Odyssey School

  • 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.

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School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
California Association for the Gifted
Educational Records Bureau
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 6-8
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs Supportedmild
Year Founded1996

Student Body

Total Students48 students
Student Body Typen/a
% Students of Color
14%
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Odyssey School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers9 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size15 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$33,000

Sports

Total Sports Offered3 sports
SportsDance, Fencing, SwimmingDanceFencing,
Swimming

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.4 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.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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School Reviews

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Odyssey is the best kept secret in the Bay Area. The head of school is an expert in middle school learning and development. The teachers are dedicated, and the learning accelerated and interesting. At first, the school’s size is certainly different and is perhaps its greatest asset for middle schoolers to learn and grow within a tight-knit supportive community. My son who is advanced academically and driven to learn and take on new challenges couldn't be happier and he is grateful to be an Odyssean!
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