The philosophy behind this school is that they build independent learners and that is exactly what the curriculum is designed to do. This develops strong character, self-motivation, and a distinction between right and wrong. The teachers respect the children and the children respect the teachers in a nurturing environment.
There are two teachers per classroom and they are not only very competent as teachers, but also good natured, intelligent, and understand the tween generation. My child relates to both teachers equally well.
There is just enough homework to help reinforce class time, but not too much allowing my daughter to have time to play outside, reflect on her world, and do things that make her happy. When she needed extra help in Math her teacher had her come in early for one on one instruction. We both much prefer this to homework.
Spectrum Progressive School of Rockford a great alternative to either religious based or public schools. It offers an open environment when each child can relax and be themselves. The one plug I can give for this school that surpasses all others is that my child is eager, happy, and enthusiastic about going to school. There is never a time when she doesn't want to go...this shows that they are doing something right!!!
Teachers are effective until the Middle School level. The teachers at the Middle School seem to be coasting this year, are not enthusiastic and doing the minimum to help most students in their class learn and achieve.
The philosophy on homework is great in the school overall. My child has time to play outdoors and do extra-curricular activities after school. The Middle School teachers need to provide more support in assisting the students in completing and organizing assignments.
Walking into this school you get a warm and welcoming feeling. The philosophy of progressive education, promoting multiple intelligences, project based learning and an integrated arts program provide an enriched environment for the students. The before and after school program is well run and a bonus to families. Spectrum's teachers and the curriculum are especially strong for students ages six through eleven. The current Middle School is not especially engaging, the teachers seemed to be focused on a few students, the others are left to their intrinsic motivation to learn and achieve.
Each child is unique in their learning. My child was struggling in the traditional school. Self esteem was low, bored with the every day continuous worksheets, not finding purpose in what they were doing. Unfortunately, we tried our hardest to advocate for our child to makes things better at school, but it was not getting better. We moved our child to Spectrum for the last 2 months of school. On the 2nd day of attending Spectrum, my child was coming home happy, calm, positive, and talking non-stop about relevant exciting experiences they had in school. Spectrum took my child who had hit rock bottom and created a healthy, nurturing, respectful environment in which he could safely take risks, feel good about himself, and choose specific topics that he loved to learn about. This school is a gem. I am so thankful that there is a school out there that can nurture children to own their education and problem solve & use critical thinking skills every day. These skills will be priceless as they enter into high school and college. Thank you to the staff at Spectrum. You are doing a wonderful job nurturing our children. Because of you, my child is thriving. :-)