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Quest Forward Academy is much more than world-class academics.

Friendships and experiences during high school can last a lifetime, and we understand their importance. We foster a welcoming, inclusive, low-stress atmosphere ensuring students are comfortable to be their true selves, creating honest, authentic relationships. 

Extracurriculars, clubs, a pioneering internship and career-readiness program, and City as Campus excursions are each filled with moments that support students’ interests and goals as well as their academic work, and deepen their understanding of their world.

In the summers before high school, the Summer Explorations Program offers short, skill-building, project-based summer courses in exciting and thought-provoking topics. Middle schoolers will also be introduced to our innovative high school and its community to establish familiarity and confidence with the high school experience. The program is open to students in middle schools across the Omaha metro area. Space is limited.

High School is an Important Time

High school should be about you, helping you learn your way, at your pace, and to meet your goals. What if it gave you the tools you need to succeed in your choice of next steps — college, trade school, military, job with training opportunities — and in a successful career? That’s what Quest Forward Academy is about.

Quest Forward Academy students are empowered with choices and flexibility. Their interests are supported, they develop meaningful future goals, and they are guided along their path to meet them.

“The start of a new school year doesn’t make me nervous like how it used to.”

— Keyaira, Student

Learn Your Way

At Quest Forward Academy, you learn by doing quests, which are short projects that help you learn academics while you also practice useful skills. Quests help you to learn, to demonstrate your mastery and are often done working individually with your peers or together in small groups.

Often, you can work at your own pace, or choose quests that interest you. In this way, your learning becomes fun, interesting, and useful. It is about your growth as a student and as a person.

Three Quest Forward Academy Omaha students sit together, smiling at a small, glass table with dry-erase diagrams written on it.

“I like how you can get ahead and you don’t have to wait for others.”

 — Fiona, Student
The six essential habits of Quest Forward Learning, arranged in connected hexagons.

Mindset, Habits, and Skills

Here, high school is so much more than grinding out worksheets, quizzes, and tests. You’ll hear everyone at Quest Forward Academy talk about growth mindset: the belief that everyone can learn for their entire lives. You’ll hear us talk about the Six Essential Habits — like “Express Curiosity” or “Manage Yourself” — that students and teachers practice every day. You’ll hear about skills that go deeper than a few academic facts and will help you succeed with anything you set your mind to do.

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“I know my mentors are there to support me, and that makes me not afraid to try new things, ask for help, and to push myself.”

— McKinley, Student


At Quest Forward Academy, everyone can grow and succeed, and we support any level of interest and ability. All students work through the same academics, but at a speed that works for them. Instead of traditional testing, you demonstrate your knowledge and skills with “artifacts.” An artifact can take many forms such as an essay, a video, a presentation, code, and more.

And if you want to dig deep, we offer AP courses, access to classes at Bellevue University, and independent study as well. You will be well-prepared for any future you can imagine.

A student sits behind a laptop, holding a robotics artifact.

“The structure and freedom has helped me learn time management and goal setting. I feel that these are very important skills for life that homeschool wasn’t teaching me.”

 — Erich, Student

Learning in the World

With the City as Campus program, we go outside and into the city regularly to explore organizations, places, and programs that help us understand our world.

Students here are required to complete two internships or more. You get help finding the right one for you at a local business or organization of your choice. Internships can be as short as two weeks, or last all year.

“Quest Forward Academy is very flexible about the classes I can take. They encourage me to take classes that will aid my future.”

 — Libby, Student

Get Ready for Your Best Future

Every Quest Forward Academy student has access to 4 years of counseling. Each year, students dig deeper into their interests and passions, review their academic progress, and work with a counselor to plan where they will go after high school and ensure they have the skills to get there.

When you commit to your next step — whether that is college, trade school, the military, or a job with training opportunities — we fully support you into your first job, up to 6 years after graduation.


Find out if Quest Forward Academy is the right place for you to thrive. See it in person.

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