Quest Academy Charter School has been a "School Of Excellence" each year of operation and is ranked among the best in North Carolina. Quest Academy students consistently demonstrate, through State Testing, their ability to maintain the highest academic standards while simultaneously committing themselves to excellence outside the classroom. All classes have certified or board certified teachers using various teaching techniques to facilitate the success of their students.
Quest Academy is a charter school for grade K-8. Based on the number of students enrolled, charter schools receive funds from the county in which a student resides and from the state. Although, the state will oversee some aspects of a charter school, it is free from many of the regulations imposed on other public schools. Charter schools must meet their educational objectives and operate in a fiscally sound manner in order to retain their charter with the state.
Quest Academy evolved from a private school known as the Helen Paesler School. In 1993, the Helen Paesler School opened to accommodate the rigorous training schedule of the gymnasts participating in the Gymcarolina competitive team program. The goal was to provide a high quality education that would be flexible to the demands placed on these children in pursuit of their chosen interests. Through a shortened, more intensive school day and a year-round academic schedule, the Helen Paesler School sought to accomplish its goal. The Helen Paesler School became Quest Academy in 1999, continuing the mission.
The mission of Quest Academy is to provide a quality, accelerated academic program for motivated students pursuing high intensity training outside the classroom. The student may be involved in athletic participation or performances in fine arts. This activity does not equate with religious or youth activities and should include professional instruction outside of the home.