Spectrum’s Unique Programme

Anna, Grade 8


Spectrum welcomes highly motivated students who are looking for an environment that provides many unique opportunities to work closely with teachers and peers.  Students are expected to learn and work positively with peers, accepting and embracing diversity as they grow and mature.


At Spectrum, many subject areas are integrated and delivered in large blocks of time.  Independent studies, extended projects, and hands-on-learning are regular parts of our programming.

 

Students graduating from Grade 8 are well-prepared for high school, with valuable experiences in the visual, cyber, dramatic and language arts, French, math and other core subjects. 


Spectrum’s small-school environment lends itself to developing leadership, greater self-confidence and excellent presentation skills.


We offer students a complete program of academic study, enhanced with visual and performing arts. Our wonderful teachers bring studies to life with unique teaching strategies and project work.


Visual Arts


Spectrum offers an exciting and innovative visual arts program.  Art classes are linked through cross-curricular connections and focus on sketching, painting, sculpting, and multi-media presentations.  Large blocks of time are dedicated to studio work.


Core Subjects


English, French, Mathematics, Science and Technology, History and Geography are the core subjects and are often presented and experienced in challenging, innovative and creative ways.  Students learn through a variety of settings like large class, group, individual and fast-tracking situations. 


Language and Literacy Studies


The English classes at Spectrum connect with many subject areas and are based on:

•Balanced literacy program

•Literature Circles

•Reader Response

•Integrated Literacy Projects

•Script writing, film production, editing

•Student publishing

•Oral, theatrical and dramatic presentations


Media Studies and Integrated Technology


This is a unique approach to integrating literacy and technology skills. Students will use programs such as iMovie, Photoshop, GarageBand and Powerpoint to create film, music videos, digital photographs, graphic design, web design, stop animation and slideshows. Projects are collaborative, exciting and challenging.