Odyssey School

201 Polhemus Rd
San Mateo, CA 94402-0944
Tel: (650)548-1500
Grades: 6-8 | 33 students
Odyssey School is an independent, co-ed, middle school for gifted and talented students.
Its unique and innovative curriculum, including on-site and off-site learning, takes our students up mountains, out on the ocean, and culminates in an 8th grade, 3-week trip to Japan.
Odyssey develops scholars and artists from the most promising young students.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
California Association for the Gifted
Educational Records Bureau
Religious Affiliation Non-sectarian
Grades Offered Grades 6-8
ADD/ADHD Support Yes
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported mild
Year Founded 1996

Student Body

Total Students 33 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Odyssey School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 9 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 4:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size 15 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $24,500


Total Sports Offered 3 sports
Sports Dance, Fencing, SwimmingDanceFencing,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 4 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Ashland OR Shakespeare Festival, Community Service, Outdoor Education, Student Council Ashland OR Shakespeare Festival,
Community Service,
Outdoor Education,
Student Council,

School Notes

  • Specialists in middle school gifted education
  • Emphasis on the development of emotional intelligence through the Self-Science curriculum
  • Challenging and academically rigorous curriculum created specifically for the unique learning needs of gifted and talented students
  • Non-traditional physical education program including tai chi, yoga, karate, dance, aerobics, stage compat, fencing, swimming and hiking.
  • Integrated creative arts program as part of the core curriculum
  • Annual expeditions to Mt. Whitney, Lassen, Shasta or Diablo, alternating with the Channel Islands; Ashland Shakespeare Festival bi-annually, and Japan (8th graders only)
  • Student self-discipline, self-knowledge and responsibility is a major focus of the educational approach at Odyssey
  • Japanese foreign language education
  • Effects smooth transitions between entrance to middle school and 6th grade and exit to high school from middle school.
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