Quest Academy offers supervision both before and after school. Morning supervision is from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. in the Quest cafeteria. The afternoon session is located in the Quest cafeteria and begins at 3:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and at 2:45pm on Wednesday. Children who have not been picked up by 3:00pm on Wednesdays and 3:45pm on all other days are signed into the Extended Care Program. The Extended Day Program ends at 6:00pm Monday through Friday. Parents are billed $7 for the morning Extended Day Program and $7 per hour for the Afternoon Extended Day Program. For billing purposes 3:30-5:00pm is one hour, and 5:00-6:00pm is one hour. We also offer the option to pay a one-time $2,000 fee to cover all Extended Day fees for the school year. For questions about payment and fees, contact the Business Office at 847.202.8035 x416.
Quest Academy’s Extended Day Program provides a safe, nurturing, and supportive environment where children can enjoy playing with otherstudents as well as a variety of planned activities. In our program we focus on the needs and interests of the children by offering adult directed and child initiated activities. Among the many activities offered are outdoor play, games in the gym on a regular basis, arts and crafts, imaginative play, Legos, board games, and building toys. Older children have opportunities for socializing with peers and a monitored computer lab/study hall. All children participating in the afternoon program are served a snack between 4:15 and 4:30pm.
The Extended Day Program is open during the Parent-Teacher Conference days and Teacher Workdays from 8:00am to 6:00pm. On the extended days, field trips are usually scheduled for grades 1-8. The description of the planned activities and registration forms for these days are sent home in the Quest Friday Folder and are available on the Quest website.
Tom Voeller is the Director of the Extended Day Program.
A Parent’s Perspective
Several of us, parents and teachers . . . were talking late one afternoon when we saw a group of children playing four-square outside on the playground. Their laughter as they ran in and out from the school reminded us of times from our own childhoods. Naturally, times have changed, yet something about a cool fall evening, the deepening darkness, running in and out, and the freedom of playing four-square, was the same and seemed a very important part of what the school offers children. It didn’t appear to be quite captured in a curriculum description or activities listed in the [Extended Day Program] brochure. It was hard to pinpoint exactly what it was about the image that seemed so important. Maybe it was the contrast to a child sitting inside watching television alone. It speaks to being responsive to a parent’s needs in today’s world; it speaks to developing a child’s sense of independence and joy in a homelike environment.