"KQA is best known for the exceptional education and care each student receives."
Students enrolled 350
Hours 7:40 AM - 2:30 PM
School leader Linda Spreitzer, Principal
Transportation options Yes
District Weld County School District No. Re-5j
Before school no info
After school Yes

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705 South School House Dr
Milliken, CO 80543

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(970) 587-5742
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4 stars
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April 17, 2014
What a great school! My kids love to go to school each day! The curriculum is solid, the teachers are fantastic and the administration is constantly striving to do more! That's a five star school to me.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2014
I wanted to write a honest review for parents looking for a new school or coming into the area. Its is very true that KQA has some really good teachers and a good principal, however here is the rest. New parents should understand that this is a charter school, they are open to the public but they are not run or funded like a public school. KQA offers 1 resource teacher for K-8th grades, THIN, but the school is not funded for any more than 1. Charter schools are run by a board and depend on volunteerism. You will be asked to be very involved, which we found to be a good thing. You can expect MANY fundraisers, KQA has a PTO that is big on "begging" the community and parents for funds. As far as the middle school, it a great small environment, but does not offer much in extra curricular or electives. Sewing class taught by a Para. This school also reserves a week to "prep" the kids for TCAP testing, we disagree with this! I do not think this is a bad school, it has downfall like every school, I do believe it does the best it can w/ limited resources, I just feel parents should get a clear view before choosing. On the other hand the rest of the districts schools stink!

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2014
My school Knowledge Quest Academy is the best school I have ever been to. All the teachers make sure to help you and always make sure you understand. The teachers and all the staff are very welcoming. Mrs. Spritzer is the best principal anyone could ever ask for. She is always interacting with the students making everyone feel welcomed and important. I started going to KQA last year and i'm now in 7th grade. I love this school so much and i'm really going to miss it when I go to high school. All the students are very kind and welcoming. I LOVE Knowledge Quest Academy and recommend it to anyone looking for a great place to learn.

- submitted by a community member
February 04, 2014
I HAVE BEEN WITH KQA SENCE MY DAUGHTER WAS IN 4TH GRADE AND SHES 21 NOW. WE HAVE BEEN THROUGH MANY UPS AND DOWNS GOOD AND BAD. TE ONE THING THAT STAYS THE SAME THROUGH IT ALL IS THE STAFF FROM THEN TO NOW. THEY REALLY CARE AND EVEN HAVE THIER FAVORITES JUST LIKE MY CHILDREN HAVE. LOVE YA STAFF FOR THEN TO NOW . GREAT PEOPLE

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2014
We love everything about KQA. The teachers, staff, the welcoming community family environment are all exceptional.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2014
My granddaughters attend KQA. Both need extra help with their school work. Teachers and staff work to help them with their needs. Teachers and staff are very friendly and have great expectations of the students and help them meet the expectations. The girls attended another charter school prior to our move to Milliken. I was pleased with the previous one but am even more please with KQA.

- submitted by a community member
January 30, 2014
My daughters love the school. They have had great teachers who are excellent at not just teaching them academics but at seeing who they are and helping the to grow as a person. We have had a great experience!

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2013
I absolutely LOVE my school! :) It has great, kind, awesome teachers and a loving staff which cares for us dearly. I never want to leave it! Too bad in a year I do.

- submitted by a community member
October 25, 2013
Very involved teachers and staff. No bully tolerance. Has a fantastic curriculum. Most of all, the kindergarten here is the best around.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2013
Excellent staff and great learning environment! My children have been attending this school for a couple of years now and we love the uniforms and the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2013
Knowledge Quest Academy is a first rate school for parents who desire their children be taught academics as well as life lessons. KQA teaches our children how to be well rounded individuals by instilling respect, kindness, compassion, as well as academics. I have never met more polite, bright and eager to soak up knowledge children in my life. What a thrill to be able to send our child to KQA!

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2013
Knowledge Quest Academy is not only an institute of Education, its a small community of people who love our school, our teachers and our kiddos. I have two students who have been apart of the KQA family. Our first child received a top notch education that sent her into highschool prepared and ready. Our second child struggles with education, but is treated like a valued member of the KQA family. The Resource department works hard to help our child not only succeed but excel, by teaching techniques that help our child to self advocate and use tool to be independent. We have no interest in looking any place else for our child's educational needs. We will continue to be a part of the KQA family for years to come.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2013
KQA is a fabulous school with amazing teachers and students!!! So lucky my family gets to be a part of this amazing school! It is not just considered a school, it's the KQA family!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2013
This is my 11th year as a parent of a student at Knowledge Quest Academy. My children have been educated in not only areas of academics but character as well. They have been challenged, celebrated, encouraged and excited about school. The teachers really strive to identify and meet the needs of each individual student. The staff works well with parents. The school is a welcoming place to visit. Parental volunteers are welcomed in such a manner that it is a pure joy to be a part of this community.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2013
All 3 of my kids go to this awesome school! I love how dedicated the principal and most of the teachers are!

