About Odyssey

    Odyssey Community School was founded in August, 1997 under the first charter granted by the Connecticut State Department of Education to start a public charter school.  We opened in a 10,000 square foot basement space on Oakland Street with 44 sixth and seventh graders.  Over the years Odyssey experienced a slow and steady growth in grades.  When we moved in 2003 to our current building on Middle Turnpike West, we had 105 students.  The next year we added fifth grade, followed a couple of years later with fourth grade until we had 180 students.

 

    Our early experience with elementary grades taught us that if we wanted to graduate middle school students who were prepared to succeed in high school, we needed to work with students at the beginning of their academic experience.  In September, 2011, we welcomed our first kindergarten, first, second and third grade classes, catapulting us to a student census of 324 children.  For two school years, staff and students cooperatively functioned in a construction zone that brought our initial 18,000 square feet of school space to its current size of 40,000 square feet, including a gymnasium and library.  During the summer of 2013, the final construction project will take place to create a new exterior to the front of the school, a new nurse’s suite, and a main office and vestibule that meet new recommendations in safety standards for school buildings.

 

    After a number of years spent in improving our teaching content and methods, Odyssey has been recognized as a high-performing school that is closing the achievement gap between minority and non-minority students, which is the largest challenge faced by Connecticut public schools.  We have a racial mix of 55% minority students, which is a mirror of our community.  In 2008 we were identified as a ConnCAN Success Story School for middle school performance gains.  In 2011 we were designated a Top Ten School in the same category.  As our students progress from elementary to grade eight, they show dramatic increases in Connecticut Mastery Tests and other forms of achievement assessment.  In 2011, students scored an average of 10.9% higher than they did during the previous year.  In 2012, 100% of our eighth grade class scored proficient in math.  In 2013, Odyssey was cited along with a charter school in New Haven for math and reading test scores that were higher than the state average.  Given the diversity of school systems in Connecticut, this was an honor.

 

    Character development is stressed in numerous ways on a daily basis as a way of enforcing a school climate that is tolerant, supportive and caring, with high academic and behavioral expectations for students.  Older students serve as buddies and mentors for younger students.  Our CIRCLE values of Courage, Integrity, Respect, Curiosity, Leadership and Excellence are guiding principles that adults and students strive for.  Bullying behavior is not tolerated and is dealt with immediately.

 

    Admission to Odyssey is by lottery.  Please plan on attending our Open House on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 to obtain an application for the 2014-2015 lottery.  The doors open at 6:00 p.m., with the orientation program beginning promptly at 6:30.