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Quest Academy

Private | PK-8 | 282 students


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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $253,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,060.

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Posted April 23, 2012

We are so happy with the quality of the teachers, special programs (art, music and science), and education in general. The committment of the facutly and parents is unparalled. My son has been there for 2 years. Prior to this, he struggled in class and had difficulty completing assignment for things he already knew. Now, not only is he challenged in school work but he is excited to learn!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 15, 2011

We love Quest! We moved from the city where our oldest son was going to a private school. He was in the 3rd and we had another entering kinder. We wanted to avoid paying for their education. I researched school districts to find the best. My oldest son enjoyed making new friends and was happy with the move. Unfortunately over time he was becoming upset with the lack of challenge he was receiving. He started crying a lot at school and became very bored and unengaged. I spoke with the teacher, principal, the "gifted" teacher, etc. trying to get him the challenge he wanted. At the end of the day it came down to the fact that public schools are more focused on the children who are behind as opposed to the children who are exceeding. The gifted program only taught math and reading at a grade level above, no extra out of the box type of excitement. We searched and found Quest and we ALL couldn't be happier! The school is wonderful at looking at each child's needs individually and tailoring the learning appropriately. I can't say enough about the passion that each and every individual has for the children's needs and learning styles at Quest!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 9, 2011

I love Quest. I've been going here for 11 years, ever since I was three. It's like a second home to me. The academics are challenging. The classes and teaching style are innovative, different, and fun! The teachers love what they are doing, and will not hesitate to help you if you are struggling. I am about to graduate and I feel like I am losing a part of me. It is hard to find a school like Quest Academy.

Posted June 13, 2010

I am a student at quest and it means so much to me and it's like another home. It is...different than most schools i must say but still amazing! I don't know any other school that has debates for fun at lunch, skips down the halls singing and harmonizing, and talks about grammar and math outside of class. I am so blessed to be going to a school as wonderful as Quest!

Posted April 29, 2010

Quest understands not just the educational, but the emotional needs of gifted children.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 24, 2009

My child is currently in the Pre-K program at Quest. In my opinion, you could not find a better program in the area for a gifted 4 - 5 year old. The teachers are extremely nurturing, creative and full of energy. These kids are highly capable and interested in so much and Quest allows them to explore, question and learn in a non-competitive, playful and age-appropriate environment. Also, the teachers understand each child's strengths and weaknesses and teach to them accordingly. They foster a love of learning and an understanding that persistence and the journey of learning are fun - not necessarily arriving at the 'right answer'. The building of positive leadership skills and a healthy self-esteem are incorporated daily. My child is engaged every day and enthusiastically goes to school every morning. Other schools, gifted or not, could learn so much from the way these kids are taught.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 5, 2009

The academic rigor balanced with a nurturing environment and attention to the needs of individual students.

Posted November 4, 2009

Quest Academy has the most caring teachers who are dedicated to discovering each childs individual talent. Once they recognize something special they are quick to adjust the learning disipline and include the parents involvement!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 13, 2009

After ten years at Quest, my daughter finds herself a sophomore in high school. On the plus side, she is the happiest gifted teenager I know. Our main reason for sending her to Quest was for the social aspect, (to protect her from the knowledge that she is freakishly intelligent until she was old enough to handle it). Quest did a great job nurturing those needs. Secondly, I wanted to give her a chance to struggle, which she wouldn't have gotten in a public school. Third, her to know herself. In a public school, she'd have only ever been the smart kid. At Quest, she found out that she was funny, kind, and a valued member of the team. Academically, she finds herself in the high honors math classes, but her algebra skills are so splintered, she is failing. The math program needs revamping!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 23, 2008

I must be the first student to review for this school. I have gone to this school for 2 and a half years, and boy am i thankful to be out of there.It has been said before that social integration is a major problem, and that discipline is also a major problem. Its almost as if the teachers don't care! I've seen whole classrooms go crazy for almost a whole class period, and the teacher either having no control over the kids, or just not doing anything! To add, the tuition is extremely high for what the students are getting out of this, i.e. the location is in a chain mall, and the building itself is very nondescript. On a positive note, however, there is a great arts program, and you can actually retain the information you're taught, that is, when they teach anything.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 3, 2007

