Frequently Asked Questions
What is Quest for Education and Arts?
We are a 501 C3 nonprofit Christian supplemental educational organization and a ministry to bless all who come to our doors. We take the best of home schooling and the best of classroom education and combine those into one. We are different than a school because you have the freedom to choose what you want to participate in. We contract with some of the best teachers and experts in Tucson to help you instruct your kids. This is a great place for parents and students who want to work together to get the best possible education.
Who can come to Quest?
Anyone who is in need of the teaching we offer. We serve public school, private school, home schooled and unschooled students. Parents and grandparents are also welcome to take classes. We do not exist solely to support homeschoolers. We are not a homeschool organization nor are we a school.
If adults come, how do you screen them to make sure kids are safe?
So far only parents and grandparents have taken classes while their kids were also present in a class. We have always known and trusted them. Our recipe for safety will be to know our people. We want to continue the sense of family. If a class is not a good match for someone, we are honest and tell them. However, we are not foolish, and will always be watchful. Our teachers are always present. We will always entertain suggestions for additional monitoring. All classes have an open door policy and a parent is always welcome to attend with a child.
Why can't you charge for classes instead of asking for donations?
In order to be in compliance with AZ law, we cannot charge for classes or we become a school.
Why not just become a school?
a) If we become a school, we need to hire or contract with certified teachers. While some of our faculty hold teaching certificates, many don’t. Everyone however, is an expert at what they teach and have been doing it for many years. They love to teach, love kids, and that is the best recipe for success.
b. We become subject to governmental educational requirements, including state standards and potentially curriculum guidelines.
c. We become subject to any future requirements that government might impose. Examples might include gender neutral bathrooms and diversity training mandates that do not line up with what we want to teach our children. that could be coming.
Why do students need to take chemistry before biology at Quest?
Chemistry is the study of matter and everything our world is made up of. Studying the most complex arrangement of matter first, before you understand matter and how it behaves (physics) is not an effecient way to teach science. It leads to confusions and frustration and does not clearly allow the teacher to show the design in our living world because there is a lack of background information.
What is parent directed education?
Parent directed education is education where the parent takes an active role in deciding what is the best course for their child’s education. We believe parents love their children more than anyone else and are the best ones to be the leaders in education. This can apply to public, private, home education and unschooling.
By Andrea G. Schwartz July 13, 2005
Training children is an all-encompassing, time-consuming enterprise given to parents by God (Deut. 6:1–7). Both quality time and quantity time are required. This Biblical mandate extends to every area of life so that all thoughts are brought into captivity to the obedience of Jesus Christ and His word and rule (2 Cor. 10:5). God charges parents with the responsibility and authority to nurture their children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. For education to be truly Biblical, godly teachers must instruct children with God-honoring and life-equipping principles and materials so they become productive members of the Kingdom of God. Training in all disciplines and subjects must reflect basic principles of Scripture: that we have no other gods before God (e.g., career advancement, addictions, or lusts); that we not bow down to any ideology or system in place of God (e.g., feminism, libertarianism, or environmentalism); that we not take God’s name in vain by giving lip service to the faith while our speech and dress oppose God’s standards; that honoring our parents is more important than being accepted by our peers, etc. In addition, children must be taught the fear of the Lord and that nothing should be considered acceptable if it denies the truth of Scripture. In essence, they must know with certainty that the Faith is for all of life. Psalm 127 teaches that children are God’s heritage. God gives specific children to specific parents and not to the state. Parents who surrender this stewardship responsibility and privilege to secularism disobey the clear commands of Scripture. No matter how ill equipped they may think they are for the task, their parental responsibility (and culpability) remains. All parents will stand before the Lord one day and give an account for how they prepared their children for service in the Kingdom of God. Good grades, high test scores, and college scholarships will not impress God. Whereas those are all beneficial, they will take their proper place behind the child’s ability to explain how and why Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life in all disciplines and areas of study. Where this education takes place is secondary to that it takes place. Parents may decide to “outsource” education, but this does not relieve them of their responsibility to oversee their child’s education. They may want a better level of instruction for their children than they can give and hire tutors for specific subjects (calculus or chemistry, for example), or they may enroll their children in a Christian school. However they decide, they must understand that the piano teacher, athletic instructor, tutor, or schoolteacher is not ultimately responsible for the content and application of what is being studied. They, as parents, are. The options are many: day schools, correspondence courses, homeschools, or co-operative school settings. Support is vital from both the church and those “veterans” who already have made the journey. The Scriptures tell us to train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it (Prov. 22:6). This is not an unconditional promise, but rather wisdom that reaffirms what we sow in our children is what we will reap to ourselves and our culture.
Are all the students, faculty, staff, and volunteers Christians?
Quest’s statement of faith defines a Christian as one who has acknowledged they are a sinner and accepted the free gift of the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. We have very tiny little preschool kids all the way through adults. The Lord has His own timing when he calls children to Him and so not everyone has made that commitment yet. However our faculty and staff are Christians.
What is the commitment for classes?
Some classes require weekly attendance while others are drop in. Many classes do require homework and preparation. We expect committed families in order to offer the best possible educational options in southern AZ. Please check with the instructor to be clear about what each one expects. You will have 2 weeks to try out a class to be sure it is a good fit, but once that time has passed, you need to be fully committed for the entire school year.
Where do I find out how my child is doing in class?
Parents are expected to keep up with their child’s grades on the Engradepro website. We recommend the parent check the grades with the child present each week. In addition, talk with the teachers on a regular basis. Parents are always welcome to attend classes with students.
How do I sign up for classes?
Use the online registration form located under the classes tab. Look at the class catalog for more information on ages and prerequisites as well as the teacher and books required.
How do I know how much homework to expect for my child?
We hesitate to say how long it will take each student. The pace at which children work is vastly different. It is important for you to talk with the teachers to ensure parents and teacher have similar expectations and if a plan needs to be modified for an individual child, we can do that.