The Forward-Thinking High School

2810 N. 118th Street
Omaha, NE 68164

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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.









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Small and Mighty

Small class sizes, typically about 12 students, 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 is growing toward a target of 256 students, with 64 students per grade.

Part of a Global Network

Quest Forward Academy Omaha is part of a global network of schools that offer Quest Forward Learning to their students. Built on a common vision for quality education and a shared course of study, each Quest Forward Academy is committed to rigorous academics, active learning, and personal growth.

“After one semester at the school our boys are all smiles. They come home animated about what they are learning and both have experienced growth and successes. Our sons are inquisitive young men, challenged daily by their mentors to put their best foot forward. The mentors have high expectations and through encouragement and compassion they look forward to school everyday.”

– Parents of two Quest Forward Academy Students

A Truly Unique High School Experience

While operating independently, Quest Forward Academy students have access to world-class resources on the Bellevue University Campus:

  • State-of-the-art science laboratory
  • University library and media
  • Makerspaces and art studios
  • …and more!


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Seamless Transition To College

Seamless Transition To College

From their first moment at Quest Forward Academy, students learn to feel at home on a university campus, making the graduation leap to college nearly seamless.

While many high schools claim “college readiness,” few can offer the confidence imparted by 4 years of learning on a university campus with peers and mentors.


Meet the Staff

Michael Brown, Director of Quest Forward Academy Omaha

Michael T. Brown

B.A. in Education, M.A. in Education 8-12 Principal, M.A. in Education PK-8 Principal, Specialist Degree School Superintendent

Sarah Earnest, Counselor at Quest Forward Academy Omaha

Sarah Earnest

Assistant Director, School Counselor
B.A. Biology/Chemistry, M.S. in School Counseling

Ed Vogel, a mentor at Quest Forward Academy Omaha

Ed Vogel

Assistant Director, Mentor Coach, and English Mentor
B.S. Secondary Education, M.A. English

Jennifer Dalbey, Mentor at Quest Forward Academy Omaha

Jen Dalbey

Social Sciences and English Mentor
B.S. Journalism, M.A. Communications, M.A.T. Language Arts and Social Sciences

Catherine Dempsey

Mathematics Mentor
B.S. Resource Geology, Masters in Geology

Austin Evans

Director of Recruiting

Elyssia Finch, Mentor at Quest Forward Academy Omaha

Elyssia Finch

Spanish, Drama, and Vocal Music Mentor
B.S.E.D. and B.A.

Georgia Hart, a mentor at Quest Forward Academy Omaha

Georgia Hart

Science Mentor
B.S. Biology/Chemistry, M.S. Education Curriculum and Instruction

Christopher Heiman, Mentor at Quest Forward Academy Omaha

Chris Heiman

Science Mentor
B.S. in Physical Science Education, M.S. in Educational Psychology, M.S. in Instructional Technology

Nikky Holiday

Nikky Holliday


Molly Kuehl

Office Manager

Ryan Lee

Science Mentor

Gertrude Makgabenyana

Social-Emotional Learning Coordinator, School Counselor
B.A. General Psychology, B.A. Mass Media, B.A. Communication Theories, M.A. Clinical Psychology, PLMHP

Michael Meier

Michael Meier

Social Science Mentor
B.S. Political Science, B.A. Education, M.A. Educational Administration

Randal Miller

Randal Miller

Art Mentor
B.A. Art & Art History, B.S. K-12 Art Education, M.S. Secondary Education, M.S. Education

Justin Mohrmann

Justin Mohrmann

Math Mentor
B.S. Secondary Mathematics Education

Lucas Rencher

Lucas Rencher

Social Science Mentor
B.S. Organizational Science, M.A.T. Secondary English

Rachel Rencher

Rachel Rencher

English Mentor
B.S. Psychology, B.S. Organizational Science, M.A.T. Secondary English

Jessica Simmons

Jessica Simmons

Interventionist, Part-Time Math Mentor

Teresa Thomas

Teresa Thomas

Internship Coordinator, Pathways Program
B.S. Business Administration


Check out our open positions and apply.

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A School Year that Makes Sense

The academic year consists of:

  • Four terms, eight to nine weeks each
  • Two-week fall Intersession
  • Three-week winter Intersession
  • Two-week spring Intersession

This schedule enables innovative, personalized programming for students. The Intersessions provide opportunities for:

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

A five-week Summer Session is also offered. The Summer Session provides 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 other 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, enjoy breakfast, and get ready for the day.   
  • 9:00 a.m.: Classes Begin
  • 12:00 p.m.: Lunch
  • 3:30 p.m.: Classes end. Club activities begin, as well as additional work time and mentor support.

A Quest Forward Academy education may be more attainable than you think. Our scholarship program ensures that qualified students, regardless of finances, can attend Quest Forward Academy.

Upcoming Events

Block Party!

August 11 2022, 12pm - 7pm

Join us at our West Omaha location as we celebrate our new neighborhood with vendors and fun!

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Open House

September 13 2022, 5pm - 7pm

Get to know the forward-thinking high school, our welcoming community, and our unique approach to learning and find out if it’s the perfect place for your student to thrive!


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