Welcome to The Odyssey Preparatory Academy Family of Schools. In March of 2008, our first informal parents meeting took place at the Buckeye Chamber of Commerce. On January 13, 2009, The Arizona State Board for Charter Schools granted us our charter. The Odyssey Preparatory Academy started off in a strip mall with over 400 scholars in kindergarten through sixth grade. In the fall of 2010, we opened up the Odyssey Buckeye Apache campus with 600 scholars. In 2011 we opened up the Odyssey Goodyear campus, followed by opening of the Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies for junior high and high school in 2012. Opening for the 2016-2017 school year, we’re expanding again with the addition of the Sienna Hills elementary school campus and the Junior High campus.
Today, the Odyssey Preparatory Academy Family of Schools consists of five campuses educating approximately 3,000 scholars from kindergarten through twelfth grade.
We are dedicated to a higher education vision that makes a difference in our children’s lives. Odyssey is accredited as an International Baccalaureate World School, providing both the Middle Years Program and the Diploma Program. We are also accredited with Advanced Education and are AIA sports members. Odyssey uses the Core Knowledge program in elementary grades, along with multiple support programs geared to keep kids moving, asking deeper questions, and pushing beyond their comfort level in learning. We believe in embracing technology while also exploring innovative ideas such as outdoor classrooms.
Where we are going is our focus every day. Our vision is to provide an education that resonates with our scholars years after they leave our campus.
At the Odyssey Preparatory Family of Schools every child matters. Odyssey provides a safe and secure environment that facilitates creativity and fun. All scholars are given the opportunity to discover and use their talents to make a positive impact on their community and the world. Through the use of innovative curriculum and technology, students at Odyssey are empowered to become compassionate lifelong learners, respectful of intercultural communities and will be prepared to lead in the ever-changing global market place.
What started out in 2009 as a school in a strip mall, now has 5 campuses: 3 elementary campuses, a middle school and a high school campus. The schools you choose to attend mark the first steps you take in building your future’s foundation. Your elementary school education sets you up for a successful high school. Your high school education is your first milestone to enrolling into higher education or entering a competitive job market.
You have the right to a quality education, one that will prepare you for endless opportunities in your journey through life.
Pre-enrollment is now open to begin your child’s Odyssey!
We are so excited that you are wishing to enroll your child in one of the Odyssey Family of Schools for the 2017-2018 school year. Our new system is up and running, so don't delay! We will begin drawing scholars for enrollment on February 3, 2017. All scholars drawn in the first lottery will be notified by February 10, 2017. Any scholar not drawn in the first lottery will be added to a wait list of potential scholars for a seat in their grade.
Where children are encouraged to explore and discover through hands-on learning and socialization. The Iliad Academy Preschool will foster each child’s intellect, love of learning and strength of character as they explore, discover and question the world around them.
● Part day and full day options ● Monday / Wednesday ; Tuesday / Thursday ; Monday through Thursday sessions ● A warm, nurturing and educational environment ● Educated, experienced and loving teachers ● Excellent teacher to child ratios ● Spanish, music, sign language and P.E. are included in all programs
We are now enrolling children ages 3 through 5 years for the 2017-2018 school year, offering two and four-day programs with morning and afternoon classes. Mommy and Me classes starting in the fall!
Call (623) 474-6328 today to schedule a tour.
Courage is knowing what not to fear.
Culture of Error
We are all unique. We interpret the world differently. As we learn, we grow in society and begin to appreciate these differences.
We all grow through failure. The fear isn’t in the act of failing, it’s in the criticism which follows. Criticism is a powerful deterrent. We call this creating a culture of “falling up.” This year our district has embarked on a mission to “Fall Up.”
A school with a culture that encourages risk-taking and rewards the learning process rather than the “right answer” at any cost, is in fact a school culture that promotes excellence over mediocrity. Odyssey scholars see the learning opportunity in a failed attempt.
Our goal is to create a culture “willing to take thoughtful risks in order to improve” (Doug Lemov, Teach Like a Champion. Pg 144).
“When a student is encouraged both to fail and to try again, it has a profound effect on all students—how they view their work individually and how they support each other in their learning efforts. The classroom becomes a safe place to fail and a place where error is always corrected but not condemned; a place where success matters” (Doug Lemov, Teach Like a Champion. 146).
What does a culture of error look like in your child’s classroom? A classroom environment that requires mistake-making and risk-taking is one in which teachers are striving to perfect their practice and scholars are striving to perfect their learning. It is an environment that fosters rigor, self-reliance, and critical thinking. Scholars will be encouraged to use their mistakes as opportunities to start anew, isolate their errors, and then bounce forward.
Odyssey’s core beliefs:
Every scholar matters
Growth Isn’t always measured by test scores
Scholars are challenged and feel safe to explore
Building from these values:
Challenging scholars at all levels
Paving the way for risk taking for scholars and teachers
Teachers striving to perfect their practice
Scholars striving to perfect their learning
Falling up IB Style
Be a Risk Taker: give and take chances; be resourceful and resilient when facing challenges Be Reflective: work to understand your strengths and improve your weaknesses Be Caring: show empathy and compassion for others’ mistakes and respect the feedback of others as they help us to learn from our mistakes Be a Thinker: Take responsibility and action when a mistake has been made.
