What is your Quest?

If you could spend your day learning about something you're passionate about, what would it be?

Quest provides structure and time to support your efforts in pursuing your curiosity and passion. Instead of taking courses, students earn credits by taking on interdisciplinary projects personalized to their interests, and the advisors ensure they are developing skills and connections to the real world, including going off-campus and working with corporate partners and community organizations. This is school reimagined; Quest is designed to allow for flexibility in the students' schedule so they can have the time to explore, innovate, and be inspired.

What Makes Quest Unique?

Flexible yet accountable schedule

Institutional partnerships and internships

Starts with an Interim Semester trip

Embedded service learning

Student-planned off-campus experiences

Networking opportunities

Interdisciplinary collaborative projects

Attend industry conferences

Skills-based curriculum

Mentorship with experts

Variety of careers explored through guest speakers

Quest allows students to Develop interests and Network with professionals.

Year Overview

Throughout the year, students practice project management, while developing skills such as critical thinking, creativity, and communication. The units focus on interdisciplinary collaborative ventures, which help students experience various industries from engineering and coding to film making and data analysis. The student-driven project is an individual endeavor, but structured to mimic academic research with the structure and guidance of the Quest team. Quest students explore various topics, forms of communication, and are encouraged to engage with school, community, and professional networks.

Starts two weeks early. Those two weeks are added to winter break, so the calendar aligns with the school calendar.

Allows for participation in co-curriculars and spirit activities.

Potential for three off-campus experiences.

Quest Timeline

Timetable of Year Overview

Student-driven project Off-campus experience Unit projects Break

Students Discover strategies that work for them to be responsible for their own learning.

Daily Schedule

Each student in Quest schedules their time around the Quest community time, group project work, and their student-driven project. Throughout the day advisors regularly provide group and personalized resources to ensure that students are meeting expectations and discovering strategies that work for them to be responsible for their own learning. As such, there is no set schedule for how a Quest student spends their time. Students are taught how to manage their time, and have flexibility and accountability to plan their time as needed.

Below is a sample daily schedule of a typical Quest student:


Individual: scheduled by the student around other obligations Community: required attendance at assigned locations Group: scheduled by the group for the completion of unit projects and committee work

Colleges increasingly want to see the passions of each student.

Quest Credit Offerings

Students will earn credits in Quest through the interdisciplinary projects in each unit and the student-driven project. Every student in Quest completes the senior project which satisfies the Catalyst requirement, and may choose to receive all, some or no Advanced Topic credits for their Quest credits. Students who wish to earn Advanced Topic credits will individually be held to a higher standard of skill acquisition and will define their learning objectives and how they personally go beyond the requirements. Students can also choose to take two course at SAS, and as long as it fits in the Quest schedule this request will be accommodated. Quest is a rigorous program, but with personalized attention so all students can learn at high levels.

Courses Available in Quest

Take Control of Your Learning.

View Quest Courses Here

Transcripts

Quest provides students with a safe space to further their independent use of critical thinking, creativity, cultural awareness, and collaboration. These skills are embedded in the curriculum, and reflected on the transcript. A traditional transcript will be sent to college admissions officials that reflects the rigor of the program.

Students are evaluated using rubrics developed using today’s educational gold standards:

  • College Board Advanced Placement
  • EdLeader21
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards
  • Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, Stanford University
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities

Quest students are guaranteed 6.0 high school credits with an optional independent learning credit available. This independent learning credit may be an online course or a SAS-offered course as long as it aligns with the Quest daily schedule.

High School Credits

Academic Skills

English

1 AT English: Composition & Research
or
1 English: Composition & Research

Mathematics

1 AT Math: Data Analytics
or
1 Math: Data Analytics

Science

1 AT Science: Design Thinking
or
1 Science: Design Thinking

DSLO (Desired Student Learning Outcomes) Skills

Social Studies

1 Cultural Awareness & Collaboration

Elective

1 Critical Thinking & Reasoning

Elective

1 Creativity & Innovation

Optional

1 Credit of your choice

Take Control of Our Own Learning

Quest is unique because we are granted the ability to take control of our own learning. We invested time into our passions and established networks and connections with experts. Quest sets itself apart because no where else can you be at school and working with professionals at the same time. Quest reinforced the importance of time management and being self-motivated. Using these skills helped me work with various NGOs committed to resolving the refugee crisis in Europe and with the Embassy of the European Union in Singapore. Working with these groups and organizations allowed me to set foot into the world we will inherit after we graduate which has given me the chance to get a head start for adulthood.

Nigel Li (CLASS OF 2017)

What Colleges Want

Colleges increasingly want to see the passions of each student. Quest provides the opportunity for students to develop interests and networks with professionals from the start of the year. Students will then be able to speak to these experiences on their college applications.



"The closer relationship I had with my teachers in Quest made it easier to approach my professors and ask for help. I also benefited from the research and resume skills, which helped me apply for a medical dialogue review.”Armando DiCicco (SAS Class of 2017,
currently attending New York University)


"In freshmen convocation (they) gave us tips on how to do better academically and it was all about time management and self motivation. Thank you Quest for helping me develop these skills."Jacqueline Routhier (SAS Class of 2017,
currently attending Slippery Rock University)

Quest 2016 College Admissions

Prerequisites for entry to the program

Must be entering junior or senior year.

Must be on track for graduation.

Must complete the application form.
Must desire ownership of learning.

Now Accepting Quest Applications until January 30, 2018!

Quest Application Process

Quest encourages applications from a wide range of learners. All students who meet the prerequisites are encouraged to apply early. In the first round of admissions, senior applicants will be given priority but junior applicants will also be accepted in the program. Juniors who are admitted will be able to explore a multitude of options for their senior year through the opportunities they are exposed to in Quest and which are offered at SAS. Students and parents are encouraged to attend an informational session to better understand the program.

Log in to MySAS Portal to view the sessions and application form

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