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About Spectrum

Spectrum High School is a public charter high school which received its original charter in 2006. The school currently serves grades six through twelve, and is located thirty-five miles northwest of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. The school consists of two buildings with students in grades 7-12 at 17796 Industrial Circle NW, Elk River, MN, and students in grade 6 at 11044 Industrial Circle NW, Elk River, MN.

Spectrum High School’s core philosophy focuses on providing students with a small school setting which provides a college preparatory education with an emphasis on technology. In addition, students are also given an opportunity to become involved in their community through an intentional program of service learning. Currently, Spectrum has 17 CaSH [College at Spectrum High] classes offered through concurrent enrollment programs.

Spectrum High School’s Class of 2015 graduated three students who completed all of the credits necessary to complete the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, and had four students who earned an Associate of Arts degree at the same time as their high school diploma. In addition, due to Spectrum’s robust CaSH program, 34 graduates earned an impressive 959 total college credits over their high school career, which is approximately $166,000 in college tuition savings.

Finally, for the third year in a row, Spectrum High School was named as a REWARD school by the Minnesota Department of Education for the 2014-2015 school year.

Reward School 2014

Vision Statement
The Vision of Spectrum High School is to foster academic and personal excellence through a program emphasizing high academic standards in a small-school setting.

Mission Statement
The mission of Spectrum High School is to encourage students to attain their maximum potential through a 3-dimensional strategy emphasizing


  • College preparatory curriculum
  • A technology-rich environment
  • Community-based outreach 
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