A community embracing students with dyslexia and language learning differences.

Fast Facts

Located near Baltimore, Maryland, The Odyssey School is a K-8 coeducational independent school for students diagnosed with dyslexia and language learning differences. The School was founded by a group of parents in 1994 and first located on Roland Ave in Baltimore. The School’s location was moved to 42 acres of land in the Greenspring Valley in June 2002.

General Information

Martha H. Sweeney, Head of School

School for students diagnosed with dyslexia or other language learning differences

Lower and Middle School Program for ages 5-14 years.

Multisensory, evidence-based and language intensive program

Enrollment: 159 students

Class size: classes no larger than 11

Student/Teacher Ratio: 3:1

Daily Tutoring in reading and writing: 2:1 student teacher ratio

Small math groupings: 3-8

Faculty: 52

Faculty with Advanced Degrees: 46%

School Hours: 7:55 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.

Afterschool Hours: The Odyssey Fore and Aft program is an afterschool program for all lower and middle school students from 3:20 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. Drop–in service is available.

Financial Information

Tuition: $31,300 for the 2017-2018 school year

We distribute financial aid dollars to students based on need.

Financial aid award: 32% of our families receive aid

We recognize that independent school education is a major investment. Several opportunities are available to help families meet the cost of education.


Academic Core: Language, Math, Science, Social Studies, Reading and Writing Tutoring, Creative Writing and Argument Writing

Specials: Art, Library, Music, Violin, Guitar, Physical Education, Technology, Genius Hour, School Newspaper, Dance, Drama Workshops, Mindfulness.

Enrichment: Community Service, Student Clubs ( Yearbook, Student Government, Drama, Hiking Club, School of Rock, Coding Club, Rocketry, 3-D Printing, Robotics), Organic Garden, Pottery and Woodworking, Photography, Kinetic Sculpture Race, Outdoor and Environmental Education trips, Book Clubs, Literary Magazine, Musical Assemblies and Residency Program

Daily Exercise Break: Yoga, Tumbling, Running, Cooperative Games, Walking

Athletics: Soccer, Cross Country, Squash, Basketball, Lacrosse

Campus Facilities

42 acres of campus: stream, meadow, woods, playground, and two athletic fields.

Campus utilized for: athletics, outdoor teaching, physical education, and recess.

Building designed to look like a home that includes: theater, gymnasium, computer lab, science labs, tutoring rooms, lunchroom.


Association of Independent Maryland Schools (A.I.M.S.)


International Dyslexia Association (I.D.A.)

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (M.A.E.O.E.)

Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust ( B.E.S.T.)

Baltimore Independent School Collaborative( B.I.S.C.)

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