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Quest Forward Academy Santa Rosa

1500 Farmers Lane
Santa Rosa, California 95405
707-387-1663

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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.

 

 

Small and Mighty

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.

A Truly Unique High School Experience

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!

"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... 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.”

— 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

"Other public schools that I used to go to, they had this sort of learning system of listening to lectures, reading textbooks, memorizing facts, and then regurgitating everything. And I would walk away and I wouldn't remember things and I wouldn't understand how that related to everyday life and my future and it just didn't, it felt like there was no point to it.... But here, I found a reason to want to learn, to love to learn."

— Madi, Student at Quest Forward Academy Santa Rosa

"One thing that’s different here from another school, and it's kind of what makes me really excited to come to school, is all the mentors... I've never been super keen on English and Social Science. But being here has really changed that for me, and I started to enjoy writing and to enjoy reading, and I improved in writing and reading."

— Zach, Student at Quest Forward Academy Santa Rosa

Meet the Team

Karen Kenkel - Director

Karen Kenkel

Director
BA German Studies, PhD German Studies

Brandon Allen - Social Worker

Brandon Allen

Social Worker
BA Youth Ministry, Masters in Social Welfare

Thalia Becerril – Office Manager

Thalia Becerril

Office Manager
BA Sociology

Micah Bledsoe-Holland - Internship Coordinator

Micah Bledsoe-Holland

Internship Coordinator, Pathways Mentor
BA in Journalism and Mass Communication, MA Mass Communication

Matt Blumenthal – English

Matt Blumenthal

English
BA Political Science & Sociology

Danielle Bruns - Social Sciences

Danielle Bruns

Social Sciences
BA History, MA History, Social Sciences & Health Science Credentials

Jordan Bulger – English and Social Sciences

Jordan Bulger

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

Heather Concoff - College and Guidance Counseling

Heather Concoff

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

Emily Conway – Administrator

Emily Conway

Administrator
BA English

Juan Escobar Salsedo - Mathematics and Physical Education

Juan Escobar Salsedo

Mathematics & Physical Education
BA Mathematics, MS General Mathematics

Nicolas Gilmore – Mathematics

Nicolas Gilmore

Mathematics
BS Mathematics

Dana Gundling – Spanish

Dana Gundling

Spanish
BA Latin American Studies

Michael Herman - Physics and Mathematics

Michael Herman

Mathematics & Physics
BS Physics, PhD Atmospheric Physics

Riley Husted - English and Communications

Riley Husted

English & Communications
BA English Literature, MA Education

Rebecca Miller

Rebecca Miller

Director of Recruitment
FIT; Rockefeller Foundations Next Generation Leadership Fellow

Maria Morales - Science

Maria Morales

Science
BS Genetics, MS Wildland Resource Science, MA Waldorf Education

Nils Palsson - Social Sciences

Nils Palsson

Social Sciences
BA English, BA History, MFA Writing

Meredith Pierson - Science

Meredith Pierson

Science
BS Molecular & Cell Biology, MS Biology

Max Shafer-Landau - Social Sciences

Max Shafer-Landau

Social Sciences
BA History & Classical Civilizations, MA European and Russian History

Amy Waud-Reiter- Art

Amy Waud-Reiter

Art
BA in Art, Single Subject Teaching Credential in Art

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.
A mentor smiles with two students working at a table.

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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