History & Mission
Quest Academy was established in 1982 to provide an appropriate learning environment for gifted children whose educational needs were not being well served by their local public schools. Quest opened its doors with 11 students and two faculty members. The school currently enrolls over 300 students, preschool through 8th grade, from over 72 different Chicago area communities.
Quest Academy provides gifted children with a challenging curriculum and a nurturing environment. Our program emphasizes sound character along with scholarship and creativity in both the academics and the arts. The Quest community values the individuality of each child and encourages each to strive for personal excellence.
Quest Academy's curriculum is based on the Understanding by Design model (Wiggins and McTighe) in which the desired outcomes (Understandings, Skills, and Knowledge) are determined first, the assessment criteria (evidence of understanding) are identified next, and the learning activities are designed last and on the basis of the first two. While our curriculum chart is not meant to elucidate every detail of the desired learning outcomes, it does serve as a comprehensive and concise overview of the concepts "uncovered" in the Quest curriculum. Click here to view our curriculum guide.
Quest Academy is committed to exploring and embracing diversity in our learning community.
We believe that all members of the school community are responsible for advancing an understanding of and cultivating respect for the dignity and uniqueness of every individual.
We define diversity as including people who are different from each other in myriad ways including: age, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, ability, race, ethnicity, and culture.
We recognize a person with cultural competence as one who shows respect for those differences, as well as for differences in thoughts, ideas, perspectives, and understandings.
We affirm that developing the diversity of our community and the cultural competence of each person in it will serve Quest Academy’s mission and strengthen its students’ ability to thrive in a culturally-diverse world.
Quest Academy will design and implement a curriculum to support diversity and cultural competence within our learning community. The progress of diversity initiatives at Quest Academy will be measured by 1) sustaining continuous effort and 2) monitoring transparency and accountability among faculty, staff, parents, and students.