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    Tuition-Free K-5 Public Charter School • Inspired Learning
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    Committed to Academic Excellence & the Education of the Whole Child
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    Grade "A" school • Healthy, High Performance School

Mission and School Profile

The mission of Odyssey Charter School is to work in partnership with the family and community, with the aim of helping each child reach full potential in all areas of life. We seek to educate the whole child with the understanding that each person must achieve a balance of intellectual, emotional, physical, spiritual and social skills as a foundation for life.

Odyssey Preparatory Academy is the newest charter school governed by Odyssey Charter School, Inc., a non-profit corporation formed in 1999 opening its first school, Odyssey Charter School in a church building with 112 students. Odyssey Charter School grew to over 700 students in a healthy, high-performance school building. During the 2011 school year, Odyssey Charter School became accredited by Cognia, and was designated a ‘High Performing Charter School’ by the Florida Department of Education. Odyssey Preparatory Academy is a high performing replication of Odyssey Charter School and intends to seek full Cognia accreditation as well.

Odyssey Preparatory Academy meets high standards of achievement by offering a holistic educational model, which blends methodology that includes the Montessori approach to education in Kindergarten through 3rd grades with other compatible models such as research/project-based education for 3rd grade and higher. As a result of the combination of philosophies, academics, and environment, the School’s achievement data has been promising. The school community focuses on establishing healthy relationships, providing rigorous academic instruction, and offering extracurricular activities to ensure each student a school experience that is challenging, non-biased and inclusive. The innovative use of programming, curricula, and technology helps bond teachers and students toward instructional delivery methods that encourage problem solving and that pave the way for a future that is unfolding.

The essential philosophy guiding the mission is the belief that all children can actualize their potential as productive and contributing members of society and that the school provides essential opportunities for students to develop the necessary skills for success. The rapport between teacher and students and the role of the family in supporting the student’s development are critical to meeting our expectations for student success. Our K-3 program is guided by the philosophy and technique of Maria Montessori. The classrooms encourage and foster academic learning while providing children the opportunity to make choices and direct the path of their learning. In grades 3-5, students are provided with project-based learning opportunities, which require that they make choices, plan a project from the beginning to end, and build responsibility to deliver the chosen project on time.

The curriculum focuses on clear and measurable expectations for student learning and is derived from the Florida Next Generation Sunshine State/Common Core Standards. Students take a variety of research-based assessments, which provide data to identify learning trends and learning gaps. Given the reflective, but difficult-to-measure goals of our instructional program, the high-stakes indicators such as the FSA - Florida Standards Assesment are limited measures of student success. Because we strive to nurture and grow the whole child, we must look beyond academic assessments to measure our performance.

Odyssey Preparatory Academy intends to emulate the success of its “sister school”, Odyssey Charter School as it has earned an enviable reputation as a school that delivers with a proven track record of academic performance illustrated by the annual school report cards.

Odyssey Preparatory Academy is governed by a non-profit Florida educational organization composed of parents, teachers, and community members dedicated to providing an enriched learning environment for all types of learners. This Board is comprised of business and educator professionals, most of whom are also parents of Odyssey students. The volunteer Board members work hard to continue moving the school forward, ensuring the on-going financial strength of the school, and providing for additional and innovative resources to increase student achievement.

Our program is designed to foster individual uniqueness and potential. We treat each student as an individual and know that no two students will learn at the same pace, nor will they learn best from the same teaching methods. Our students learn not to be afraid of mistakes. They are encouraged to do their own research, analyze what they have found, and come to their own conclusions. In this way, we are helping students to become life-long independent learners.