Quest Academy State of the School 2009

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Information about Quest Academy State of the School 2009

Published on March 3, 2009

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Slide53: Welcome Quest Academy Parents Helen Raymaker: Helen Raymaker Vice-Chair Board of Trustees State of the School: February 12, 2009 State of the School Ben Hebebrand Head of School Our Mission: Our Mission Quest Academy provides gifted children with a challenging curriculum and a nurturing environment. Our program emphasizes sound character along with scholarship and creativity in both the academics and the arts. The Quest community values the individuality of each child and encourages each to strive for personal excellence. Thank You: Thank You We appreciate your support of our mission. We share this mission with you. We own our mission together. Tonight’s Agenda: Tonight’s Agenda My Second Year Reflections Highlights of the Past Twelve Months Student Performance and Growth Financial Overview Strategic Planning Your Questions Slide22: Quest Academy’s Academic Program Why I’m Inspired Students at Quest Academy are self-confident, yet exude a kindness not often found in an elementary school. This respect and consideration is in part a result of the concentrated effort put forth by the faculty through the Character Education and Service Learning programs, but it also reflects the overall atmosphere in the school. (ISACS) History: History What Really Matters People RESPECT a school that runs efficiently. People VALUE a school that teaches well and is demanding. People LOVE a school that has heart and soul. Tom Hudnut, President and CEO of Harvard Westlake School in Los Angeles. Tom has headed schools for 32 years. Second Year Reflections: Second Year Reflections We’re gifted education experts. Our students—your children—are engaging, fascinating, independent, self-confident, and of course, academically gifted. It’s my privilege to serve as your Head of School. Our faculty is second to none with a singular focus of getting everything possible out of your kids. Second Year Reflections Second Year Reflections: Second Year Reflections Second Year Reflections Our Board of Trustees does a terrific job in governing the school, advocating on its behalf, asking the tough questions of management, and is extremely mission-focused. Evolutionary growth: New academic structure, technology push, Mandarin Chinese, paper-less communication, added new faculty of diverse backgrounds. Curriculum: Curriculum More Reflections No doubt about it, these are tough times. A number of challenges, known and unknown, loom over the horizon. Through the strategic planning process, we will look at the opportunities for and challenges to future growth…and move forward with confidence and focus. More from ISACS: More from ISACS ‘‘From greeting visitors in their classrooms, to gently correcting and sincerely supporting peers, to leading assemblies, to organizing service learning, the students benefit from and are enriched by the school’s challenging and caring environment. They are the visible embodiment of Quest’s mission, program, and pedagogical approach.' More From ISACS Slide23: After Students Leave Quest National Merit Semi-Finalist Standing As a point of reference, area high schools in 2008/09: Character: Character After Students Leave Quest Case Study: College/University attendance by Quest Academy Class of 2004 (24 students) 75% students enrolled in Top 100 Schools 62% enrolled in Top 50 Schools 8% enrolled in Top 50 Engineering Programs 12% enrolled in selective Liberal Arts Colleges 4% enrolled in a local college 57% in Midwest schools 36% enrolled in East Coast schools 8% enrolled in West Coast schools Beyond the Classroom: Beyond the Classroom After Students Leave Quest University of Virginia, Miami University of Ohio, Drexel University, New York University, Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, University of Michigan, University of Illinois, University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin, Northwestern University, Georgetown University, Tufts University, University of Notre Dame, Loyola Marymount, Washington University, Princeton University, Northern Illinois University, Carleton College, Emory University, Clemson University, University of Southern California, Pomona College, Cornell University, Columbia University, Macalester College, Vanderbilt University, Beloit College, Duke University, Harvard, Dartmouth University, and Penn State. Case Study: Selected 1993-2003 Alumni Placements Slide24: Class of 2003 Alumna Quote 'Students may have accomplishments or experiences to share that are not strictly by the numbers….for example, a classmate is preparing to patent a number of inventions. I am sure a lot of other alumni are achieving wonderful things not encompassed by these survey questions, which frankly suggest that our value to the school rests merely in our test scores and college placement rates. In fact, the school ought to concern itself with our growth as curious, engaged, creative and passionate human beings.' What do the numbers mean?: What do the numbers mean? This Made My Day Dear Quest Board, Thank you so much for helping my family pay the tuition. I love Quest and I am learning a lot here. Quest is an amazing place with awesome teachers. I am hoping to finish my middle school years here because the education is so strong. Thank you again! Financial aid recipient in a January 2009 note to our trustees Slide46: Parent Coffees Parent 'buddies' A PSA Board A Board of Trustees populated by current and former parents An inclusive (of current parents) ISACS self-study process  A strategic planning process that will be inclusive of