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.
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.
Odyssey is such a wonderful school! We have been very happy here! Keep up the good work!!
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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!
Can't say anything negative about this school. We were on the waiting list to get our eldest daughter in for 1st grade & we are so glad we did! She has had caring teachers and such a fantastic environment. They are a "Green" school and while I am no tree hugger, it is nice to know that they are running the school to make a smaller carbon footprint while teaching the kids to do the same. Classes have their own gardens. The Healthy Caf uses local fruits and veges, sometimes from the gardens too, has a salad bar daily and only healthy choices unlike some other public schools. They don't allow sugary desserts or candies which is great plus they help the children understand why that's important. They offer after school activities like soccer club, hip hop (both of which my daughter loved and were very inexpensive) guitar, crochet, and a Glee club that puts on 2 performances a year etc etc. I know they have a basketball team as well and I am sure some other sports too. My littlest one is in Village Montessori, (the preschool inside of Odyssey) - their curriculum has helped my daughter learn to work independently and start to love learning. LOVE this school
Had the worst experience at this school if you treasure your kids education i would NOT recommend this school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My child has had another successful year at Odyssey. Fourth grade was tough, but her teachers were wonderful. They encouraged her creativity yet kept her on track with her work. Today I enjoyed an Award Ceremony the teachers put together for the class. Every student was awarded for their hard work, the superlatives were very creative and we had so much fun! Thank you, thank you, thank you to two amazing teachers!! :)
Traumatic Pre-K experience: Preschoolers are impressionable. Often Pre-k is the first time children attend school. It should be an event looked upon with wonder and positive expectations. Unfortunately for my child, it has been nothing but daily stress. My child will always have a negative impression of school because of the psychological damage from the teacher. Many other parents feel the same way I do about this Pre-k program. The children are expected to be perfect robots. If your child demonstrates any normal 4/5 yr. old behavior like restlessness; rest assured you will sign incident reports daily. Because the teacher constantly singles out my child; other students have learned to treat my child as a pariah. My child is ostracized by some children because of this teacher. My child is intellectually advanced, so this has nothing to do with capability. I urge you, if you love your child and want a positive and successful experience for your "baby"; do not allow him/her to attend this pre-k program. It was a waste of an entire year and we can never get that time back.
Being a parent of a kindergarten student who attends Odyssey is a great experience not just for my daughter, but for me as a parent as well.. It was even a wonderful experience when she attended VPK there. The communication of the teachers with parents is awesome. You even establish a bond with your child's teachers as well as their classmates. I know this cause I am a parent volunteer for the school. Not only for the classroom, but I also help out in the office, book fairs, events and field trips. The feeling you get by being a part of your childs learning is a great feeling. Odyssey has made learning not only educational but inspiring to the young minds. I am very pleased with the learning and teaching that my daughter gets from Odyssey. I am looking forward to her return as a 1st grader for the 2013-2014 school year. And my return as a volunteer. My overall experience with Odyssey is one I will not forget. I love the relationship you as a parent and/or student can have with the teachers as well as any of the staff. I hope you get to experience what my daughter and I have with Odyssey.
We have had a very successful Kindergarten and fourth grade this year, Highlights being - a very fun learning experience with the hundred days of school for Kindergarten and an allround positive and fun learning experience. Great teachers :) Fourth grades highlights has to be learning about the Holocaust, it is done in such an age appropriate way my children loved it. Also the great books read together by the class and reading skills taught this year. A great teacher team:) All in all we had a very good year my children enjoyed these grades and had a very positive learning experience.
I would not recommend this school. The teachers are rude to the students & when you advise the prinicipal of the issue she backs up her teachers & make you child look like lier. I have never seen a school that suspends kids for ridiculous reasons until now. My child has never gotten suspended until she has attended this school. They claim to be a healthy school but the food is so bad that your child is starving then they come home so you might want to pack your own lunch. The teacher show a lot of favoritism towards other students which is not right. They claim that they are trying to protect your child but when your child needs protecting they don't do it. When having a teachers conference they said that your child is great & doing fine when in reality they don't remember your child or how they are doing academically. You will know the truth of how your child is doing when they get a progress report & its totally the opposite of what they told you at the conference.
Excellent curriculum! I am impressed! The teachers and staff treat the children with the utmost respect in every circumstance. I am impressed with the teachers ability to spark creativity and I love Gorge the school mascot, so funny! The children are very well behaved, for the most part. My boys have had nothing but wonderful things to say about this school. They have convenient bus transportation. The bus drivers are very alert and friendly. They do require a bit more material than other public schools, but it is all justified, this is a charter school. Plan on paying for uniforms ($9-$11 per shirt) $7.00 tech fee, $5.00 atlas fee. You will need to rent or purchase a violin (around $60 or rent to own) and option to purchase music book for $4.00. They also have the book fairs and more expensive field trips, but it all worth it! I have no problem paying $60 for a year worth of violin lessons. It's really not much more than they require at public schools. With my experiences, I am amazed to find a school this good Palm Bay. Thank you to all the staff!!!!
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