:6
  • Good Manners – conduct and behavior that is appropriate
    “Be sure that everything is done properly and in order.” 1 Corinthians 14:40
  • Motivation – a feeling of interest or enthusiasm that makes somebody want to do something
    “Let us motivate one another to do good works.” Hebrews 10:24
  • Perseverance – ability to persist or continue striving to the end
    “Let us not lose heart in doing good.” Galatians 6:9
    “Do not grow weary of doing good.” 2 Thessalonians 3:13
  • Problem Solving – creating solutions; finding answers
    “Everyone who seeks finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” Luke 11:10
    “Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding.” Proverbs 3:13
    “Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding!” Proverbs 4:5
    “How much better it is to get wisdom than gold and to get understanding than silver.” Proverbs 16:16
    “People who cherish understanding will prosper.” Proverbs19:8
  • Respect – showing honor
    “Show proper respect.” 1 Peter 2:17
  • Responsibility – making the choice to be reliable and dependable
    “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much.” Luke 16:10
    “We are each responsible for our own conduct.” Galatians 6:5
  • Thankfulness – feeling of expressing gratitude
    “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.” Psalm 136:1
  • Truthfulness – honesty
    “We will speak the truth in love. “ Ephesians 4:15
    “Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies.” Psalm 34:12
    “It is better to be poor than dishonest.” Proverbs 19:22
    “Do not lie to one another.” Colossians 3:9
    “Lay aside falsehood and speak truth.” Ephesians 4:25
  • Unity – devotion among members of group for each other and the group’s purpose
    “How pleasant it is for friends to live together in unity.” Psalm 133:1
    “Do not do anything out of selfishness. Think of others as more important than yourself.” Philippians 2:14
  • Justice – being fair, right, and upholding what is right
    “He has shown you, what is good; and what the LORD requires of you, to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8
  • Service – giving of one’s time and energies to help others
    “While we have opportunity, let us do good to all men.” Galatians 6:10
    “Bear one another’s burdens.” Galatians 6:2