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Odyssey Charter School

Charter | K-8 | 911 students

 

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Posted July 25, 2014

People can say all they want about Odyssey but in the end it is one of the best. When considering all factors, academics, class size, facility conditions, diversity, teachers education and so forth, It is the best in Palm Bay. The icing on the cake is that they do not have a whole bunch of kids that have been left behind multiple times, like some of the schools I'm comparing them to. It really helps prevent bullying and your child growing up too fast. Odyssey has a wonderful and rewarding environment for children and I am so glad that my boys were excepted 3 years ago. Surprisingly enough, my boys can't wait to get back to school this year. Looking forward to many more years at Odyssey. Thanks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2014

Hi, my name is Pam and I taught 1st and 2nd grade in a Montessori environment last year at Odyssey. The school has been paying for my Montessori training for the past 3 years and I completed a 2 week summer residency last month. Administration has been very supportive to me and my path to becoming a Montessorian. I'm not sure who posted this, but it's just not accurate. I'm excited to use everything I learned this summer when I teach 1st grade this year.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 24, 2014

Odyssey is a wonderful school with teachers that really care. There was very open communication between myself and my child's teachers and I felt like they were open to discuss any concerns I had. I love the healthy cafe and my child loved learning all about nutrition and working in the class gardens. He was able to have a hands on experience planting, growing and harvesting. My child has a learning disability and I feel that he excelled academically at Odyssey. There were always parent volunteer opportunities for parents inside as well as outside of the classroom. I also think that many of the recent negative reviews on this site are from the same disgruntled parent who did not get their way and is taking it out on Odyssey. If she put as much effort into doing something positive rather than thriving on the negativity, she could accomplish much more! I love Odyssey and my children will all be attending without a doubt! Thanks for all the hard work you do!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2014

I get the feeling many of these one star reviews may be the same crusading parent, considering the general consensus amongst parents I've spoken to is very positive towards Odyssey. This school is a beacon in a struggling community. They serve healthy lunches, it's naturally daylit, and they play Mozart in the halls. There are gardens throughout the campus, attended to lovingly by the children. K-3 are supplied with Montessori, hands-on education, which is an essential learning environment to allow children to learn how to learn. I couldn't be more pleased with the results I've gotten sending my children there for the past 4 years. I highly recommend Odyssey.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2014

I don't think much of Odyssey anymore with the changes in administration, staff and the principal nothing is as it was before. They hire people with no teaching credentials and they tend to have a lot of who is the "favorite" going on in the school and that includes teachers as well as students. Meetings don't seem to matter because they never do what they say when you leave. I will NOT be letting my children return unless they use what they write in the school hand book and hire the proper people with teaching ability and the credentials to go with it. The front desk staff is so rude. Parents who say they like the school changes and the staff have no idea what other children go through.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2014

I think as long as students do what is asked such as completing homework on time they will have no problems.My son has some learning delays and is an honor student.He has no problems understanding the work and gets plenty of help if needed. Its one of the best in Palm bay. Very content.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2014

This is a great, innovative school with an excellent curriculum and Healthy Cafe. However, some of the teachers need to be replaced including the "senior" teachers.


Posted May 11, 2014

Please don't enroll your kids in this school. Everything is awesome until the teachers start showing their true colors (mean, disrespectful, evil, bullies). Do your family a favor and dont enroll them. My son attended Kindergarten and will never go back to this so called A School. Please beware! God bless.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2014

Our children have attended OCS since 2005 and will continue for many more. I am a law enforcement officer in Brevard County and visit many schools in the county. This is by far one of the best. If you are looking for a school that will meet your child's needs no matter where they are - this is the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2014

My grandchildren attend Odyssey and they love all of their teachers and school friends. The school provides a challenging academic program and did outperform all of the neighboring Palm Bay elementary and middle schools this past year. The teachers are very helpful and everyone is very committed to give their best. The school is unique, has great fresh food and a beautiful green school campus. It is truly a blessing to the community. We love the school.


