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K-8
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Aurora, CO
Students enrolled: 604
Before care: Yes
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17315 E. 2nd Ave.
Aurora, CO 80012

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(303) 343-3664
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September 12, 2014
The school is absolutely fantastic. My daughter loves it. It is challenging but so is the life!

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2014
The overall school is good but it is too challenging the first time. We don't even start basic most times. It's always you are gifted you should know this now do it!

- submitted by a community member
August 01, 2014
An absolutely fantastic school! I've been going here since the building opened, and am heading into my first year of high school. It makes me sad to know I am leaving behind such wonderful and caring staff, students, and teachers. Middle School will probably be overwhelming at first, but the class grows so close together and no one is left behind. If you're thinking of enrolling your student here, please do. You won't regret it. -A student

- submitted by a community member
January 26, 2014
Middle school is supposed to be a time to grow and learn, to make friends and develop values. I cannot think of a better place to teach every single student that. I remember being so terrified that I wouldn't make friends in MS, that I would be bombarded with work. But Quest made me feel like I could trust everyone there. And I do. All of 8th grade is super close, and I can speak for other grades when I say that I trust most of the students and staff. I learn so much, it actually makes me feel like I have a chance. I have a lot of friends, and that's not because I'm "special" or extra smart. It's cause students here value personality over popularity, or excellency. I have an immense respect for my teachers, yet feel like I can joke around with them. Bullying is rare, and when it happens, it's taken care of. This school is anything but a white, smart, rich kid school. This school is diverse, and has rich and poor kids. Black and white kids. Book smart kids and street smart kids. If you are debating whether to apply to Quest, go for it. This is a place where it is amazing to learn, and just have fun.

- submitted by a community member
October 08, 2013
Aurora Quest is a great school, my son was admited here into 2nd grade this school year and, wow! What a difference. We love the way his teacher works with him anytime he Is he didn't understand a given class work. We have seen A big growth in his reading and math level Quest is like one big family, the stuff are are always ready To listen and help the students. Parent are not left out We all get involve in almost every area of the school We just love Quest .

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2013
I like that the staff is aware of my child needs. They are willing to help in any way they can.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2013
We have been very pleased with Aurora Quest so far. The school has very transparent screening process. They hosted a meeting with the parents explaining how the test scores were given and what they mean. Not like other magnet schools who don't explain the test score well and leave the parents wonder ( not very happy about the Challenge School screening process). I am happy that the teachers at Aurora Quest are very motivated and dedicated. My kid loves going to school. The school also has many fun activities !

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2013
Quest is an awesome school. I normally wouldn't have considered a public school for our son, but we have been nothing but impressed with Quest since day one. Quest staff and parents really are helping to build a community of responsible, respectful young citizens. I'm proud to say our son is a Quest Phoenix!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
We are a military family who fortunately found out in November 2012 that we would be moving to Aurora in summer 2013. We were able to make the application deadline and were fortunately accepted. We have twin first graders who attend Quest. I am so impressed with this school! One of the driving forces aside from great teachers, programs, facilities, administration is the 20 hour volunteer requirement. Involved parents lead to a successful atmosphere of the school. We feel very fortunate to be here.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2013
It's the #1 school in the state for a reason. The principal is hands-on. You'll see his involvement in every aspect of the school. The students adore the teachers and staff. Teachers are encouraged to continue their learning as well. This is a school focused on gifted learners, but they are also expected to know how to respectful to others, which is so many children are lacking these days. Both my kids ask if they can stay longer at the end of the day, and tease each other that they are the lucky one when they get homework! My kids love school, and get to learn at their own pace and are challenged on a regular basis. We couldn't ask for more.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2013
Aurora Quest is an outstanding school. This is my daughter's 2nd year with Quest and they are wonderful. The teachers work with each child's individual learning strengths and weaknesses and their communication with the parents is fantastic. The parent involvement at Quest is shocking. The Quest parents are always helping out with fundraisers, school events and PTA meetings.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
we r so lucky found this school and yeeah so happy greeeat school love it.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2013
we are a new family in this school. I want to get more information.I love this school. It has been the best decision to go here. The teachers really do know how to teach you, and if you are confused you can always go to them for help. I get the education I need, which was not given to me at my other school because I was always a higher level here.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2013
School does have a great facility. tear her have been changing recently including the principle and dean, and vice,seems like everyone running from the boat, we don't know why. The curriculum especially in math is weak I agree, most of the kids came to kindergarten with 1st or 2nd grade knowledge, and the teachers did not create any special groups for them, but placed everyone at the beginning starting with counting objects and dots, putting responsibilities on parents to keep previously obtained knowledge alive and practice at home. Hardly any homework, poor communication with parents, one may be two parent teacher conferences a year, one is a must, second is optional, no grading on work done at school that comes home only at the end of the week, keeps parents pretty much unaware of how the kids are performing poorly or not. The report card does not reflect much either since the letter P means everything from C+ to A. Good part we liked so far are reading groups, so the kids can read exactly at the level they are, they are getting tested at least three times a year, but again if the parent doesn't ask the teachers about the scores, they don't volunteer that information. P

