The History of Spectrum Academy
In 2006, a group of parents frustrated with the educational opportunities available for students with autism, took it upon themselves to ensure the academic success of their children. After years of hard work, sacrifice and sheer determination, they opened the doors of the first charter school in Utah dedicated solely to the academic, behavioral and social success of students with Asperger’s Syndrome and high-functioning autism.
The same vision that motivated these early parents still drives the parents, educators and staff at Spectrum Academy today. What started as an elementary program of 150 students has, in the last nine years, expanded to include elementary and high school programs in multiple campuses with a combined population of over 1,100 students.
Located in North Salt Lake, Utah and Pleasant Grove, Utah, our educators understand the academic, social and behavioral challenges of these unique students. Many among our employees are themselves parents, grandparents and siblings of individuals on the autism spectrum. They come to Spectrum Academy looking for opportunities to inspire, guide and develop the strategies that will help our students reach their fullest potential and enjoy productive and successful futures. Along the way, our commitment to advance the academic opportunities for students with autism has led other individuals with unique learning needs to our school. Our school population now consists of a rich mixture of students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, students throughout the autism spectrum, and those with typical learning abilities. All these students benefit from our small class sizes, individualized instruction and innovative social skills curriculum.
Building upon the vision of our founding parents, Spectrum Academy is passionate about the success of its students. As a charter school, we are part of the public school system and are subject to the same laws and regulations that govern traditional public schools. We receive public education funds and do not require tuition. And, like other public schools, we are open to the public, without discrimination.
Today, Spectrum Academy serves over 500 students in Kindergarten through 12th grade at our North Salt Lake campus, and over 500 students grades Kindergarten through 11th grade at our Pleasant Grove campus. Both campuses offer many services for students, such as:
*Small Class Sizes
*A Teacher and Paraprofessional in Every Classroom
*Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) where applicable
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