Posted March 21, 2014

Odyssey is such a wonderful school! We have been very happy here! Keep up the good work!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2014

My child has been attending OCS Upper campus since they began. We have not had any issues. Overall it is a great school. Even though they switch principals every year, The Admin team seems to be handling everything really well. THe front desk clerk may be a little overwhelmed but is an overall nice lady. Everyone is very personable. My child will be there as long as the school is open. My only issue is with the Cafe at the upper campus
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2014

Odyssey Charter School is a learning institution unlike others in the surrounding area. While academics and the acquisition of knowledge are clearly a priority (as evidenced by standardized test scores), the other major objective of this school is to teach children the value of everyday real-life choices--such as ingesting healthy foods and respecting one's environment. Odyssey successfully incorporates lessons that strictly apply to success within a classroom environment and lessons that last well into adulthood.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 19, 2014

Odyssey middle school offers a forensic science class and courses that help students earn college credits. They are an A+ school with one of the only A+ grades in southern Brevard. They are a green school and healthy lunch school. The Montessori style of learning allows the students to learn at their own speed. They have a great reputation in the community. If you ever have a problem with how you are treated by any of the staff members you should get in contact with the founder of the school. it does seem like she is actually the one in charge and doesn't take her school receiving a bad name very lightly. The Odyssey name will have 5 school under their belt at the start of the 2014 school year. I don't think a low performing school with some of the problems being presented in this thread are honest. Check out their scores and what they have to offer. Scores don't lie--especially in this time when very few Brevard Schools did well on their FCat scores; yet Odyssey Charter blew them out of the water. Don't let a few bad reviews sway your child's chance to get into a great school and a great program!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2014

Volunteering this year has been an eye opening experience. There are too many cooks in the administrative kitchen. We are not sure who the boss is. There is an admin. team but they are not all on the same page. Misinformation is constantly sent out. The amazing teachers are treated so poorly and blamed for everything by the abusive administration. I've learned to bring kleenex when I volunteer as the teachers are often on the verge of tears. I will be pulling my children out and am advising my friends to do the same.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2014

I have never had an issue with Odyssey Charter. My oldest went there for 8 years. I have a 4th and 6th Grader enrolled, both of whom started in 1st grade with Odyssey. There have been many changes over the years and I have to say that, on the whole, there has been constant improvement that has more than kept pace wth the school's growth. I would recommend Odyssey to anyone looking for a low cost alternative to the local public schools. They identified a speech issue with my youngest and got her enrolled in speech therapy. The teacher's are always available and there is a great push for perental involvement. I've never enjoyed waiting in a pickup/dropoff loop, but I don't see how this can be avoided. I intend to have my kids graduate from Odyssey.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

We enrolled two children for 2013-14 year. One had an IEP with a Behavioral Plan. They neglected to tell us the principal and all the sixth grade teachers were going to be replaced with new ones for this year. That being said, the ball was dropped hard with respect to my son's needs. I don't recommend this school if your child has an IEP and needs special accommodations due to behavior. Very unhappy. The sixth grade teachers were unwilling to compromise and help our son. Also did not like their discipline policies. On the up side, our daughter did well, the new principal is wonderful and the cafe is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2013

I do wonder if some of these low scores are being placed by the same person. I get that some people have personal problems or issues, but overall this is a very good school. I have volunteered in the prek, and never have I seen any problems with singling children out, writing them up for every little thing, or treating them like robots. It is not typical prek set up, because it is a Montessori set up, but that gives them hands on learning in small groups, and individual practice, at their own level. As for the comments about the bus, I haven't noticed a lot of problems while my children were riding, except usual stuff. If you believe moving your child to another school will produce a better bus system I think you are sadly mistaken. I rode on the public bus for another local school, as an aid for some autistic students, and that was a horrible experience for the autistic children and the typical children. The bus system at Odyssey is ran much better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2013

I am proud to have two kids attending this school, one at each campus. Cannot wait until our youngest starts next year. The staff is great. I moved them from another local school and the curriculum is miles ahead. My kids are not bored but challenged. If there is a problem the staff works hard to resolve it. I'm proud of their healthy initiative and the way that they promote reuse/recycle. I'm also in love with them wearing a uniform. It allows them to focus on work instead of trends. I could go on forever but I feel very fortunate. Laurel McDaniel Looking forward to another fantastic year! Laurel McDaniel .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2013

This is a great school and one of the highest performing in the area. "Green" and healthy with great teachers. A nice community school. Looks like all of the one's are from the same parent. My grand children love this school because of the Montessori education, outdoor education, and caring staff. Areas best kept secret!


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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 58% in 2014.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
68%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
27%

2013

 
 
94%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
58%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 53% in 2014.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
61%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

122 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
52%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

103 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

124 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

124 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
57%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

125 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
83%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

92 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
93%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

49 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
100%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 66% in 2014.

26 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
76%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

13 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

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n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 45%
Hispanic 25%
Black 22%
Two or more races 6%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 47%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 66%N/AN/A
Female 53%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 75%58%61%
Master's degree 23%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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