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Quest Forward Academy Santa Rosa

1500 Farmers Lane
Santa Rosa, California 95405
707-733-6452

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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.

2017

Founded

72

Students

14

Staff

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 Santa Rosa 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.

"I value the close-knit, caring community at Quest Forward Academy. Thanks to this community, I am always surrounded by people who I care about and who respect me, making me feel comfortable being completely myself. “

— Lillian S., Student at Quest Forward Academy Santa Rosa

"The thing I value most about Quest Forward Academy is the community. We have a community and curriculum that allows me to be myself and thrive. I get to go deep into what I want and I get more creativity to add new things. I also love that the school is so accepting. Having a tough family, this school has helped me tremendously to accept myself and be happy. I often refer to the school as my second family because I can talk to anyone and I know they will help me if I need it. I would never change that. The small community largely helps this because no one is able to disappear.”

— Natasha R., Student at Quest Forward Academy Santa Rosa

"I value the mentors because they always attempt to incorporate our feedback and help us improve our work.”

— Austin V., Student at Quest Forward Academy Santa Rosa

A Truly Unique High School Experience

Unparalleled Resources

Located in the heart of Santa Rosa, the Quest Forward Academy campus is optimized in design and form for Quest Forward Learning. The campus features:

  • Science Laboratory

  • Makerspace/art studio

  • Flexible Classrooms

  • Cafe space for collaborative work

  • …and more!

Meet the Staff

Karen Kenkel

Director
BA German Studies, PhD German Studies

Thalia Becerril

Administrator
BA Sociology

Jordan Bulger

English and Social Sciences
BA Classics, M.Phil Classics, MA International Relations, MAT Education

Valerie Carpenter

Director of Recruitment
BA Anthropology, MA Public Service (in progress)

Kyle Collins

Science
BS Environmental Science

Heather Concoff

College and Guidance Counseling
BA English, M.Ed Guidance Counseling

Lydia Felty

English
BA English

Nicolas Gilmore

Mathematics
BS Mathematics

Dana Gundling

Spanish
BA Latin American Studies

Sierra Machen

Art
Oakland School for the Arts

Kristen O'Connor

Internship Coordinator
BA Liberal Arts, Single Subject Teaching Credential, English and Spanish

Nils Palsson

Social Sciences
BA English, BA History, MFA Writing

Max Shafer-Landau

Social Science
BA History and Classical Civilizations, MA European and Russian History

Sarah Weinstein

Math & Science
BA Mathematics

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.

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.

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.

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