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Spectrum School

Private | PK-12 | 203 students

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Posted May 21, 2014

Yesterday I went to my daughter's school's All School Sharing. It was the last one for the year and at the end the teachers did this. I TOTALLY love this school! As the school year comes to a close I am happy to say that moving my daughter out of public school and to a private school was the ABSOLUTE BEST decision we could have made! It obvious that the teachers truly LOVE their jobs. Thank you everyone (teachers, staff, parents, and students) for welcoming us with open arms! It has been an amazing year for us even with all we went through. I truly believe my daughter would not have had the same amount of support (if any) if she was any where else, or me for that matter. I have made and built some amazing friendships that I feel so incredibly blessed! There is something soooooo special about this school that is indescribable.... It really is a big family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2014

Spectrum Progressive offers a unique curriculum, based on solid evidence, encouraging life long learning skills, creativity, leadership development, and social development. The teachers are loving, innovative, and dedicated. Student assessment is very personal and descriptive, reflecting the depth of the relationship between teachers and students. Spectrum prepares students to be highly productive members of the community. We have one student at Spectrum currently. Our second, attended Spectrum through middle school. We have been extremely pleased with their experience. Spectrum. Is a great community asset.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2014

This is our first year at Spectrum and my son loves it! The teachers are wonderful and the smaller class sizes are ideal. I also love the way the older kids help the younger ones.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2014

I have had my 9 year old in Spectrum since preschool and have never regretted my decision. I wanted a school that my girls would be happy to attend each day. The teachers are all compassionate, caring and supportive. The Parent Club is a great way to meet parents who have had their children in Spectrum. Alumni often come back and talk about their successes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2014

Every kid should have a school like this. Every teacher should have a school like this to work at. It's amazing to see what our kids can do when given access to what they need instead of what a test requires. I've never seen so many truly happy thriving kids in one place. I'm so grateful to have found Spectrum. It's been great for our whole family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2014

Spectrum is a non-traditional school that allows children to be themselves and where individual learning styles are recognized and respected. In the early education levels children are allowed to play freely during "work time" or "project time". They decide what to work with and how and then they reflect on it which is important for actual learning to happen. At every level the students are engaged so they learn instead of memorizing something for a test or just doing a bunch of worksheets. Both of my boys are self-directed learners in and out of school and although it has been an investment financially it has been without question the best decision we have made regarding our children. My kids have enjoyed going to school everyday and after attending Spectrum for K-8 my oldest is now in high school where he takes all honors classes and does very well. The environment is very family friendly and there is lots of parent involvement. It has been a very positive experience for our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2014

We love everything about Spectrum! The environment allows each child to become a self-directed learner. My child loves going to school everyday!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2014

Spectrum is a unique, collaborative, and creative environment for student learning. Teachers and students are empowered to reach their greatest potential as true thinkers, problem solvers, and collaborators. This is the school I wish I'd gone to as a child! I'm so thrilled that my children have the opportunity to attend school in an environment where they experience the joy of learning alongside their peers and teachers. I know that they will truly be lifelong learners because of the positive experiences they have as their foundation. They will be prepared for the careers of the 21st century because they are able to think outside the box. Kids who attend here are the ones who live out their passion and change the world around them with their positive influence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2013

In my opinion and experience, Spectrum is more arts based and not so much into the basic 3R's. I pulled my child because I felt they would be lacking in eduation for a competitive college enviornment as well as a working world enviornment in the future. A lot of time during the day is taken up by drama, music, art, as well as supplemental units which change but an example would be community service and etiquette. Many field trips are scheduled which frankly I felt the kids would have been better off without most of. One teacher was outstanding, helping those who needed extra help, but the others strongly prefer the gifted kids. Fundraising is expected as the non profit school supposedly has a large shortfall between tuition income and the schools outlay. There are many different ways to contribute and it is expected, not encouaged. This was not stressed when we joined, but it would have been nice to know. In short, If you are an arts based family, this school is for you. If you are wanting a solid foundation in Math, Science, and English, it might not be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2013

Both of my children have attended Spectrum Progressive School. I love the fact that they look forward to going to school each day. The 12:1 student/teacher ration means that they get personalized attention. One particular aspect of the school that I think is unique, and highly effective, is the immersion learning in Interest Groups three times per year. Students are allowed to select from a list of topic areas and dive into that topic for one week. They are energized by synthesizing learning using math, science, english, public speaking, etc., as they explore the topic. I love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2011

