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The Odyssey Preparatory Academy Goodyear

Charter | K-8 | 700 students

 

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Posted Sunday, August 31, 2014

Goodyear Campus. Horrible!!!! My son attended this school for a total of 2 weeks 4th grade. Within the first week he was threatened by another student in class. After defending himself verbally, he was suspended for 2 days. The other student had no punishment what so ever. The principal's reason for these actions, in her exact words, "I assure you that he would never say that to (my son's name). I've known him and his parents since he started here in kindergarten. I don't know (my son's name) at all." My interactions with her and some of the other staff was very bias and unprofessional. The before after school program is just as bad. The employees eat in front of the children there. The children attend school from 7:30am to 4pm so they are hungry after school. Very unprofessional and rude for them to eat in front of hungry children. When my sitter would pick my son up, the woman at the front counter was always very rude to her. I removed my son from a bad school, thinking this school would be a good place for him where he would not be bullied or treated poorly, big mistake.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2014

This is the best school on so many levels. There are multiple levels of learning in each grade so all students are challenged, no bored children here! What sets the school apart is the core values. The children are taught to be thinkers and are held to a high moral standard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2014

We have been a part of the Odyssey famil of schools for three years now and are very pleased with our experience. The curiculum is challenging but the delivery is fun. A very nice combination. Love the focus on international language.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2014

Odyssey is a great school! I love that my kids have already read so many amazing books! They get to read all the classics and I'm truly jealous because I love literature and wish I had that opportunity growing up. I really like they teach Spanish, music to all students via their instrument of choice, a health and physical education program in which the there is actually a teacher coordinating different activities. I even like their method of Peaceful Playground for recess which means being involved in something not just sitting around. My kids have also had the opportunity for great field trips like, Catalina Island, etc. I also love that they wear uniforms, saves us money and stress when purchasing back to school items and deciding what to wear every morning. My daughter was also in 2nd grade at public school becoming quite the fashion diva and I didn't like it. I really like how wearing uniforms has help her relax and not give such importance to what she or others are wearing. School is the focus. We also enjoy that it is only a four day school week. The only thing I don't like is that it is a drive for us about 15 minutes but it is worth it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2014

I am very satisfied with this amazing charter school. My daughter is in kindergarten and I couldn't be more pleased with the quality of education she is receiving Ms Walker her teacher is very caring and warm. She wakes up every morning excited to go to school and comes home telling us how much fun she had and what she learned which for only half day is amazing. I also see the school principal out directing traffic in the morning she seems very hands on everyone is so friendly and seems to love working there. I like that they also get Fridays off
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2014

This school is amazing. My son goes to kindergarten here & I have nothing but great things to say. The school encourages parent involvement, has an extensive curriculum (Spanish, music and daily PE starting at kindergarten!), and is extremely creative. His teacher has gone above and beyond to ensure his personal success, which is just an extension of the entire organization. The quality at Odyssey is superb, and I wouldn't be surprised if they get a 10 rating in the future. Odyssey truly cares about not only the students in the classrooms, but the families of those students as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2013

Overall, I am happy with this school. Academically, I think my children are challenged and learning more than they did at the local public schools. The curriculum is solid and they take Spanish, music and PE every day. I love that they have Fridays off. My complaints are that the school leadership seems disconnected and parents have no voice. There is no PTO which is a detriment to a positive 'community feeling'.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

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The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

The Arizona Department of Education did not report AZ LEARNS results for this school.

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 74% 42%
Hispanic 15% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 50%N/A49%
Male 50%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
  • Performance stage

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:30 am
School end time
  • 4:00 pm
School Leader's name
  • Liz Douglass

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Note: Data provided by school administrators and community.
School leaders, update and verify information here.

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
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School leaders, update and verify information here.

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Goodyear, AZ 85338
Phone: (623) 327-3111

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