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2013
Quest is supposed to be a magnet school for the gifted and talented. Parents choose this school so their children will be surrounded by like-minded peers and will be challenged in academics. It is a privilege to be enrolled in this school and that privilege should be revoked if students are not behaving appropriately. Bullying and classroom disruptions are found across the grade levels and nothing is being done (other than sweeping every incident under the rug). Unfortunately, Quest is failing ALL students by not asking problematic students to return to their original schools and opening those slots to other deserving kids. Quest is also failing ALL students in other matters: Spending 20 minutes every day on "RISE" (their guiding principles) is a waste of academic instructional time. The strict adherence to an inferior math "curriculum" that does not teach algorithms is absurd. Research has proven the inferiority of "Investigations" and even the Colorado State Standards require that algorithms be taught. Students are not being challenged in math! So sad!!! Making the "numbers" look good is the priority at this school, not the education of the gifted and talented.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2012
So sad that we had to move. My boys both went here and loved it. My oldest went here for 3-5th grade and still talks about it. (He's in 7th grade now). My youngest son only go to go for one year (kindergarten) and Ms. Neff, now Mrs. Garcia I believe was absolutely fantastic. They both excelled here and thankfully I was able to find a school where we live now that is almost equally as great. If we weren't so far I would never have taken them out.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2012
I love quest I've gone here since I was in second grade and now I'm in sixth. Quest is my pace and that is advanced. If I ever had to switch schools that would only be in high school. My parents love my school and so do I so go QUEST!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
April 10, 2012
We felt very blessed to have our daughter attend quest from her 5th through 8th grade years. The Aurora Public School district has such poor middle schools so we were so relieved to get her in Quest for those important years. My daughter was doing 7th grade math that I had done in college! She learned everything about technology and computers. The only think I would say was lacking was Geography (something very important in my day). She couldn't tell me the states and capitals, etc. Luckily this is something I can easily teach her myself. Sadly my son has not tested gifted so we haven't been able to get him in Quest and are having to try one of the "regular" APS middle schools. We hope for the best.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2012
Yes, this school is better than many in Aurora but I felt they spent an inordinate amount of time teaching to the CSAP test. Of course their scores are high when the students spend a great deal of time "practicing" for the test! This preparation ensures high scores but takes away from learning. There are some good teachers at this school but with close to 40 kids in my son's middle school math class, a lot of time is spent on "classroom management" and not as much time is spent on learning. There were many group projects in most classes and the good kids were almost always paired up with the troublemakers. Sure, it's a great life lesson on conflict resolution (or not, since some kids truly didn't care) but these are formative years for education. I was not willing to let my kid babysit at the expense of his education. He attends an online school now and is thriving. I love the concept of Quest but they suffer from lack of funding as most schools do. Too many students per class, too much emphasis on the CSAP, and too much focus on the kids who need discipline while the good kids often slip through the cracks because they don't demand immediate and constant attention.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2012
It's great to have my kid at Quest, where so many parents are actively involved and supportive. Of course there might be a bad apple (apparently there is, although I haven't seen it myself) but I can say that I have found the parents I have met take responsibility for their kids and their education, and that is just one of the many absolutely wonderful things about the school.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2012
I think the school speaks for itself! Look at the numbers. Tour the facility. Meet the parents. Meet the teachers. If you can't feel the positive vibe in person.. if you can't see the attitudes that are obvious in the children's demeanor.. then you must be having a bad day! We just love it!

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2011
The CSAP scores and the awards from the CDE are proof that this school is doing all it can to educate our children totally, not just academically. Aurora Quest is a great school not just because of the building. We have very dedicted teachers who go the extra mile to ensure that no child is left behind. Children who are gifted are taken beyond their ability and imagination and those who are not arestretched beyond their capacity. Those who do not want to work will not do well at quest, sorry. Our new principal is doing a great job.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2011
My boys are going to this school now, sadly for the last year because we have to move. The teachers are amazing. My son is in kindergarten and he got tested for placement at his new school and they recommended that he skip 1st grade and go straight to 2nd grade! My older son has attention issues and his teacher has done everything she can to help him with this. Amazing teachers and staff. I wish this school up and move it to where we will be moving to. I know that the other schools will fail in comparison to this one.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2011
Love Aurora Quest. Its the best school in town. I did lot of research To choose school for my kids and this was the best choice.I would recommend any one looking for good school.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2011
We love this school! Great teachers, wonderfull staff, awesome facilities. If your child is gifted or an accelerated learner, this is the school you want your child to attend! I love that the student body is so diverse, and what is great is everyone is committed to their child attending - it isn't in a neighborhood persay, so it is basically its own community, but of choice. The parents all put in a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer work, so the school is very supported by its parents, and both sides (parents, staff) feel very appreciated. I love all the feedback I receive from my daughter's teachers, and my favorite part is that everyone (the staff, other students, etc.) seems to know her name, even though she is only in the 1st grade. Children are very challenged, and my daughter is personally challenged at her level - the teachers and staff have the freedom to challenge the children individually based on their own skill levels & talents. Love love love Aurora Quest K-8!!

