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Elk River, MN
Students enrolled: 389

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10129 181st Ave NW
Elk River, MN 55330

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(763) 241-8703
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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.

- submitted by a community member

May 02, 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

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.

- submitted by a community member

November 07, 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

March 05, 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

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
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October 09, 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

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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Spectrum High School
10129 181st Ave NW, Elk River, MN  55330
(763) 241-8703
Last modified Spectrum High School is a Charter school that serves grades 6-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Spectrum High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 9 reviews. Top