I am an advocate of Odyssey Charter School and have been for the past 6 years. I have watched our school grow from 230 kids to the 700 we have today. I have never witnessed nor could I fathom any of the staff using profanity towards our children in any circumstance. If this were true, did you report it to the headmaster? I can assure you, he would not tolerate such behavior!
I really love the academics, and behavioral issues don't seem to be much of a problem. I was a little uneasy about the Greek at first, but now I really find it fascinating and valuable. The school does a fairly good job providing extracurricular activities -- chorus, band, Odyssey of the Mind, art club -- and we hear there will be sports in the spring. We are so excited about the school expanding, and we are extremely eager to hear about the new facility. The current facility (we're at the upper school) has no outdoor space and a very small, messy library full of piles of boxes. As much as we appreciate the outstanding quality of the teachers, previous reviewers are correct in saying that the administration is chaotic and some are rude to both parents and students. Communication from the school is not very good, and it takes a lot of work to get responses to questions. The lack of a cafeteria isn't an issue for us, although it concerns me that students requiring free or reduced-price lunch may be unable to attend the school. Overall, I like Odyssey, and I'm confident that the administration will strengthen and get more organized as the school evolves.
While Odyssey offers a challenging curriculum and language program, their staff is lacking in experience. As a parent of 2 children in the school, one has EVERY need met and his I.E.P. team beyond meets what we were expecting once it was found our child had a learning disability. LOVE them. The , for lack of a better way to say it, "better than you, know it all" attitude some of the staff have is frustrating to deal with as a parent. If your child is not fitting the "odyssey" mold, what they think a 5 to 8yr old should be, you will be met with disdain, looked down on as a parent, made to feel less than by the administration and guidance counselors. Having been told one of my children should be medicated, suggested he had autism, adhd, add...was not only ILLEGAL (you are not Dr.'s, you are educators) it was insulting and they took it upon themselves to treat my child as if he had been diagnosed with these thing... upon taking him to A.I. they could not understand why a teacher and guidance counselor would say these things..he has NONE of them nor have we seen evidence at home of these disorders. 2 VERY different experiences with my children, within the same school system....sadly.
This is our sons 4th year at OCS. It is a wonderful school.The teachers and staff are very helpful in getting the best education for your child.
My grandson has attended odyssey for K thru 4th grade. I know he is safe there besides getting a good education. I do wish the Physical Ed more frequent (once a week isn't enough).
Comparing class sizes and what other children are being taught at the other public schools, Odyssey is far superior to the other options that are available. Education is individualized to the students abilities and needs. A second language is taught every day as well as a 2nd period of math every day. My daughter's teacher is very involved and always there when I need her to ask questions or get feedback. I am eagerly awaiting their expansion into better facilities. Parents are highly encouraged to participate and there is an active PTO. Children bring their own lunches to school (which I happen to prefer). One of the best options for elementary public schooling in the state. Just look at the test scores!
If you were lucky enough to attend Odyssey Charter School a few years ago, then you may remember its former glory. It continues to decline steadily as new administration was put in place. The teachers and leaders act entitled while treating the families as if they are second-class citizens. The "new" Odyssey Charter forgets that they are a PUBLIC school, funded by tax-payer dollars. If you want to join a school in a state of continued chaos, a Board that makes decisions in a bubble, and your children to ride overcrowded buses, then this is the place for you.
This school is excellent. I attended for 3 years and my mom is european but not greek yet the greek teachers communicated with her very well. they are very helpful. i moved and was very open minded when looking for a school but every school i have attended after is not any where close to topping OCS. i would never regret attending OCS and having no cafeteria is not bad. If you think about it the school is giving you a private education for free so you should be able to provide a healthy, nutritous lunch for your child. My mom thinks it helps her to pack my lunch so she knows what i am eating. THIS SCHOOL IS TOP OF THE NOTCH!
This our third year with the school and now with two children there. Very much love this small superior school. I am blessed to have won a place in the lottery for our our daughter. The best part - private education for public price!
Great School and very challenging! Dedicated staff with unique curriculum. Very happy with the school!
My son has attended Odyssey for 5 years now. I was fortunate enough to get him into this school the day it opened. I LOVE it. The teachers and principal are excellent and the curriculum is superior to others I have seen. He has received a private school education for free and I feel so very grateful for this. He has two maths each day. One taught in english and another in Greek. The comment about there being no cafeteria is true. However, I feel that my son has benefited from this. It is a more controlled environment in his room and I decide each day what he is having. They give the option for pizza fridays and I feel this provides some balance.
This was our third year at OCS and we have had nothing but positive experiences. The teachers are outstanding and the staff is very involved in making sure each and every child is afforded every opportunity to excel.
My duaghter is a third grader here and we love it. We moved here from out of state and felt so blessed to be able to get her into the school. The teachers and staff are wonderful and while some parents may think not having a cafeteria is bad, I think its great becasue I pack her a healthy lunch and know what she is eating..
They have the Best Teaching Staff along with the Best School Staff and their level of education standard is outstandingly excellent!!!
The school does not offer the student a cafeteria for healthy nutrious meals.
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