Our U.S. Locations

Santa Rosa,

Bellevue University,
Omaha, Nebraska

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We are currently evaluating additional locations for new Quest Forward Academies both in the United States and overseas. Stay tuned for new openings.

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Quest Forward Programs

are out-of-school programs for developing life and career skills. Such programs may be offered in a school or college context, or by non-school organizations with deep subject matter expertise, such as design thinking, empathy skills, storytelling, and more.

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Q&A with Dr. Karen Kenkel

Director, Quest Forward Academy Santa Rosa

Dr. Karen Kenkel is the Director of the Quest Forward Academy in Santa Rosa, CA. Karen received her B.A. in German Studies from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in German Studies from Cornell University. Before joining the team, Karen was the Director of Instruction and a Philosophy Core Instructor at the Stanford Online High School.

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Students First

Quest Forward Academies develop the whole student by fostering a growth and outward mindset, essential habits, and a wide range of skills together with academic knowledge. They also provide students meaningful opportunities to engage in the world, to discover what really motivates them, and to learn how to become valuable contributors to their families, their communities, and the world.

Experienced Foundation

Quest Forward Academies are designed and led by veteran educators, including the founder and the former directors of curriculum and instruction from the Stanford Online High School. At the Academies, these experienced educators are now integrating the best of their insights with an in-person school experience.

Personalized Approach

Quest Forward Academies personalize learning for each student without the isolation that technology-driven learning often creates. Quest Forward quests support students in following their interest, discovering knowledge and practicing skills that are relevant to them, and building the academic and social foundation they need to succeed in life and work. Personalization also shapes how students and mentors assess progress and growth, how students reflect on their own work, and how they support each other’s growth.

Teachers as Mentors

The teachers at the Academies work as mentors, offering resources, asking open-ended questions, challenging assumptions, providing substantive constructive feedback and coaching, and unlocking the capabilities of their students. Academy mentors view themselves as Socratic guides, focused entirely on coaching students to grow, without the pressure to lecture on content, rush through curriculum, or to administer all-too-frequent tests.

Small Classes

The Academies offer a very low 12:1 student/mentor ratio, which is further reduced by additional subject matter mentors available to students. This stands in stark contrast to the typical private school class size of 16-20, or the standard public school class size of over 30 students.

Real-world Experiences

Quest Forward Academies work closely with local businesses, colleges, and community organizations to give learners access to internships, apprenticeships, and learning opportunities in the wider world.

Independent Schools

Quest Forward Academies are private schools that operate independently from Opportunity Education, enabling each school to be fully responsive to the needs of its students and families.

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