It is “all about the children” at Quest! We differentiate throughout the school day! Our goal is to teach to your child’s academic level and help them succeed year after year. Quest follows a very unique Supported Teaching Model that we created to use in both our Elementary and J.R. High. Quest is the only school that offers a “Reading Readiness” Kindergarten class that students test into. This is a class designed for Kindergarteners coming to Quest already reading and is to help them learn the tools they need to continue to read and understand what they are reading. Quest Academy will also provide a technology rich environment through the integration of technology into the core curriculum and instructional strategies. Quest’s curriculum will use research-based, challenging curriculum with technological supports built into the textbook materials. Quest is committed to bringing technology into the classroom. A technology specialist will work with teachers to present lessons modeling the use of technology as well as giving students an opportunity to access technology. Quest will increase the number of computers available to students, every year however Quest’s commitment to a technology rich environment does not mean more computers it is a focus on the integration of technology by teachers and students in the core curriculum. Quest Academy is involved in the Utah STEM Schools Designation program. We have a passion for STEM Education and will be STEM Certified soon.
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Reading is so important to us here at Quest. We focus on the five areas of reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and text comprehension. During our Reading Blocks here at Quest K-5, students are working in Literacy Centers /Stations while the teacher is working with students in small groups that are individualized to fit their learning needs: We use the Fountas and Pinnel leveling system with our students. During small group Guided Reading lessons our students will learn how to use close purposeful reading to find evidence to support their thinking and their comprehension.
Comprehension is the heart of reading. Our teachers have been taught how to teach strategies that reading Guru Stephanie Harvey, along with many others use. By teaching Reading Comprehension we want the students to understand content and become engaged thinkers and learners. Good readers connect to prior knowledge, think about new learning, ask questions before, during and after reading, read to answer questions, make inferences, recognize and use text features, synthesize and summarize. Our teachers have had monthly training on integrating these strategies in their classroom.
Quotes by Stephanie Harvey
- “To become a proficient reader, direct instruction and practice in reading comprehension strategies is critical.”
- “Writers write best about things they know and care about.”
- “When readers pay attention to their thinking, they are more apt to learn, understand, and remember what they read. The next time you read, notice your own inner conversation, then ‘Turn and Talk’.”
In addition, our struggling readers receive additional small group intervention help daily. We have a strong intervention team.
Reading Fluency is a big part of our focus. We Progress Monitor our students, weekly, bimonthly or monthly depending on their level to insure that they are receiving the instruction they need and make sure they are progressing with their Fluency. All classes also have daily fluency built into their daily schedule.
Writing and Grammar
Our K-6 uses a Strategies for Writers for our Writing and Grammar Curriculum.
This program teaches students to use the writing process and six traits to be effective writers—and how to apply this knowledge to written assessments. It is alligned with the CCSS and it also is technology based and provides an online component for assessments to help prepare them for end of level assessments.
Research has proven time and time again that the weekly spelling list that we use to use in classrooms, don’t help them to learn the word patterns in our English Language. How many times has your child received 100% on their weekly spelling test, then the next week in their everyday writing they go back to their old habits and spell the word wrong? We chose to use an intense Word Study program called Words Their Way. The developmentally driven Words Their Way instructional approach is a phenomenon in word study. It provides a practical way to study words with students. Teachers use the Quantitative Spelling Inventory to determine what level each student is in in Word Study, Spelling and Vocabulary Study. Students are then required to sort their Word Study list throughout the week at home and at school to practice their individualized Word Study pattern and master it. The following links provide Powerpoints that can be used by teachers to model the word sorts or have individual students access the sorts on the computer. Letter Name Alphabetic Within Word Pattern Syllables and Affixes Derivational
We use My Math by McGraw Hill. My Math was written to the Common Core State Standards. We love the technology and hands-on approach this program uses. It uses the latest teaching strategies for mathematics.
Math Fluency is a huge focus at our school. We start by teaching Addition and Subtraction Strategies in the lower grades. When ready, we move the students to Fasst Math. FASTT Math Next Generation’s adaptive instruction enables students to develop math fact fluency and automaticity so they can focus on higher math skills. By the end of third grade, the Common Core State Standards call for students to be fast and accurate with math facts in all four operations. Fasst Math is used in K-5th grades at Quest.
