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2909 N Main St
Rockford, IL 61103

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(815) 877-1600
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April 17, 2015
We were looking for a school that fit all three of our children. We toured five private schools in the rockford area. When we went back to observe Spectrum (three times!), we were very welcomed by the staff. However, the kids did NOT notice us. They were so engrossed in what they were doing, that they didn't try and vie for our attention, as they did in our other "finalist" school (distracted/bored). The staff is very caring and kind. There aren't any grades in this school, there are progress reports. Lengthy progress reports. Which, are great because they are VERY detailed and provide plenty of feedback on your child. More information than I ever got from our previous school, and prove that the teachers truly know your child. The kids in the upper grades take standardized tests every year, so if you are concerned about your child's progress, this is an additional tool to ease your mind. I could add much more, but my review is too long already. Check out the school for yourself. I can tell you, my kids have greatly benefitted from the multiple intelligence style of learning in many ways. Think creativity paired with practicality.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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December 06, 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.

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December 03, 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!

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August 08, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!!

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September 16, 2009
Children are respected collaborators in the educational process! Children at spectrum feel safe to explore and learn in a caring environment.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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Spectrum School
2909 N Main St, Rockford, IL  61103
(815) 877-1600
Last modified Spectrum School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Spectrum School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 20 reviews. Top