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Spectrum Academy

Charter | K-11 | 404 students

 

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Posted March 19, 2014

Spectrum Academy has been the best thing that has happened to my son. My son has been attending for the past 4 years. He has done very well academically as well as socially, this is the first time that he has had friends. He gets up in the morning and gets himself ready for school. The public school system did not provide him with the accommodations that he needed, IEP's were always a nightmare. The IEP process at Spectrum is very smooth and they are willing to make accommodations that are needed for the students to succeed. It is great to see these students be social, attend formal dances, play on ball teams etc. they would not have this opportunity in a public school. The students graduate with diplomas and go onto college and universities. No school is perfect but when it comes to kids with ASD Spectrum is the place for them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2014

The school is geared toward kids with autism & Asperger's. They have special equipment for the kids: balls for chairs, muffling headsets, fidgets, attention minders, etc... The kids are easily given space to take a breather, or move to a different area, or work with another person if necessary. They will assign ipads and notebooks to kids who need accommodations in typing or note-taking. There is a specific team to deal with behavioral outbursts, and this minimizes the impact on the classroom and leaves the teacher and para free to continue teaching. They have a website to keep parents informed of events, and progress on assignments and homework. They have specific classes for organization and social skills. They also have classes set aside for kids who are talented and gifted, with or without disabilities. They have a great staff available to deal with specific issues like speech or occupational therapy.. Being a small charter school they don't have as many classes or after-school activities available as other public schools. The classes and after-school programs they do have are very much geared to these kids and their more common interests. I love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2013

The school used to be great since i have been going here for 4 years. Now Spectrum has been accepting low functioning kids instead of high functions kids with autism etc. You always see and hear these kids mostly boys going in the girls bathrooms and always screaming and being obnoxious they are 7 for crying out loud being put in a HIGH SCHOOL!!!!, And also teachers are very little caring of what goes in the classrooms . The front office as well does not solve your problems at all and pushes the kids to the side all the time. My brother left the first day of school because he hated it ( he has no problems at all) I used to love spectrum academy but now they are not as good as they used to be 3 years ago :(


Posted September 26, 2013

My family moved here from Phoenix so that our son could go to Spectrum. It is difficult for me to put into words the difference this school has made in his life. He has friends (who genuinely like him), is able to learn because the environment has so lowered his anxiety, and has become so much more joyfyul. He has also been able to learn skills that he could never have learned in public school, like leadership. How can you ever be viewed as a leader when you are, instead, "that kid?" His teachers understand him and his symptoms, so there isn't a negative note every day about some behavior that is simply part of his diagnosis. IEP's actually feel like a team effort and they are followed. I am a clinical psychologist with a specialty in autism. For my patients, the only goal I ever really have is for them to be joyful. When someone is joyful, they do better academically, socially, developmentally...in every way. Spectrum Academy allows for joyfulness to be achieved. I feel SO LUCKY, and SO GRATEFUL, for this school. I wish every patient I had could go there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2013

My son has aspergers and spectrum academy has been awesome for him the teachers work with each kid individually and will make allowances if my son needs more time with homework and assignment s I think the volunteering that one parent complained about is very helpful to the kids and the teachers and the school and keeps parents involved in their child's education plus you can volunteer at home on your computer or at the school and events or by donating supplies overall its a great school for kids with autism and aspergers :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2013

Interested in parent assesment of this school as we are thinking of enrolling our child. She is high-functioning but with a below average IQ.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2013

This school is great for average or slightly below average kids who are social on the Autism Spectrum. It is not great for kids that are above average and who struggle socially. Yes they have a leveling system but I know of several kids that have leveled out and there is nothing more for them to do. Yes they have a daily social skills program in the classrooms but success with this varies based upon the teacher involved and the needs of the child - it is not enough for the kids with more social deficits. The school is very friendly/responsive/helpful as long as your child is one of the successful ones and you don't have alot of concerns/ask for much. The average or slightly below average kids who are social like it because they can get their work done, there is little homework and they can spend the day socializing. This just doesn't work for above average with social deficits.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2013

This is the 5th year my children have attended this school. The teachers are great and the Administration has been very responsive and supportive with any and all of my children s special needs. I am impressed with the data collection that has taken place at the school. They collect meaningful data on teachers and students in addition to the state mandated tests. The teachers have been very responsive with the leveling system. They have been very willing to adjust the curriculum level so that my children don t get board in the subjects that they excel in. Volunteering has been a joy. There have been plenty of opportunities throughout the years for me to be involved. It s fun to see the parents volunteering, getting involved, and making the school a better place for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2013

Academics are ok, but some of the teachers are just plain rude! You have to commit to hours of volunteer work, but its very 'clicky' and the adults let you know whether you and your child fit in or not. Somewhat judgemental for educated people. Mabey its because we arent mormon ! And about the bullying, dont expect it to be any different than other schools, they use the same old excuses from the 1950s too.....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2012

This school has done wonders for my sister. She has Aspergers, CP, and 40% hearing loss in both ears. She now asks me if she can 'spend the night' instead of 'spend night' at my house. I've seen here grow so much since she started 4 years ago. I love that there are smaller class sizes with a teacher and para, and that they genuinely want to help the kids thrive.


Posted February 27, 2012

This school's primary objective is to serve kids with ASD. Kids will many different neurological diagnosis attend this school, as well as neuro-typical children. The teachers receive minimal training in best-practices in working with this diverse population and communication from the teachers to parents is poor. The majority of students have IEPs but the school struggles with data collection and follow-through. The school has no consistent approach in working with behaviors typical of ASD children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2012

This school used to be wonderful! Then administration changed. It is horrible. The middle school/high school is not able to meet the needs of high functioning students. (Their charter is meant to serve high functioning autism and asperger's) It is quickly becoming a school for low functioning students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2011

What a great school, very responsive to my child's special needs. I would, and do recommend this school to my trends, for children on the spectrum and kids that need smaller classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2010

Best school my kids have ever attended!
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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

The state average for Language Arts was 79% in 2010.

2010

 
 
23%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2010.

2010

 
 
32%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 79% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
29%
Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
29%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 78% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
52%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 80% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 77% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
76%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 82% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
41%
Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
29%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
41%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 84% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
55%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
55%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 90% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
25%
Science

The state average for Science was 77% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
56%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 88% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 87% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 86% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Pre-Algebra

The state average for Pre-Algebra was 67% in 2010.

2010

 
 
29%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 56% in 2010.

2010

 
 
100%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 40% in 2013.

10 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
6%

2011

 
 
24%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 40% in 2010.

2010

 
 
n/a
Biology

The state average for Biology was 73% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
n/a
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 58% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 68% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 42% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
n/a
Physics

The state average for Physics was 75% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Pre-Algebra

The state average for Pre-Algebra was 73% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
44%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 93% 77%
Hispanic 4% 15%
Two or more races 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 2%
Black 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 25%N/A48%
Female 27%N/A49%
Male 73%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

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

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
Fax number
  • (801) 936-0568

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cycling
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cycling
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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575 Cutler Dr
North Salt Lake, UT 84054
Phone: (801) 936-0318

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