My children have attended Quest Academy for three years now and I have nothing but good to say about this school. I've been so impressed by the quality of the teachers here--they're the most important part of a school, in my opinion. I have children in accelerated classes and a child with developmental delays. Each one of them has had their needs met and been challenged at their particular level. The focus on technology is great and I also love the real-world experiences they are given through various projects and enriching field trips. For the most part, all of the children that attend the school just seem like good kids. I've never noticed any bullying going on--something that I witnessed almost daily at our neighborhood school. It's just a great, great school. The parking lot definitely requires some patience, time, and experience but it's come a long way in the past few years. I would love to see more after-school programs or sports offered for the children.
My children attended Quest Academy from the first year it opened until this last school year. We made the initial move because we were convinced the education and technology focus would be better. We were wrong. After switching back to our boundary school, we discovered that our kids were actually behind. This was especially difficult for my fifth grader who had been placed in the "accelerated" class at Quest. Now she is catching up in math big time. As it turned out, Quest was rated lower than our boundary school. Also, I was bothered by the fact that my other child's teacher there did not have a teaching license. I worked closely with several teachers at Quest, and none of them seemed to really enjoy teaching. There is a huge difference in the mood of the faculty at Quest compared to our boundary school. The secretaries are actually pleasant at the kids' new school. The children are not little soldiers. They are kids, as it should be! The parking lot has improved a lot at Quest, but it is still ridiculous. I could go on and on about how unfair and rude the administration is there. Basically, pulling my kids out of Quest was the best thing I ever did.
My son really loves this school and next fall my daughter will be attending kindergarten there. We never have problems in the parking lot except for parents who do not follow the rules and walk across to the school at a no crossing area. Other cars can't see and them and that's where the trouble comes in. The teachers are great and the secretaries are quite nice. But this year is a little different with the new principal, there seems to be hardly any after school activities. I would really love to see it, and would love to see some kind of sports like soccer or something
At parent orientation night a staff member spoke with her back to us. This was my first impression of this school and it has stuck with me ever since. The teachers are unsocial with each other and the children are discouraged to socialize. My child's teacher was very uninvolved with the children, I never actually saw her teach a concept. The only thing I ever seen her explain was how to log on to a computer. She often had her shoes off, like she was on vacation. Our child spent most of the days doing worksheets and doing tests on a computer screen. I felt as though this would be a great school to raise a "cube farm" employee. The parking lot situation is a mess at pick-up, it's a huge traffic jam. Lani Rounds the former principle wanted to remove the doors from the bathroom stalls for zero-privacy because there were a couple of instances of children writing on the walls. We moved our kids to Voyage Academy, they emphasize "expeditionary learning". This school is not perfect by any means, but my son is no longer having mental breakdowns after school like he did with Quest. He enjoys school now, and I think you have to enjoy school and be excited about what you are learning.
It sounds like the parent that posted feels that he is above the rules. The parent failed to mention that there were several emails sent out as reminder before Friday. The parent also failed to mention that the last Friday of the month (early out day) is always a dollar dress down day. No excuses...the school makes it fair for everyone. Let's really focus on what is important to know about Quest Academy. This is fantastic school! My students have flourished at this school, and I am so grateful that there are choices available to parents. If this parent is so upset about his mistake...go elsewhere. Thanks Quest for all you have done for my children! Keep up the great work!
school is completely out of Line they have what is called a dress down day sometimes it's free other times it's a dollar is what I've been told any way. my wife typically takes care of the kids and their school issues she is out of town at a unexpected funeral so I took my son to school on a dress down day he called me about 10 minutes later and said he needs a dollar for dress down day and I said okay let them know I will have it when I pick you up after school that was not good enough for them so he handed the phone to the secretary and she informed me that if he does not have a dollar or a uniform He Will have to wear One of they're loaner uniforms I told the lady I do not want him wearing the uniform I told her to send him to class and that I would have the money to Them at the end of school she hung up on me so I drove back to the school with my two children to give them a dollar I arrived and my son was still standing out there not allowed to go into class yet all over $1 that I said I would pay at the end of the school they are ridiculous I'm going to make this As public as I can they are out of line and out of control!!!!
Incredible school. The teachers, staff and school board all work together to create an environment that makes children feel safe. They are able to learn and be themselves, which is invaluable. The teachers are highly qualified and do a great job. The school integrates technology into their education which is wonderful. I could not be more happy with this school. The entire staff runs on one idea, It is ALL about the children, and I could not agree more. I am so sorry that the previous negative commenters missed the point of this school, it is tragic.
