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PK-8
Private
Wakefield, MA
Students enrolled: 120
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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11 Paul Ave
Wakefield, MA 01880

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(781) 245-6050
(781) 245-9760
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September 14, 2014
My son loves going to Odyssey Day School. He is free to be himself because his individuality and uniqueness is respected at this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2014
This school saved my children. Public school was crushing their spirit and Odyssey gave them a new enthusiasm for life and education. The teachers are caring, dedicated and go way beyond what is required. The opportunity for intellectual exploration and launching each child as far as their talent can guide them is extraordinary. If you want a sweet, kind, ethical and wholesome environment for your kids, I can't recommend it enough. The other parents are are invested in the school and are a pleasure to interact with - highly energetic and fascinating people who all have a common goal - the raising of smart, motivated, responsible and principled children.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2014
Some adjectives: Terrible, Awful, Disappointing, unhelpful, miserable. My child attended the school in the 2013-2014 school year and it was a terrible experience my child is still mentally recovering from as a person and a student. We didn't get at all what we were promised as parents, and or child didn't get what we were promised as a student. They played bait and switch with the teaching situation. When we visited there was a single first and second grade teacher, when school started instead it was a class room with 1,2,3 grade and two teachers. By October the 1st grade teacher who we had loved as gone, and our child was left with a terrible teacher. This change of situation was never discussed with us as parents and we just had to accept it. My child and this replacement didn't mesh at all, and we have slowly found out this teacher was mentally abusive to our child. The school never got a handle on this class room. In February they decided to split the classroom in two. This broke our child and their best friend and only motivating reason to even go to school apart. The teachers and administration wouldn't even discuss this situation with us. STAY WAY-UNTRUSTWORTHY

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2014
Wa are very happy with Odyssey Day School! My son is in his 3rd year and is growing into a respectful, intelligent, confident, empathetic, and friendly person. Certainly, much of that is due to the caring learning environment he is in at Odyssey. His teachers respect his opinions, they listen to him. They help to design the curriculum around what the children are interested in and want to learn about. They make learning fun! We are so happy here.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2014
My oldest is about to finish up at Odyssey after a great experience. He came from public where the focus on rote practice and memorization had him bored to tears and fidgety. Odyssey presented him with a challenging, meaningful curriculum. He had the opportunity to enter poetry contests and the American Math Challenge. The nurturing environment led to the formation of many good friendships. He will miss ODS when he is gone!

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
We signed up for a grade 1-2 classroom and, just after the withdrawal with refund date, they announced it would be 1-3. My 1st advice is to visit and research all the teachers in case of a change. 2nd, be very diligent in reviewing curriculum. My child had been highly successful with Singapore Math, but the school uses Investigations. My child had used the 2 lined paper with the dotted line in the middle for handwriting for the previous 3 years. The switch to HWT actually made handwriting more difficult 3rd, Private schools have nothing to prevent teachers from coming in physical contact with your child. We understand hugs, but this also means that the physical grabbing of your child s chin and forcibly raising it to meet the teacher s eyes in front of you is acceptable. 4th, If your child has a chronic condition, be sure you are available to come dispense your child s medication. The classroom teachers are in charge of this and repeatedly forgot to give my child the inhaler per my child's asthma plan. Other private schools do force the parent to come in to dispense the medication when there is no nurse or allow the child to carry his or her own inhaler.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2013
When your kid says "I think Shakespeare is funny" you have to be happy with the rest of that conversation. The depth of learning is what I like best. Other things I like include: The teachers really know the kids. The kids treat each other like siblings. They teach math and reading based on the individual's ability, so that they all learn better. Older kids read to the younger kids. Every kid is on stage for a school play. The do a number of trips to places that expand the in class learning. I like that my kids have learned about art, music and spanish. I think the school is run a little bit like a family, meaning not perfect all the time. The one area that they could improve upon is communication.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2013
We love Odyssey. My son comes home every day happy, exhausted, and eager to tell us about everything he learned. I feel like the entire school knows my son and us, it has a true feeling of community.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2013
f you are looking for child care, DO NOT choose this place!! It is by far the WORST childcare facility I have ever came across!! Its utterly ridiculous!!

