LEARN ABOUT OUR CALENDAR, TUITION, PHILOSOPHY & MORE.
HOW IS QUEST ACADEMY DIFFERENT?
Student-driven, self-paced learning
Real-world projects and apprenticeships
Exploration and assessment of skill levels, learning styles, aptitudes, personality traits, and interests
Guides rather than teachers
Socratic discussions rather than lectures
Mastery learning and student portfolios of achievements rather than grades
No teaching to the test
HOW MUCH IS THE TUITION?
Tuition for Quest Academy is $450/mo for 12 months.
WHEN DOES THE SCHOOL YEAR BEGIN & END?
To keep things manageable for our families, we will follow the standard public school schedule. That means school will start the Tuesday after Labor Day and finish the first Friday in June.
IS QUEST ACADEMY A MONTESSORI SCHOOL?
We respect and incorporate Maria Montessori’s philosophy, but we are not a Montessori school. We also use the latest interactive technologies, a variety of hands-on projects and the Socratic Method for discussions.
WHAT GRADES DO YOU OFFER?
We serve 1st through 5th grades at this point, but plan to add middle school and high school classrooms as
IS QUEST ACADEMY A RELIGIOUS SCHOOL?
We are a faith-based school, and we believe that emulating the examples Jesus set provides a solid path for learners to follow. We also believe all people—regardless of creed, nationality, etc.—are worthy of honor and should be treated with respect. In addition, we recognize God as the ultimate Creator, embodying the fullness of creativity, ingenuity and wisdom. Our goal is to weave these principles into the daily learning experience at Quest Academy.
Our parent organization is New Life Community Church, but we are non-denominational and Gospel-centered in our approach to teaching.
WHERE IS THE SCHOOL LOCATED?
We have found an ideal location right where Rathdrum, Post Falls and Coeur d'Alene meet. The faith community we are associated with owns a separate building that is situated on their property. It has a fenced in grassy area, a kitchen for messy lessons and a wonderful environment in which to learn and explore.
MAY I VISIT CAMPUS OR GET A TOUR?
In order to protect the learning environment of our Eagles, we do not offer tours or have meetings on campus while school is in session. We have two Open Houses each year and we encourage anyone interested in meeting our guides or seeing our studios to attend at these times.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY A "HERO'S JOURNEY"?
We believe that each of us has a special calling in life. In order to achieve that calling and live a satisfying and fulfilled life, there will come a series of trials and tests that must be faced with integrity and purpose. Our mission is to prepare your child for his or her special journey.
WHAT IS AN "INDEPENDENT LEARNER"?
An independent learner is someone who can research questions, follow instructions, and solve problems on their own. They can also admit when they don't know something and figure out a solution when they hit a roadblock, without asking an adult for help. They also participate in discussions and strive for mastery.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY A "RUNNING PARTNER"?
Running Partners are classmates who meet regularly to set goals and hold each other accountable for meeting those goals. Running Partners encourage and inspire each other by asking good questions, listening and providing affirmation.
WILL CHILDREN BE GROUPED INTO GRADES?
At Quest Academy, students are not grouped by individual grade level, but by cumulative grade level. That means students at the elementary level will be in one classroom, and the same for our middle and high school level studios once they are opened. We believe that children learn best when working with children younger and older than themselves rather than being split into groups based solely on age. Each student does work on individualized curriculum, but students of all ages work together in groups on various projects.
WOULD QUEST BE A GOOD FIT FOR MY CHILD WHO HAS SPECIAL NEEDS?
One of the central tenants of an Acton-model school is that the students take ownership of their learning and education. While the flexibility and student-driven design of this model has been demonstrated to be effective for some children with specific diagnoses (dyslexia or ADHD, for example), it has also proven to be the wrong fit for students with more intensive needs that require additional adult support. This is due to the fact that the Acton model is designed with the intent of having the adults in the classroom to fade into the background while students modulate the workflow and behavior. We recommend that each family, in partnership with our team, examine their student’s individual needs to determine if Quest will be a successful fit for their student.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY
"EVERY CHILD CAN CHANGE THE WORLD"?
We believe each of our students will find a passion — something they love and have a gift to do. They will use this gift to serve others and fulfill a need they are passionate about in the world. This may be by becoming a shoe-shiner who tells stories and makes people's day just by doing his job with love and vigor; it may be by becoming a coach who sees the light in a child’s eyes and guides her to pursue a dream; it may be by becoming a father or mother who leads a family on a Hero's Journey; it may be becoming an entrepreneur or business leader guided by compassion and integrity; or it may be by becoming an artist or writer who brings beauty to people's lives.
WHY DO YOU FOCUS ON TEACHING THE
We believe in liberty, justice and the ideals of the American Revolution as the cornerstones of civilization. In addition to experiential learning, we will study the American documents and the true meaning behind them, and we will also examine other cultures and forms of government.
HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT THE STUDENTS
ARE LEARNING IN THIS MODEL?
Although we don’t issue grades to students, their progress is measured and tracked through a variety of tools and systems. Our badge system outlines expectations for reading, writing, math, and social/emotional progress by year. Students work with a Guide to differentiate their core curriculum, and to set daily, weekly, and/or session goals. They showcase their mastery by meeting their goals, earning badges, assembling portfolios and taking part in public exhibitions of their work.
Student goals connect to the mastery of specific curriculum objectives through our online learning tools such as Lexia Learning and Khan Academy, which also provide progress snapshots. An optional standardized test is administered in a low-stakes format each year to provide one more measure of student learning. These evaluations and assessments are shared between parents, staff, and students in regular meetings, and parents are able to review student portfolios.
HOW DOES THIS PREPARE STUDENTS FOR
TRADITIONAL HIGH SCHOOL OR COLLEGE?
Quest students learn problem-solving, resilience, empathy, listening skills, and personal organization. These skills are transferable to every area of life, including more traditional schooling. Students with experience setting their own learning goals and managing their time will thrive in a high school or college setting, should they choose to attend.
Although we don’t issue grades to students, our students’ portfolios demonstrate their mastery in core areas. The portfolios also highlight the critical thinking and group dynamic skills they have learned, both of which provide a big boost during application and interviewing processes. Most importantly, they will be well prepared to shine in the real world, whether they choose to go to college full-time, part-time or not at all.
WHO WAS LORD ACTON?
Quest Academy North Idaho is an Acton Academy franchise. The main campus takes its name from Lord John Emerich Edward Dahlberg Acton (1834-1902), who was a Victorian scholar of freedom who saw liberty not as a license, but as the freedom to do what was right. He was suspicious of power for the sake of power, which led to his most famous quote: "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." At Quest Academy, we celebrate his defense of economic, political and religious freedom.