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Message from the Principal Jennifer Rygalski

I was very excited when I was presented with the opportunity to become principal at Quest to Learn, partly because of my own experience in school when I was growing up. I had a traditional education, involving a lot of memorization, and I was bored in school. When I became a teacher, I began to think creatively about what my approach to curriculum would be and how alternative ideas and structures could engage students in meaningful work beyond reliance on testing and memorization. I always believed that students would learn more on a deeper level if they were more active participants in school.

One of our primary goals for our students is that by the time they graduate from Quest to Learn they will be true systems thinkers and designers, understanding that the important challenges in the world can’t be solved in simple, traditional ways, and must be approached from many different perspectives. As a result of advancements in technology, our world has become highly interconnected, with integrated systems. As Thomas Friedman has said, “The world is flat.” At Quest to Learn, students experience iteration, they take on problems and create solutions, design prototypes, and learn that failing is an inherent aspect of problem solving. Our graduates will not be intimidated by challenges, and as a result they will have the skills required to be successful and make a difference in the world, whatever path they choose.