Quest Early College High School

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Quest Early College High School
Address
15903 W. Lake Houston Parkway
Houston, Texas, 77044
United States
Information
School type Public, Early College Secondary School
Motto Learning is a journey, not a destination
Established 1995
School district Humble ISD
Principal Ginger Noyes
Grades 9–12
Enrollment estimated around 400 students
Campus type Suburban
School colour(s) Forest Green, Gold
Mascot Knight
Website

Quest Early College High School is a small secondary school located in unincorporated Harris County, Texas, near the city of Humble and is a part of Humble Independent School District. As an early college high school, students can earn an associate's degree or hours of college credit toward a bachelor's degree through Lone Star College-Kingwood (LSC-Kingwood) along with a high school diploma.[1]

Originally, Quest served the district as an alternative high school that offered students a smaller high school environment as opposed to the district's large high schools. The school also incorporated a non-traditional curriculum. However, in the fall of 2010, Quest was reformatted into an early college high school, with the Class of 2014 being the first students to go through the early college program.[2]

Quest High School was located in the Community Learning Center from its opening in 1995 to 2009. In the 2009–2010 school year, Quest High School moved into the Summer Creek High School building. As part of the agreement between LSC-Kingwood and Humble ISD, Quest will make another move for the 2011–2012 school year to the new Lone Star College Atascocita Center.[3]

Admission[edit]

Previously, any high school student who was a resident of the district and had not received a GED or high school diploma was permitted to attend Quest. However, because Quest has been reformatted into an early college high school, only students entering their freshman year are eligible for admission. A student interested in attending Quest completes an application and, along with his or her parents, meets with an interview team of staff members. Parents and students are asked to sign written contracts agreeing to the school's rules and requirements. Since college credit is administered, students are required to take an admission test. The test covers their comprehension of math and English (reading and writing). The test scores decide whether students are eligible for dual credit. Quest has recently received an international award "2011 Vision in Action: The ASCD Whole Child Award".[4]

Curriculum[edit]

Grading system[edit]

The grading system at Quest differs from the traditional United States grading system. All assignments submitted receive a grade from 0 to 5: A student may resubmit their work, if they get below a "3" on the grading chart, until the assignment becomes a 3 or 4 (It is not possible to obtain a 5 via corrections). This helps to teach one of the main concepts at Quest, called Mastery Learning. Students have to correct their mistakes which helps them learn more from the curriculum.

  • 0 – No Work Submitted
  • 1 – Unsatisfactory
  • 2 – Approaching Expectations
  • 3 – Meeting Expectations
  • 4 – Exceeding Expectations
  • 5 – Honors

In the 2012–2013 school year, QECHS changed its grading policies to the very traditional A–F scale. This change in policy was made so the grades for both high school and college would be parallel to each other and to minimize confusion.

  • A - Highest Mastery of the Concept
  • B - Good Mastery of the Concept
  • C - Acceptable Mastery of the Concept
  • D - Unacceptable Mastery of the Concept
  • F - Failure to Understand the Concept
  • 0 - No Assignment Turned-in to Grade

In the 2013-2014 school year, Quest Early College HS adopted the widely used grading system of numbers.

  • 90–100 – A
  • 89–80 – B
  • 79–70 – C (70 is the lowest acceptable score because of higher standards set for QECHS students)
  • 69 and below – F
  • 0 – No assignment turned in to grade

Integrated classes[edit]

Different traditional subjects such as English, history, math, and science are integrated into many parts of the Quest curriculum.

Some integrations are as follows:

  • English and History create Humanitites course.
  • Other subjects, such as technology and art, are also integrated into core classes, eliminating the need for separate classes for these areas of study.

Integrated classes are taught as one class. Each subject is taught hand in hand, used to complement the other. For example, while studying ancient Greece in the history portion of Humanities, students will write a number of papers on various subjects pertaining to Greece that will be submitted to the English teacher for English credit, as well as History credit. They might also do an art project about Greece using the computer to receive art and technology credits within the same Humanities class.

Every student at Quest has a Humanities class corresponding to his or her grade level. All students also have to participate in Wellness to achieve their physical education credit, divided into Strength Activities, Cardio Activities, Social Activities, and Skill Activities. Wellness activities can range from dodgeball, team handball, walking, ping pong to even Dance Dance Revolution and Wii Fit/Wii Sports.

AVID[edit]

In the 2013-14 school year, Quest became an official AVID school. It was decided that incoming Freshmen and Sophomores were required to take a full course of AVID-based curriculum. In this course, students are taught various organization techniques and academic note-taking, strategies, skills, and goal setting.

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