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Spectrum High School

Charter | 6-12 | 150 students

 
 

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Posted May 20, 2013

The 9th grader last year, your parents do not pay for all of it, taxpayers do. I am a graduate, it is a really great school. Just depends on the people, my class is great together. Any grade that was not at the portables has been pretty annoying, but there are they few exceptions. For my experience it was really not that bad, looking back I just didn't do the work sometimes. The staff that were teachers for me were great though! I don't know much about the new teachers though. Wish we were still in the portables, it made classes a lot closer ( the students), to do anything it had to be different like taking a bus to a church for gym, not having a middle school would be great to. Just do the work that you get assigned, if it's a lot tell the teacher they can be reasonable if you are. Except some in science dept. but it is all needed there. I am glad I went there instead of the public school by me.


Posted May 2, 2013

My daughter started attending Spectrum in 9th grade. She went to Salk Magnet School for Middle School. We chose Spectrum mainly for the small class sizes. It turns out that we got really lucky. The small class sizes are great but there are so many other things that make Spectrum great. The teachers at Spectrum work hard (for the most part) and show that they care for the students. If they don't work out they don't return the following year. One teacher told her class "if you don't like it here, there are many waiting to take your place. And guess what, if I can't do my job, there are many waiting to take my place." The homework is not a problem. My daughter does most of her homework at school. In fact, the math teacher she has does the "flipped classroom" where the homework is to watch the lesson via the internet and classroom time is spent answering questions about the lesson and doing the assignment. The athletics are great. If you want to participate, they will find a spot for you. If you ever watch the cross country or track teams, you see a true camaraderie among the students. They really show what sportsmanship is all about.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2013

I am a current student and I have been here since I was in 8th grade last year, I know it's a College Prep school, but I was passing with B's and C's and this year, everything's become a lot harder, each teacher assigns homework almost everyday and when I asked one if they could slow down and maybe not assign so much homework, they replied with "If you just did your homework, it wouldn't be so hard." and they continue to pile on more and more homework, and with that being said, the 1 day late half off, 2 days late 0% policy is total garbage, and a certain amount of teachers just go through power point and read out of the book and never even teach something through their own words or answer some questions. I absolutely dislike this school with a passion, I'm leaving next year and I can't wait to get the fair education my parents are paying for.


Posted November 7, 2012

My child went to Vandenberge Middle School in 6th grade. Crowded classes and classrooms, lots of students forming their own cliques, and not enough of a challenge for students that are quick to learn. Switched my child to Specturm for 7th grade. Plus side: 25 students per class, 75 per grade, alot of individual attention, broad spectrum of math and literature classes for students of all abilities, and a close student body. The down side: 90 minutes of homework per night! A lot of math, literature, and writing work. I do not feel that a heavy load of homeowrk equals a better education. Not all kids can keep up with the pace. This school is great for my child, but I don't necessarily feel it is right for every child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2012

As a parent, I was attracted to Spectrum in Elk River because they marketed themselves as a "college prep school" I had read. I was very excited, because my daughter is planning to continue her education post-secondary. After dealing with a waiting list "someone to leave the school", she got in. We were excited at first... excited for that supposed unique ability based education that we were expecting. NOT!! What my daughter received from Spectrum, so called "college prep" school was massive amounts of homework and a strict zero credit on late work, thats about the it. Is that what makes them a college prep school or a "college deterrent school" because Spectrum burnt her out as a 9th grader and she became sick of school. We have since removed her and back into the public high school where she is doing very well and loving school again. Chalk one up against us and our parenting decision, we have learned that Spectrum may have sounded good at first but reality was, it was no more then a school that gives lots of homework in perception that makes them "college prep"!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

The teachers really give of themselves to each student. It is more than just a job. The atmosphere is more caring and positive than many other schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2010

Spectrum High focuses on preparing kids for their future. "Small School, Big Results" is a motto they proudly live by.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2009

I just graduated from this school last year. Although it is a good school, it is not for everyone. I started going here when it opened in my 10th grade year. And boy has it come a long way since then! The office staff are wonderful and friendly. Most of the teachers are very good at what they do, especially the science teachers. For the most part everyone gets along, regardless of grade. The sports are just getting going and Spectrum co-ops with Pact Charter school. If you have bad grades they now have an after school program so that you can keep on track and get help when you need it.
—Submitted by a student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2010.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

30 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2010.

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2012.

44 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2010.

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

52 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 44% in 2011.

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2012.

62 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
73%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
39%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2011.

63 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
43%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 57% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 44% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
30%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 62% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
52%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students64%
Female48%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Economically non-disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities69%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English64%
Non-migrant64%

Reading

All Students73%
Female75%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Economically non-disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Eligible for migrant servicesn/a
Non-migrant73%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students41%
Female33%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Economically non-disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities43%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English41%
Non-migrant41%

Reading

All Students61%
Female60%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Economically non-disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities63%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English61%
Non-migrant61%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students62%
Female59%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Economically non-disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English62%
Non-migrant62%

Reading

All Students54%
Female56%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Economically non-disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities57%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English54%
Non-migrant54%

Science

All Students38%
Female32%
Male41%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White37%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Economically non-disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities17%
Students without disabilities41%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English38%
Non-migrant38%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students74%
Female74%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Economically non-disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
Non-migrant74%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Science

All Students61%
Female68%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Economically non-disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities64%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English61%
Non-migrant61%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 88% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

62 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
77%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
61%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Writing

All Students93%
Female97%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Economically non-disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Non-migrant93%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students75%
Female75%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Economically non-disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Non-migrant75%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students61%
Female54%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White63%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Economically non-disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities61%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English61%
Non-migrant61%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 98% 73%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
Hispanic 1% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Black 0% 9%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 22%N/A37%
Female 49%N/A49%
Male 51%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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10129 181st Ave NW
Elk River, MN 55330
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