Frequently Asked Questions

What is the schedule/calendar?

ZQuest sessions align with ZPS, however, we run a balanced year-round calendar (in session for approximately 6 weeks and off for 1 week). We operate during the regular elementary and middle school times (8:35-3:45 for elementary and 7:30-2:35 for middle school). During the months of June and August, ZQuest is in session Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 to 2:00 for all students.

View our current calendar.

Is kindergarten all day, every day?

Yes, kindergarten is all day, every day, following the balanced calendar as well.

What grades does ZQuest offer?

ZQuest offers kindergarten through 8th grade.

How is the multi-aged program structured?

There is currently:

  • 1 section of kindergarten
  • 2 sections of 1st and 2nd grade multiage
  • 1 section of 3rd grade
  • 1 section of 4th grade
  • 2 sections of 5th and 6th grade multiage
  • 1 section of 7th and 8th grade multiage

Students will participate in learning activities throughout the day within their groups, with the ability to move to higher-leveled math and/or reading groups as needed.

What are class sizes like?

ZQuest classrooms have an average of 22-25 students.

Are there special education services offered?

Yes. Special Education services will be offered to all students who are eligible.

What curriculum is used? Do you follow the MI Common Core Standards?

ZQuest is committed to following the State of Michigan Common Core Standards.  We use curriculum that has been approved by ZPS and we also allow teachers the flexibility to incorporate supplemental resources. The primary mode of instruction is through project-based learning, which re-frames the required content with the following characteristics:

  • student-driven
  • inquiry-based
  • collaborative
  • incorporates an authentic audience
  • problem solving in a real-world context

Project-based learning also focuses on building 21st century skills, such as creative thinking, communication, and collaboration, in addition to state and national standards.

Are there traditional school amenities available?

Yes. ZQuest has full access to lunch services and elective classes including music, library, and physical education during the traditional ZPS calendar. Lunch is also offered during th June and August months.

Students in K-5 receive 2-3 days of Spanish instruction per week, which is more that other elementary schools in the district, in addition to music, art, and PE.

Middle school students take elective and music courses at Creekside Middle School, with the option of receiving high school credit for Spanish, Geometry, and PE in their 8th grade year.

Special education services are provided throughout the ZQuest calendar year.

Transportation is offered to all in-district (ZPS) families during the traditional ZPS calendar. If you live outside of the Zeeland boundaries, you will be responsible for transporting your child/ren. You must also provide transportation to and from school for the months of June and August.

Are extra curricular activities/sports available to ZQuest students?

Yes. All 6-8th grade students will be eligible to participate in extra curricular activities, including sports, plays, and clubs, at Creekside Middle School.

Various clubs and enrichment opportunities are also offered to ZQuest students in gradse K-8 throughout the year, including chess club, Lego club, and yearbook club.

Are there any requirements for my child/ren to attend ZQuest?

Families interested in enrolling at ZQuest should contact the school to set up a tour in order to learn more about us and see our learning style in action. You can call 616-748-3050 to set up your tour.

Students interested in enrolling in 6th-8th grade are encouraged to spend a day at ZQuest to see if the different style of learning is right for them.

What assessments are done? How often?

Assessment is an important part of each unit of inquiry as it both enhances learning and provides opportunities for students to reflect on what they know, understand, and can do. ZQuest follows Zeeland Public School’s assessment schedule, and assesses students using many of the same tools (i.e. DIBELS, M-Step, STAR Reading and Math, etc).

What type of technology will be offered in the new school (computers, etc)?

The same technology roll outs (iPads, Smart Boards, etc) that happen throughout ZPS also happen at ZQuest. Currently, all students have 1:1 district-provided iPads. The K-2 classrooms also have Smartboards. All studnets have access to a class set of Chromebooks.

Where is ZQuest located?

ZQuest is located within a wing of Roosevelt Elementary School at:
175 W. Roosevelt,
Zeeland, MI 49464.