Our high school students learn by engaging with the world.
Our students engage with the world, developing the mindset, essential habits, and academic skills they will need to grow and succeed through college and career. At Quest Forward Academy, students learn how to learn.
Each Academy builds on Opportunity Education’s Quest Forward Learning, and the benefits that come from being part of a growing, global network of innovative secondary schools.
So far, all graduating students have been accepted to one of their top 3 college picks.
Challenging academics, supportive mentors.
Quest Forward Academy challenges students to explore, discover, analyze, and demonstrate answers to questions, while discovering passions and purpose and developing rigorous academic skills. Supported by mentor teachers, who provide constant guidance and feedback, students expand their knowledge, practice specific skills, and learn how to learn. Here, success is not just about answering questions correctly—it’s about learning how to ask them well.
The Academy Course of Study for is divided into three phases:
The Foundation Phase — typically done in 9th grade — provides a grounding in Quest Forward Learning by introducing subjects and skills the students will encounter throughout their work in high school.
This phase also introduces students to the Six Essential Habits of mind and character, and gets students ready to drive their own learning, work with their mentors, and collaborate actively in the learning community. The Foundation Phase is followed by the Exploration Phase.
The Exploration Phase provides students with an opportunity to expand their interests and develop their talents more deeply. In the first part of the Exploration Phase — typically done in 10th grade — students focus on interdisciplinary work on academic skills across English, Math, Social Sciences, and Science.
In the second part of this phase, students identify the subjects they find most compelling to them and begin to develop advanced competence in these areas. The Exploration Phase is followed by the Transition Phase.
The Transition Phase provides students with an opportunity to conclude their secondary education and produce one or more comprehensive capstone projects that summarize their achievements.
Students can complete their preparation for college, begin their pursuit of a career with internships, or even transition to college courses while still working within the structure of this final phase of Quest Forward Learning.
Mindset and Habits.
In addition to academics and skills development, Academy students also practice Six Essential Habits that form the foundation of success in education and career. As habitual behaviors, they position students uniquely to always keep learning, to see challenges as growth opportunities, and to work productively with others.
The Six Essential Habits of Quest Forward Learning are part of each student’s daily work at the Academies:
- Be Curious
- Communicate and Collaborate
- Manage Yourself
- Solve Problems
- Learn From Setbacks
- Live an Integrated Life
Cultivated and developed throughout each student’s time at Quest Forward Academy, these habits offer students ways to sustain their engagement in pursuit of career and life goals.