Learn Your Way

High School Should be Your Launchpad

But many schools don’t focus enough on the knowledge and skills you need after school. And when your school work isn’t interesting or relevant, it’s hard to focus and learn.

A mentor smiles with two students working at a table.

A teacher collaborates with two students at Quest Forward Academy Santa Rosa.

A student speaks to a teacher at a table in a classroom at Quest Forward Academy Omaha

A student leads a small group discussion at Quest Forward Academy Omaha.


High schools that use Quest Forward Learning are different.

They are designed to make learning relevant and to help students develop useful skills. When these students graduate, they are ready for what’s next.

Here’s what students have to say:


What Students Like about Quest Forward Academy Santa Rosa (CA)

Choices and Opportunities at Quest Forward Academies

What Students Like About Quest Forward Academy Omaha (NE)

Why Quest Forward Academy?

What is the Quest Forward Learning experience?

The Quest Forward Academy Difference

Clearly Better Learning

If you feel that high school doesn’t move you forward, you are not alone: Gallup’s research with almost 1 million students shows that just 34% of high school seniors say that they’re engaged in their school work, either actively or passively.

In schools with Quest Forward Learning, teachers report 99% of their students were either fully engaged or highly engaged in their senior year (2021–22). Why? Because Quest Forward Learning was designed for high school students to drive their learning, develop skills that are valuable to them, and learn better.

A graph shows student engagement at Quest Forward Learning schools significantly higher than at high schools nationwide as reported in Gallup surveys.

Latest available Gallup Student Poll data vs. Quest Forward Academy (Omaha and Santa Rosa) 2021–22 12th grade students

Pathways Program participant Graysen sits at his internship desk reviewing a building's electrical plans.


“Before, I had no idea what I was going to do or where I was going to go… And then I did my internship and I learned about electrical work. I kind of fell in love with that. It’s definitely set me up pretty well.”


Focus on the Future

Opportunity Education’s Pathways Program helps students find their best path to success in their chosen career, whether it be via college, career education, the military, or on-the-job training. Each of these options has value, and you deserve the same high-end support to find and pursue the pathway that is best for you. The Pathways Program gives you this support.

In the Pathways Program, students identify their strengths and interests and then try out real work experiences, including internships, shadowing opportunities, guest speakers on a variety of topics, and more. They have dedicated opportunities to get a feel for what works for them. Students also learn about personal finance, build resumes and LinkedIn profiles, and more.

Schools that offer Quest Forward Learning often also offer a Pathways Program to their students. 

Interested in college?

Sampling of colleges that accepted Quest Forward Learning students (2022)

  • Bard College
  • California State University Marine Academy
  • California State University (Pomona, San Diego, San Jose)
  • Creighton University
  • College of Wooster
  • Cynta-Aveda Cosmetology School
  • DePaul University
  • Drexel University
  • Emerson College
  • ESCP Business School (Paris, Madrid)
  • George Washington University
  • Grinnell College
  • Hamilton College
  • Lewis and Clark College
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Macalester College
  • Metro Community College
  • Montana State University
  • Northwestern University
  • Occidental College
  • Oregon Institute of Technology
  • Oregon State University
  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Reed College
  • Santa Rosa Junior College
  • Seton Hall University
  • Simpson University
  • St. John’s College
  • Stanford University
  • Suffolk University
  • Swarthmore College
  • University of Arizona
  • University of East London
  • University of California (Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Cruz)
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Denver
  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln, Omaha)
  • University of Portland
  • University of Puget Sound
  • University of San Francisco
  • Westmont College
  • Whitman College
  • Willamette University
  • ZUYS University (Netherlands)

Quest Forward Academy is a great school for students who like a challenge to their learning… it doesn’t just prepare you for college, they prepare you for the future.”

– Benji, Recent Graduate

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