Future hangs in the balance for hopeful Quest families

By WEEK Producer

March 19, 2014 Updated Mar 19, 2014 at 11:07 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- Wednesday night was a big one for some Peoria families. Quest Charter Academy held its annual enrollment lottery drawing.

Quest was established in 2010, and offers a tuition free public alternative to District 150 schools. Each year, Quest accepts applications for students hoping to enroll.

Class size is limited to roughly 75 students per grade level. Since more applications were submitted than spots available, the school holds the random drawing.

"Everything I've heard has been positive, as far as education," said Victoria Phillips, whose daughter was put on a wait list. "I'm strong and I believe in that for my girls. I just want them to be whatever they choose to be and I feel that Quest is a good opportunity for them."

"It was almost disbelief when his name was called," Kathie Barlet said, after her son was drawn for 5th grade. "There was about a three second delay, and (Seth) and I giggling and hugging each other. We were both so excited."

Quest currently offers grades fifth through tenth. By fall of 2015, Quest will house fifth through twelfth grade students.