Although the academic environment was what we wanted. I found we were getting over 2 hours a night of homework in 2nd grade which made me wonder exactly what they were doing in class. Also my son was bullied for 3 years and the school did nothing to address it, even though thier policy states bullying will not be tolerated they protected his bully. Also since the new board came in the whole feeling of the school changed from a great community vibe to one of distance and uncaring. They let go a great principal for no reason. We found an expeditionary learning school which better suited our needs and puts the focus on our son and his needs. It's a good school that was once great.
We love Quest Academy. I have four children that have gone there over the years. Quest has consistent standards between all of the teachers for discipline, control, and curriculum. My kids don't have to learn a new system with each new teacher. I have kids with learning disabilities and they are getting far more help at Quest than they ever got at home school with the district. The curriculum is also rich and engages the children in active learning. It's not just busy work. As for the comment by another parent on the virtual field trips, Quest has plenty of regular field trips. My son took two last year. The virtual field trips are a supplemental thing they do to enrich the children's understanding of places where school children would not normally be able to take field trips. It's unfortunate that the other commenter did not understand that because my children have loved learning about places all over the world with the virtual field trips. Quest really makes fantastic use of technology in the learning process and their methods are helping the children to succeed and thrive in the technology rich world we live in.
We have two children at Quest Academy and we've loved it. Their focus on integrating technology into the learning process is very relevant to today's society. We've had amazing teachers and the parent involvement is outstanding.
Amazingly talented teachers and an incredible staff. My kids attended the local elementary in Weber County school district before attending Quest and there is ZERO comparison. The kids are challenged and really pushed with such encouragement a support. Completely satisfied with Quest Academy! Only thing I'd change is the parking lot. :(. It can be a real nightmare when parents aren't courteous and don't follow the traffic rules.
One family seems to be running the entire school. With one family running the school a parent or staff member needs to be in complete agreement with the family or they are allowed zero input.
Quest Academy is a K-9 school in West Haven, UT. The school integrates technology throughout the student's learning experience...both as an instructional delivery tool and as a means for students to engage in their learning. Based on survey data parent's satisfaction is extremely high. Over 97% of parents indicated that Quest is doing a fabulous job at fulfilling its mission. Survey results indicate the top three reasons that parents bring their kids to Quest: 1) Students individual needs are being met; 2) Schools provides positive and nurturing environment; 3) Teachers are amazing!
I have been disappointed in the school's lack of integrating a traditional field trip program. Instead the school relies on the internet and calls it a "technology based curriculum" when really they are trying to supplement hands on learning with a keyboard and screen. Quite frankly the experiences these kids are missing out on because they are going on "virtual field trips" is tragic.
This is a great school. I have only herad great things about Qest Academy. I love that the technology is cutting edge.
I just wanted to counter some of the things the previous poster wrote. I also have a first-grader at Quest and my experience with the teachers and staff have been nothing short of amazing. My son has had homework every week and also brings home reading books every day. The teachers and staff are always available and they always send out surveys to get parent's input. They place the children in appropriate groups for reading and math. My son is on a 4th grade level in both reading and math. I can't wait for my daughter to start kindergarten next fall!
This is the worst charter school I have ever had an experience with. The teachers lack experience, are disorganized, don't take constructive suggestions well. My son went to school there for 6 months and it was the worst decision I ever made. He left Kindergarten with a First Grade education.. by the time I got testing back from Quest he was barely testing at a Kindergarten level. The first grade teacher we had does not believe homework is effective. She is DEAD wrong. I never saw any math or science come home. She made up her own worksheets for language arts that were completely laughable. She made up her own definitions on the sheet instead of just putting a standard children's dictionary definition. She repeated words from previous spelling tests. The reading program is a joke. The books to check off never made it into my kids bag. I moved my kids to another charter school in the area and I havent looked back. If I had a choice I would give this school NO STARS but it isn't an option on this site.
Fantastic school!! Teachers and staff are wonderful. I feel my two children are at an advantage over a traditional public school because of the caliber of teachers Quest employs. The considerable use of technology in their teaching has greatly increased the understanding of the concepts being taught. I am grateful I found such a wonderful school.
My husband and I could not be more pleased with the education that out two sons are receiving from Quest! We put our now 5th grader in Quest last year after having a number of issues with his previous elementary. The difference has been incredible! Faculty and staff are always available to answer questions and parent involvement is encouraged by everyone. Our 5th grader and our kindegartener both have teachers with open door policies-we can walk and observe their classes at anytime, no advance 'warning' necessary.The technology based curriculum has given both boys an advantage over their friends in traditional elemantary schools.
Still a new school. They are still working out details staff seems confused about what direction school is heading.
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