QUEST Welcomes You
Welcome to QUEST, West Hartford Public Schools Gifted and Talented Program serving the needs of high ability, highly creative, motivated students. As you tour this site, we hope you will be intrigued and enlightened about the unique and diverse opportunities that QUEST offers throughout the school year for students in grades 4 – 8.
A student centered program, QUEST is founded on the principles of the Enrichment Triad Model (Renzulli, 1977) and the Schoolwide Enrichment Model (Renzulli and Reis, 1985). The program supports National and State Standards in Education, and is guided by a well developed Scope and Sequence of skill training activities tailored to participating students as they progress toward the excitement of independent discovery through research, diligence, and creative productivity.
Encouragement and support from parents is tremendously important to the success of our students. Support from parents is also vital for the success of the program. Some parents mentor students, others have volunteered to give presentations.
Thank you for visiting our website. As you browse, we hope that you enjoy learning more about our work and the work of our QUEST students. We encourage curiosity, so if you are left with questions, please do not hesitate to be in touch with the Director of Gifted and Talented.
Dr. M. Thompson
The mission of the QUEST Program is to ensure that students have an opportunity to develop their unique gifts and talents by creating a learning environment that encourages students to:
Question the world around them
Understand the need to learn and grow
Explore the past, present, and future
Search for solutions and meanings
Think creatively and critically
- To provide all students with challenging opportunities, experiences, and resources, including roles that require hands-on authentic investigations based on student interests and intellectual curiosity.
- To create a safe learning environment that encourages the development and demonstration of students' creative and critical thinking skills.
- To provide opportunities for students to explore academic talents and personal interests through independent investigative work. Research is followed by the creation of advanced level products incorporating their knowledge, skill, and expertise.
- To promote continuous growth of the professional staff in the area of gifted education with an emphasis on ability, task commitment and creative expression.
- To advocate among faculty, administration, student body, parents, and community for recognition of the demanding and challenging roles and responsibilities that are required to meet the needs, abilities, and interests of high ability students throughout the district.