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Experience joyful learning.

Learning with a purpose

Students should be active in and excited about their learning. School is the journey that leads to their futures. We must challenge them, equipping them with the tools they will need to succeed in a rapidly changing world.  

Quest Forward Academy is for students who demand more and who are ready to give more. Combining rigorous academics with a solid framework of real-life, valuable skills, Quest Forward Academy is demanding, exciting, engaging—anything but boring.  

A global network of innovative schools

While independent in its operation, Quest Forward Academy Omaha is part of a global network of innovative schools that offer Quest Forward Learning to their students. This network allows us to draw upon deep resources of expertise in curriculum, school design, and technology tools. Constantly learning from our students, the knowledge gained is rapidly shared throughout the network ensuring that the school will grow and learn as its students grow and learn.  

Built on a common vision for quality education and a shared course of study, each Academy shares a commitment to rigorous academics, active learning, and personal growth.  

The school will continue to grow steadily toward a target of 256 students, with 64 students per grade.

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Quest Forward Academy has been built for the next generation of students, placing a premium on supporting small-group and individual learning. We focus on developing the mindset, habits, and skills that help students own their learning journeys.

Mark Smith
Mark Smith, Director Quest Forward Academy Omaha

Meet The Staff

Experienced, knowledgeable, and focused on fostering student growth.

Jennifer Dalbey

Social Sciences

BS Journalist, MA Communications, MAT Language Arts and Social Sciences

Lauren Dombrowski

Director of Recruitment

BS Business Administration, MS Management

Sarah Earnest

School Counselor

BA Biology/Chemistry

Georgia Hart


BS Biology/Chemistry, MS Education Curriculum and Instruction

Ryan Luther


BS Mathematics

Kourtney Shoemaker

Social Science

BS Business Administration, BA Second Language Studies, BS Social Science Education, BS Religious Education

Mark Smith


BS Science Education, M Ed School Administration, Ed Specialist (in progress)

Ed Vogel


BS Secondary Education, MA English

Megan Heese

Media Resource Specialist

BA English, MAT English and Library Science

Katrina Wulf

Internship Coordinator

Masters of Social Work

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Our University Location

A truly unique high school experience.

Unparalleled Resources

While operating independently, Quest Forward Academy students have access to world class resources on the Bellevue University Campus:

  • State of the art science laboratory
  • University library and media
  • Makerspaces and art studios
  • … and more!

Seamless Transition to College

From their first moment at the Academy, students learn to feel at home on a college campus, making the graduation leap to college nearly seamless. While many high schools claim “college readiness,” few can offer the confidence imparted by four years of living and working on an actual college campus with peers and mentors.

Within Reach

A Quest Forward education may be more attainable than you think. In alignment with our commitment to enrolling a diverse student body, our scholarship program ensures that all qualified students, regardless of finances, can attend Quest Forward Academy.

A Schedule with Smarts

Terms designed for richer learning experiences.

A Meaningful, Balanced School Year

Our academic year consists of:

  • four eight-week terms
  • a two-week Fall Intersession
  • a three-week Winter Intersession
  • a two-week Spring Intersession

This schedule enables innovative, personalized programming for students. The Intersessions provide opportunities for:

  • intensive work in electives
  • travel
  • independent projects
  • a change of pace from the core academic content

A five-week Summer Session is also offered. The Summer Session provides students with opportunities to catch up on coursework, as well as new opportunities for service learning, internships, project work, and electives.

Days with Structure and Flexibility

  • 8:00 a.m. Academy opens. Students work on projects, enjoy catered breakfast, and get ready for the day.
  • 9:00 a.m. Classes Begin
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch
  • 3:30 p.m. Classes End

During the regular terms, each class meets five times every two weeks. In addition to regular class meetings, students also have:

  • planning periods
  • open quest time
  • opportunities to work on the Essential Habits
  • one hour each day for electives and project work, which allows students to receive additional support

School lets out after morning classes every other Friday to provide time for professional development of staff and for students to engage in independent work.

Students also have regular opportunities for field trips and other exploratory projects in the surrounding community as part of our City as Campus program.

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Intersessions provide a change of pace, with opportunities for intensive work in electives, travel, or independent projects.

  • Regular Terms (8 weeks each)
  • Intersessions (2-3 weeks each)
  • Summer Session (5 weeks)
  • Student Breaks
  • Holiday


Our curriculum prepares students for success.

Quest Forward Academy offers courses through the advanced placement level, meeting or exceeding state high-school graduation requirements. Our curriculum aligns with Common Core State Standards for English and Mathematics, Next Generation Science Standards for Mathematics and Science, and C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards, while also advancing the Quest Forward Learning skills and habits.

The Academy curriculum prepares students for college entrance exams, such as the ACT and the SAT, and for success on the educational paths beyond college.




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Experience Us In Person

Upcoming Events

Open House

Join us at an Open House where you will experience hands-on mini-classes, tour the campus, and meet our team.


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In Our Own Words

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Welcoming applications for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Our scholarship program ensures that all qualified students, regardless of finances, can attend Quest Forward Academy. Limited spaces for transfer students for the 2019 academic year are available. Contact us to learn more.