About This School
Charter schools are public schools, but differ from traditional public schools in that they are independent and are operated by educators, parents, community leaders, educational entrepreneurs, or others. Funding for charter schools is based on designated local or state educational organizations. Those organizations are responsible for monitoring and assessing the quality and effectiveness of education, but permit the schools to operate outside of the traditional public school education system. See The Odyssey Preparatory Academy's test results to learn more about school performance.
Student Ethnicity (2011)
All Grades Language Arts Performance
The Odyssey Preparatory Academy Reviews
My child has been a scholar here at The Odyssey for 3 years now. It is a great school academically. The days are long but with Fridays off and so far not much homework, my child does well.
The downfalls are lack of communication and lack of the "typical" resources you would receive at a public school.
Communication: everything is through Facebook or the school site. I am in my 20's but seem to be the only person who prefers paper to Twitter or social media. It's extremely frustrating that I need a FB account to get info about events/issues at school. I don't mind email but seriously, FB should not be where I'm finding out that theres early release next week.
Resources: lunch is through a catering company that serves great healthy foods, but with healthy being their main pitch, it is expensive for the lack of food they serve. A small lunch, with a drink, runs you about 4.75 a day! The kids are also required to bring 2 healthy snacks which I love but would definitely appreciate a better system for lunch. Also if your child takes lunch rather than purchasing, be sure you have only "healthy" food. My child came home one day and told me the lunch supervisor told him he is not allowed to bring Capri Suns.Now this is where I draw the line. If I purchase my child the 100% veggie Capri sun drink, it is my choice. Also, they have no special education programs or school counselors available.
I continue to send my child here because I do feel that academically he/she is challenged more than he/she would be in the nearest public school. I hope there is nothing but better years to come from this school until my child leaves to High School, only time will tell.