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 388, K-8 urban 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. In March 2009, we were chartered for another five years, allowing us to continue operating through the 2013-2014 academic year.
Since our opening in 1999, we have grown our enrollment and classrooms to our current enrollment of 388. In current classroom configuration, we have two Kindergarten classrooms, four 1st & 2nd grade classrooms, four 3rd & 4th grade classrooms, three 5th & 6th grade classrooms, one 7th grade classroom and one 8th grade classroom.
Odyssey serves an ethnically and socio-economically diverse community including African American (29%), Caucasian (35%), Latino (29%), Asian (5%), and Native America (2%). An estimated 30% of our students are economically disadvantaged families; 13% receive special education services. Approximately 60% of our students come from the Pasadena Unified School District, 33% from the Los Angeles Unified School District service area, and 7% from other districts.
Milestones and Key Achievements
- Fall 1999-- Odyssey Charter School opened its doors to 240 Kinder through 8th Grade Students
- Fall 2006-- Odyssey relocated to our current 6 acre facility, at 725 West Altadena Drive
- 2007-2008-- Odyssey receives over $250,000 in grants from the Ahmanson Foundation, the Collins Foundation, the Parsons Foundation, and the Weingart Foundation to establish our Technology Program and equip our Computer Laboratory
- In 2010, Odyssey's Academic Performance Index (API) Score is 828
- 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