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
knowledge quest academy is a great school. My son started going here in kendergarden and he loves it.. The teachers helped him settle in and get to know the routine of the new school. The principal helped us the minute we walked into the school to register him. Everyone is always greeting you and helpful. My son is now in first grade and does more academically then any kid I know. When talking to my son he says he never wants to leave his school.. We love the parent involvement as well as the staff at KQA

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
Our school has wonderful teachers in a tiny community! Teachers who have wonderful innovative ideas on how to teach children new things! Great school with wonderful staff!

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
Apart from the obvious Academic Excellence, I believe great teachers make a school great! If the school principal and his/her teachers altogether are cheerful, enthusiastic, compassionate, and have a passion for teaching, it automatically translates to a great school! All I have to say is they are an awesome bunch of teachers!!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
KQA is a great school! The school provides smaller classrooms and a community environment! The teachers, principal and staff encourage a positive school place and will go the extra mile if needed! I feel lucky to have my kuds here. Thanks KQA!

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2013
My school,KQA, is the best school I could ever ask for. I have been a student since kindergarten and now in 7th grade there. I love how it is small and everyone knows each other. I would never want to go to another school. It is a big FAMILY. I highly recommend Knowledge Quest Academy!

- submitted by a community member
June 23, 2013
This is an exceptional school. The teachers and staff are great! The principal is always available to the students and their families. The atmosphere at this school is very much like a family. The school teaches character development as well as the fundamentals of learning, and so much more. If you're looking for a great school I would highly recommend taking a tour of this school, and see for yourself!

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2013
This school is a school in which the school is a family. My daughter started at KQA in 2012 and she was below reading level, did not know any her site words. She is now at almost a third grade reading level, knows all her site words. These teacher take it as there personal responsibility to help our progress and learn.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2013
We stuck out the issues that previous leadership created at the school (end of 2012 school year) and are very happy how much the school, staff and parents have pulled together. I am pleased with the extra curricular my kids get. And even more please that they are getting an after-school program in 2013-2014

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2012
KQA is one of the best schools in this community and the region. My child went into high school after attending the school and has succeeded on a level way above his peers because of his education at KQA. It has dedicated teachers, staff, board, and an excellent principal. Despite what others may say....this is a TOP NOTCH school! My other children are excelling and we would never go anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2012
Just my reason why my children don't go there anymore! Bad experiences with teachers (not all teachers), staff, and major communication problems!

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2012
The school was taken over by people who don't appear to value the charter movement in general. They are talking about moving away from Core Knowledge again. Great teachers are leaving as quickly as they can. They have cut pay to the point of absurdity. It is very sad to see what has gone on there. We pulled our child out of the school as did many others. Serious lack in leadership.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2012
The best teachers of the school have moved on or are moving on. The current administration has droped the school's grade level to a D-. The school has experienced a mass excidus of students and staff. We pulled our child this year and will never go back.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2012
The teachers at this school are exceptional! They always go the extra mile for our kids. They are involved in every aspect of our children's academic growth. The teachers here go above and beyond! I am so happy to find a school that provides such exceptional teachers!

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2012
Overall very impressed with the Core Knowledge curriculum and the positive encouragement towards the kids that are working hard. My only complaint is the lack of professionalism some of the staff have.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2011
I'm proud to be a member of the staff and community at KQA. Working as a middle school teacher in a K-8 school is wonderful. Fostering a strong KQA community connection, our MS students interact with elementary students as book buddies, mentors, and classwork helpers. Our MS Student Leadership Team are role models for all our students. Our Student Council has representation from 3rd - 8th grade, and their focus on improving our school results in fun activities for all. In the MS, this is our first year to field two Lego Robotics teams competing on a national level, who are learning problem solving, engineering, teamwork, and computer programming. We have teachers who have applied for and received numerous grants to support reading in 1st grade, graphing calculators for our 7th and 8th graders, manipulative geometry tools for MS, worm composting for MS science, and engineering and inventions electives for MS. More applications for additional grants are always in the works! Our staff is dedicated to creating a learning environment that is dynamic, engaging, and challenging for each student. Our teachers care. Our students are fabulous. Our community is supportive.

- submitted by a teacher
January 24, 2011
We are new to KQA and so far I am not very impressed with this school. There seems to be a lot of behavior problems that go unaddressed. I've seen staff members give out warnings after warnings without any real consequences for disruptive behavior. The academics appear to be above average compared to other public schools. However, the disruptions that are allowed are a distraction for those who are trying to learn. This school needs to crack down on inappropriate and disruptive behavior. If my opinion does not change we will be looking for a new school for next year.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2010
This school has been around since 2002. I have been teaching here since the doors opened that fall and have loved seeing this school grow! The school prides itself on small class sizes, multiple activities available for students such as music, PE, art and technology classes - not to mention sports also. Our staff is incredibly dedicated to helping students achieve to the highest standards possible.

