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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.

2017

FOUNDED

135

STUDENTS

16

MENTORS

23

TOTAL STAFF

Small and Mighty

Small and Mighty

Small 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 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 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:

  • Science laboratory
  • Makerspace/art studio
  • Flexible classrooms
  • Cafe space for collaborative work
  • and more!

Summer Explorations

Registration is open!

Incoming 8th and 9th graders across Sonoma, Napa, and Marin Counties are invited to build robots, create art, learn how to become millionaires, and more in hands-on courses this June at Quest Forward Academy. These thought-provoking, skills-building courses are designed for middle school students, especially those who are headed to high school this August. Register today for your choice of 7 courses before your favorite is full!

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“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
JOIN US FOR A VISIT DAY

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

Meet the Team

SheriAnn Simpson

SheriAnn Simpson, Ph.D.

Executive Director
B.A. Government, B.A. Spanish, M.A. Spanish, Ph.D. Educational Innovation (Leadership & Technology)

Brandon Allen - Social Worker

Brandon Allen

Wellness Coordinator
BA Youth Ministry, Masters in Social Welfare

Matt Blumenthal – English

Matt Blumenthal

Social Science Mentor
BA, Political Science and Sociology

Danielle Bruns - Social Sciences

Danielle Bruns

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

Jordan Bulger – English and Social Sciences

Jordan Bulger

Dean of Students, English & Social Sciences Mentor
BA Classics, M.Phil Classics, MA International Relations, MAT Education

Cath Caddell

Guidance/College Counselor

Denilzon Puentes Calderon

Denilzón Puentes Calderón

Physical Education and Power Foundations Mentor

Greg Gradwell

Greg Gradwell

STEM Mentor
BS & MS Aerospace Engineering

Nicolas Gilmore – Mathematics

Nicolas Gilmore

Mathematics Mentor
BS Mathematics

Kyle Haselton

Kyle Haselton

English Mentor
BA English Education, MA Education

Dana Gundling – Spanish

Dana Gundling

Spanish Mentor
BA Latin American Studies

Amber Herman

Amber Herman

Educational Fellow

Michael Herman - Physics and Mathematics

Michael Herman

Mathematics & Physics Mentor
BS Physics, PhD Atmospheric Physics

Riley Husted - English and Communications

Riley Husted

Mentor Coach, English & Communications Mentor
BA English Literature, MA Education

Rebecca Miller

Rebecca S. Miller

Director of Admissions and Recruitment
FIT; Rockefeller Foundations Next Generation Leadership Fellow

Maria Morales - Science

Maria Morales

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

Nils Palsson - Social Sciences

Nils Palsson

Social Sciences Mentor
BA English, BA History, MFA Writing

Meredith Pierson - Science

Meredith Pierson

Mentor Coach, Science Mentor
BS Molecular & Cell Biology, MS Biology

Verenise Reyes

Verenise Reyes

Front Desk Support

Bryan Rollofson

Bryan Rollofson

English Mentor
BA English, MA English, MFA Creative Writing, TEFL

Max Shafer-Landau - Social Sciences

Max Shafer-Landau

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

Scot Spinner

Educational Fellow/Tech

Nancy Varela

Nancy Varela

Operations Manager

Amy Waud-Reiter- Art

Amy Waud-Reiter

Art Mentor
BA in Art, Single Subject Teaching Credential in Art

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“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.

Days with Structure and Flexibility

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 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.

A Typical Day

  • 8:00 a.m.: Academy opens. Students work on projects and get ready for the day.   
  • 9:00 a.m.: Classes Begin
  • 12:15 p.m.: Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m.: Pathways Program sessions and club meetings
  • 3:30 p.m.: Classes end. Additional work time and mentor support.
  • 12:30 p.m. (Fridays only): Classes end. Independent work time for students.

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

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Upcoming Events

2022 Quest Faire

May 26 2022, 5:30pm - 7pm

Spend an evening celebrating our students’ learning! All Quest Forward Academy families — as well as new student candidates and members of our greater community — are welcome to attend our science-fair-style showcase where students will have the exciting opportunity to present their classroom and extracurricular projects from this school year. There will be refreshments and entertainment outdoors. To register, select the May 26th event from the drop-down menu on the Open House page. We look forward to welcoming you into our community!

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Open House

September 15 2022, 5:30pm - 8pm

Learn all about Quest Forward Academy and meet teachers, students, and the rest of our welcoming community during this in-person open house event. We hope to see you there!

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Open House

October 13 2022, 5:30pm - 8pm

Learn all about Quest Forward Academy and meet teachers, students, and the rest of our welcoming community during this in-person open house event. We hope to see you there!

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A Truly Unique High School Experience