Quest Academy

Quest Academy Photo #1 - Home of the Knights!
Quest Academy Photo #1 - Home of the Knights!
Discover how Quest Academy is inspiring and challenging gifted children in grades PS-8. For more than 40 years, Quest has excelled at meeting the academic and social-emotional needs of gifted students. The school's advanced curriculum and supportive community empower children to follow their curiosity, explore their creativity, and reach their full potential.

Quick Stats (2024)

Top Rankings

Quest Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Illinois for:


School Overview

Student Body

Total Students
258 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 34%
Students by Grade
Quest Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
38 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
2024-2025 Tuition for Pre-School Half Day (three year olds) is $12,375; Pre-School Full Day (three year olds) is $16,515. Junior Kindergarten through 8th grade is $25,980. Upon admission to Quest Academy, all new families are charged a one-time New Family Fee that goes to support development of new academic programs and technology applications. The fee is $500 for preschool and $1,500 for Junior Kindergarten through 8th grade.
Summer Program Cost
Summer Program Cost Notes
Early registration fees are $425 per week until March 31, 2024. Regular registration fees are $475 per week on and after April 1, 2024.
Admissions Director
Jill Dreyer


Total Sports Offered
5 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
10 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Chess Club, Community Service, Debate Club, Drama Club, Literary Magazine, Math Club, Robotics Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Arts and Crafts, Choir, Theory

School Notes

  • Quest Academy was established in 1982 to provide a challenging learning environment for gifted children whose educational needs were not being met in a traditional school setting. Our academic program is designed specifically for the gifted child and is enhanced with classes in the arts, athletics, and technology. Beginning with our youngest learners in early childhood, students receive instruction in art, drama, music, Spanish, physical education, library, science, and computer science/artificial intelligence.
  • Quest Academy is committed to fostering a nurturing community where students feel they belong. Teachers are specifically trained in gifted education and use innovative methods to guide students and ignite their curiosity. Students thrive in small classes with like-minded peers where they can formulate thoughtful opinions and explore their interests at a deep level.
  • See for yourself come visit our campus in Palatine, Illinois, just northwest of Chicago. Visit for more information.
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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Quest Academy cost?
Quest Academy's tuition is approximately $25,980 for private students and $425 for summer students.
Does Quest Academy offer a summer program?
Yes, Quest Academy offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What sports does Quest Academy offer?
Quest Academy offers 5 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Track and Field and Volleyball.
What is Quest Academy's ranking?
Quest Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Illinois for: Largest student body.
When is the application deadline for Quest Academy?
The application deadline for Quest Academy is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

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As a parent of two graduates I can strongly recommend this school - my students were well prepared, confident, and successful in high school. It was worth every penny.
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Did You Know?

The average private school tuition in Cook County, IL is $10,845 for elementary schools and $18,174 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Cook County, IL is 89% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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