Odyssey empowers children to develop their strengths, tackle their challenges, and feel the joyful spirit of learning.
Taken from Homer’s account of Ulysses’ heroic journey home from the Trojan War, our name represents the challenging personal journey that each child must undertake in his or her individual road to success.
Every child who walks through Odyssey’s front door is a bright, intelligent, and capable learner, and we recognize his or her many talents and gifts.
We realize that our students learn differently and need a different approach to teaching. When a child is experiencing difficulty with learning, we never assume that it is the child who needs to change, but rather that our approach and strategies need to be modified in order to meet the child’s learning differences.
Direct, Explicit Instruction
A child's future success is contingent upon strong executive function and language skills.
For our students with dyslexia or language learning differences, they may have encountered a difficult journey arriving to their diagnosis of dyslexia or language differences. Many children faced challenges in the schools that they attended before coming to Odyssey, and their teachers may have had a difficult time knowing how to build the fundamental skills that the student is struggling with in reading, writing, note-taking and organization.
At Odyssey, a particular focus is placed on explicitly teaching study skills within the context of teaching the content. Teachers instruct students on the skills in preparing for cumulative exams, test taking, organization and time management, comprehension of written language and textbook format, note-taking, vocabulary development, and the application of computer technology for document management, research, and word processing.