Your child is either going to learn to hang in there in this program, or consistently feel like they are not cared about at all. If your child naturally has that tendency, it will definitely bring it out. But if not, it will not develop or foster it at all.
Respect is something that should be initially given, but not always continue to be given. An individuals actions and attitudes should go a long way in retaining that respect. They teach the initial respect, but it's expected to be continuously given, regardless of whether the recipient should continue to receive it or not.
It's typical to see cliques form in all levels of education. While the small class sizes seem to create a closer environment among the students, it also allows a larger block of the student population to band together to hide undesirable behavior towards other students. Also, the program relies so heavily on parental involvement, that undesirable behavior among the adult volunteers is almost always overlooked or ignored. This does little to engender empathy among the students.
I would say that it develops a form of integrity, but I have seen too many situations where honesty and fairness fall by the wayside, all in the name of the "team". If there are issues with the team captain or co-captain, some strides are taken to assist the situation, but the captains are rarely (if ever) removed from their positions if problems can't be resolved.
I have three children who have attended the Odyssey program with very mixed feelings. We kept them in the program because we saw their ability to digest written information grow by leaps and bounds. While they still lack spelling abilities that should be ingrained in them by this point, they can read material and write a very informed, highly intelligent discourse on practically any subject. Their math and science skills coming out of the program were less than satisfactory, in my opinion, but the two oldest are doing well in high school, when they apply themselves. We had several issues with the team concept and they were never really resolved, my children just managed to turn in enough work to pass the class, but were extraordinarily unhappy and frustrated for most of the year when those problems were occurring. The staff was not very open to any attempts at correcting the situations, other than placing my children on independent study. We also had some severe problems with the founder of the program, who is currently a volunteer, and as such, is not subject to any sort of discipline. I have such mixed feelings about the program that I can't say that I really recommend it, but seeing how accomplished my high schoolers are, I can't really not recommend it either. I guess I'll have to wait and see how my youngest does as we transfer to another school district.
The Odyssey Program is THE BEST THANK YOU IT IS SO HECKING RAD I LOVE THIS PLACE and who writes those lame reviews are just middle schoolers who are mad at the world. 678 is the best middle school ever!!!! Highly recommend the Odyssey Program.
I go to the odyssey program and i am in 8th grade and lemme just say that the agendas are pointless. you do NOT get any say in your team and the captains do all the work and leave you to rot in the dust when test time comes. brings to much stress home with work and writing focuses and the constant essays
What a great school! Especial the Odyssey Program. All my kids in Odyssey. They have great time learning, enjoying friendship with other kids, and participating all the activities. The parents' community and their supports are amazing. Also the teachers ans staffs are awesome.