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Odyssey Day School

Private | PK-8 | 120 students

Our school is best known for creating self-confident, out-of-the-box thinkers.
 
 

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $350,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,160.

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Posted 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


Posted August 6, 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


Posted 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


Posted November 9, 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


Posted November 8, 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


Posted November 5, 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


Posted August 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted December 3, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 3, 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


Posted October 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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.


Posted April 1, 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


Posted January 7, 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


Posted 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


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 88% 67%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 6%
Hispanic 3% 16%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 0%
Black 0% 8%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
Clubs
  • Math club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Rock band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:10 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Margaret Douglas
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • Infant
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAEYC
Fax number
  • (781) 245-9760

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Multi-aged
  • Project-based
  • progressive, theme-based, experiential
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Rock band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Environment Club
  • Library Club
  • Math club
  • Student council/government
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
More from this school
  • 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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Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$5000 - $13000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Cambridge School of Weston
Waring School
local public high school
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11 Paul Ave
Wakefield, MA 01880
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Phone: (781) 245-6050

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