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FAQ

What is the schedule/calendar?
ZQuest sessions align with ZPS; however, we run a balanced year-round calendar (in session for approximately 6 weeks and off for 1 week). We operate during the regular elementary and middle school times (8:35-3:45 for elementary and 7:30-2:35 for middle school). During the months of June and August, ZQuest is in session Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 to 2:00 for all students.
Is kindergarten all day, every day?
Yes, kindergarten is all day, every day, following the balanced calendar as well.
What grades does ZQuest offer?
ZQuest offers kindergarten through 8th grade.
How is the multi-aged program structured?
Students are housed in K-1, 2-3, 4-5, and 6-8th grade groups. Students will participate in learning activities throughout the day within their groups, with the ability to move to higher-leveled math and/or reading groups as needed.
What are class sizes like?
ZQuest classrooms have an average of 22-25 students.
Are there special education services offered?
Yes. Special Education services will be offered to all students who are eligible.
What curriculum is used? Do you follow the State of Michigan Common Core Standards?
ZQuest is committed to following the State of Michigan Common Core Standards.  We use curriculum that has been approved by ZPS and we also allow teachers the flexibility to incorporate supplemental resources. The primary mode of instruction is through project-based learning, which re-frames the required content with the following characteristics:

  • student-driven
  • inquiry-based
  • collaborative
  • incorporates an authentic audience
  • problem solving in a real-world context

Project-based learning also focuses on building 21st century skills, such as creative thinking, communication, and collaboration, in addition to state and national standards

Are there traditional school amenities available?
Yes. ZQuest has full access to lunch services and elective classes including music, library, and physical education during the traditional ZPS calendar. Students in K-5 receive extra Spanish instruction. Middle school students take elective and music courses at Creekside Middle School, with the option of receiving high school credit for Spanish and PE in their 8th grade year.

Special education services are provided throughout the ZQuest calendar year.

Transportation is offered to all in-district (ZPS) families during the traditional ZPS calendar. If you live outside of the Zeeland boundaries, you will be responsible for transporting your child/ren.

Are extra curricular activities/sports available to ZQuest students?
Yes. All 6-8th grade students will be eligible to participate in extra curricular activities through
their “home” middle school. If the student resides outside of the Zeeland district, he/she is eligible to participate with Creekside Middle School students.
Are there any requirements for my child/ren to attend ZQuest?
ZQuest requires 25 volunteer hours per year, per family. These hours can be earned by
working within the classroom, completing classroom projects from home, attending school events, and participating in the Family Association.
What assessments are done? How often?
Assessment is an important part of each unit of inquiry as it both enhances learning and provides opportunities for students to reflect on what they know, understand, and can do. ZQuest follows Zeeland Public School’s assessment schedule, and assesses students using many of the same tools (i.e. DIBELS, M-Step, Discovery Education, etc).
What type of technology will be offered in the new school (computers, etc)?
The same technology roll outs (iPads, Smart Boards, etc) that happen throughout ZPS also happen at ZQuest. Currently, the K-1, and 2-3 rooms have Smartboards while the 2-3, 4-5, and 6-8 rooms have 1:1 iPads for students. Middle school students have the option of taking their iPads home on a daily basis.
Where is ZQuest located?
ZQuest is located within a wing of Roosevelt Elementary School at 175 W. Roosevelt,
Zeeland, MI 49464.