At a Glance

Knowledge Quest Academy Quick Facts

School district: Weld RE-5J, Milliken, CO
Opening date: June 2001
Grade levels: K-8
Class size: 25 maximum
Current enrollment: 410

Curriculum Highlights

All grades at Knowledge Quest Academy (KQA) use a rigorous and challenging academic program known as the Core Knowledge® curriculum sequence. Developed by E.D. Hirsch, Jr., founder of the Core Knowledge Foundation, the curriculum provides content guidelines for children in grades K-8 to help them develop reading, writing, and critical thinking skills.

By instilling in students a rich vocabulary and broad knowledge base on which future instruction can build, broaden, and deepen, the Core Knowledge sequence helps to ensure that all children receive a knowledge base that will assure later educational success.

Specials and electives

The KQA curriculum also features "specials" for students in kindergarten through fifth grade including library, art, music, PE, and technology.

For students in grades six through eight, in addition to PE and technology, students choose teacher-led electives each quarter including:

  • Art
  • Band
  • Games
  • Orchestra
  • Science
  • Sewing
  • Show Choir
  • Skills and Organization
  • Sports
  • Technology
  • Yearbook

Extracurricular activities

KQA's diverse extracurricular lineup includes many celebrations, guest speakers, family events, assemblies, and field trips.

Elementary extracurricular activities include:

  • Odyssey of the Mind
  • Student Council 
  • Talent show
  • Field day

Middle School extracurricular activities include:

  • Competitive athletics  - boys/girls soccer, football (7th and 8th grade only), volleyball, basketball, and track)
  • Band and music programs
  • Odyssey of the Mind
  • Science Fair
  • Student Council
  • Student Leadership Team (SLT)
  • Talent show

Our mission

Knowledge Quest Academy provides innovative teaching of comprehensive and relevant curriculum to support the mastery of skills necessary for academic success. Additionally, there is a commitment to teaching and implementing a code of ethics that promotes responsible citizenship.


The KQA Board of Directors consists of five to seven elected parents who oversee and establish the educational and operational policies of the school. The board meets twice a month to discuss school operations and hear reports; all meetings are open to the public.

School accountability

The Knowledge Quest Academy School Accountability Committee provides the KQA community with information and data analysis, which is used to assess progress toward our mission and strategic plan. The committee is responsible for making recommendations to the administration and/or the KQA Board of Directors based on the assessment of the educational program, student achievement, and staff, parent, and student satisfaction.

Each year, the Accountability Committee meets monthly to monitor and solicit input aligned with the KQA mission and goals, and then issue an annual report to the board of directors and the school district. A copy of the school accountability report is available for the public as well.


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