For the 2022-2023 school year, we offer classes for 1st-12th grade. We do not have a kindergarten class, and students entering the 1st grade must be evaluated to make sure that they are adequately prepared for 1st grade.
For the 2022-2023 school year, tuition to the Spectra School is a comprehensive rate of $360 per month for a 10-month period. Parents also have the option to spread out tuition over a 12-month period for a rate of $300 per month. While many private institutions accompany tuition costs with numerous other fees, our goal is to keep Spectra affordable and remain transparent from a financial perspective.
Grades 1, 2, and 5-8 attend school in the morning class from 8:00am-11:00am. Grades 3, 4, and 9-12 attend school in the afternoon from 12:00pm-3:00pm. All students attend school on Monday-Thursday. We observe a traditional 10-month school year calendar, with 2 months for summer break.
Microschools are called “micro” because they’re small, enrolling fewer than 120 students. Microschools are also often called learning pods. Students are often part of a mixed-age class rather than split into different grades. Many people also think of it as "outsourced homeschooling" since it is similar to homeschooling but is taught by teachers at a school rather than parents at home.
Our goal is to create individualized and meaningful learning for all students. Our class size is small, meaning more one-on-one time for students. We also believe in hands-on experiences and relating real-life skills into our curriculum. This emphasis helps our students become well-rounded and ready for life after secondary school, whether they choose to attend college or enter the workforce.
Students learn using a holistic approach, with their subjects alternating every other week. Students spend a week with Mrs. Brooks learning math and science and then the next week with Mrs. Pevey for language arts and history. All students start at their grade level and can be moved up or down into other classes to fit their needs throughout the year.
We do not use a traditional grading system, but instead, we evaluate students daily, grading assignments in real time to give immediate feedback on their work so that they may correct their mistakes. We also believe it is important for students to be well-rounded and ready for the real world, so many of our lessons center around that concept. Students are taught to take ownership and responsibility of their own work so that they can take pride in everything they do.
All curriculum is created by owners and teachers, Casey Pevey and Kathleen Brooks. We pull custom assignments from various resources to create a custom-curated curriculum that mixes core subjects and concepts with real-world skills. Within the custom curriculum, other programs like Khan Academy or Saxon math curriculum may be used to teach core skills in math and reading. We are not accredited which means we cannot give credits for courses. This does not hinder a student from getting a diploma from Spectra or college acceptance but will hinder their return to an accredited institution for grades 9-12, as public high schools use a credit system for graduation.
If you want more information, feel free to contact us at your convenience!