Defining Feature: PQ’s Accredited Academics

Did you know that Pacific Quest has a fully-accredited Academic curriculum? During a typical eight-week stay, Pacific Quest students have the opportunity to take six academic courses for a total of 3.5 academic credits in the following subject areas:

  • Career and Technical Education – Horticulture Pathway (0.5 credits)
  • Health Education – Health Education (0.5 credits)
  • Language Arts – English and Language Arts (0.5 credits)
  • Physical Education – Lifetime Fitness (1.0 credit)
  • Science – Environmental Literacy (0.5 credits)
  • Social Sciences – Hawaiian Culture (0.5 credits)

YAmaleacademicAdditionally, students who stay longer than eight weeks have the opportunity to earn additional credits in Language Arts, Physical Education and Career and Technical Education. Pacific Quest also has the ability to tailor a specific class to a student’s individual journey and provide specialized accommodations for learning differences.

These specific courses are aligned with Pacific Quest’s therapeutic curriculum, the Common Core Curriculum and National standards, providing a well-rounded educational experience which incorporates opportunities for both academic learning and therapeutic growth. These transferable credits are issued through Pacific Quest’s accreditation with AdvanceEd and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. To review detailed course descriptions, click here.


Pacific Quest integrates Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and accommodations for students’ learning differences, such as Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Dyspraxia, Dysphasia and Aphasia, Nonverbal Learning Disorders, ADHD, Autism Spectrum, Asperger’s Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder and others. Access to accommodations assures that our students have equal access to our Student Curriculum and therefore, equal access to success.


Pacific Quest also integrates learning styles and multiple intelligences into daily activities and assessments. We believe that this integration emphasizes our students’ strengths and fosters greater success. Our team members strive to help students discover their unique learner profiles, and build upon success. Utilizing a student’s learning style and multiple intelligences, we work to form a powerful and integrated model of learning — a model that respects and celebrates diversity and provides our students with the tools to achieve sustainable growth and academic success.

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