Welcome to Spectrum Alternative

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Spectrum has moved to a temporary location (529 Vaughan Rd.) at the former Vaughan Road Academy for the next year during the construction of our new building at our current site.

Spectrum Alternative school was established in 1978 and has a tradition of providing an excellent academic program with an emphasis on project work that integrates language arts, visual arts, drama and technology.  Spectrum students develop strengths in time management, personal responsibility and creative collaboration.  Spectrum offers a small-school environment with  students in grades 7 and 8. 

Our highly experienced and dedicated teachers help create an engaging world of learning and artistic inquiry that your child will value for life.

Spectrum students are expected to be self-motivated learners who strive to achieve their personal best.

Greetings from Spectrum Staff

We want to let all families know that we, at Spectrum, are thinking first and foremost about your health and safety as we face this terrible global pandemic Covid-19. We want all families to fully embrace the recommendations put forth by the Federal and Provincial governments and the City of Toronto to practice “social distancing” at all times, and to follow the direction to self-isolate should you be experiencing any illness no matter how mild the symptoms. As it is continually stated in the media, we need to flatten the curve.

When faced with difficult times, one coping strategy is to ask, “What can I see that is positive about this situation?” As we look around our city and within our social groups we see countless examples of people coming together for the greater good. Some people are making food or going shopping for those who are self-isolating. Other people are donating items that can be used by others in need. One by-product of social distancing is that families are spending more time doing things together- playing games, doing puzzles or even just enjoying movies, television and music together. Families are cooking together and eating together which, when schedules are full, is sometimes a challenge. Friends and families are connecting more often out of sincere concern for one another’s health and well-being. These are just a few that come to mind. Please feel free to share what you are doing on social media- there is no telling who you might inspire!

The Spectrum team is here to support you in any way that we can. At this time we too have many questions about how things will unfold from an education perspective; rest-assured that we will be providing families with information as we receive it. In the meantime, we encourage you to follow the recommendation of social –distancing, to try and find the positives within the challenges that we face and to stay strong during this truly global crisis.


The Spectrum Team