Joyful high school.




Student-To-Teacher Ratio



4 Years

College & Career Counseling

Up to 6 Years

Post-High School Support

Quest Forward Academy is an innovative private high school in the heart of Santa Rosa, California.

We equip students with valuable skills, bringing them closer to the real world and challenging them to find their place in it.

Quest Forward Academy students develop the mindset, habits, and skills they need to succeed in any path they choose. Beyond rigorous, project-based learning, they are prepared for their unique future in unprecedented ways — real-world internships; encouragement and flexibility to pursue their interests; life, career, and wellness coaching; years of support beyond graduation; and much more — all in a kind, joyful, and inclusive environment thoughtfully designed for learning and personal growth.

“I value the close-knit, caring community at Quest Forward Academy… I am always surrounded by people who I care about and who respect me, making me feel comfortable being completely myself.”

– Lillian, Class of ’22

Students become completely ready for success in career and in life.

  • Our students are equipped for 2030s careers that may not yet exist.
  • Students build an intentional set of skills (such as communication, collaboration, planning and achieving goals) for a successful future beyond school.
  • Mentors guide students one-on-one and in small groups, ensuring continual growth and alignment to students’ goals.
  • Students also develop the habits and self-awareness needed to confidently approach future learning, career, and life.
  • Students pursue a variety of electives, college-level courses, dual enrollment with higher education institutions, and student-organized clubs.
Sofie, Class of '22, builds a model of a bridge at Quest Forward Academy Santa Rosa.
Max Shafer-Landau sits next to a student while smiling and talking with him.

Students engage in learning because it’s meaningful.

  • More choice, more control, and more responsibility. Students are empowered with the resources and support to drive their learning and pursue their interests.
  • They receive ongoing feedback from their mentors, who guide, motivate, inspire, and challenge students to reach their potential.

Students are encouraged to be who they are.

  • To truly grow, a safe and supportive environment is important.
  • Students thrive in a joyful, kind, and inclusive community where they can discover, embrace, and become the best version of themselves.
A student with pink hair and glasses sits at a table, looks at paper in a three ring binder, and smiles.
Quest Forward Academy student Graysen smiles at a desk with blueprints during his internship through the Pathways Program.

Support from High School to Career

  • For our students, planning their path beyond high school starts on the first day in 9th grade.
  • Each student joins the Pathways Program, through which they receive full 4 years of career and college counseling and ACT/SAT preparation.
  • Each student also participates in 2 or more real-world internships off-campus.
  • When students graduate from Quest Forward Academy, they receive an additional 6 years of counseling, resources, events, and support through the Pathways Network to help ensure their success in their future path.
Download the Pathways Overview (PDF)

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