Quest Academy

500 North Benton Street, Palatine, IL 60067
(847) 202-8035

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-8 282 students 8 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

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About this school

Quest Academy is a private middle school in Palatine. The principal of Quest Academy is Mr. Benjamin Hebebrand. 282 children attend Quest Academy and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian/Pacific Islander. The student to teacher ratio at Quest Academy is 8:1. St Theresa School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Mandarin


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 69% %
Multiracial 6% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 24% %
Asian 22% %
Black, non-Hispanic 2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Hispanic 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    It's 4th year to be in this school. I have felt this is the school what I have looked for. Ideal and practical.

  • (10 months ago)

    I went to this school for nine years. In the beginning I liked the school and my parents were satisfied with the education I was receiving However once I reached the 5th grade I realized that Quest was behind drastically in resources compared to the public school. The school did not integrate modern technology until last year before that point using all paper while the public schools had access to better resources. The students here are nasty and mean. I was harassed for all of my middle school years and the teachers visually saw it happen but did nothing. I reported it to the administration but let the bullies off with a slap on the wrist. The school's social aspect is very underwhelming with little to no after school activities at all. I like the athletic department but the school requires everyone to play and this brings the teams down. The curriculum is very disorganized and the staff is very anti-religious (If your family is a devout Christian family don't let the school know). Overall I would send my child here up until Middle School which then I would pull them and send them to either a religious school or a public school.

  • (3 years ago)

    We are so happy with the quality of the teachers special programs (art music and science) and education in general. The committment of the facutly and parents is unparalled. My son has been there for 2 years. Prior to this he struggled in class and had difficulty completing assignment for things he already knew. Now not only is he challenged in school work but he is excited to learn!

  • (3 years ago)

    We love Quest! We moved from the city where our oldest son was going to a private school. He was in the 3rd and we had another entering kinder. We wanted to avoid paying for their education. I researched school districts to find the best. My oldest son enjoyed making new friends and was happy with the move. Unfortunately over time he was becoming upset with the lack of challenge he was receiving. He started crying a lot at school and became very bored and unengaged. I spoke with the teacher principal the "gifted" teacher etc. trying to get him the challenge he wanted. At the end of the day it came down to the fact that public schools are more focused on the children who are behind as opposed to the children who are exceeding. The gifted program only taught math and reading at a grade level above no extra out of the box type of excitement. We searched and found Quest and we ALL couldn't be happier! The school is wonderful at looking at each child's needs individually and tailoring the learning appropriately. I can't say enough about the passion that each and every individual has for the children's needs and learning styles at Quest!

  • (4 years ago)

    I love Quest. I've been going here for 11 years ever since I was three. It's like a second home to me. The academics are challenging. The classes and teaching style are innovative different and fun! The teachers love what they are doing and will not hesitate to help you if you are struggling. I am about to graduate and I feel like I am losing a part of me. It is hard to find a school like Quest Academy.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a student at quest and it means so much to me and it's like another home. It is...different than most schools i must say but still amazing! I don't know any other school that has debates for fun at lunch skips down the halls singing and harmonizing and talks about grammar and math outside of class. I am so blessed to be going to a school as wonderful as Quest!

  • (5 years ago)

    Quest understands not just the educational but the emotional needs of gifted children.

  • (5 years ago)

    My child is currently in the Pre-K program at Quest. In my opinion you could not find a better program in the area for a gifted 4 - 5 year old. The teachers are extremely nurturing creative and full of energy. These kids are highly capable and interested in so much and Quest allows them to explore question and learn in a non-competitive playful and age-appropriate environment. Also the teachers understand each child's strengths and weaknesses and teach to them accordingly. They foster a love of learning and an understanding that persistence and the journey of learning are fun - not necessarily arriving at the 'right answer'. The building of positive leadership skills and a healthy self-esteem are incorporated daily. My child is engaged every day and enthusiastically goes to school every morning. Other schools gifted or not could learn so much from the way these kids are taught.

  • (5 years ago)

    The academic rigor balanced with a nurturing environment and attention to the needs of individual students.

  • (5 years ago)

    Quest Academy has the most caring teachers who are dedicated to discovering each childs individual talent. Once they recognize something special they are quick to adjust the learning disipline and include the parents involvement!

