Students who attend Spectrum of the Arts for the required 7 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, provided the student remains enrolled in CMS. Students who leave CMS and attend another school district are not eligible to attend Spectrum of the Arts. 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 7 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 published deadline will automatically be placed on our wait list. Nominations received after the deadline (February 3, 2023 by 5:00 p.m.) 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 8:30 am to 2:30 pm from June 20  – June 29, 2023 (NOT including Friday, June 23). Breakfast will be served in the cafeteria at 7:45 a.m., so if you would like your child to partake in the breakfast program (at no cost), please be here by 7:45 a.m. Please have your child at East Mecklenburg High School on time and picked up on time, as additional supervision is not provided by staff.


Guidelines will be discussed with all students and parents on the first day. No gum, candy, toys, or other personal electronic devices will be allowed. Cell phones should remain off and put away during the program, unless given permission for use by a teacher. 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 7:45 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.


A pre-recorded meeting will be sent to parents via email regarding all the policies and procedures for the current year’s program. Please check your email frequently for any communication from Spectrum of the Arts. Our main method of communication is via S’more newsletters. Please make sure we have your current email on file for all communications.


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, 2023.  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.