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2010
I would give Quest 6 stars if I could. The school is well run. The teachers really care. The students are the best. The parents are involved. We had our son in private school for first grade and I am so glad we switched to Quest. Our family is truly lucky.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2010
I have had one of my boys in Aurora Quest for 8 years, and my younger 2 were just accepted. This has been a wonderful school for my gifted boys. The teachers keep my kids challenged and interested in learning. Aurora Quest also give my boys the opportunity to further their education with high school credit in 7th and 8th grades. My oldest will be going on to high school to where he will not only receive his diploma, but an associates degree when he graduates. He will be able to do so because of the education he received at Aurora Quest K-8. I firmly believe that Aurora Quest K-8 is the best school in the state, not just my opinion, but with the state testing scores. The teachers are also top rated in my opinion. They actually care about the students to ensure they succeed.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2010
I love this school. It has been the best decision to go here. The teachers really do know how to teach you, and if you are confused you can always go to them for help. I get the education I need, which was not given to me at my other school because I was always a higher level here. Bullying is not a problem and the friends you can get there are wonderful. This is a great school to go to.

- submitted by a student
February 16, 2010
Great School and Great Staff! I couldn't ask for a better school for my child.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2009
I learn alot i am taking a high school math calss which is triganomatry and core 2

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October 20, 2009
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March 26, 2009
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- submitted by a student
March 06, 2009
This is a beautiful new school with caring adults, from the Principal, Assistant Principal, Dean, teachers and office staff. Everyone wants the children to suceed. My child is doing very well there. Most of the children are about working about 1 year in advance. This is the best school with a wonderful attitude toward gifted children

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 03, 2009
Wow! We are so impressed with this school, and our son has never done so well. Excellent teacher and staff, and a beautiful campus.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 06, 2009
My son went here before the new building & all I can say is dont waste your students time!!! The staff leaves much to be desired & the pricipal should not be dealing with young children!! The title 'Gifted' gives them a big head yet they treat the students no better than your average public school. Bullying was a huge problem & the lack of knowlegde on dealing with gifted students showed! I was very disappionted & actually withdrew him & found a Charter school. That was the best thing I could have done for him!!!

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2008
Th things that were taught weren't any better than the public schools. The emphasis on 'gifted' wastes the majority of they're recourses. I hated my teacher, who was lazy. I also hated that before they got a new facility, it was just a mobile unit, and had one bathroom for boys in the whole place.

- submitted by a student
December 07, 2008
We feel that this school is changing our 2nd graders life. He is challenged every single day. He hated going to school before this year, even preschool. The principal, the assistant principal, the dean of students, the gym teacher, the music teacher, the staff at the front desk, the technology teacher, and especially the second grade teachers are more than fantastic! The kids get to play outside when there's snow on the ground, they get to run, laugh and be children. They do well in school because they are in a loving, safe, structured environment. The assignments are challenging and so much fun at the same time. We are so impressed with this school, and so thankful our son is getting his education at Aurora Quest Academy.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2007
I went to this school and i have to say these teachers knew what they were doing. The staff is really nice but they do have ways of dealing with bad kids like in school suspention. Take it from someone who went there this place is really good.

- submitted by a student
no rating July 09, 2007
I went to this school and it was excellent the teachers were nice, the staff was always happy, and our principal Mrs. Williams was always caring about our needs. I reccomend this school to everyone.

- submitted by a community member
August 03, 2006
This school is a blessing to families with GT kids. The philosophy of the schools centers around some of the specific traits that GT kids have. By knowing the traits and characteristics of these kids, the school can nurture them and help them grow more fully than in a 'traditional' school. The school has high academic standards and is one of the highest performing schools in the state. The students are academically prepared for middle school and even high school. These students do incredible things! Also, the school offers many extras (such as chess club, Spanish club, Drama, Roots and Shoots) which are provided by an outstanding parental volunteers. Huge parent involvement and fantastic teachers and principal. We have loved our years here.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2005
This is a great school. I am please with the quality of education my son is receiving. The teachers and principal care about each student's success.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2005
My daughter went to this school the first year it opened. Granted, there are always problems in the first year, however, it seemed that there were areas that they were not interested in changing. Too much self esteem. Not enough basic core curriculum type education. Too much child-first point of view style. The teachers felt it was more important to make the kids feel SPECIAL than to educate and instill them with true sense of accomplishment. We do not know currently how they have improved these concerns, but we seriously doubt they have. Discipline was not something they were comfortable with. If a child did something bad they were sent to the guidance counsilor to 'work out' their problems, instead of being made to see that what they were doing was wrong. No black and white values in this school at the time we attended.

- submitted by a former student
February 27, 2005
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Aurora Quest K-8
17315 E. 2nd Ave., Aurora, CO  80012
(303) 343-3664
Last modified Aurora Quest K-8 is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Aurora Quest K-8 Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 46 reviews. Top