QUEST Program: Grades 3 - 6

3rd - 6th grade: QUEST

serves highly capable students in grades three through six at eight elementary sites in the Puyallup School District. Regional QUEST classrooms are multi-age classrooms. Depending on student numbers at each host school they will either have a multi-age 3rd /4th grade classroom and a 5th/6th grade classroom or a single grade classroom.
The QUEST classroom features specialized curriculum and instruction for highly capable students. The self-contained QUEST classrooms are differentiated by an increased intellectual rigor, accelerated pacing, an expectation of early content mastery, greater depth, and exploration of content with structured inquiry.  
Highly capable students are students who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others of their age, experiences, or environments. Outstanding abilities are seen within students' general intellectual aptitudes, specific academic abilities, and/or creative productivities within a specific domain. These students are present not only in the general populace, but are present within all protected classes. Students who are highly capable may possess, but are not limited to, these learning characteristics:

- Capacity to learn with unusual depth of understanding, to retain what has been learned, and to transfer learning to new situations;

- Capacity and willingness to deal with increasing levels of abstraction and complexity earlier than their chronological peers;

- Creative ability to make unusual connections among ideas and concepts;

- Ability to learn quickly in their area(s) of intellectual strength; and

- Capacity for intense concentration and/or focus.

- More characteristics and behaviors

              Current 2019-2020 Host and Feeder School


Regional School Feeder School
 Brouillet  Carson
 Dessie Evans  Firgrove
 Karshner  Mt. View, Northwood, Stewart
 Pope  Edgerton, Hunt
 Shaw Road  None
 Spinning  Fruitland, Maplewood, Meeker, Waller Road
 Sunrise  Ridgecrest, Wildwood
 Woodland  Zeiger


Q: What if I want my child to take a break from QUEST?

A:  You may take a furlough year with the proper completion of a form and rejoin the program after one year.  If more than one year, furlough students will need additional testing.

Q: What is the difference between HP (high performance) and QUAL (qualified) placement?

Qualified Placement: The student qualifies under the criteria of most highly capable and will be placed in program.

- High Performance Placement: Students who have demonstrated high performance
and consistently achieve above grade  level, have strong task completion and embrace challenges but for whom the cognitive assessment data does not support qualification for the HCP. These students may benefit from and contribute to the unique learning environment of a QUEST, PAGE or accelerated classroom as space is available. Such placements will be reviewed yearly by the multi-disciplinary selection committee, and high performing students are not considered selected or identified for continuing placement within the  program.

Q: How many schools offer the QUEST program?

A: 8

Q: What if I have other children who are not in the QUEST program and I would like them to all go to the same school?

A: We strive to keep families together and you can apply for an inner-district transfer for the other children to attend the school where QUEST is offered.