Frequently Asked Questions

Quest Leadership Academy is a Public Charter School and adheres to a philosophy that given the appropriate support, every student can be academically and socially successful regardless of background. It will be founded in the seven E's of Excellence in Education: Environment, Expectations, Encouragement, Excitement, Exposure, Engagement and Experience. At the conclusion of this part of their journey, Quest students will know that they can be successful and will understand that learning is a lifelong process.

Q: When will Quest open?

A: Quest Leadership Academy will open in August of 2014.

Q: Where will Quest Leadership Academy be located?

A: Quest will be located at 29 Ridgeway Drive, Greenville, SC at Upstate Circle of Friends Community Center, the former site of Sirrine Elementary School.

Q: What grades will Quest serve and what will be the maximum number of students in each classroom?

A: Initially Quest will serve 100 students in grades K4 - 2 with no more than 20 students in each classroom. One additional grade level will be added each year thereafter until the school reaches grade 8 in 2020 - 2021 school year.

Q: Who is eligible to enroll in Quest Leadership Academy?

A: Quest is a state sponsored public charter school. Any student in South Carolina is eligible to enroll.

Q: What will be the curricula at Quest?

A: Emphasis will be placed on reading, written and oral communication skills as foundational to all learning. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) will be used to cultivate each student's gifts and talents. The "Leader in Me" curriculum, based on Steven Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective Children, will be an integral part of all curricula.

Q: When will student recruitment activities begin?

A: Recruitment activities will begin November 1, 2013, but Quest is already accepting applications for enrollment.

Q: How will Quest address the needs of at-risk students?

A: The Quest model will include pre-enrollment assessments. Each student will have a Personalized Learning Plan (PLP) prepared prior to enrollment. Progress will be monitored daily, weekly and monthly.

Q: Can you identify any unique features of Quest when compared to the traditional school?

» Smaller student to teacher ratios
» Learning communities within the school focused on teamwork
» Extended school day
» Introduction to the fundamentals of speech and debate
» Leadership skills development through task driven activities
» Character trait understanding and development
» Community service projects
» Flexible schedule to allow parental involvement in meetings
   and conferences
» Parent University; parenting skill development, empowerment
   workshops and indirect service offerings
» Wellness component with healthy lifestyle education, physical activity,
   nutrition and preventative screenings
» "Q" Closet: Initiative to supplement material needs of students.

Q: How do I get more information or enroll my child into Quest?

A: Please call 864-277-5788 ext 103 or send an email to for additional information, to ask questions or to request an application. An application must be completed and submitted to enroll your child.