Poorly run. Health dept reports are pretty bad. You can check that for yourself. Teachers (many) are flaky or strange. Turnover of teachers is not good. Children are troubled, behavioral issues, no consequences. Across the street from a rehab facility - adults de-drugging. Typical weird downtown Asheville freakiness
Poorly run. Health department has made some "reports" that are not pretty. This is just weird Asheville at its' best. No real structure, no text books. Kids are not disciplined and they are (many) troubled kids with issues and problems. Ok teachers, lots of turn over. They sold out to UNCA and are moving downtown. Perfect place for them!
Odyssey has been a great place for my son to grow up and find himself. He started Odyssey as a preschool kid and as a third-grader, he is a strong reader, logical thinker. He has created a thirty page book on his own, as a personal goal, and developed a chalkboard animation for his project on plants this year. The school's focus on reflection and centering makes him thoughtful and intelligent above and beyond his peers. Our family loves Odyssey!
Without exception Odyssey Community School provides an outstanding education to each and every student. The teachers' compassion for every student is matched by their understanding and creative instruction of their courses of study. It is a delight to enter the school and feel genuine joy eminating from each member of the school community.
Odyssey Community School is a amazing and magical place. The teachers (who are called by their first names) are skilled at helping the children learn not only the academics, but also the social and emotional aspects of life. They form a bond and partnership with the parents to work together to meet the children where they're at and get them to the next level. The school community itself is tight knit and quickly welcomes new families to join in and enjoy the special place that is Odyssey.
Our school is the most community oriented, student focused, whole child centered program in our area by far. The integral model that these teachers all very effectively apply (and continue to train in) really prepares them to pursue a life that will allow them to flourish in more than just the ways that passing tests will promote. Odyssey allows children the space to find and follow their interests and passions, and then teaches them how to set and achieve goals along the way toward accomplishment. This school is still relatively new and is only growing stronger. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
I can't imagine a better school for my son. He has grown so much here. All of the teachers and staff truly care about the kids. I highly recommend if you need an alternative to public schools.
when I went to this school I was nervous and scared but when I walked in the school I got a warm welcome. the school has lots of cool teachers. We do a lot of science and cool outdoor activities like camping ,archaeological digging ,hiking, and sports.
This is a truly amazing place. Our daughter has grown immensely during her first year at Odyssey. After a few years in public school we realized that she needed to be someplace different. Odyssey has taught her to be herself in a very loving and nurturing environment. Her teachers have her excited about the world and what there is to discover. Camping trips, botanical garden trips, creek stomps, a performance at LEAF - it has been an amazing year and we look forward to many more years at Odyssey. We are so grateful to watch our child blossom. Thank you to her teachers, thank you to the staff - the result is priceless, really. Our child was languishing before Odyssey and now she is flourishing. We are so very thankful.
"I want to nurture him through it", the preschool teacher told us, when our son cried at each morning's dropoff. That support told us we were in the right place! That teacher is now the preschool program director, and our child is about to start second grade at Odyssey. The founder and headmaster created such a strong foundation and faculty. They are ideal to support Odyssey s nurturing and caring environment. This along with the attention given and value placed on each individual child is what makes this school such a great experience. Every student, Kindergarten - 12, works on their own Independent Research Projects each year, with progressively more detail and age appropriate standards. When our son, as a Kindergartener, got up in front of his class and class parents to give an oral report on a topic that he researched and learned about on his own, I could see the pride, confidence and excitement blossoming These opportunities to grow and flourish should be available to all. Odyssey ensures that they are every day for their students.
Like other schools where the needs are varied and not everyone can have all their needs met, it is a school guided by the Integral Model. Not for everyone, agreed.That is the beauty of selecting a school that is right for your child, & of being part of an evolving Community. It is a school where children learn to resolve conflict, practice compassionate communication (that the Teachers model), & learn their own 'authentic self'. Reading,research, writing reflections, discussing,working independently, & problem solving all happen there.Often, children have different learning styles, and reading skills come later -by no fault of the teachers, leadership and/or school philosophy. The Multiple Intelligences Model has been well researched & there is no mystery why, over the past several years since Odyssey was founded, many children thrive there.An environment where children are encouraged to get to know themselves, give of themselves and be themselves. I can only wish the same for us parents, adults, and 'grown ups' who have a lot to learn from a school like Odyssey.
This school is a great find!! I can only imagine the negative reviews above came from parents who need a conservative educational setting. This school is quite progressive and its curriculum is hands on, real world problem solving. It is just what my son needs. He is thriving since moving here in a way he has never done before. The headmaster keeps the school deceloping in a manner that I believe will equip my child to successfully address the problems he will face in the future. The teachers are wonderful and very nurturing. We have a community of families that grows stronger every year. I found it warm and friendly to our family who moved here from another state. Highly recommend Odyssey Comunity School.
This school is poorly run. There is a problem with bullying, no consequences for the children who do this, there are displacements of children and teachers. Do not go here! Some of the teachers are terrific but the headmaster at the helm is inadequate. There are more dysfunctional parents at this school than any other where my child has attended. Don't bother!
This school offered a great high school experience for our son. He was able to perform a five week anthroplogical field study on the Galapogos Islands, build a solar panel, and do advanced placed statistical research on the impact of weather extremes on the Savanah River Nuclear Plant in SC, under the direction of the past Deputy Director of NOAA Climate Research. He was admitted to several colleges and universities, receiving a significant Presidential Scholarship from one. Odyssey was a perfect fit!
Odyssey is so much more than a school - it's a support network for the entire family as we navigate the world. My son loves learning, loves to be here, and we have great friendships. We couldn't be happier!
My wife and I moved to Asheville from Florida last summer and after a year at Odyssey we couldn't be happier with the results for our two children. The school was a major contributor to our selecting Asheville as a place to live, and the Integral Education Model is cutting edge in its philosophy yet compassionate in it's approach.
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