Quest Program for Learning Support

What is Quest? 

Dwight’s Quest Program, which has been in existence for 40 years, evolved from Oxford University’s tutorial mentorship model. Today, Quest combines research-based special education pedagogy with the creativity of design thinking to provide students with strength-based and innovative one-on-one academic and organizational training. 

While the program is designed to help students with learning differences succeed in the rigorous Dwight curriculum, the integration of Quest support services into the School benefits all types of learners. The goal of Quest is to provide the structure and expertise of trained educators to maximize every student’s academic potential.

Quest School Program Across Dwight 

Quest to Learn Lower School: Grades 1-8
In Lower Quest, our teachers are all trained learning specialists with extensive backgrounds in special education. They are experts in working with students with learning differences, and most Lower School Quest teachers work solely in the Quest program. 

Students in Lower Quest are required to have a psychoeducational evaluation or an IEP. 
Quest to Learn Upper School: Grades 9-12
Many Quest students in the upper grades come to us from full special education-setting schools. These students are now ready for mainstream school but require the support of Quest to be successful at Dwight.

Upper Quest teachers support students with Dwight’s rigorous, high-level curriculum across a wide range of subjects and have backgrounds in all disciplines. Many teach a few classes in their specific area of expertise. All are required to participate in Dwight's special education professional development, and the majority have a strong working background in special education and learning differences.

Students in Upper Quest are not required to have an educational evaluation or an IEP, though most do.



Joshua Kigel, Director of Quest & Special Studies


Lisa Schoenfeld, Head of Lower Quest