Summer Explorations
at Quest Forward Academy

Expand your student’s horizons this summer!

7th and 8th graders across Sonoma, Napa, and Marin Counties are invited to level up on videography, create original art, learn how vaccines work, and more in hands-on, one-week courses this July at Quest Forward Academy.

Make the most of the summer with a choice of exciting, thought-provoking, skill-building courses designed for middle school students, especially those who are headed to high school this August.

They’ll see an innovative high school in action and get to know teachers in a fun, welcoming environment.

Class sizes are limited to ensure a high-quality experience for all.



The Details
  • July 12–16 and July 19–23, 2021
  • Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
  • Only $100 fee per student per session, thanks to the generosity of Opportunity Education Foundation
  • In-person at Quest Forward Academy Santa Rosa, the forward-thinking high school
  • Early registration deadline: April 11, 2021
  • Priority registration deadline extended to June 11, 2021
  • An admissions counselor will call or email you to confirm your sessions, arrange payment, and answer any questions

6 Exciting Courses

Choose one course per week, July 12–16 and July 19–23.

Join the Art Exploration course this summer at Quest Forward Academy Santa Rosa

Art Exploration

Students will spend the week exploring different art media and techniques. Students will practice mark-making skills and use dry, wet, and digital media. In addition to the fundamentals of how to create art pieces, students will also engage in working inside and outside and have a portfolio of work at the end of the week.

Open July 12–16
Open July 19–23 (Almost full!)

Join the Creative Writing and Nature course this summer at Quest Forward Academy Santa Rosa

Creative Writing and Nature

Students will learn how to write creatively about the diverse landscape of Sonoma County and develop the skill of writing critically about the world around them. Students will tour Jack London’s local home, experimental garden, and vineyard. Note: Students will need transportation to/from sites each day.

Open July 12–16
Open July 19–23

Learn about forensic science this summer at Quest Forward Academy Santa Rosa

CSI: Forensic Anthropology and DNA Analysis

Students will learn how DNA technologists use crime scene evidence to identify a suspect or a victim by creating a DNA fingerprint. Students will also learn techniques to identify human remains by looking directly at the hidden parts of our body… the bones!

This course is full!

Explore Sonoma County this July in Quest Forward Academy Santa Rosa's Summer Explorations program.

Interactive Sonoma County History and Geography

Students will embark on in-person, guided visits to local historically-relevant sites (Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery, Luther Burbank Home and Gardens, and more) to learn about important people, places, and events in local history. Students will understand how that history shapes our current reality, and how geographical features interface with communities. Note: Students will need transportation to/from sites each day.

Open July 12–16

Learn about the immune system, virology, epidemiology, and vaccine development in Quest Forward Academy Santa Rosa's Summer Explorations program.

Immune Systems and Vaccines

In this introduction to the immune system, virology, epidemiology, and vaccine development, students will learn about immune cells, assess a disease outbreak, learn the steps epidemiologists take to identify “Patient 0,” and understand how different types of vaccines are created. They will also research an immunodeficiency or autoimmune disease of their choice.

Open July 19–23

A colorful camera represents Summer Explorations Visual Storytelling course.

Storytelling with Video 

Students will create a one-minute video story, starting with an idea for a project and then they will complete the script, storyboard, filming, production, and post-production steps. Through the process, students will improve their understanding of narrative stories. Plus, they will develop familiarity with standard tools for creating videos that are available on most smartphones.

Open July 19–23


Call us at 707-387-1663 or email


Registration for summer 2022 courses is not yet open. We had a fantastic summer in 2021 and are looking forward to summer 2022. If you have questions about the courses or would like to be notified when 2022 registration becomes available, send an email to

Thank you for your interest in Summer Explorations at Quest Forward Academy!



About Quest Forward Academy

The Forward-Thinking High School

Quest Forward Academy Santa Rosa is a private, accredited high school in the heart of Santa Rosa, California. Students enjoy the learning experience here because:

  • Students are empowered to drive their learning through an innovative, project-based curriculum.
  • Teachers act as mentors, and students receive the attention they need and deserve to thrive.
  • While mastering academic content, students also develop the mindset, habits, and skills they need to succeed in life.
  • Through our Pathways Program, our students identify their strengths, explore career interests through service learning and internships, and then receive coaching support for further education and into their first career.

Quest Forward Academy was established by Opportunity Education, a non-profit foundation focused on transforming secondary education worldwide.  

Learn more about Quest Forward Academy. Call 707-387-1663 or email