One person that I came across at Quest that works harder than anyone else attempting to make the school a success is the assistant principal Marcus Belin. I believe he truly does his best to help the students stay in line and gain an education but his hands are tied because he has no control when it comes to the resources and how they are used. Also after policies are made it is his job to carry them out and make sure the school is running effeciently.
My son is a Sophomore at Quest. The school has promised but not delivered. Course selection is poor. When asked about this the administration used the excuse that the class sizes are small; however, there are private schools the same size with a better selection. There are few STEM classes even though that is how the school is advertised. When you ask anyone about this the general response is "next year." If your student is in high school how long must you wait for the school to get it together? We are talking about these kids' futures. It should be more structured. High school students cannot wait for the school to get it together. The children are getting further behind. The high school feels more like a middle school and it seems to be an atmosphere of low expectations instead of the high expectations you would expect at a charter school. The extended day is a joke. My son is disgusted because the lessons on the computer of the customized learning has been geared for a child in a lower grade. There is no challenge. This is not preparing the students for college or a skilled professional career. There are college tours which is a plus if you are a busy parent and don't have the means to plan a college tour yourself; however, if the child is not prepared to attend college what good is the tour? Also they may require more classes for graduation but at any high school your child can take more that the minimum required classes. Also community service is great but your child can do that without being in a school which requires you to do it. It does look good on a college application. Quest also requires a science project. Good opportunity to gain research skills if it is done correctly but what good is a science fair if the students wait until the last minute, and put something together haphazardly? It may work for some but be aware of the pros and cons. Don't be blinded by the glitter. Do your research because other schools offer the same if not more.
Our daughter attended this school for two years (5th and 6th grade). We were so excited of the possibilities we thought this school would have for her. It was a complete let down. The school did not live up to its offerings and the atmosphere was not that of learning and encouragement for all. We pulled her after the extreme lack of frustration with administration, communication, and overall balanced middle school experience. We sent her back to her home school in the local district and found actually by sending her to Quest she had missed out on more that she had gained for attending. The atmosphere at Quest set our child back emotionally and academically beyond words.
My daughter is in 6th grade and we are very happy with the school and program. This is our youngest of four and we feel she has many opportunities at Quest. The focus is all On the students and not the adults. I appreciate that discipline is taken seriously and rules and consequences are upheld. The teachers seem like they want to be there. The culture is very positive and the school gets better every year.
My son is currently attending the high school and I have been less than impressed with the staff and set up of the school. Though the teachers seem to be very caring and involved, the office staff are very unorganized and scattered. If you are looking for your child to have the full HS experience, this is NOT the school. If you have a special needs child, this is NOT the school for you either. Quest HS is very underdeveloped. Total disappointment and complete let down.
I was very excited for my child to be eligable to be enrolled at quest, he was put into a lottery drawing to have the opportunity, not only was I excited but he was even more excited than me. My son is an above average student who has received plenty of awards for is academic acheivement. He is entering the 5th grade this year, I as well as my son have wanted this opportunity more than you know. We attended the lottery and just for his grade level there were 195 applicants and only 44 spots available, they were drawing for 5 different grade levels, there was not even 60 people who attended the lottery drawing. My only suggestion is that it is a requirement for the parents/parent to attend the drawing. Opportunities for a better education on a free ride don't happen everyday, and I feel that as a parent you should be there to show you have the want to of a better life for your child. I hope next school year he gets his opportunity, out of the maybe 60 parents that attended probably ten children were drawn to attend. I am very happy for the children that got the opportunity this time, I also understand some parents have jobs and cant make it, I work full time myself, but I made it.