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Design and innovation are at the heart of Quest to Learn (Q2L), a New York City public school committed to helping every student to achieve excellence in the skills and literacies necessary for top college and career readiness. We believe that students today can and do learn in different ways, often through interaction with digital media and games. Q2L builds on this belief to create a nurturing and vibrant 6th-12th grade school environment that supports all students in the pursuit of academic excellence, social responsibility, respect for others, and a passion for lifelong learning.
Quest opened with a 6th grade class in Fall 2009, is currently a 6-8 middle school, and added its first Upper School class of 9thgraders in September 2012. It will add one new grade each year, growing into a 6 - 12 school.
Quest supports a dynamic curriculum that uses the underlying design principles of games to create academically challenging, immersive, game-like learning experiences for students. Games and other forms of digital media also model the complexity and promise of "systems." Understanding and accounting for this complexity is a fundamental literacy of the 21st century.