Quest to Learn (Q2L) is a public middle and high school in New York City, United States.[2] The school is operated by the New York City Department of Education. It is located in the Bayard Rustin Educational Complex in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.

Quest to Learn
351 West 18th Street


United States
Coordinates40°44′36″N 74°00′10″W
School typePublic secondary
School districtNew York City Department of Education
School numberM422
CEEB code333894[1]
PrincipalNicholas Jurman
  • Nicholas Jurman
  • Timothy Jones
  • Francoise Wernham
  • Erica Formosa
Color(s)Orange and Blue
NicknameQuest or Q2L
Team nameTitans


The school was created out of a collaboration between Institute of Play and the New York City Department of Education, with backing from the MacArthur Foundation and support from New Visions for Public Schools.[3] The school began in the 2009-2010 school year with one sixth grade class, and added a new grade every year until 2015 when it became a fully functioning combined middle and high school encompassing grades 6-12. Game designer and educator Katie Salen was one of the chief designers of the school.[4]


Q2L's standards-based curriculum is developed collaboratively by teachers, game designers, and curriculum designers. Curriculum design mimics the design principles of games by framing every piece of the curriculum as a mission that involves game strategies such as collaboration, role-playing, and simulation. The school encourages hands-on problem solving and is designed to promote learning of skills many experts say are necessary for college and career success, such as systems thinking, collaboration, and digital literacy. Not only do students play games in the classrooms, they learn to make them in order to demonstrate their systems thinking skills.


Quest To Learn looks to engage their students through a unique learning style which incorporates games, hands-on activities, and collaborative activities. The student body is very diverse, along the lines of having numerous cultural/ethnic backgrounds.

Upper School TeachersEdit

  • Phylicia Hoyt
  • Sophie Lampiasi
  • Kaitlin Freewind
  • Paul Baron
  • Theresa Stanley
  • Paul Feinburg
  • Rossina Aviles
  • John Grant
  • Dan Nichols
  • Christina Blazej
  • Danielle Holmgren
  • David Micevic
  • Orlando Garcia
  • Harmony Olaerts
  • Joe Salina
  • Alex Khan
  • Martin Gordon
  • Mario Piscitelli
  • Rob Dixon
  • Raymond Germosen
  • William Moyet
  • Sine Bayar
  • Ulysses Montague
  • Jessica Saltzman
  • Julie Germosen
  • Mei Chen

Middle School TeachersEdit

  • Devin Fitzgibbons
  • Rachelle Vallon
  • Jenna Lupinacci
  • Eric Finklestein
  • Kate Litman
  • Chris Schilling
  • Alexa Kaplan
  • David Nagar Sadoff
  • Vaughn Locasio
  • Hannah Mangan
  • Lencey Hagan
  • Will Nicastro
  • Alyssa Richman
  • Olivia Roberts
  • Nkomo Morris
  • Jenna Dinino
  • Hallie Glickman
  • Joe Warcholak
  • Joanan Sanchez


  1. ^ "High School Directory". Retrieved July 27, 2014.
  2. ^ "Quest to Learn". Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  3. ^ "Gaming Reality -". CNN. Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  4. ^ "GAME School Opens in New York:Quest to Learn". HASTAC. Retrieved 2019-06-12.

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