Quest High School

Quest High School

Infobox School
name= Quest High School


caption =
streetaddress = 18901 Timber Forest Drive
city = Humble
state = Texas
district = Humble ISD
county = Harris County
zipcode = 77346
country = USA
telephone = 281.641.7300
principal = [mailto:kim.klepcyk@humble.k12.tx.us Mrs. Kim Klepcyk]
staff =
ratio =
fundingtype = Public
schooltype = Magnet Secondary School
grades = 9-12
campus type = Suburban
motto=Learning is a journey, not a destination
accreditation =
rival =
uniform =
mascot = Knight
school_colours = Forest Green, Gold
yearbook =
established =1995
enrollment = 230
homepage = http://qhs.humble.k12.tx.us

Quest High School is a small secondary school located in unincorporated Harris County, Texas, near the city of Humble, in the Atascocita area. The school is in the Humble Independent School District.

It is a magnet school of choice, meaning that any student in the Humble Independent School District who will be attending grades 9-12 can attend, upon approval by the Quest staff.

Admission

Any high school student who is a resident of the district who has not received a GED or high school diploma and is 21 years old or younger may attend Quest. A student interested in attending Quest completes an application and, along with his or her parents, meets with an interview team of staff members. Parents and students are asked to sign written contracts agreeing to the school's rules and requirements.

Curriculum

Grading system

The grading system at Quest differs from the traditional United States grading system. All assignments submitted receive a grade from 0-4:

* 0 - No Work Submitted
* 1 - Unsatisfactory
* 2 - Approaching Expectations
* 3 - Meeting Expectations
* 4 - Honors

Integrated classes

Different traditional subjects such as English, history, math, and science are integrated into many parts of the Quest curriculum.

Some integrations are as follows:

* Algebra I and IPC (Integrated Physics and Chemistry), to make IPC-AlgI
* PreCalculus and Physics, to make Precal-Physics
* English and History (also known as Social Sciences and Humanities) , to make "Exploratory Foundations" (EF).

Integrated classes are taught as one class. Each subject is taught hand in hand, used to compliment the other. For example, while studying ancient Greece in the history portion of EF, students will write a number of papers on various subjects pertaining to Greece that will be submitted to the English teacher for their EF class.

Every student in Quest has an EF class, corresponding to their grade levels. All student also have to participate in Wellness to achieve their physical education credit. Wellness activities can range from dodgeball, team handball, walking, ping pong to even Dance Dance Revolution.

Family

There are nine "Families" in Quest. Each Family is made up of around 25 students and 2 advisors. Every family has a student from every grade level in them. cite journal | author=Davidson, Jill| title=When We Know Better, We Do Better: A Study of System Change in Humble, Texas| journal=Horace, Summer 2005| year=2005| volume=21| issue=3| url=http://www.essentialschools.org/cs/resources/view/ces_res/367] As each student is accepted into Quest, they are assigned to a Family. This will be their Family for the rest of their Quest career.

Over half an hour per day is spent in Family, following second period. On Wednesdays students will attend Family for an hour before performing service. After service, as of the '06-'07 school year, students participate in their selected "Focus Study" classes.

Many competitions are carried out through Family, such as volleyball tournaments or Pennies for Patients.

Houses

Quest has a four house system (I, II, III, IV).

A house is made up of four normal sized classrooms with foldable walls in between. Usually each Family has half of a house to use for the Family hour. Many of the integrated classes use a half of a house, while most classes that aren't integrated only use a quarter of a house (or 1 normal classroom).

ervice

Every Wednesday, every student attending Quest performs a service-learning activity for the community from 3 to 3.5 hours a day. Most students assist teachers from other — mainly elementary — schools, assist in veterinary clinics, reenact the 1830s at [http://www.hcp4.net/jones/ Jesse Jones Park] , or do service at other service sites throughout the community. After their service to the community they are treated to go eat to a restaurant around the area that they have worked.

References

External links

* [http://qhs.humble.k12.tx.us Quest High School]
* [http://www.firstamendmentschools.org/involve/highschool.aspx?item=quest First Amendment School]
* [http://www.essentialschools.org/cs/schools/view/ces_sp/117 Coalition of Essential Schools Profile]
* [http://www.houstonaplus.org/beacon.htm A+ Challenge Beacon ( Grant Awarded)]
* [http://www.learnandserve.gov/ Learn and Serve]
* [http://cns.gov/ Corporation For National & Community Service]
* [http://www.character.org/ The Character Education Partnership]


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