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 Academy's test results to learn more about school performance.
In 2011, Spectrum Academy had 16 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Utah average is 23 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Spectrum Academy Reviews
Agree with Cally. School has benefits but academics are a weak spot. We too have asked for harder work and got lots of mixed answers/talking around the issue but no real action. We were persistent and 1/2 the year went by before they did something. However they finally told us that they weren't required to offer more or advanced learning as above average kids have already made progress in their grade level for the year. They finished by telling us if we weren't happy with this then we should consider a new school. Very sad - our child needs this school for small class sizes, autism understanding and social but don't expect anything else.
My daughter has been going to this school since the beginning of the school year now since she's been at this school I can see she is more social with her peers and friends then she was ever at a regular school. I also see that there is some bullying going on at this school which the school claims that they take it more serious than most schools which I think they handle bullying not as serious as they say they do.
And with the work and classes it's really easy for my daughter. We have talked to the teachers several times about giving her harder work that's on her level or putting in a harder class (which they also say they will do that if it's too easy) they haven't at all and she is not learning very much out of this school and I don't think it's really helping her much at all
My daughter has only been in this HS for a couple of weeks but I can see the changes already, she is more outgoing and confident, and getting more out of the classes due to the smaller number. They have told me that they take bullying seriously, but I am quite sure that there is as much as a problem with that vs. where we came from. The teachers seem very interested in teaching and not just getting through the day. She is already on a sports team, which would not have happaned at the big HS where she came from. the staff in general seems to know how to handle ASD kids.
I found this school opens the doors of hope to the parent who believes in a childs capabilities not his or her inabilty.
Success can only be shared by those who will believe and take the time to look up see the beauty of all the rainbows in a childs life.