Middle School: 6-8
The Middle School program addresses the interests and needs of Quest's older students—sixth, seventh, and eighth graders—by providing both the intellectual challenge and social-emotional support they need.
Classes remain small and instruction continues to be a mix of individual, small group, and whole group work, with differentiation of levels so that students can progress at a pace appropriate to their ability. Much of the academic work in Quest's Middle School is at the high school level.
Quest's program piques the interest of the young adolescent through:
- innovative and challenging curriculum paired with exciting elective classes,
- an enthusiastic, approachable faculty that both enjoys and understands young teens,
- interesting field trips and real-world experiences,
- frequent opportunity for performance in concerts, plays, and musicals.
We meet the social-emotional needs of Quest Middle School students by providing them with a morning break for socializing and snacking and an afternoon recess. The advisory program links each student with a faculty member who shares his or her interests while providing an outlet for support, encouragement, and partnership. Our teachers look past the challenges of early adolescence—awkwardness, rapid physical maturation, and emotional ups and downs—to focus on the strengths of the young adult who may possess mature intelligence, a capacity for high performance, and a lively sense of humor.
The Middle School Advisory Program, in which a small group of students meet for 30 minutes daily with their advisor, provides students with daily guidance not only in academics but in the areas of personal growth, peer issues, and adolescence in general. Advisory serves as a place for students to hear announcements, have their morning snack, develop friendships, and receive guidance on issues such as organizational skills and time management. Advisory also provides a framework in which Middle School students work together on service projects.
During the week, teachers and students take a break from regular classes to participate in an elective of their choice. Electives are lighter, high-interest courses with a broad range of topics. Past offerings include Canoe Building, Poetry, Rocketry, Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Creative Movement. Students are grouped across grade levels for these courses, so they have an opportunity to work with students from other grades.
Quest Academy students typically exhibit a strength in the area of mathematics and it is the intent of the school to ensure mastery across math content areas. As a result, math offerings in middle school extend well into high school coursework and are taught by high school certified teachers.
Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies are combined in a humanities format that promotes meaningful cross-curricular correlations and stimulates student engagement with the content. Quest students interact with LASS concepts through thoughtful texts, simulations, novels, and lively class discussion.
At Quest, we know that science is both a body of knowledge and a method of discovery. While knowledge can change over time, the scientific process remains stable and reliable. The skills of science—identifying problems, developing solutions, testing them, and implementing them—are vital life skills in any walk of life.