FAQ

  • Where is the Odyssey School of Denver located?

    Odyssey School of Denver
    6550 E. 21st Ave.
    Denver, CO 80207

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  • How long has the Odyssey School of Denver been in existence? How did it get started?

    Like many new endeavors, it began with a shared vision. A dedicated group of parents, teachers, and community members from the Park Hill area worked together to create a new school of choice for Denver families. Their specific goal was to design an innovative school based on the principals of Expeditionary Learning to serve a richly diverse community. We started our first year on September 1, 1998, with 24 students in each of two multi-grade classes, first-second and third-fourth. We recently celebrating the 16th anniversary of the Odyssey School of Denver! Learn more about the school.
  • How many students attend the Odyssey School of Denver?

    There are 234 students enrolled at the Odyssey School of Denver during the 2015-2016 school year.
  • How do we enroll in the Odyssey School of Denver?

    Odyssey is participating in the DPS SchoolChoice process. All families that wish to apply must fill out the DPS School Choice Form.  Forms will be available at any DPS school, Odyssey, or online. Families will pick their top 5 school choices. Every student will be assigned to a school based on their lottery number and the order that schools are ranked on the form. Students will be assigned to their highest-ranked school where space is available and enrollment requirements are met. See the full enrollment guidelines and polices for more information.
  • What are my chances of being picked in the lottery?

    Every year is different and the number of applications we receive varies. Typically, kindergarten and 6th grade are where we receive the most applications. Kindergarten usually has 100+ applicants in the lottery for 26 spots, 6th grade usually has around 25+ applicants. Openings in grades 1 – 8 vary on how many current students are returning. We usually have anywhere from 1 – 8 spots open in any one grade. Waitlists do move and any openings are filled according to the waitlists as soon as possible.
  • Is there a 1/2 day kindergarten option?

    No, we only offer full day kindergarten.
  • How do students that transfer into upper grades do?

    Students that transfer in the upper grades sometimes go through a transition period, some do not. Odyssey’s structure is often new and takes a period of adjustment but most students adapt quickly to the difference.
  • Do I need to re-apply every year?

    If you do not get in you must re-apply each year. Once you’ve been accepted you are enrolled until you complete 8th grade or choose to leave.
  • Where do most of Odyssey’s 8th graders go for high school?

    Most of our graduates attend local high schools – East High, Denver School of Science & Technology, George Washington High, Denver School of the Arts, and others.
  • How often are students out of the classroom?

    Depending on the learning expedition, time on fieldwork varies. Typically students are out on fieldwork 1/2 day every 15 days. All classes also go out for fall and spring camping trips which vary in length depending on the grade level.
  • Is there a cost to attend?

    Odyssey is a public school. Only kindergarten has a tuition because Colorado funds 1/2 day kindergarten programs only. The full-pay tuition amount for the 2015 – 2016 school year is $310 a month. We also have an adventure campaign. This is a voluntary fee that helps pay for food, gas, and camping equipment for trips.
  • Do you participate in state standardized tests?

    Yes, we are required by law to take CMAS and PARCC tests.
  • How does Odyssey compare to other schools in state assessments?

    Odyssey does well in state assessments. Although we do not “teach to the test” we do teach our students test taking skills. We score significantly higher than Denver Public Schools in all categories for students being proficient or above. We also score higher than the state average.
  • How are families involved at the school?

    The school requires that all families support their children in learning at home and school, while also being involved in the development of the school.  Each family is asked to commit to involvement in the school by signing this statement before their student attends school. Room parents from each classroom confirm and help the families reach their goals. Read more about family involvement at Odyssey.