Why should I consider Quest Academy?

Quest Academy was created to fulfill a driving passion to develop the highest standards of excellence and preparation in elementary and secondary education. The core values and principles that drive this objective are heavy community involvement and ownership, cutting edge curriculum and strategies, small teacher-to-student ratios, and strong accountability among the students, teachers, and parents.

What is a charter school?

A charter school is an independent, public school established and operated by a locally formed Board of Trustees pursuant to a charter issued by the State Office of Education. Charter schools allow parents the choice of a free, public education for their child within an environment centered on the needs of children in a particular school, rather than a school district at large.

The Board of Trustees is comprised of local community leaders and parents, who are solely focused on the well being and performance of their particular school, rather than a typical district that has stewardship over numerous schools. Charter Schools receive their funding from the State and Federal Governments in much the same way other public schools do.

What is the educational difference between a charter school and a district school?

Charter schools are established by educators, community organizations, and/or parents, who can select from myriad available curricula an educational program that suits their one school. This permits a charter school to implement a cutting-edge educational plan, rather than follow a more generic, traditional approach. Moreover, educational quality and policy at a charter school can be monitored and improved on a hands-on, frequent basis, which is more difficult within a school district. Students who attend charter schools do so by choice, not by assignment; similarly, educators who teach at charter schools do so by choice. Of course, in exchange for greater autonomy, charter schools are expected to produce results superior to non-charter schools.

Can anyone attend a charter school?

Yes. Like other public schools, charter schools must be open to every child regardless of race, religion, disability or academic ability. However, many charter schools have specific educational missions focusing on particular topics or students with particular needs. Also, charters have a cap on enrollment. They may need to hold an enrollment lottery if more students apply to a class that is already full. At Quest Academy, the target class size is 25 students.

How many charter school are there in the United States?

The first charter schools opened in Minnesota in 1991. In 1996, there were 250 charter schools nationwide. By 2005, almost 1 million students were enrolled in close to 3,300 charter schools nationwide. To date, forty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have passed charter school legislation.

Why would/should a parent choose a charter school for their child?

Parents have innumerable reasons for choosing a charter school. Chief among these reasons are smaller class size, better student-to-teacher ratio, innovative curriculum and learning processes, well rounded education, greater accountability, and local control. Is Quest Academy a good fit for your children? Come and see. Visit us at our website, www.QuestAcademyCharter.org.

How are charter schools financed?

Charter schools are funded on the principle that state funds follow the student. A differentiated WPU is applied to Charter School students. In distributing funds under the Minimum School Program Act, to charter schools, charter school pupils shall be weighted, where applicable, as follows:

The vast majority of funding comes through the WPU. In addition, the legislature appropriates funds each year to replace some of the local property tax revenues that are not available to charter schools. Charter schools may also apply for state and federal start-up funds and specialized funds if qualifying students are served in approved programs.

A charter school may not charge tuition or require students or parents to make donations and is subject to the same rules regarding school fees as other public schools.

Where can I get additional information about charter schools?

Enrollment FAQ

What is a lottery?

Since the number of applicants exceeds the established ceiling, students are selected by lottery. When a student is chosen, siblings of the applicant (within the same household) are also invited for admission, provided there are openings. Students currently admitted are given preference for re-enrollment. Siblings of admitted students are given preference relative to other applicants.

Quest Academy will not discriminate in its admission policies or practices on the same basis as other public schools may not discriminate in their admission policies and practices.

What is my child's chance of being accepted?

This cannot be determined due to the number of students applying each day for a limited number of openings in the school as students move out.

How long is the list?

This cannot be determined due to the number of students applying each enrollment period for a limited number of openings in the school.

Where is my child on the list?

The office does not give out this information. The lottery is run several times each year, and positions change each time the lottery is run.

When will I be notified of an open position?

During the very first open enrollment of the new school year, typically held in January, a 30-day Open Enrollment is held. Positions are filled throughout the school year as they become available. As soon as a position becomes available for your student, you will be notified either by e-mail, phone, or both.

Parents / guardians have at least 72 hours to accept or reject an open position when it becomes available. It is possible for a position to open during the school year. Parents should consider in advance if they are willing to move their child mid-year or not.

How will I know if my child has been accepted?

You will receive a phone call or e-mail. If you go on vacation, please be sure someone is able to check your messages or e-mail while you are away.

What if I change phone numbers or want to modify my enrollment application?

If you need to update your personal information such as phone number, address, or e-mail address, or if you choose to withdraw your application, please use your confirmation number and log into the enrollment website to make any necessary changes.

Is there anything I can do to improve my child's chance of getting in?

By law, the only way to receive preferential treatment during enrollment is under the following circumstances: (1) a sibling is already attending the school or (2) a parent is a founding board member of the school. Extra volunteer hours, special favors, or donations are not accepted in exchange for special preference.

What if I forgot my confirmation number?

You may click on the “Resend Confirmation Number” Link located on the Enrollment page to have it emailed to you.

When the school is at capacity, can I be placed on a waiting list?

Per federal law, the school is not authorized to maintain a waiting list longer than the Open Enrollment period. All students who apply for enrollment must be entered into a lottery for randomized placement into the school as positions become available.