Character Education & Service Learning
Good character is the foundation of every legitimate success in a person's life. We believe that good character can best develop under the direct guidance of the adults in a child's life. To complement the family values learned at home, we provide our students with opportunities to discuss and analyze good character, and we help students practice using good character in decision-making at school. We believe that when children practice responsibility, they learn responsibility; we believe that when children practice the words and actions of compassion, they learn what compassion truly is.
Our students have outstanding gifts and talents, which can only be enhanced by good character. We seek to guide them in developing the well-rounded character that will serve them well in life and help them serve others.
Good character does not always come easily. It often takes many life lessons for a person to collect enough experiences to understand the importance of good character. Our community celebrates the growth of all students. However, we recognize that there is no predetermined timeline for achieving good character. This is truly a life-long quest.
For each trait, we have chosen a symbol. These symbols decorate our Round Table and remind us of the qualities we all strive to embody. Everyone in the Quest community must know these symbols in order to recognize and commend our Pages and Squires for the traits they demonstrate.
Service learning is an integral part of the Quest Academy curriculum and encourages students to actively reflect and seek to make a positive change in our society. Every Monday in Middle School, 45 minutes of the school day is spent with students learning about their area of focus for service: children, elderly, environment, hunger and homelessness, and literacy. The benefits of service learning are multi-layered with a commitment toward community interspersed with instruction and education to enrich the overall experience.
In the case of Quest's Middle School students, the logistics and activities for service learning events are organized and implemented by the students themselves. "Our Middle School students get leadership opportunities they can't find elsewhere," said Service Learning Chairperson Jen Fabsik, Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies teacher. "It's incredible to hear the students calling organizations and making plans. We had people think that they were actually dealing with adults."
Lower school grades are assigned an area of service and every trimester participate in “buddy days” with their middle school groups. Service Learning student leaders work with lower school classroom teachers to plan activities related to their service area of focus.
Immersion Days are service opportunities. The expectation is that students will serve the community in a meaningful and tangible way. Opportunities can include student designed in-house workshops, off-campus projects, outdoors expeditions, speaking events, etc.