This is what this school is all about. They deal with many different learning disabilities and due it beautifully proving that public schools could do the same things but choose to marginalize students who learn differently.
There is not much homework. Most work is done in class while the teacher is there to ask questions of. There are projects the students do on their own but they are given class time to work on these major projects and there are check points with the teachers during the term of the project.
We transferred our son in his senior year of high school due to the BS over the standardized testing. He is dyslexic and has dysgraphia and they expected him to take the standardized test without any modifications or accommodations. I don't blame the public school district, but I do blame the TEA. What a bunch of blockheads! We were thrilled with the education our son received in one year of attending this fabulous school! He made life long friends there and continues to go back even though he's finishing up his second year of college. He helps out the teachers and administrators and hangs with the students he still knows. They look up to him and it is gratifying to see how much he has grown and how he can succeed in college. Thank you to Odyssey's teachers and administrators. You are unsung heroes to many!
My daughter has made exceptional strides at the Odyssey School in the 6 months that she has been there. The staff has and continues to go above and beyond the call of duty to help my daughter be successful. I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to send my child to such an accepting and supportive school.
This school really lacks academically. The small classrooms don't really give students the edge that one would hope for. In many ways the school has less structure and discipline than a regular public school which is not necessarily a good thing for students in the long run. The smallness of the school almost contributes to their being too many "social issues" as everyone knows each other which can actually be a negative versus a larger school where there is more overall activity. The PE program is not very challenging if you have a child who needs or likes physical activity.
Odyssey is a great school where students get individualized attention and they can earn all the credits they need to graduate. Good classes too like cooking and spanish, music and art. Teachers are great too and really care about the students.
My son started here in 7th grade and is now finishing his freshman year. The teachers are very patient and dedicated, and the principal does a good job understanding my son and pushing him to try his best. The math teacher is fantastic. I am interested in seeing how the next 3 years go in terms of prepping for college.
We are very disappointed in Odyssey School. Although our daughter is a high achiever academically, she suffers from anxiety and our local public school was not working out for her. She needed a less noisy and more controlled environment to succeed. Odyssey did provide this and she was doing quite well. However she only made it 38 days before being kicked out for walking off campus to cope with the stress she felt after an unpleasant interaction with a fellow student. We had told the school that walking alone was one of her coping mechanisms. Their attempt to restrain her only made things worse and there was a bad scene. Perhaps we did not do enough to make sure our daughter had workable options available to her. However we feel the school/principle could have handled things better and worked with us more. We now are on our own to find alternate arrangements.