Classrooms Without Walls
Odyssey Charter School is a "Classroom without walls" -an individualized nurturing environment for learning, where students gain real life knowledge, skills and understanding through a dynamic collaboration with teachers, parents and the wider community. Odyssey currently serves 480, K-8 children who learn best by "doing." Odyssey's unique school design offers families in Pasadena, Altadena and the surrounding communities with another public school choice.
History and Growth
Odyssey Charter School opened its doors in September 1999 with 240 students in grades Kindergarten through 8th grades in a church facility located directly across the street from Pasadena City College. Odyssey was the first charter school in the state of California to be approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Education (LACOE) and was re-chartered for another five years by LACOE in April 2004, and again in March 2009. Our current charter was approved in February 2014, and will allow Odyssey to continue operating through June 2019.
Since our opening in 1999, we have grown our enrollment and classrooms to our current enrollment of 480. In current classroom configuration, we have two Kindergarten classrooms, four 1st & 2nd grade classrooms, four 3rd & 4th grade classrooms, two 5th grade classrooms, and two 6th grade classrooms. Our middle school is comprised of four 7th & 8th grade classroom each with a teacher focusing on one core curricular area: Humanities-Language Arts, Humanities-History/Social Science, Mathematics, and Science.
Odyssey serves an ethnically and socio-economically diverse community including African American (21%), Caucasian (40%), Latino (32%), Asian (5%), and Native America (2%). An estimated 30% of our students are economically disadvantaged families; 11% receive special education services. Approximately 60% of our students come from the Pasadena Unified School District, 35% from the Los Angeles Unified School District service area, and 5% from other districts.
Milestones and Key Achievements
- Spring 2016- The Odyssey Parent Participation Group and Annual Campaign raise over $130,000 to support the students, programs, and mission of Odyssey Charter School
- Fall 2015- A new playground is acquired on the North Field providing students an array of new play activities and opportunities
- Fall 2014- Cocurricular programs in Art, Gardening, Physical Education, and Technology are established for students in all grade levels through the generous contributions of parents, and budgetary commitments
- Spring 2014- Odyssey receives a $100,000 grant from the Ahmanson Foundation to upgrade and modernize our campus technology and infrastructure
- Winter 2014- Odyssey is rechartered for a second five year term by LACOE to operate through June 2019
- Spring 2012- Odyssey's Academic Performance Index (API) Score is 860
- Fall 2010- The Ahmanson Foundation awards Odyssey Charter School a $75,000 grant to rehabilitate several bungalows and establish a Middle School area and courtyard
- Fall 2009- Enrollment growth plan goes into action which will result in a full capacity of 460 students by Fall 2014
- Spring 2009- Odyssey is rechartered by LACOE to operate through June 2014
- Fall 2006-- Odyssey relocated to our current 6 acre facility, at 725 West Altadena Drive in Altadnea
- Spring 2004- Odyssey receives a 5 year charter to operate through June 2009
- Fall 1999-- Odyssey Charter School opened its doors to 240 Kinder through 8th Grade Students at 30 N. Marion Avenue in Pasadena