Spectrum High School
Elk River, MN 55330
About This School
Charter schools are public schools, but differ from traditional public schools in that they are independent and are operated by educators, parents, community leaders, educational entrepreneurs, or others. Funding for charter schools is based on designated local or state educational organizations. Those organizations are responsible for monitoring and assessing the quality and effectiveness of education, but permit the schools to operate outside of the traditional public school education system. See Spectrum High School's test results to learn more about school performance.
In 2011, Spectrum High School had 15 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Minnesota average is 16 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Spectrum High School Reviews
Let me just say that I am a former student for a reason. I went to spectrum for 9 and 10 grade. They like to call it a college "prep" school, but really it is college. They give the students both material and work load that is appropriate for college students not highschoolers and if you complain that it is too overwhelming, they don't understand why. They tell you "this is highschool, get used to it." but its not highschool at all. Last year, in my 10 grade health class, i was expected to do a 300 point powerpoint presentation, no joke. What high school expects that right? You are pretty much bound to fail at this school unless you are a genius, or spend all of your time out of school doing homework, completing speeches and powerpoints, studdying for tests, not having a life. The teachers here act like they care, but most of them are two face because they dont understand when you are having problems in your personal life. They dont care if you are worried about what youre going to come home to at the end of the day. This was my life last year, and it caused me to fail my spanish class. The teacher literally forced me to see the counselor and talk about why i "dont care about my grades". fortunately it has gotten much better. I now go to a school where I know i can succeed.
I also graduated from Spectrum just last year. I love that high school! Spectrum helps students grow in so many ways. The teachers care about their students but at the same time they teach them the way that helps the student. This high school helps students that don't do so well in high school to the students that are ready for the college classes. Mrs. Spark, who is the principal of the school, is an amazing woman and she knows what she is doing when she hires teachers. This year was my first year of college which I felt very confident about because of what I've learned in Spectrum. I went there for all four years. I try to visit them as much as possible. I told my family about this school and now my 2 cousins also go there. I highly recommend this school for anyone's child. :)
I graduated from Spectrum High School in Spring of 2011. Their high academic standards helped prepare me for college in such a way that I am now easily passing my freshmen- and sophomore-level college classes. I would highly recommend that any parent of a child in 6-12 grade considers enrolling their child in this school.