Middle School Quest Science Changes FAQ
This year, Lake Washington School District reviewed its Middle School Quest (MSQ) program to improve the learning experience for all students and to increase our schools’ abilities to create schedules that are responsive to student need and fiscally responsible.
As a response to conversations and insight from our MSQ Committee, stakeholder feedback, and in collaboration with district leadership and MSQ principals, Accelerated Programs determined that a program action starting in 2023-24 will be to continue with Quest ELA, Quest math, and Quest social studies being stand-alone Quest classes, and that students in general education and Quest will be in integrated science courses.
Our program wanted to take the opportunity to respond to questions we have been receiving from our families. The answers below are based on quantitative data, such as student enrollment, class sizes, etc., as well as qualitative data gathered from this year's MSQ stakeholder surveys. Our stakeholders were varied and included the voices of the following groups:
- Students (current and past in the MSQ program)
- Building administrators
- District administrators
We compiled the most frequently asked questions and answers below:
- What were the data and processes that led to identifying a need to support the social-emotional impact of the program? How was the decision to integrate science made?
- How does this change impact the learning in science for Quest students? Will anything change in the curriculum? How will teachers meet the needs of all students?
- Why was science selected to be integrated, instead of math, ELA or social studies?
- How will differentiation occur in classrooms with varying multiple needs?