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Quest Forward Academy Santa Rosa
1500 Farmers Lane
Santa Rosa, California 95405

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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.









Just-right class sizes 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 200 students, with 50 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 high quality, authentic learning 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:

  • Innovative curriculum 
  • Lab based science courses
  • Digital Design & Maker Space
  • Digital literacy & Digital Portfolio opportunities
  • Enhanced opportunity for student collaboration.
  • TED Ed elective
  • Personal college advisor & College Admissions Advantage program
  • Pathways program
  • National Honor Society Chapter
  • Endurable skills for long-term success
A Truly Unique High School Experience

“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 creative 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, Student

Interested students are welcomed to experience classes and be a part of Quest Forward Academy for a day. Register today!

Meet the Team

Kris Davison

School Director (Student and Family Services)

John Young

School Director (Mentor/Classroom)

Shianne Buxton

Communications/Operations Manager

Bobbi Barnett

Social & Emotional Counselor

Alaina Mitchell

Academic & College Counselor

Alma Perez

Pathways Coordinator

Kate Tenorio

English Mentor

Amy Carter

English & Social Science Mentor

Karlee Wilkinson

Math Mentor

Mike Herman

Math & Physics Mentor

Mara Armenta

Science Mentor

Meredith Pierson

Science Mentor

Laila Thomas

Marketing Manager STEM & Social Science Mentor

Mac Ketchum

Theater & Communications Mentor

Kyle Hoffman

Social Science Mentor

Sandra Novia

Studio Art & Mixed Media Mentor

Kaveh Hedayati

Spanish Mentor

Joy Trainor

Front Desk Communications


Check out our open positions and apply.

“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

A School Year that Makes Sense

The academic year consists of:

  • Four terms, eight to nine weeks each
  • Two-week winter intersession

This schedule enables innovative, personalized programming for students. The intersession provides opportunities for:

  • Intensive work in electives
  • Internships or work experiences
  • Independent projects
  • A change of pace from the core academic content

Summer activities provide students with opportunities to catch up in courses, as well as new opportunities for service learning, internships, project work, and electives.

A joyful student from Sonoma County, CA at Quest Forward Academy Santa Rosa pours liquid into a beaker.

Days with Structure and Flexibility

  • Frequent class meetings, including block periods offered weekly.
  • Dedicated academic time for pathways
  • Academic study hall and 1-to-1 student and mentorship time
  • Students have regular opportunities for field trips and other exploratory projects in the surrounding community as part of our City as Campus program.

A Typical Day: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

  • 8:00 a.m.: Academy doors opens.  
  • 8:45 am: Advisory/Homeroom
  • 9:00 a.m.: Classes Begin (Periods 1-3)
  • 11:55 a.m.: Lunch
  • 12:35 p.m.: Classes continue (periods 4-6)
  • 3:30 p.m.: Classes end. Additional work time and mentor support.

Tuesday  Schedule

  • 8:00 a.m.: Academy doors opens. 
  • 8:45 a.m.: Advisory/Homeroom
  • 9:00 a.m.: Classes Begin (Block periods 1-2)
  • 11:35 a.m.: Snack
  • 11:45 a.m.: Classes continue ( block period 3)
  • 1:00 p.m.: Early dismissal for students to facilitate staff meeting and development

Thursday Schedule

  • 8:00 a.m.: Academy doors opens. 
  • 8:45 a.m.: Pathways
  • 9:35 a.m.: Classes Begin (Block periods 4-5)
  • 12:10p.m.: Lunch 
  • 1245 p.m.: Classes continue ( block period 6)
  • 2:00 p.m.: WIN 1 & 2
  • 3:30 pm: Dismissal

Motivated, academically advanced students who are ready to start high school early are welcome at Quest Forward Academy.

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Schedules, Calendars, & More

See the current academic calendar and more for enrolled students and their families on the Resources for Families page.

And don’t forget to visit our swag shop and stock up on Quest Forward Academy gear.