Spectrum Program

Spectrum Program at SLSS

Spectrum is an optional enrichment program offered for students in Grades 8-10 at Steveston-London.  It is designed for highly motivated students who enjoy working independently and co-operatively on a variety of learning challenges.  

Students apply beginning in January of their Grade 7 year, and 29 students are accepted.  Spectrum students take Math, Science, English and Social Studies together as a cohort group for three years, but they take physical education and all of their elective courses with all other SLSS students.  

Students who apply are committed to the program for three years, including completing a long-term, mentor-supported, independent exploration project (ENEX).  All Spectrum students must also be committed to attending week long, major field experiences each year.   In Grades 8 and 9, students attend the Strathcona Outdoor Education Centre for a program in leadership and environmental stewardship.  In Grade 10, students travel to Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City for a civic, cultural and historical program.  Costs to families are associated with all trips.  

Rewards of the Spectrum Program

  • Personal: Development of a sense of self-esteem, self-confidence and self-worth
  • Academic: Extensive grounding in the core curricula.  Development of problem solving, critical anaysis and higher order reasoning abilities.  Comprehensive preparation for senior level and Advanced Placement courses
  • Social: Improved personal communication and public speaking abilities.  Building of a social network with like-minded peers.  Development of leadership skills.  Appreciation of role and position in the local and global community
  • Physical: Practical, field-based educational experiences to heighten appreciation and development of the mind and body

Candidate Profile:

  • a responsible self-starter
  • an independent, reflective learner
  • a receptive and cooperative team player 
  • a naturally curious and creative thinker
  • an articulate communicator
  • a current particpant in activities outside of school
  • an academically successful pupil

Interested students should download and complete the application package and submit it to the Steveston-London office by the posted deadline.  Application packages are available on-line onlyPlease note that only students who have been accepted into Steveston-London can be considered for Spectrum.  Applications for transfer to Steveston-London are due to the Richmond School District by their district deadline in February.  Please phone the school if you have any further questions about Spectrum (604-668-6668).

 Class of 2022/23 Grade 8 Spectrum Admissions - IMPORTANT DATES

  • January 14: Application Package available on SLSS website
  • February 11 @ 3 pm: Application Package due to SLSS
  • February 16: Assessment of skills  - specific information about the date/time will be emailed to individuals
    • For all students applying to Spectrum, there will be an Asseessment of Skills on February 16 @ 3:30pm.  All incoming Grade 8 students interested in the Grade 8 Spectrum Program and the Math 8 Enriched class are invited to sign up: https://survey.sd38.bc.ca/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=86K27n93 - sign up deadline is Friday, February 11 @ 4:00pm
    • After signing up, a confirmation email with the date, time, classroom location and instruction will be provided a few days in advance 
  • February 28 - March 4 - Candidate Interviews
  • March 29 - Spectrum Offer of Admission 
  • April 1 - Acceptance Contracts due to SLSS at 3:00pm


**The Spectrum Application will be available on Friday, January 14 - applicants can download the application to complete.