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At a Glance

Quest Academy is in Palatine, Illinois, one of Chicago's northwest suburbs.


Quest currently enrolls 245 gifted children from preschool (age 3) through 8th grade. We draw students and faculty from 72 different communities in the Chicagoland area.

Class Size

Small class sizes ensure that each child receives the differentiated curriculum that he or she needs.

Student-to-Faculty Ratio

Currently at Quest Academy, there is one faculty member for every seven students.


Quest's staff and faculty total 54, with 60% of our faculty and administration holding advanced degrees.


Quest Academy is a private institution in good standing with the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) and is a non-public school recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). Quest is also a member of the Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools (LMAIS).


Our school year typically begins just before Labor Day and ends the first week in June. We are on a trimester system.

School Hours

Preschool - Half-Day
Monday-Friday 8:30-12:00

Preschool - Full-Day
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30-3:30
Wednesday 8:30-2:45

Lower School (Junior Kindergarten through Grade 5)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30-3:30
Wednesday 8:30-2:45

Middle School (Grades 6-8)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:15-3:30
Wednesday 8:15-2:45

High School and College Placement

Many Quest graduates attend their local public high schools, regularly securing placement in Honors and Advanced Placement classes. Quest students who choose to continue in independent schools earn admission into the most selective high schools, including The Latin School of Chicago, Francis W. Parker, Illinois Math and Science Academy, Lake Forest Academy, Loyola Academy, Woodlands Academy, Elgin Academy, Benet Academy, Chicago Academy for the Arts, Chicago Lab School and such selective boarding schools as Phillips Academy Andover. Colleges and universities enrolling Quest Academy graduates include: Princeton University, Yale University, Brown University, Duke University, University of Chicago, Georgetown University, Cornell University, Berklee College of Music, Boston University, Washington University, Purdue University, USC and Dartmouth College.

Financial Aid

Financial assistance is available to Quest students with demonstrated need. We utilize NAIS' School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS).


Quest Academy is a suburban campus located near downtown Palatine.

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