Hilton's Quest Elementary began in 1993
Quest Elementary School began
in 1993 and was located originally in the Village
Elementary School. Led by a group of teachers,
parents and administrators including superintendent
at the time, Christopher Bodgen, and language arts
coordinator Ardis Tucker, the alternative gr. 2-6
"school within a school" encouraged teachers to look
at different ways to meet the needs of students
through researching best practices including
multiage instruction, team groupings and inquiry.
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Quest attracted teachers who shared a
common philosophy about child development and learning,
parents who wanted to share the responsibility of designing
a school, and children who desired to work in a learning
environment that encourages student choice and
responsibility. In March 1994 Quest Elementary was approved
by the Hilton Board of Education as a school of choice
within the Hilton Central School District. It started with
eight classrooms, approximately 200 students, elementary and
intermediate teaching pairs working together.
Parents, teachers, and students worked
together to help create school outcomes, norms, and a school
vision. As interest in this option for families grew, Quest
doubled in size and moved to West Avenue in the fall of
1998. It was also designated a 21st Century School
by the New York State Legislature and Committee on
Education. In 2002, the District began its investigation
into the International Baccalaureate program.
As a result of introductory workshops
and conferences, Quest Elementary researched the IB Primary
Years Programme which was expected to enhance the
instruction of teachers, the skills and knowledge of the
students and the culture of the school. After rigorous
planning and staff development, Quest Elementary was
authorized as a Primary Years Programme in the summer of
Today Quest has grown to service over
400 K-6 students and is located at 225 West Ave., Hilton.
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Darrel A. Dupra, one of the founders of
Quest Elementary, surrounded by his family, passed
away peacefully on Wednesday July 14, 2010. Darrel is
survived by his loving wife of 37 years Mary Wanzer,
children Jeffery, Zachary and Whitney, father Bernard,
sisters Darlene and Dale Ann. A private service was held for
his family. Friends wishing to, may remember Darrel through
The Mountainview Association, Owl's Head, NY 12969.