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Great Expectations is a collaborative school and community initiative designed to close unacceptable educational opportunity and achievement gaps of children and youth in our community.

Currently, close to 500 of our preschool children are at risk of arriving at kindergarten behind, and more than 1,500 of our K-12 students are not meeting the educational benchmarks that set them on the path to success in school and life.


  • Every child is prepared for kindergarten
  • Every child and youth is nurtured at home, in school and in the community
  • Every youth succeeds academically and acquires life skills along the way
  • Every youth has access to post-high school education or training
  • Every young adult has an opportunity to pursue a future of choice

Our strategies are gaining traction, thanks to the aligned efforts of the Wayzata and Orono School Districts, Interfaith Outreach, the engaged families, and a host of dedicated community partners, volunteers, donors and stakeholders.

Interfaith Outreach goes curbside during COVID-19.

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