Learn about Spectrum Progressive School
It is important for families to understand the Spectrum Progressive School teaching program and how our program is different from traditional school. Review our website and videos to see how learning can be fun, hands-on, and exciting for your child. Next, schedule a tour of our school! You and your child will walk through our classrooms to see our teachers and students in their learning communities.
Spectrum School is a private, independent, non-sectarian school serving the Rockford area and surrounding region including Beloit, Janesville, Roscoe, Rockton, Boone County and Dekalb.
What is Progressive Education?
- Attending to the whole child: Progressive educators are concerned with helping children become good people not just good learners
- Community: Learning isn't something that happens to individual children-separate selves at separate desks. Children learn with and from one another in a caring community, and that's true of moral as well as academic learning
- Collaboration: Progressive schools are characterized by what we like to call a "working with" rather than a "doing to" model
- Intrinsic motivation: Progressive educators are likely to ask "what's the effect on students' interest in learning, their desire to continue reading, thinking, and questioning?"
- Active Learning: In progressive schools, students play a vital role in helping to design the curriculum, formulate the questions, seek out (and create) answers, think through possibilities, and evaluate how successful they- and their teachers- have been
- Deep Understanding: Progressive education tends to be organized around problems, projects and questions- rather than around lists of facts, skills, and separate disciplines. The teaching is interdisciplinary...to invite them to think deeply about issues that matter and help them understand ideas from the inside out
- Taking Kids Seriously: Progressive educators take their cue from the children- and are particularly attentive to differences among them
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“...mindful, self-directed learners for life.”
The purpose of Spectrum Progressive School is to provide an educational experience based on the learning theories of Jean Piaget, John Dewey and the Multiple Intelligences Theory of Howard Gardner. 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. Spectrum School supports the development and implementation of a model for life-long learning which embraces the diversity of the entire community.
Learning is a life-long process. Learning makes it possible for each person to achieve full potential at every stage in life. The learning styles, personal interests and talents of each individual must be acknowledged, honored, guided and strengthened. Learning happens best when individuals are provided with hands-on experiences which encourage observing, questioning and problem solving. Learning cooperative decision-making and conflict resolution, as well as learning how to learn, are essential for future success.
Spectrum teaching staff includes education specialists with expertise in learning and child development as well as specialists in foreign language, dance, visual and performing arts. Our teachers recognize every child learns in a different way and strive to nurture potential in each student. Currently 100% of Spectrum's teaching staff have their bachelor's degree and 70% of full time teachers have completed or are finishing their master's degree.