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New Port Richey, FL
Students enrolled: 750

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12810 Interlaken Road
New Port Richey, FL 34655

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(727) 246-3700
(727) 246-3791
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June 20, 2015
This area has fabulous schools all within a few miles radius of each other and we cannot be more happy with Odessa Elementary! Fabulous administrator, wonderful teachers both academically AND in the extra classes like music and art - awesome programs!!! Love the fact they have extra reading programs for struggling learners, science and music/art camps (WOW!) So many performances and PTO activities. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
June 20, 2015
I cannot say enough about the teachers my kids have had from 1st grade through 5th!! Considering all the garbage they have to do with overtesting and assessments, one would think where in the world do they find time to really teach??? But they do, and they use strategies to get to each individual kid. It also helps to have an involved parent because it is a partnership. Sadly I have heard of parents not responding to emails/parent conferences/etc. How unfair to those poor kiddos!

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Amount of homework: Don't know
June 20, 2015
I can't answer this for everybody. My oldest is an A student and gets everything done so quickly. When given a packet on 'Tuesday' to be returned the following Tuesday, it's done within a day or two. My other child sometimes drags it out which makes it seem like a lot when it really isn't. Every child is different and every parent who makes parameters for homework time is different.

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Develops grit: Strongly agree
June 20, 2015
No matter the subject area, my kids have loved every minute of school and have an amazing work ethic to want to learn and do well. They tell me about 'ROYGBV' hanging in the art and music rooms and how they are learning so much there in addition to their regular classroom studies!

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Develops respect: Strongly agree
June 20, 2015
There are wonderful opportunities at Odessa where students have buddies and at times these buddies have different abilities. One perfect example is the Special Olympics. The regular ed students show sportsmanship and respect and compassion for their peers with limited abilities.

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Develops empathy: Strongly agree
June 20, 2015
Mrs. Love is amazingly genuine and cares about her students, their families, and her staff. My kids have been going to this school for 4 year I think, and have not had any 'mean spirited' teachers like at their previous schools. I have found them to be very caring and stories that come home for dinnertime talk show how much the teachers are involved with their students.

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
June 20, 2015
Odessa has a great program that identifies, teaches, and supports many important character traits found in a well balanced human being. They work with the parents (those that want to be involved because sadly some think it's the school's job alone to do this) through lots of communication and fun activities. My children's favorites are lunches on the stage for being a worthy Wildcat!!!

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April 12, 2015
The administration is not supportive of students with special needs and teachers were very restricted program-wise with what they could teach. My child did much better academically and socially once we switched schools.

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February 10, 2015
We are very happy with the progress my son made in his Kindergarten year. He is challenged every day and responds very well to it. The facilities are very nice, clean and modern. All the staff and teachers are very friendly and have a positive attitude. The school is organized and run well. There is a lot of activities presented by the PTO organization which makes the kids look forward to something every week. I really liked other parents that I met that have their children at this school. They seem to be very interested in their children which is a key to success at any school. My son cannot imagine going anywhere else!

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August 15, 2013
This is the second year my child has attended this school, and we could not be more please with the teachers, staff, volunteers, principal and assistant principal. Our child has exceeded our expectations, and we know that they will continue to achieve great success. I highly recommend it.

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July 14, 2013
Odessa Elementary School (ODES) is an A+ school! Teachers work together closely as a team. Administrators work hard daily to maintain a family-like environment. They expect the most out of us, teachers, because they work extremely hard themselves to keep it an A+ school. Children/families are provided with clear and focused learning goals in every subject matter, and we analyze datas to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all students! My children come to this school because it's the best school in Florida!

- submitted by a teacher

June 01, 2013
My daughter started as a Kindergartner at Odessa and is now finishing up the 2nd grade. Each year has been wonderful! The teachers are supportive, caring and understanding. The school recognized my child's abilities and encouraged her each step of the way! The principal has been easy to work with and runs a tight ship. We are moving this summer and wish we could take the school with us. Thank you to all the staff at ODES for everything!!

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June 27, 2012
We love Odessa Elementary and can see why it is an "A" school! The Odyssey of the Mind program and the 2 week summer music camp are the tip of the iceberg!

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May 24, 2012
I can't say enough positive thing about Odessa Elementary. My daughter is in her second year there and loves it. From the Administrative staff to the teacher to the volunteers, they are all great. The education my daughter is receiving is beyond my expectation for a public school. THANK YOU to all the staff that makes this school so awesome!

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April 13, 2012
We just made a cross-country move from Utah to Florida and were extremly concerned with the school(s) system; we heard horror stories. Come to find out, our childrens district (and individual school) is superior to that in Utah. We have more communication between faculty/staff to parent than ever before. They have a lot of 'community' events & programs to keep the families interactive. Our children are learning at a much steadier pace, and we don't feel like he is being rushed into learning. Their reading & vocabulary are exceeding our expectations! I cannot rate the principal leadership too high because we haven't had too many encounters with her - that's a good thing :)

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July 28, 2011
I am very disappointed with the quality of education provided at Odessa Elementary. My child did not receive the behavior or social support she needed as a child with special needs. Administration is appalling, unsupportive, and rude.

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June 19, 2011
Ruined all the hard work My child accomplished at his former school. Teacher was hardly in class and my child always said he had a sub today. he always did his work on his own with very little help now hew need extra help it's like starting over again.

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June 02, 2011
I am a teacher as well as a parent at Odessa. I enjoy going to work each day and being surrounded by fun loving, caring educators that do what's best for children. My child enjoys her classroom teacher as well as the specials teachers, media and office staff. I can't say enough good things about my "second home"! Odessa is a great place to work, learn and grow! Looking forward to a wonderful second year. Keep up the great work!!

- submitted by a teacher

May 13, 2011
I am a teacher at Odessa and love every minute. I feel blessed and thankful for being a part of a wonderful school family. The respect the staff has for each other is sincere and just amazing. The administration is extremely supportive and creates a nurturing and positive environment. The students are loved and cherished. If the first year is this successful, I can't imagine what is to come in the future.

- submitted by a teacher

May 11, 2011
This is a new school which just opened for the 2010/2011 school year. My daughter is in first grade and loves it! Her teacher is wonderful-she is very experienced. All the teachers there seem great. Most of them live in the area and have children at the school. The principal, assistant principal and PTO are very involved. There is open communication between staff and parents. My daughter was at Longleaf last year and learned nothing. We were very disappointed and were overjoyed when Odessa Elementary opened. We could not be happier.

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Odessa Elementary School
12810 Interlaken Road, New Port Richey, FL  34655
(727) 246-3700
Last modified Odessa Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Odessa Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 20 reviews. Top