My child started at Quest Academy last year. The teachers are very nurturing, intelligent, and fair. They really seem to 'get' my child's quirkiness. The administration is in a transition period and I am very pleased with the changes. The students have wonderful 'specials' teachers, especially music and art. I am amazed at how the teachers motivate the students. My son can't wait to go to school. The Aftercare Program is very good also. I often hear students begging to stay for aftercare. I highly recommend Quest Academy for gifted children.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 22, 2007

My child has been at Quest for several years. I have been most impressed with the academic rigor and the creativeness of the school projects. But social integration seems to be undervalued. Also, misbehaviors tend to be chalked up to the 'giftedness' of the child. My child has even commented on the injustice of seeing a kid act out repeatedly and not receive any consequences. This school offers a great academic value, but I do worry about the lack of social interaction with peers outside of school, and I don't think that kids behavior should be excused because they are gifted.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 22, 2007

Quest has been great for my son: he excels in math, but refuses to perform in language arts. The teachers have been wonderful, working with us to motivate him and help him perform at his potential. Academic subjects are coordinated so that a topic can be covered in its totality. Music, art and drama are much more available than in the public schools. Sports are not emphasized, as you would expect at a school for gifted kids. However, sportsmanship, skills, fair play, and fitness are a large part of the gym class curriculum. Parental involvement is a given: if you pay thousands of dollars for an education, you're going to be involved. Personally, I speak to my son's teacher almost every day, touch base with the administration at least twice a month and love being this involved. This school works for us, but is not for every gifted kid.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 10, 2006

I would first like to say that Quest is a wonderful school, also that there have been some drastic faculty changes things are running more smoothly.It really is a great school and comfortable environment for learning.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 19, 2006

I have three children at Quest, one twice-exceptional. I have found the teachers to be very willing to differentiate, even radically. For my 2e child the teachers and administration have been extremely accomodating, beyond my expectations. It is the child's relationship to the teachers that count, and they are happy in this regard, so we are too. Music programs good, art excellent, wish there were more sports programs. High level of parent involvement as one would expect. We drive over one half hour and are paying tens of thousands of dollars in tuition - it is the best fit for our family.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 7, 2006

This school is a disappointment. While the curriculum in and of itself is good, the school is marred by an unauthentic administration (especially the Director of Admission), a hit-or-miss faculty, and subpar extracurriculars. Few students seem to go on to top private high schools and it's located in a strip mall on a busy street.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 11, 2006

Great school for gifted education. But you must meet the minimum testing levels and be aware of the accelerated program.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 5, 2005

Excellent variety of subjects and dedicated faculty. Small class size helps with differentiation. Some specials classes seem undeveloped, i.e. Drama for the lower classes: It seems like the school likes to boast its addition to the curriculum but lacks specific dramatic skill teaching or objectives. The administration of the school is unauthentic, unapproachable and does not seem able to follow through on promises made to parents. Although the school sings its glories about differentiation and acceptance, I've found that students can behave inappropriately and disrespectfully but are excused by the 'giftedness' which makes them special. Even though every child is different,they are treated the same and any child who has medical conditions, or 'twice gifted' differences will not be nurtured or welcomed. They are too overwhelmed to deal with anything extra. Extracuuricular activities are minimal and lack challenge or enthusiasm. They are provided as 'day care'. Parental involvement is obsessive.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 30, 2004

My son has made remarkable progress at Quest. He is happy, excited about learning and loves to go to school. The teachers are exceptional; the parents very involved. Our whole family has been welcomed into a community that is very special.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 25, 2004

Quest Academy was the best thing that happened to us last year and after a bad adventure with another private school. Although we live more than 50 minutes away from the school, we haven't regret our choice and we moved our younger kid too to the school this year. Great teachers, warm environment, strict approach, real learning.
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 69% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 24% 4%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Black 2% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 24%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mr. Benjamin Hebebrand
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  • NAIS


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Palatine, IL 60067
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