  • (6 years ago)

    After ten years at Quest my daughter finds herself a sophomore in high school. On the plus side she is the happiest gifted teenager I know. Our main reason for sending her to Quest was for the social aspect (to protect her from the knowledge that she is freakishly intelligent until she was old enough to handle it). Quest did a great job nurturing those needs. Secondly I wanted to give her a chance to struggle which she wouldn't have gotten in a public school. Third her to know herself. In a public school she'd have only ever been the smart kid. At Quest she found out that she was funny kind and a valued member of the team. Academically she finds herself in the high honors math classes but her algebra skills are so splintered she is failing. The math program needs revamping!

  • (6 years ago)

    I must be the first student to review for this school. I have gone to this school for 2 and a half years and boy am i thankful to be out of there.It has been said before that social integration is a major problem and that discipline is also a major problem. Its almost as if the teachers don't care! I've seen whole classrooms go crazy for almost a whole class period and the teacher either having no control over the kids or just not doing anything! To add the tuition is extremely high for what the students are getting out of this i.e. the location is in a chain mall and the building itself is very nondescript. On a positive note however there is a great arts program and you can actually retain the information you're taught that is when they teach anything.

  • (8 years ago)

    My child started at Quest Academy last year. The teachers are very nurturing intelligent and fair. They really seem to 'get' my child's quirkiness. The administration is in a transition period and I am very pleased with the changes. The students have wonderful 'specials' teachers especially music and art. I am amazed at how the teachers motivate the students. My son can't wait to go to school. The Aftercare Program is very good also. I often hear students begging to stay for aftercare. I highly recommend Quest Academy for gifted children.

  • (8 years ago)

    My child has been at Quest for several years. I have been most impressed with the academic rigor and the creativeness of the school projects. But social integration seems to be undervalued. Also misbehaviors tend to be chalked up to the 'giftedness' of the child. My child has even commented on the injustice of seeing a kid act out repeatedly and not receive any consequences. This school offers a great academic value but I do worry about the lack of social interaction with peers outside of school and I don't think that kids behavior should be excused because they are gifted.

  • (8 years ago)

    Quest has been great for my son he excels in math but refuses to perform in language arts. The teachers have been wonderful working with us to motivate him and help him perform at his potential. Academic subjects are coordinated so that a topic can be covered in its totality. Music art and drama are much more available than in the public schools. Sports are not emphasized as you would expect at a school for gifted kids. However sportsmanship skills fair play and fitness are a large part of the gym class curriculum. Parental involvement is a given if you pay thousands of dollars for an education you're going to be involved. Personally I speak to my son's teacher almost every day touch base with the administration at least twice a month and love being this involved. This school works for us but is not for every gifted kid.

  • (8 years ago)

    I would first like to say that Quest is a wonderful school also that there have been some drastic faculty changes things are running more smoothly.It really is a great school and comfortable environment for learning.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have three children at Quest one twice-exceptional. I have found the teachers to be very willing to differentiate even radically. For my 2e child the teachers and administration have been extremely accomodating beyond my expectations. It is the child's relationship to the teachers that count and they are happy in this regard so we are too. Music programs good art excellent wish there were more sports programs. High level of parent involvement as one would expect. We drive over one half hour and are paying tens of thousands of dollars in tuition - it is the best fit for our family.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school is a disappointment. While the curriculum in and of itself is good the school is marred by an unauthentic administration (especially the Director of Admission) a hit-or-miss faculty and subpar extracurriculars. Few students seem to go on to top private high schools and it's located in a strip mall on a busy street.

  • (9 years ago)

    Great school for gifted education. But you must meet the minimum testing levels and be aware of the accelerated program.

  • (9 years ago)

    Excellent variety of subjects and dedicated faculty. Small class size helps with differentiation. Some specials classes seem undeveloped i.e. Drama for the lower classes It seems like the school likes to boast its addition to the curriculum but lacks specific dramatic skill teaching or objectives. The administration of the school is unauthentic unapproachable and does not seem able to follow through on promises made to parents. Although the school sings its glories about differentiation and acceptance I've found that students can behave inappropriately and disrespectfully but are excused by the 'giftedness' which makes them special. Even though every child is different they are treated the same and any child who has medical conditions or 'twice gifted' differences will not be nurtured or welcomed. They are too overwhelmed to deal with anything extra. Extracuuricular activities are minimal and lack challenge or enthusiasm. They are provided as 'day care'. Parental involvement is obsessive.

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