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). 



    Eligibility Update for Fall 2021: 

    For information about middle school gifted services, please contact the Spectrum Teacher at Trailside Middle School, Lisa Dolinich, at Lisa.Dolinich@lcps.org