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2013
Where to begin talking about Odyssey? My family has been involved with the small school for the past 9 years. Each of my children attended their preschool program and my daughter attended the kindergarten also. The nurturing love and attention that they each received has stayed with them for their entire life. Both of them consider Odyssey their home. My daughter enter public school in 1st grade with the skills of a second grader at her school. This school is a very deserving school for this grant. They run on a very tight budget and every penny donated to them goes back to the betterment of the students and program.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2012
My son loves Odyssey Day School. He started at ODS in the 5th grade after when we realized that the public school wasn't teaching him how to learn. He could not thrive in a school where the priority is standardized tests. At ODS learning takes place everywhere and in many forms. Field trips make the curriculum real and motivate the kids to want to learn more. The devoted teachers get to know each individual child and family. Teachers build on each child's strengths and can challenge each one to reach their potential. It is a safe and caring community which welcomes diversity. The tuition is very reasonable compared to other schools.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2012
I am a parent of a grade school child and can not say enough good about the ODS family. The staff knows each child well, is very caring and goes overboard to help each child succeed. In addition to this nurturing and safe environment, the academics are very strong. Each child can learn at their own pace and many go above grade level if they are so inclined. There are many wonderful field trips that the children enjoy too. Due to the small class sizes, the middle school environment is great. Lastly, all of the staff from top down are attentive to parents concerns.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2012
Our son has been at ODS for grades 1-8. The teachers really connect with the kids. Class sizes are small and the kids get lots of individual attention. The staff alway make sure the kids have the resources they need to excel. In the middle school there is a focus on prepping for high school in academics, organization and attitude. No matter what a child's strength, everyone gets a well-rounded experience. ODS is an alliance between the staff and the families, which fosters a sense of community. My wife and I have been very pleased with the extra work the teachers and board members do to prepare the kids for the high school admission process. The teachers are working tirelessly to help him get his CV and interviewing skills up to snuff and a board member is conducting mock admission interviews for the kids. While our son hopes to attend a high school with a strong engineering program, other kids in his class are equally adept in areas such as literature, math, art and music. We are thoroughly pleased with ODS, the staff, the parents and the wonderful kids. I know that many of these people will be lifelong friends, not just for my son, but for my wife and I as well!

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2011
Odyssey Day School is a small Independant school that provides an individualized, creative model of educating students. My son has been at Odyssey since preschool and will graduate this year. He has grown into a confident, outgoing young man with excellent critical thinking skills...as he says, "I am so ready to go onto High School!" Odyssey is a school that offers competitive, quality education within a caring, nurturing environment!

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2010
I have 2 children at the school. One in the elementary and one in the preschool and both love going to school. The teachers are incredible at helping to instill a love of learning an fostering an incredible sense of self-confidence. The academic program is experiential and hands on plus, the teachers are able to alter the curriculum to help with developmental issues (on both ends of the spectrum). Gifted children and children with learning disability co-exist in the same classroom without disruption (and they actually learn how to help each other learn!)

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2010
If you want a well educated child without the pressure cooker environment of other private schools. My child was reading Sheakespeare in 5th grade, yet only thought it was a great story. I really appreciate that they can teach so much without making kids feel overwhelmed.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2010
Needs a new leader My son, who went to Oddyssey for 4 years prior to kindergartne, loved all his teachers and loved going to school. The teachers instilled a love for school which was the most important factor for staying at Odyssey. The "leader" of the school, L, is non-existant. The previous leader was always there, knew the names of the students and parents She even stayed late a few days and made herself available for those parents who picked up late. The current person has never been there when I pick up, I don't even think she knows who I am or who my children are. When I've contacted her about anything she is slow to respond, if at all, and does nothing to resolve any issues. Her newletters which should be about the children and the school may as well have been her personal facebook page.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2010
My son has been attending Odyssey for over a year and my other son is starting shortly. My son is in the preschool program and I have been so happy with the teachers and staff, I can't say enough. Don't judge a book by the cover with Odyssey. It is a wonderful caring school and we have been thrilled with the preschool program. I think it is too small for elementary but excellent for preschool and preK.. Love it!!

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2010
We can't say enough in the way of positive comments about this little gem of a school. Our granddaughter spent all eight of her elementary and middle school years at Odyssey Day School and experienced tremendous success in every academic area. She's a popular high school student now and is in the top 10% of her class academically, thanks in part to the patient and knowledgeable staff who helped her work to her potential in a caring atmosphere. We really liked the school's sense of community and enjoyed many opportunities for socialization with other families. We found Odyssey very affordable thanks to tuition assistance, but even if we hadn't qualified, we would have found a way to send her to Odyssey. All in all, five stars.

- submitted by a community member
June 22, 2010
Are you kidding? the tuition is exhorbitant. There are other schools in the area with better academic reviews and they cost 1/3 of oddysey's tuition.

