• Spectrum information sessions for parents whose children are not currently enrolled in Spectrum will be offered on the following dates:

    Wednesday, September 11, 2019

    Monday, September 16, 2019

    Wednesday, September 18, 2019

    All sessions will be in room 100A at the Administrative Building.  The doors open at 6:30 pm.  The session will be from 7-8:00 pm.  


    The SPECTRUM program is designed to meet the needs of middle school students (grades 6-8) who have been identified in need of gifted services. Students attend SPECTRUM for a half block (approximately 40 minutes) every other day.

    • The SPECTRUM curriculum framework focuses on four themes that are explored each year:  Business & Economics, Communication & Culture, Technology & Engineering, and Ethics & Perspectives. Students engage in project-based learning, research and inquiry, and problem solving. They are challenged to collaborate, communicate, and apply their knowledge to real-world situations. Learning experiences are designed to develop initiative, creativity, and leadership skills. SPECTRUM provides students with opportunities for self-assessment and reflection on the demands and responsibilities of the gifted learner.

    In the LCPS Gifted Education Program, gifted students have the opportunity to achieve district goals at the level commensurate with their talent. Students are also challenged to apply their knowledge and skills in complex and advanced ways so that they can continue to develop academically.

     LCPS Gifted Education Programs Goals:

    • To become divergent creative thinkers who recognize problems and solve them

    • To construct personal meaning and understanding of others and of the world around them.

    • To develop the capacity for self assessment (ownership of the learning). 


    ***If you would like your student to be considered for eligibility into the SPECTRUM program, the Fall 2019 deadline for submitting the parent referral is October 4, 2019. If a referral form is received after this date, the student will be placed in the Spring 2020 eligibility process. The middle school eligibility process and referral form can be found in this link.  

    You may also contact the Spectrum Teacher at Trailside Middle School, Lisa Dolinich, at Lisa.Dolinich@lcps.org