Quest Academy (Palatine, Illinois)

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Quest Academy
500 North Benton
Palatine, Illinois 60067
Type Private school
Motto "Educating gifted young minds since 1982...."
Established 1982
Head of school Khalek Kirkland
Staff 59[1]
Grades Preschool-8[2]
Enrollment 302[1]
Color(s) Red, Black, and White
Athletics Volleyball, track, soccer, and basketball.
Athletics conference Independent
Mascot Knight

Quest Academy is an independent school for intellectually gifted students located in Palatine, Illinois.[2] 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.

There are two classes per grade, one preschool class and two pre-kindergarten classes.


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.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Quest Academy's middle school athletic teams include boys' and girls' cross country, basketball, soccer, volleyball, and track.

The student council program is called the Knight Program. To become a knight, students must be courteous and follow twelve specified character traits while also doing a "knight" 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 the charter traits.

Choir is a required subject through fifth grade, but many students choose to continue through eighth grade, with nearly two-thirds of the fifth through eighth grade students participating. 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 "Beauty and the Beast" and "Peter Pan".

Quest also competes in several math competitions, including The Latin School of Chicago, and Mathcounts.

Quest Academy gifted curriculum covers mathematics, LASS (Language Arts and Social Studies are combined in middle school), art, drama, science, music, Spanish, technology, 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.


  1. ^ a b "Quest Academy: At A Glance". Retrieved 2015-06-01. 
  2. ^ a b Caruana, Vicki (2002). Educating Your Gifted Child. Crossway Books. p. 197. ISBN 978-1-58134-356-4. Retrieved 24 September 2007. 

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Coordinates: 42°7′12″N 88°2′30″W / 42.12000°N 88.04167°W / 42.12000; -88.04167