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Get to Know: Jen Dalbey, Mentor

Current Subject: English (including Journalism and Debate), Social Sciences, Government, Economics Years Teaching Overall: 23 years, with experience teaching high school, college, and corporate training and development Years Mentoring at Quest Forward Academy: 3 years Why did… Read More

Sisters Gabby, Emilie, and Martha sit next to each other on a couch

Get to Know: Gabby, Emilie, and Martha

Gabby, Emilie, and Martha are three sisters that joined the Quest Forward Academy Omaha community this year. Emilie and Martha are second year students, and Gabby is in her third year (at Quest Forward Academies, we call the second and third years “Exploration Phase”). The three sisters discuss… Read More

Our Extraordinary First Game

What can you do to become more curious? This was a central question we had in mind when developing content to support students in practicing Be Curious, one of the 6 Essential Habits focused on with Quest Forward Learning. Students have opportunities to practice being curious every day through… Read More

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Course Overview: American Government

This Transition Phase (grade 12) course offers a survey of the main documents, political structures, ideas, and institutions that form and shape the American government. Students engage actively with the US Constitution, landmark Supreme Court rulings, and other foundational documents that comprise the basis for informed citizenship. Read More

Four students sit around a table during Career Bootcamp. Two of them are raising their hands enthusiastically.

Career Bootcamp for the Bees

Since the dawn of time (and the first day of kindergarten) students everywhere have been asked: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” As Quest Forward Academy Omaha begins its third year, we’re focusing on preparing students to take real steps to pursue their post-high… Read More

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Welcome Back! Quest Forward Academies Enter Third Year

This past Tuesday, August 14th, marked the new school year for Quest Forward Academies in Omaha and Santa Rosa. School Directors Mark Smith, of Omaha, and Director Karen Kenkel, of Santa Rosa, offer their thoughts on the first week back and their goals for the new year. Mark Smith, School… Read More

Get to Know: Katie Cameron, Publication Reviewer

Katie Cameron joined the Global Quest Review Team at its inception in 2017. The team mainly handles the Publication Review process that all quests go through as a part of the Quest Forward Learning curriculum. As a veteran member of the team, Katie discusses the challenges of reviewing quests from… Read More

Make Way for Mascots!

Quest Forward Academy students on both Omaha and Santa Rosa campuses put a major decision to a vote this year: What mascots would best represent their communities? Mentors Jennifer Dalbey (Omaha) and Nils Palsson (Santa Rosa) share the student-driven origin stories of The Swarm and The Quetzals. Hive… Read More

Taking to the Airwaves

Mark Smith, School Director at Quest Forward Academy Omaha, joined two local radio programs in Omaha to speak about the unique qualities and strengths of a Quest Forward education. In his interviews, Mark communicated the breadth of the Academy structure and its programs, and… Read More

Students Celebrate Influencers

For most tech-savvy teens, the word “influencer” brings to mind YouTube stars. Quest Forward Academy Omaha students thought along these lines for a final project that celebrates the people in their lives whose examples, support, or guidance has impacted them. The Influencer Recognition Project exemplifies the value of… Read More