The St. Anne's-Belfield School Quests program is a component of the Learning Village curriculum in which course options are shaped around questions, with classroom teachers facilitating group explorations rather than leading a set syllabus.

Quests are student-driven in both choice and content. Students can choose a Quest that is project-based, problem-based, product-driven, skill-specific, service-oriented, or one that evolves with them. With new course options each trimester, students have the opportunity to explore multiple topics outside of the traditional curriculum, or follow one project through three courses with each building upon the last.

In the all-School curriculum, Quests provide a bridge in Grades 7 & 8 between the student-led FAB Lab mornings in the Learning Village Grades K – 6, and the Upper School Intensives courses. All of these programs focus on topics outside of the typical curriculum.

Visit the Quests website for examples and more information, and see past offerings below.


Winter 2019

Are you your thoughts & emotions? - Mr. Weid
How It Works - Mr. Lippman & Mr. Gagnon with Max Buford & Carter Lang
How can we create a 3-D landscape? - Ms. Larkin & Ms. Cox
What is our School's story? - Ms. Inigo
What's your game? - Ms. Wilkens with Jack Venerus
How can we appreciate music? - Ms. Reed & Ms. Mathieson with Biruk Beardsley & Grant Abbott
How can you convince me? - Mr. Palombi with James Eustis
How can we help? - Mr. Gulotta with Cam Mann & Joey Quagliaroli
What knits us together? - Ms. Robbins & Ms. Beckwith
Can you design a language program for Pre-School? - Señora Roth
What is aviation? - Ms. FitzHenry with Brock George
Who will create the Grade 7 play poster? - Ms. Koscielny & Mr. Russell
Upcycle or recycle? - Ms. Hennessy with Whitley Yancey
What's for lunch in Greece? - Chef Holt & Ms. Grosch

Fall 2018

How does art affect/reflect the community? - Mr. Lippman & Ms. Inigo
How It Works - Mr. Buford & Ms. Reed
How can we make a silent movie soundtrack? - Ms. Larkin & Ms. Hennessy
Can I publish my writing? - Ms. Stefanik
How long can humans survive in space? First Lego League - Ms. Wilkens
How do I lead a Quest, and what's my IQ? - Ms. Mathieson
What do you want to be? - Mr. Palombi
How do you make paper into sculpture? - Ms. Robbins & Ms. Cox
What knits us together? - Mr. Gulotta & Ms. Beckwith
How do we add community service to our schedule? - Ms. Grosch
Do Fitbits lie? - Ms. Leitch & Mr. Stoner
How do we set the stage on the Upper School Runway? - Ms. Koscielny & Mr. Russell
How do you know that? - Mr. Weis & Ms. FitzHenry
What's for lunch? - Chef Holt & Ms. Miller

Spring 2018

What's going on? - Mr. Lippmann
What is fitness? - Mr. Powlovich
What is funny? - Ms. Larkin, Brehanu B., Julia K., & Jack C.
Is Asian brush painting a...? - Ms. Rodgers
How cool are Pre-Schoolers? - Ms. Wilkens, Channing S., Tilly M., & Morgan B.
Something about China - but what? - Senora Roth & Victoria T.
What do you want to be? - Mr. Palombi
What can my photography say about the world? - Ms Cox, Mr. Lewis, & Mr. Russell
How do we argue? - Ms. Beckwith & Mr. Weis
Why graffiti? Mr. Stoner
What can we see from 5,000ft up? - Tyler B. & Ms. Phillips
Are you prepared to be a champion? - Mr. Gullotta & Ms. FitzHenry
What can we do with the computer lab? - Ms. Mathieson & Ms. Reed

Winter 2017

Can the Committee of 10 change our School? - Mr. Lippmann
What knits us together? - Ms. Beckwith
What’s for lunch in...? - Mr. Holt & Ms. Phillips
Who run the world? - Ms. Montague & Ms. FitzHenry
Can we put the FUN in FUNdamentals of…? - Ms. Rodgers
What is your groove beat? - Mr. Weis & Mr. Lewis
Filmmaking - What does it take? - Ms. Brosch & Ms Wilkens
How do we create a one-eyed cannabilstic monster? - Ms. Larkin & Ms. Cox
What is fitness? - Mr. Powlovich
Why don’t you just relax? - Mr. Palombi & Mr. Russell
What’s going on? - Ms. Mathieson & Mr. Gulotta
Where do we go from here? - Kat K. & Señora Roth
Can we build community through writing? - Ms. Reed

