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About Us

Quest Forward Academy Omaha

On the Campus of Bellevue University
1000 Galvin Road South
Bellevue, NE 68005
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The Forward-Thinking High School

Students should be active in and excited about their learning. School is the journey that leads to their futures. Quest Forward Academy challenges them, equipping them with the tools they will need to succeed in a rapidly changing world.

Combining rigorous academics with a solid framework of real-life, valuable skills, Quest Forward Academy is demanding, exciting, engaging—anything but boring.



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Small and Mighty

Small class sizes, typically about 12 students, allow for active, project-based learning, personalization geared toward interests and goals, ample opportunities to accelerate, and the attention each student deserves from a mentor. The school will continue to grow toward a target of 256 students, with 64 students per grade.

Part of a Global Network

Quest Forward Academy Omaha is part of a global network of schools that offer Quest Forward Learning to their students. Built on a common vision for quality education and a shared course of study, each Quest Forward Academy is committed to rigorous academics, active learning, and personal growth.

“After one semester at the school our boys are all smiles. They come home animated about what they are learning and both have experienced growth and successes. Our sons are inquisitive young men, challenged daily by their mentors to put their best foot forward. The mentors have high expectations and through encouragement and compassion they look forward to school everyday.”

— Parents of two Quest Forward Academy Students

“I like how independent it is, and how you can get ahead and you don’t have to wait for others.”

— F., Student at Quest Forward Academy Omaha

“The start of a new school year doesn’t make me nervous like how it used to… I get help and support as needed from my mentors and I get to collaborate a lot with my peers.”

— Keyaira, Student at Quest Forward Academy Omaha

A Truly Unique High School Experience

Unparalleled Resources

While operating independently, Quest Forward Academy students have access to world-class resources on the Bellevue University Campus:

  • State-of-the-art science laboratory
  • University library and media
  • Makerspaces and art studios
  • …and more!
A map of the Omaha, Nebraska region, highlighting Quest Forward Academy Omaha on the campus of Bellevue University.

Seamless Transition To College

From their first moment at the Academy, students learn to feel at home on a university campus, making the graduation leap to college nearly seamless.

While many high schools claim “college readiness,” few can offer the confidence imparted by 4 years of learning on a university campus with peers and mentors.


Meet the Staff

Mark Smith, Director at Quest Forward Academy Omaha

Mark Smith

BS Science Education, M Ed School Administration, Ed Specialist (in progress)

Jennifer Dalbey, a mentor at Quest Forward Academy Omaha

Jen Dalbey

Social Sciences
BS Journalist, MA Communications, MAT Language Arts and Social Sciences

Lauren Dombrowski, a staff member at Quest Forward Academy Omaha

Lauren Dombrowski

Director of Recruitment
BS Business Administration, MS Management

Sarah Earnest, School Counselor and Pathways Program Coordinator at Quest Forward Academy Omaha

Sarah Earnest

School Counselor
BA Biology/Chemistry, MS in School Counseling

Georgia Hart, a mentor at Quest Forward Academy Omaha

Georgia Hart

BS Biology/Chemistry, MS Education Curriculum and Instruction

Megan Heese, a mentor at Quest Forward Academy Omaha

Megan Heese

Media Resource Specialist
BA English, MAT English and Library Science

Ryan Luther, a mentor at Quest Forward Academy Omaha

Ryan Luther

BS Mathematics

Kourtney Shoemaker, a mentor at Quest Forward Academy Omaha

Kourtney Shoemaker

Social Sciences
BS Business Administration, BA Second Language Studies, BS Social Science Education, BS Religious Education

Ed Vogel, a mentor at Quest Forward Academy Omaha

Ed Vogel

BS Secondary Education, MA English

Interested in teaching here?

Check out our open positions and apply.

A School Year that Makes Sense

The academic year consists of:

  • Four terms, eight to nine weeks each
  • Two-week fall Intersession
  • Three-week winter Intersession
  • Two-week spring Intersession

This schedule enables innovative, personalized programming for students. The Intersessions provide opportunities for:

  • Intensive work in electives
  • Internships or work experiences
  • Independent projects
  • A change of pace from the core academic content

A five-week Summer Session is also offered. The Summer Session provides students with opportunities to catch up in courses, as well as new opportunities for service learning, internships, project work, and electives.

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Days with Structure and Flexibility

  • 8:00 a.m.: Academy opens. Students work on projects, enjoy breakfast, and get ready for the day.   
  • 9:00 a.m.: Classes Begin
  • 12:00 p.m.: Lunch
  •  3:30 p.m.: Classes end. Club activities begin, as well as additional work time and mentor support.
A student and a mentor sit together at a table reviewing a book at Quest Forward Academy Omaha.

During the regular terms, each class meets 5 times every 2 weeks. In addition to regular class meetings, students also have:

  • Planning periods
  • Open quest time
  • One hour each day for electives and project work, which allows students to receive additional support

School lets out after morning classes every other Friday to provide time for professional development of staff and for students to engage in independent work.

Students also have regular opportunities for field trips and other exploratory projects in the surrounding community as part of our City as Campus program.

Within Reach

A Quest Forward Academy education may be more attainable than you think. Our scholarship program ensures that all qualified students, regardless of finances, can attend Quest Forward Academy.

Take a Virtual Tour

Seeing Quest Forward Academy in person is the best way to find out if it’s right for you. While we’re distance learning, we encourage you to take a Virtual Tour and join us from the comfort of your home. Contact us to schedule your Virtual Tour, or call us at 402-403-1267. We look forward to meeting you!

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Upcoming Events

Swarm Saturday

November 7 2020, 10-12:30 pm

Swarm Saturday provides prospective families a chance to visit our school, learn about our skills-forward and project-based curriculum, and rub elbows with current students and their parents to see why they chose Quest Forward Academy and what makes the swarm so unique!

The event will feature a canned food drive to benefit the ABIDE Food Pantry. Please bring 1 (or more) canned food item per attendee.


Get a One-on-One Virtual Tour

Take a personalized virtual tour when it’s convenient for you, tailored to what you are most interested in learning about. Contact an admissions counselor today to schedule.

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