- submitted by a teacher
November 04, 2010
This school goes above and beyond! The teachers are exceptional. They work together to make sure every student has the best education. The Middle School teachers do an excellent job of keeping the kids engaged and challenged. The new athletic program is a real plus! The hot lunch program is a big hit with my kids.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2010
KQA has been a very positive experience for my children. The teachers are fabulous. I love that they are being challenged each day and always in creative ways. They are especially loving the addition of a hot lunch program.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2010
Fantastic school! Our kids have been attending since the doors opened in 2002. We have been very happy with the quality of education, the support of the staff, the extracurricular activities and the leadership of administration.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2010
This is a great school. There has been a tremendous push for technology and the leadership and board have been responsive and encouraging, looking for any ways to increase student use of technology as a learning tool, not just basic computing classes. Technology is quickly becoming instrumental in research, assessment, and classroom instruction and teachers are working together as a team to overcome their own challenges as they learn to use new technologies.

- submitted by a teacher
August 04, 2010
High turnover of teachers. High rate of suspension for 1st graders. They don't know how to handle kids with energy.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2010
Caring teachers, strong core knowledge, growing. excellent community involvement and parent participation.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2010
The teachers realy care about the students. They work to make sure every student has great instruction.The Principal and the Counselor have made KQA a safe learning environment. The Principal follows up and is responsive to parents and children. We plan to keep our children at this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
This school has high expectations of it's students and most rise to these expectations. I do, believe, however, that the principal is more interested in the reputation of the school than the children that are in the school. My child had 2 incidences with another child that were very disturbing last year, and although it was brought to the attention of the principal, first by my child, then by a teacher, it was ignored. These were situations where my child's safety were involved, and nothing was ever addressed with me by the principal. I had decided that because of this, I was going to make sure that the new vice principal was aware, as I was told he would be 'in charge of disciplinary actions.' I trust that the vice principal will not let this type of thing continue at KQA. I do not have confidence in the principal at KQA

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2009
Not a good experience for our family, especially in the middle school. We witnessed a lack of organization, communication and discipline by the administration. We were sad to hear that many of the middle school teachers left after one year. Maybe having an AP this year will help, but we didn't want to wait long enough to find out.

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May 09, 2009
I am a teacher in the middle school. There has been so much positive change in the last 2 years. The academics are solid and the administrative direction and support makes KQA a awesome place to teach.

- submitted by a teacher
April 29, 2009
I have seen many positive changes at KQA this past two years. The K-5 program is steady, the teachers are professional and outstanding with the students. I also have a middle school student and I see that the administration and the KQA Board are moving the MS in the right direction. It has become stronger academically and there are consequences for adverse behavior. Great school.

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- submitted by a student
March 17, 2009
The k-5 program is outstanding. The teachers are dedicated and there is very little turnoverwith them as well. The middle school has some growing pains but I am confident with the strong administration that it is only a very temporary situation. The academics are rock solid and I am proud to be a part of this school.

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no rating March 16, 2009
High staff turnover, low staff morale, poor discipline, unorganized, unresponsive administration...Beware...this school is a mess!

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2009
Lots of teacher and administrative turnover. Unorganized. The middle school strives to be something it can't deliver.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2009
We love having our children at Knowledge Quest Academy. They started attending the school 3 years ago and they are always learning new and exciting things. We would recommend the school to anyone.

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October 30, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2008
The Middle School has a great deal of bullying. The principle is not dealing with the situations that are happening. We were forced to pull our child out after a year of bullying from other students. The middle school anf KQA has to be the least orginized and very uncontrolled in disiplin. I have a 5th grader who after this year will be attending another charter school. The school wants great test scores but what are they doing to help students with the social side of life. They ignore the situations until they get so big that they can not handle them. I would never tell anyone to send there child there. If YOU want a charter school look around for the more assablished charter schools. Who have there rules down and things under controll.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2008
Meeting the needs of each student is what KQA strives for and delivers. We have been very pleased with the quality of academic and character education KQA offers, in a supportive and encouraging environment. We are also pleased with the growth of the extracurricular program in recent years. Administration, faculty, and staff are high quality.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2008
KQA is an awesome school! My children have attended since the first year of the school's opening and we could not be happier with the education they are receiving. Our whole family is proud to be involved with this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2008
We sent our son there this year for first grade and ended up pulling him out after two months. We saw stealing and disciplinary problems from the beginning from other students at the school. The teacher and the principle were un-responsive. My son got a lot of home work which we liked but there was virtually no guidance on how to help him. Eventually, we figured out that the topics being covered in homework were not even covered in class, my wife and I were expected to teach him. There were many things like this they didn't tell us and when the disciplinary problems with other kids in his class started, the issue was dealt with in the same way. I liked the work they were doing but for first grade I feel it is just as important to learn to get along.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2007
Fabulous! I am proud to send my children here.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2007
The teacher quality at this school is phenomenal. With all the new teachers this year contributing to the school's overall success, students really have a well-rounded education and learn the values that all parents know their children need.

- submitted by a teacher
January 03, 2007
Knowledge Quest academy is the best school I've ever had my kids go to. Their curriculum is very well done and the teachers really care about the kids and their education. The discipline policy is well enforced. And even the middle school students are for the most part, well behaved.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2006
a great great school! i love it. i wish everybody went to this school!

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Knowledge Quest Academy
705 South School House Dr, Milliken, CO  80543
(970) 587-5742
Last modified Knowledge Quest Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Knowledge Quest Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 64 reviews.