- submitted by a community member
April 01, 2009
My two children have gone to Odyssey from preschool (younger) and kindergarten (older) through 7th grade (younger) and 8th grade (older). This is definitely a quality school! Even though the classes don't always seem as structured as the public schools, the information is there and the learning happens. My older son applied to three prep schools for high school, and was accepted at all three. This speaks very highly of the preparation that he received at Odyssey. And I love the informal, intimate atmosphere. Every teacher in the school knows my kids, and the students all know each other as well. It's one big happy family!

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 07, 2009
My daughter has attended Odyssey for two years now. I could not have found a better school for her to attend. Education is above & beyond with many additional extra options for the children from Spanish, Theater, Music, Insturmental to many educational field trips & small classes. You know the saying 'You get what you pay for?' At Odyssey you can expect just that. Students don't have one teacher for subjects they have several all specializing in that catagory. My child truely benefits from attending this school. Offers educational classes for Infant, Toddler, PreK, K, 1-8th grade a major plus for the students no change up of schools until High School the way Educaton should be. The students are encouraged to exceed & excel in all areas. Head of School making changes that clearly Upgrade the childrens edcuation. Students & Parents have a say here. Doesn't your child deserve the best?

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2008
Odyssey is a find. It is a small, Independent school with a positive, proactive community spirit. The academic curriculum is competitive, yet the students are encouraged to be critical thinkers. I highly recommend this school for quality elementary education.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2008
My son has had a fabulous experience at Odyssey for the past four years. There is a new Head of School who seems to be taking the school to the next level. Things are feeling much more organized and the leadership of the school feels strong and stable. I could not recommend the school more highly. And compared to other private schools, it's a bargain!

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2007
My two sons have attended this school for one year. I chose not to continue their enrollment because I found it to be much more of a day camp type atmosphere than an educational center. I do not understand how they expect the children to learn to compete in todays world without giving them more structured learning tools. Not recommended.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2007
My daughters recently visited Odyssey Day School for the annual Science Fair and Ice Cream Social. They are both proud to be Odyssey alums! The supportive community atmosphere helped make them the confident 'make a difference' girls they are today. At Odyssey they were encouraged to pursue their interests and were not unnecessarily burdened with standardized tests. Hands-on experiential learning always kept them motivated and involved. The multi-grade groupings made it possible for them to experience being academic leaders from a very young age. The arts were especially strong including, band, chorus, art, and drama. My girls, being athletic, also enjoyed the optional ski trips and mountain hikes. I great place to grow!

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2007
A rare find! We have three children currently in the school and are very happy with the experience on many dimensions. Academically, I feel the older boys are thriving and are excited about learning. They have the opportunity to interact with the older children, who are great role models. The youngest is in the toddler room, and the teachers there have been exceptional. They are great partners in her development and the toddler room is a happy and comfortable environment. Socially the school has an active parent community. Both parents and teachers are very down to earth and committed to the school. I like being in a place where most of the teachers know my kids, whether they have had them as students or not. They also have a flexible summer program, which is nice for working parents.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2006
Odyssey Day School offers a wonderful academic experience for students. The teachers are well educated, nurturing, and offer a variety of learning styles to students. The school offers a hands on approach to learning versus a textbook approach. Specialists include Art, Spanish, Music, Gym, and Special Interest Workshops. Field trips tie in with many areas of the curriculum.There are many opportunities for parent involvement including an Odyssey Parent Association group. Overall I am very pleased with the school.

- submitted by a teacher
May 11, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2006
The mission of the school seemed good, and perhaps other grades/teachers at this school offer a better experience, but we were very disappointed. It seemed more like a day camp than a school. The school has lots of field trips, which are often last-minute, poorly supervised and not integrated into classroom learning. There are few textbooks and little time for structured learning. My child's class rarely read a textbook, but played trivia games about history, geography and science knowledge. When it came time for academics, my child's teacher didn't have very much have time for the students, which was surprising given the small class size.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2005
My two kids are having a wonderful experience at Odyssey in their toddler and preschool years. Well staffed with caring, talented and interesting people. Accepting, liberal, independent, DIY sort of spirit.

- submitted by a parent
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Odyssey Day School empowers our children to be out-of-the-box thinkers through experiential, theme-based education that breaks the traditional mold and guides children as they embark on a life-long educational journey to discover who they are and who they have the potential to become.

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Odyssey Day School
11 Paul Ave, Wakefield, MA  01880
(781) 245-6050
Last modified Odyssey Day School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Odyssey Day School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top