current parents The annual State of-the School address Official parent-teacher conferences Ongoing parent-teacher communication—face-to-face, emails, phone calls, etc. Numerous Quest Academy events attended by parents, teachers, administrators where there is opportunity to voice opinions, questions, complaints, and otherwise 'bend someone’s ear' A Head of School with an 'open door' policy, who promptly replies to emails and phone calls Quest staff has a 'customer first' philosophy and understands it must be responsive and receptive to parent inquires, issues, questions, complaints, feedback The Weekly Quest, teacher newsletters, email blasts, evites, posters, and an increasingly robust website An Annual Report and Honor Roll of Donors The Quest magazine Communication Opportunities The Admission Process: The Admission Process Highlights Mandarin Chinese Integration of Smart Board technology Rising ERB Scores ISACS: Self-Study; November Team Site Visit; Re-Accreditation granted this week Our Preparatory Work for Strategic Planning Slide25: Highlights Re-enrollment for Next Year Looks Positive Overall New Student Demand Is Encouraging Second Best Annual Fund Dollar Total Ever: Can we make it our best? Our Volunteers: PSA, room parents, coaches, Development Committee, Auction volunteers, volunteer drivers/chaperones (and many others) continue to give generously of their time and talents Two Leadership Philanthropic Commitments Slide54: Mrs. Barbara Benedix Grandmother of Danny – Third Grade, Jaguar Wanxiang Solar Station at Quest Academy Impact of CurrentEconomic Environment: Impact of CurrentEconomic Environment Jim Erbs Chair, Board of Trustees Slide61: What Typically Happens in a Recession to Independent Schools? Quest Enrollment: Quest Enrollment Slide63: Quest Total Contributions 'Base Enrollment' for 2009/2010(Excludes Pre-School): 'Base Enrollment' for 2009/2010(Excludes Pre-School) Enrollment Outlook: Enrollment Outlook The Board and Administration are 'cautiously optimistic' about 2009/2010: Historic data for independent schools suggest no significant decline in enrollment or giving during typical recessions; Historic data for Quest reflects the same results; This recession may not reflect 'historic' trends. However: We have an additional advantage – the graduation of an unusually-small 8th grade class; We anticipate local public schools cutting back on their budgets, and 'gifted' programs may be an easy target; However, to be cautious… Other Notes: Other Notes The budget for 2009/2010 is a breakeven budget with conservative assumptions for enrollment. Budget has approximately $250,000 in non-cash (depreciation) expense, so we could incur a sizeable operating shortfall and still not have to dip into our reserves at all; The school has a sizeable operating reserve which was not affected by recent market declines; Not envisioning any program cuts, although we will watch deferrable expenses carefully. Strategic Planning: Strategic Planning Many thanks for your assistance so far; Some highlights: Long-term concerns about growth and space remain top-of-mind; Some key opportunities for improvement in: Pre-school marketing; 2nd-3rd grade transitions; Transitions from middle school to high school; Quest is very well positioned relative to some of our immediate competitors. Assessment at Quest: Assessment at Quest Balazs Dibuz Director of Teaching and Learning Slide70: 2008 ERB Median Percentile Scores What We Assess: What We Assess Attitude Aptitude Achievement Slide72: Three Modes of Assessment Normative measures achievement relative to other individuals or groups to maximize learning through appropriate placement Summative measures achievement relative to established standards to facilitate learning by identifying areas of strength and weakness Formative (or transformative) measures aptitude, attitude, and achievement on an ongoing basis to promote learning by informinginstructional strategies (differentiation) Slide73: Normative Assessment ERB (CTP 4) norm-referenced scores MAP (Measurement of Academic Progress) RIT scores Valedictorian and other rankings Summative Assessment: Summative Assessment Scores on projects, papers, and end-of-unit tests Grades (A,B,C, etc.) and achievement indicators (E/S/P/N) on progress reports (and midterms) [SAT, ACT, and Explore tests] MAP scores as measure of individual progress Formative Assessment: Formative Assessment Pre-testing, learning styles, etc. (for differentiation) Classroom feedback (oral and written) on projects, papers, and tests Progress report narratives MAP scores analyzed for differentiation purposes Assessment at Quest: Assessment at Quest is as important as the destination. Because the journey . . . To Know and Be Known: To Know and Be Known 'If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, what am I?'-- Hillel Julie Raino Director of Student Life Developing Our Own Signature Style: Developing Our Own Signature Style Philosophy: Philosophy We believe That the problems of the world should be and can be solved. We are shaping the lives of children who will provide those ideas, talents and leadership that will bring change and hope to the world. We equip our children with the tools to bring about that change. That service learning will ignite the flame that inspires a child to create change and bring hope into the world. Slide36: 'Me? I’m going to remake America. I’m going to be an artist.''Do you know what I am going to do to remake America? I am going to be an ophthalmologist!'– conversation overheard between two 1st grade students, Muskan and Max, during the Presidential Inauguration Speech. Thank you for joining us this evening!: Thank you for joining us this evening!

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