Spectrum Progressive School fosters learning as a life-long process. Spectrum Progressive involves each of its students in a personalized, action-oriented curriculum throughout all development levels. Multi-age groupings provide appropriate and essential social interactions to ensure that each student progresses at his/her own developmental pace.
Allow children to develop, through active involvement, the skills of reasoning, planning and problem-solving within and beyond the school setting.
Develop secure self-concepts based on belief in their own abilities and firm foundations in the fundamentals of learning.
Guide the children in exploration of the arts, literature, the accomplishments of civilizations and the diversity of cultural heritage.
To create mindful, self-directed learners for life.
Although Spectrum is progressive, it should not be considered permissive education. We set high expectations and standards for our students. We are not interested in an accumulation of facts, but in learning for understanding and application. As stated in our mission, students participate in an integrated fine arts and academic program with a major emphasis on active learning – learning to think, solve problems and rationally assess their actions in school for today, and throughout life.
Parents are strongly urged to grow in their general knowledge of the philosophy of Spectrum School and how it applies to their children’s programs. Spectrum School, therefore, highly recommends that parents attend observation days, educational programs, conferences and other similar meetings.
This form of interaction encourages connection and learning between levels, flexible groupings and increased movement between groups. In addition, multi-age groupings provide:
Multi-year, predictable placement with deeper understanding of the child’s learning needs and style
Differentiated development and academic stages
Extended family-style, in-depth relationships with children and parents
A more continuous learning process. Time to build patterns, rituals and traditions
A respect of individual differences
Increased motivation and self-esteem
An easier avenue to see and follow progress
Encouragement to children to naturally help and support each other