In 1996, a group of local Sonoma parents and community members explored
the formation of a charter school for high school students. This study led to Deborah Stewart's decision to start an independent study high
school as an alternative for students in the Sonoma Valley.
the time, Deborah was the Principal of Tamiscal High School in Marin
County's Tamalpais Union High School District. Opening in November 1997 in
Sonoma, SoloQuest School was run by its teachers until May 1999 when Deborah
resigned her responsibilities as Principal in Marin County to devote
100% of her time to SoloQuest.
Spring, 2001 to February, 2007, Deborah assumed additional
responsibilities as Principal of the Sonoma Valley Adult School, and
later as Director of Adult and Community Education in the Tamalpais
Union High School District.
School & Learning Center was created as an alternative school
primarily utilizing the instructional strategy of independent study for
grades 6-12. Besides offering a full-time alternative to students and
their families in the community, SoloQuest School and Learning Center
offers enrollment in courses to part-time students who attend other
public or private schools. SoloQuest customizes learning support programs for students who need more than the one time a week independent study sessions.
In 2009, SoloQuest staff was trained to offer more comprehensive Learning Center services. Besides the academic tutoring and homework support the learning center offered, the Learning Center offered programs that strengthened critical underlying cognitive learning skills and helped get to the core issues preventing
students from learning successfully.