Odyssey School kicks off its 10th year

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Odyssey families listen to speakers during orientation.    

Odyssey School recently held its orientation program for new and returning students.

Entering its 10th year, and its first as a charter school under the revamped Georgia Charter School Commission, Odyssey expects a student enrollment of just over 400 students this fall in grades K-8.

The school has undergone a significant number of changes since it began in 2004 with a 10,000 square foot space in the White Oak Center and 119 students in grades K-5. The school acquired its present location in the Shenandoah Industrial Park in 2008, and renovated the 26,000 square foot facility that formerly contained Blyle, an apparel manufacturer. With the new building came the addition of the middle school program.

Odyssey has seen enrollment grow each year and has continued to add classrooms to help meet the demand from the community. Last year, Odyssey added three modular units to provide additional space for music, and the middle school programs converted a classroom into a dedicated science lab. Promethean boards (interactive white boards) were added to every classroom and the computer lab has been updated.

“It is impressive to see the growth in both our enrollment and our educational program over the past 10 years,” said Executive Director Andy Geeter, who has been with the school since the doors opened on August 12, 2004. “It’s a real testament to not only our great parent base but also to the tremendously dedicated group of educators at Odyssey.”

Students at Odyssey not only enjoy the benefits of excellent classroom teachers, but through the Arts, Inc. program, all elementary students receive weekly instruction in music, art, physical education, Spanish and technology. The middle school Arts, Inc. offers daily exploratory courses for students in two of these areas per nine weeks. The program continues to expand, offering a middle school glee club option as well as band for 5th grade students.

A public charter school charging no tuition, Odyssey will begin limited bus transportation services for students as of September 3rd. 

Openings are still available for the fall term in some grades. Please check the school web site (www.odysseycharterschool.net) for enrollment information. You may also contact the school at 770-251-6111 or e-mail admission@odysseycharterschool.net.



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