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.
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 .
I like that the staff is aware of my child needs. They are willing to help in any way they can.
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 !
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!
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.
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.
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.
we r so lucky found this school and yeeah so happy greeeat school love it.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!!!!!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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