We offer all of the standard JR High Classes required here at Quest 2.0. Something that makes us different is that we offer a FULL year of Science, COOL Graphic Arts Classes and a Writing Class! Another benefit of Quest 2.0 is that we provide the students with a Study Hall Period every Friday for one hour. During this time they can get work on missing assignments and get additional help on areas they are struggling with. Teachers also provide after school TUTORING throughout the week to help students in small group or one one get the help they need. We want our kids to succeed in all they do! We also have Student Body Officers, Pride Patrol and after school clubs (listed under extra curricular activities) that our students can be part of.
Quest Academy believes that all students should be challenged at their academic ability using the Utah Core Standards. We achieve this goal by implementing what we call the Supported Teaching Model or STM. The STM consists of all students being included in the general education classroom. These classes are leveled based on academic ability. We have an enriched class, formerly called accelerated, that gives teachers the opportunity to go into more detail and breadth of the concepts, grade-level classes, and a supported class. The supported class includes a Para-professional who works together with the general education teacher to accommodate students with needs, modify assignments when necessary, and differentiate core concepts to help students be successful. Using this model enables our teachers to differentiate instruction based on the unique students that they teach, regardless of academic ability level. Therefore, here at Quest your student is challenged using the Utah Core Standards. If you would like to know more about the Supported Teaching Model at Quest, feel free to contact a member of the administration.
STEM Eduction is the intentional inclusion of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and their associated practices, to create a student-centered learning environement in which students investigate, engineer solutions to problems, and construct evidence-based explanations of real-world phenomena. Quest believes in the importance of STEM education and has a passion for it. We are currently working on becoming STEM Certified and will be implementing a STEM plan this school year.
We are a dual platform school. What does that mean? It means we provide the students with the opportunity to learn how to use a PC and a Mac computer! Yes, starting in Kindergarten students at Quest start to learn both platforms! We also have our very own set of Technology Standards that the teachers follow to integrate technology throughout their daily curriculum. Every teacher has a Class Blog, that they use as their primary source for communication with their students and their families. In addition to two classroom computer labs and a mobile Wii fit lab, Quest Academy has a mobile computer lab (C.O.W) for every grade, each housing a full set of classroom computers. C.O.W. stands for computers on wheels. We have a total of 13 C.O.W.S right now at our school Our C.O.W.s easily transform any classroom into a digital learning environment. Each mobile computer lab includes a set of Macbooks, PC laptops, or NetBooks housed in a sturdy and secure mobile cart. Each cart is equipped with a wireless access point that connects each student to the school’s network and the Internet.
We offer many Researched Based Software Programs at our school-see below a list of some of our favorites!
Waterford Early Learning Success Maker Aleks Kahn Academy Fasst Math RAZ Kids IXL Super Star BookFlix True Flix Spelling City Utah Write Netsmartz Kid Pix 3D Hyperstudio IPhoto IMovie Garage Band Microsoft Suite IWorks Suite
We also have Keyboarding Standards. Each student will participate in a program called Type To Learn 4. It is a typing software for students up to 5th grade. Each student is required to practice typing at least 3 times a week and will be graded according to our school Keyboarding Standards.
Another great reason to be part of the “Quest Family” is because we have our very own Keyboarding Standards. We know the importance of typing and want you to know that you child will be taught the skills to keyboarding while attending Quest. One of the programs we use is Type To Learn 4. Type to Learn 4: Agents of Information will improve student typing speed and accuracy by teaching how to type more efficiently. Type to Learn 4 has more than 100 lessons, 5 engaging, skill-targeted typing games with each lesson, and 7 diagnostic, formative, and summative keyboarding assessments. When a students completes the program, typing at the speed required for their particular grade we add them to the list below! We also present them with a certificate and display their name on our TTL4 focus wall and both schools.
Quest Academy students participate in all the state testing; our test results are posted on the Utah State Board of Education’s Data Gateway. You can access our scores and grades by school year.
Quest Academy will promote student character education to reaffirm values and qualities of character which promote an upright and desirable citizenry. Quest Academy will teach patriotic education as part of the social studies curricula. The civic education will help cultivate informed students, encourage responsible participation in political life, and promote the fundamental values and principles of representative democracy in Utah and the United States.