Students who attend Spectrum of the Arts for the required 8 days will earn alumni status. This means that they will automatically be invited the next year to attend without having to go through the lottery process again. A student must remain in their original major for the duration of their years in Spectrum. If they desire to switch majors, they would need to be re-nominated by a teacher in the new area and will go through the same lottery process as all other students. This will result in a loss of alumni status. Students who do not attend all 8 days of the program, or are consistently late/picked up early during the program, may also be in jeopardy of losing their alumni status and may not be invited back the next year. Students who do not participate in all the arts areas or have shown inconsistent performance in their major may also not be invited back to participate.


We adhere strictly to our published deadlines! Registrations received after the deadline will automatically be placed on our wait list. Nominations received after the deadline will not be considered in the lottery. Please be mindful of the deadlines, as we have a tight timetable to complete all the tasks necessary to get the program running. Deadlines are the dates when the registration must submitted online by the close of business (5:00 p.m.) to our office.


The program hours are 9:00 am to 2:30 pm Mondays-Thursdays only (CMS buildings are closed on Fridays during the summer months) from June 18  – June 28, 2018. Breakfast will be served in the cafeteria at 8:15 a.m., so if you would like your child to partake in the breakfast program, please be here by 8:30 a.m. Please have your child at E.E. Waddell Language Academy on time and picked up on time, as additional supervision is not provided by staff. During the Parent Meeting the first morning of the program at 8:30 a.m., you will receive more information about parking and dismissal procedures. Here is a map to assist you with parking and drop-off/pick up.


Guidelines will be discussed with all students and parents on the first day. No gum, candy, toys, iPods, headsets, or other personal electronic devices will be allowed. Cell phones should remain off and put away during the program. We are not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged personal items. We have high expectations of all students at all times and will maintain these expectations throughout the two weeks. Any student who is disruptive, harmful, or impedes the learning of others will be removed from activities and not allowed to return to our program. You will be asked to pick your child up immediately that day. There will be no refunds due to disruptive or harmful behaviors. Students are subject to all CMS behavioral expectations and regulations.


Make sure that your child dresses appropriately for participation in various art forms. Loose and comfortable clothing should be worn. Clothes that allow your child to be physically active are best.

  • No short shorts. Shorts should be fingertip-length and mid-thigh.
  • No bare midriffs or spaghetti straps (thinner than 1 inch).
  • No flip-flops.
  • No hats.
  • Wear t-shirts with appropriate messages only – no profanity.
  • Clothing should not hinder involvement in the visual arts. Please save new/fancy/expensive clothing for another time.
  • Socks and sneakers are the best footwear. These may be removed for some activities. See the FAQ for specific questions pertaining to dance majors’ clothing.
  • The temperature at the school fluctuates, so your child may want to have a sweater or jacket available.



A hot breakfast and lunch option will be provided daily at no cost to our students. Breakfast is served at 8:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. If your child has any food restrictions/allergies, please notify us via the Health Form that you complete online with your registration. Please make sure your child is aware of these restrictions. If you would like for your child to bring a lunch instead, please feel free to send food that does not need refrigeration. Food is allowed to be eaten only in the cafeteria during the designated breakfast and lunch times. Please see this year’s menu by clicking the link below.



The first morning of the program, there will be an opening informational session at 8:30 am. Please plan on joining us at this time. You will also have an opportunity to meet the instructors, see where your child will be, and learn more specifics about the program. Instructions will be given about student pick-up and carpooling. If you need to arrange a carpool with other parents, there is an opportunity to do so prior to this meeting by emailing the Director of the Program.


The program relies on tuition fees to purchase all of the items required to run the program such as art supplies, musical instruments, costumes, etc. Due to CMS budget policies and deadlines for ordering materials, refunds cannot be issued for invitees who cancel on or after June 1, 2018.  In addition, those who cancel will not be granted alumni status for the following year. If you have an extenuating circumstance and would like to still be considered for alumni status in this instance, please contact the Director of the program. Requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Program Cancellation 2020

Dear Spectrum Parents & Guardians,  

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the postponement of the Spectrum of the Arts 2020 program due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This decision was made after much consideration for the health and safety of our staff, students, and the community at large.  We want our students to have the full “Spectrum experience” of integrating the arts and realized we could not do that given the current circumstances. 

We realize this is a disappointment to everyone involved, but please know that we plan to continue with the program next summer.  Students who are already registered and paid for the 2020 program will receive full refunds. The same students will be automatically invited back to attend the program in the summer of 2021 without having to go through the lottery process or losing alumni status.  This also applies to students who would have “aged out” of the program this year; they will also be invited back to attend in the summer of 2021.  More information will be sent in January 2021, so please make sure you have a current email on file with us

While we held out hope that the program would go on this summer, we wanted to make sure we could bring you the highest quality program many of you have come to expect and, sadly, the reality is that we can’t right now.  However, we will keep DREAMing and look forward to seeing you in June 2021. The tentative dates for the 2021 program will be June 7 - June 17, 2021 -  mark your calendars! We will DREAM together then!

Thank you for your support and understanding. Please allow four to five weeks for your refund to be processed. If you have any questions regarding your refund after that time, please contact David Ferguson at david.ferguson@cms.k12.nc.us or (980) 343-2795. 

We wish you the best summer and look forward to seeing you in June 2021! Stay safe and well!


Trinette Atri

Director, Spectrum of the Arts