Spectrum is a wonderful learning community of families and staff. They have kind students and a great environment. It encourages a flexible learning style.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2011

An exceptional school that takes a unique approach to learning. The multiple intelligence approach encourages children to learn from one another and collaborate. 3rd graders learn from 5th graders, 5th graders learn from 10th graders, etc. Childern learn not only the material but, HOW to learn. Our children can't wait to go to school on Monday and we have to drag them out. A very creative and inviting atmosphere boasting a 12:1 student/teacher ratio. Overall, a true value for the money. Not the most expensive school, not the least but worth every penny. I highly recommend this school. They also have convienent early morning and after school learning for parents on the go.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2010

An incredibly over-rated school. Not worth your money. The school is very adept at marketing themselves using as many trendy educational terms as they possibly can. They will tell you repeatedly your child is learning something they are not. Administration will lie to your face to continue to make sure that their school looks good despite the fact that they cannot back up their lies. If you are looking for quality education verses a feel good education go elsewhere. Biggest mistake sending our child there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2010

My son adores this school and so do I! Not only is he happy, confident, learning complex ideas while having fun with them, but also he's very conscientious of his peers and the community. He opens doors for everyone and when someone is hurt he takes the initiative to go to them and ask if they're alright. He is also constantly making sure the lights are off, water isn't wasted, and wants to recycle. I am still amazed at what this school has done for my son!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

My daughter attended Spectrum for Pre-Elementary, but for financial reasons we sent her to public school for kindergarten. The difference in quality of learning and personal development are staggering! Spectrum School wins, hands down! Her level of self confidence has was higher when she was attending Spectrum. Her sense of personal responsibility and self-motivation was higher when she was attending Spectrum. Her eagerness for going to school was also much higher when she was attending Spectrum. It is a big investment, but after being able to compare Spectrum to a Public school, it seems an obvious choice to send her back to Spectrum! I would highly recommend this school to any parent who values education, self-motivation, and self-confidence for their child!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Children are respected collaborators in the educational process! Children at spectrum feel safe to explore and learn in a caring environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2008

Going here for middle school was the best choice I ever made hands-down. I have yet to be in an environment full of exciting reall people to the caliber that I was here. I miss Spectrum very much.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 23, 2004

My two children have attended Spectrum for the past 4 years. It is a big investment, but it is the single best decision I have ever made regarding my children. You can not comprehend until you have seen it first hand, the amazing outcomes of an 'arts-based' education. I spend a lot of time volunteering at school, and am amazed every day at the variety and depth of material these children are taught. At 6 my child could recite the names and order of all the planets in the Solar System, the layers of the rain forest and so much more. At the same time, there is not one child who is not engaged and having fun. They learn for the pure joy of learning!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

Spectrum is an arts integrated, multiple intelligences, mixed-age grouping school. Howard Gardner sends people from all over the world to Spectrum to observe his theory of multiple intelligences in practice. Spectrum focuses on teaching the process of learning and creativity and problem solving. My two children attended from K through 8 and then went to a very traditional high school. There, Spectrum kids are renowned for their creative and complex projects and their oral presentation skills. Teachers often ask where they went to school before because they are impressed with how self-motivated and personally responsible Spectrum alums are for their own learning. They are not all straight A students, but they are all intimately involved with their own learning. They can be challenging students because they ask questions until they understand the concept being presented. When looking for colleges, both my children looked for schools with educational philosophies similar to Spectrum.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 87% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 4%
Hispanic 4% 24%
Black 3% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2012)
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Japanese
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:20 am
School end time
  • 3:05 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:45 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Christine Klekamp
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • LMAIS
Fax number
  • (815) 877-1685

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Independent Study
  • Multi-aged
  • Progressive research based methods.
  • Project-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Environmental
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Social justice
  • Visual arts
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Spectrum Progressive School's unique program fosters a lifelong love of learning through active, experiential learning. Spectrum teachers nurture each child's potential using a personalized approach to learning. The school currently enrolls students from preschool through high school. Spectrum's 12 to 1 student to teacher ratio, multi-age classrooms, and the most sophisticated multiple intelligences learning program in the region allows us to understand the needs and strengths of each child.
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What are your chances?


6 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
22
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
40

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$3000 - $8000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
4 year college - 100%
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2909 N Main St
Rockford, IL 61103
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Phone: (815) 877-1600

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