Fall 2017

Can you run a nonprofit? - Mr. Lippman & Lucia H.
What’s going on? Ms. Montague & Ms. Grosch
What is fitness? - Mr. Powlovich & Ms. Phillips
Charlottesville 2017: How did we get here? - Ms. Reed & Ms. Mathieson
Is drawing a skill or talent? - Ms. Rodgers
Where did you get that cool...? 3D Wearables - Ms. Wilkens & Ms. FitzHenry
Why don’t you just relax? - Mr. Palombi
How do you tell a story with clay? - Ms. Beckwith & Ms. Cox
How do we stage power? - Ms. Larkin
Is there a moment in time I wish to preserve? - Mr. Lewis
What’s for lunch? - Mr. Holt & Ms. Stevens
So you want to be a Myth Buster? - Mr. Weis & Mr. Stoner
What should we do during Field Day? - Mrs. Canova & Mr. Gulotta
Why IT? IT Infrastructure - Mr. Gagnon

Spring 2017

Masking Making - Ms. Larkin
What's Going On? - Ms. Mathieson and Ms. Lyle
Can We Help a Struggling Non-Profit? - Ms. FitzHenry and Ms. Stevens
Can We Build a 3D Terrain? - Mr. Russell and Mr. Gulotta
Which House is for You? - Ms. Phillips, Elsa Emanuel, and Jack Cieslowski
Can We Collaborate? - Ms. Wilkens and Becca Lourie
Can We Preserve Middle School Memories? - Mrs. Grouch
What Knits Us Together? - Ms. Beckwith
Can We Go Viral? - Ms. Stefanik and Mr. Stoner
Why Photoshop? - Nick Tennery and Gresham Chapman
What Should We Do with the Bank? - Mrs. Reed and Mr. Buford
What's for Lunch? - Mr. Brennan and Chef Holt
Is Sweat Your Best Accessory? - Mr. Powlovich
Can We Build an Escape Room? - Mr. Lippmann
Can We Build a Fuel Car? - Mr. Weis
How Do I Relax? - Mr. Palombi
Can I Draw What I See? - Ms. Rodgers and Ms. Cox

Winter 2016

What's for Lunch? - Mr. Holt, Mr. Brennan
The Battle of SumoBots - Mr. Weis, Ms. Wilkens
Can Sharing Transform the World? - Ms. Reed
What Knits Us Together? - Ms. Beckwith
What Happened Here? - Mrs. Grouch
Can We Go Viral? - Mr. Stoner, Ms. Stefanik
How Do I Relax? - Mr. Palombi
Where Will the Magic Carpet Go? - Mrs. Mathieson, Ms. Stevens
The Way Things Go School Edition - Students, Mr. Lippman
Learn the Guitar - But How? - Ms. FitzHenry
What Does Life Cost? Game Edition - Ms. Phillips
Whodunnit? Improv Theatre & Scene Work - Ms. Larkin
How Do We Build a Terrain? - Mr. Russell, Mr. Gullotta, Mr. Powlovich
Hungry for Art? - Ms. Cox
How Do I Draw What I See? - Ms. Rodgers

Fall 2016

Who Am I Really?: Science of the Mind - Mr. Weis
Who Will Win on November 8? - Ms. Reed and Mr. Lourie
Whodunnit? - Mr. Palombi
What's the Problem?: Filming for Change - Mrs. Mathieson, Ms. Stevens, Ms. Fitzhenry
How Much Does Life Cost? - Ms. Phillips
Do I Have the Power to Stop Poverty?: Exploring Poverty and Serving Our Neighbors via Mama's Kitchen - Mrs. Lyle, Ms. Wilkens
What is the Best Way to Hike the Appalachian Trail? - Mr. Lippman
What Makes Me Who I Am?: Self-Expression "Explore and Store" - Mr. Russell
What is Funny?: An Introduction to Improv Theatre - Ms. Larkin
Can You Create a 3-D World Using Only Paper? - Ms. Rodgers
What Knits Us Together? - Ms. Beckwith
Is Sweat Your Best Accessory? - Mr. Gulotta, Mr. Powlovich
Hungry for Art? - Ms. Cox
What's for Lunch? - Mr. Holt, Mr. Brennan