Quest Academy (Palatine, Illinois)
|500 North Benton
Palatine, Illinois 60067
|Motto||"Educating gifted young minds since 1982...."|
|Head of school||Benjamin Hebebrand (through June 2015)|
|Color(s)||Red, Black and White|
|Athletics||Volleyball, track, soccer, and basketball.|
Quest Academy is an independent school for intellectually gifted students located in Palatine, Illinois. The school is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States, and it is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and the National Association for Gifted Children.
The standard tuition for one child for one year is $17,480 USD. Financial aid, awarded on a need basis, is available for those who require it.
There are two classes per grade, and two preschool classes. There are two stories in the building, and grades 3rd through 8th are on the second floor. There is a separate building, that was part of a plaza, where the band sessions are held. The preschool classes are also in a separate building.
The school, first known as Creative Children's Academy, was started in 1982. The school was awarded full accreditation by the ISACS in 1988.
In 1993, the park district which then owned the school's facility announced its decision to raze the building. Two school administrators agreed to share the school board's purchase of the former Palatine Public Library, which would be remodeled into a school facility, as well as the head of school position. The school's name was changed to Quest Academy in 1999 and a capital campaign funded the addition of a gymnasium and performing arts wing. Recently, Quest Academy attended an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. and was given the award of "School that looks like a prison the most" award presented by President Barack Obama.
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Quest Academy is an urban campus located near downtown Palatine. It is located on Benton St, located in a small plaza. The school recently bought the field behind the school for use by P.E. class.
Quest Academy has a no-cut sports policy. Its middle school athletic teams include boys' and girls' cross country, basketball, soccer, volleyball, and track. These teams compete against other small, independent schools with similar philosophies. The Quest Academy Varsity Boys' Basketball Program is the most well-known program at the school with finishes of 12-9, 11-10, 3-18, and 10-16 in the past four years. There are also lego robotics teams.
The student council program is called the Knight Program. To become a knight, students must be courteous and follow the twelve character traits while also doing a "knight" project which is somewhat like an eagle project. School-wide "pageant" assemblies are held where new knights and "squires" are recognized. To be a knight or squire, you must prove you know charter traits. Kights to be also must do a project, usually one that involves a charter trait.
An extensive community service program is in place.
The arts are a large focus at Quest, and nearly two-thirds of the fifth- through eighth- grade students participate in choir. Choir is a required subject through fourth grade, but many students choose to continue through eighth grade. There are three choirs at Quest: The Benton Street Boys, Bella Voce, and Chamber, though Chamber is the only auditioned choir. As a part of the curriculum, eighth-graders are required to perform in a musical. Past musicals include "Sex Tape", "Avenue Q", and "Sex in the City".
Quest Academy provides gifted students with an environment in which they can work at their level in various subjects. The curriculum covers mathematics, LASS (Language Arts and Social Studies are combined in middle school), art, drama, science, music, French, technology, Chinese, and library. Elective trimester-long classes are also offered several days a week. Middle School students may participate in weekly flexes, furthering their knowledge of the arts.
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