Welcome to QUEST. West Hartford Public Schools program for Gifted and Talented is one of the oldest established programs in the state of Connecticut, dating as far back as 1976 with clustering through the Challenge Program. In 1994 a schoolwide gifted program was implemented to meet the needs of gifted and talented students in grades four through eight. The program began as a collaborative effort with UCONN's National Research Center on Gifted and Talented and the Teaching the Talent Program.
Our program’s mission is committed to diversity and inclusion to ensure all students have an opportunity to develop their unique gifts and talents. Students in grades 4-8 are offered three programmatic pathways for identification under comprehensive gifted and talented programs. QUEST, Math QUEST (accelerated) and Art QUEST provide student-centered, individualized pathways to honor the identified student's social, emotional, and unusually advanced academic development. Students explore and participate in talent development, creativity, and problem-solving skills in gifted education classes. Students advance skills required to succeed in the 21st century.
These essential skills include:
- Critical Thinking
- Creative Thinking
- Social Skills
- Information, Media and Technology Literacy
- Productivity and Task Commitment
The learning environment is deliberately designed to facilitate the research and development of college ready skills, critical thinking, and self-selected investigations into real-world practical and authentic problems. QUEST is a safe space for the creative, analytical, and divergent thinker to work and engage in collaboration and or independently of like-minded peers. Additionally, QUEST offers opportunities for participation in field experiences co-aligned with grade level themes based on the principles and practices of Renzulli's Schoolwide Enrichment, The Enrichment Triad Model, and Susan Baum's Talent Development. Professional practices are purposed and designed for personalization of student learning.
Again, welcome to QUEST and thank you for visiting our webpage!
Together we make a difference!
Dr. M. Thompson
Director, Gifted and Talented
The Mission and Goals of the QUEST Program
Linking and Learning
Nomination & Identification Process
Unwrapping gifts and talents
A balanced approach
A program to extend artistic knowledge and skills
Gifted and Talented Links
There's so much more to explore!
Dr. Mary Thompson
Ed Center: 860-561-6607
Ed Center: 860-561-6608
Braeburn: 860-561-2730 Ext. 2702
Bristow: 860-231-2100 Ext. 2020
Charter Oak: 860-233-8506 Ext. 2927
Whiting Lane: 860-233-8541 Ext. 3548
King Philip: 860-233-8230 Ext. 2300
Duffy: 860-521-0110 Ext. 3027
Webster Hill: 860-521-0320 Ext. 3405
Braeburn: 860-561-2200 Ext. 2702
Sedgwick: 860-570-6500 Ext. 2443
Aiken: 860-233-6994 Ext. 2612
King Philip: 860-233-8230 Ext. 3027
Bugbee: 860-929-5500 Ext. 2834
Morley: 860-233-8535 Ext. 3131
Norfeldt: 860-233-4421 Ext. 3262
wolcott: 860-561-2300 Ext. 3671
The Quest Office
50 South Main Street, Room 327
West Hartford, CT 06107