When an instructor tells a scholar “I’m so glad you made that mistake. It’s going to help me to help you.” and calls the class together it sends the message that making mistakes is normal and valuable. Scholars should be encouraged to answer questions without the fear of criticism.
Teachers will understand that in order to be able to consistently identify and address student misunderstandings, it is important to create a culture where making errors is normal.
What does it mean to be open-minded? Our open-minded scholars are able to appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. They seek and evaluate a range of points of view and are willing to grow from the experience.
We are so excited to embark in an environment where each team member is committed to the excellence that takes place when we Fall Up instead of down!
Our youngest scholars begin their learning adventure at The Iliad Preschool where they are exposed to academics, foreign languages, art, music, physical education, and making responsible choices. The quest for knowledge continues as scholars navigate their way through our phenomenal Odyssey Preparatory Academies and The Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies. The journey concludes–not simply with college admission–but by the wholehearted admission of life-long scholars and principled individuals into a global society in which they are prepared to flourish and lead.
We emphasize our mission, vision, and core values every day.
The Odyssey Preparatory Academy aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring scholars who work to create a better and more peaceful community through intercultural awareness, understanding, and respect. Our scholars will grow as part of a challenging environment that facilitates creativity and fun. Our scholars will be empowered to use their unique talents to become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, contribute to solution.
At the Odyssey Preparatory Academy each child matters. Odyssey provides a safe and secure environment where all children are given the opportunity to discover and use their talents to make a positive impact on their community and the world. Through the use of innovative curriculum and technology, students at Odyssey will be prepared to lead in the ever-changing global market place. The positive nature of the Odyssey environment will inspire all team members and will contribute to low teacher turnover and extensive parent volunteerism.
Arrive at any Odyssey Preparatory Academy campus between 7:45-8:00 in the morning and you will be greeted by the voices of scholars quoting The Odyssey Core Values out loud and in unison. Not just something that we repeat each morning and then go about our day, our Core Values inform each of our decisions at The Odyssey Preparatory Academy. From our curriculum choices, all the way down to our tardy policy, we expect, require, and believe that:
At The Odyssey Preparatory Academy every scholar matters and all scholars will be empowered to use their talents in order to grow emotionally and academically.
The Odyssey Preparatory Academy will promote an environment of excellence and professionalism.
Growth isn’t always measured by test scores.
Scholars will be challenged and will feel safe to explore and learn new things on a daily basis.
All scholars will be engaged in a learning environment of creativity and fun.
At The Odyssey Preparatory Academy all team members are appreciated and valued for their hard work everyday.
Teachers, staff, parents and the Buckeye/Goodyear Community are all team members.
All team members will engage each other through positive communication and display appropriate behavior.
By reciting these values every morning, posting them prominently in every classroom, referring to them frequently throughout each school day, (and even removing them from the wall and taking them with us on a fire drill!) we emphasize their importance and model our respect for guidelines and rules. At The Odyssey Preparatory Academy we actively seek to create and nurture a culture of academic excellence and ethical behavior that is embraced by all team members. Our bar of expectation is set nothing short of excellence for our scholars, staff, and faculty.
As a school of choice, we acknowledge that the challenges of our academic pacing and our emphasis on individual scholar responsibility may not be the best fit for every family. However, for those who are willing and able to make a commitment to the rigors of Navigating Knowledge, Creating Character, Launching Leaders, and Focusing Globally…we say, Let the adventure begin!
The Odyssey Preparatory Academy – Family of Schools grounds itself in principles recognized as the Four Pillars. Odyssey differentiates itself in the educational community by implementing the programs within these pillars that will prepare scholars to succeed in University and beyond.
The Odyssey Preparatory Academy is accredited as an International Baccalaureate school, offering the MYP and DP programmes. The Diploma Programme (DP) level, for grades 11 and 12, is a comprehensive two-year advanced academic studies program designed to prepare scholars for success in higher academia and participation in a global society. Scholars begin [...]
The Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies is a member of the Arizona Interscholastic Association. The AIA has a membership of 267 schools from every county in Arizona. If you would like to find out more about the AIA program, please go to: www.aiaonline.org AIA Divisions by Sport: [...]
The Odyssey Institute For Advanced And International Studies earned accreditation from the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED. NCA CASI provides nationally-recognized accreditation, the purpose of which is continuous school improvement focused on increasing student performance. To earn accreditation, schools [...]
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The Odyssey Preparatory Academy Family of Schools aims for excellence in all we do, determined to make a difference in the field of education. If you’re a professional, dynamic path leader with a positive attitude and shares our vision, please click on the apply button.
The Odyssey Preparatory Academy Family of Schools operates as one district composed of TOPA-Buckeye; TOPA-Goodyear; TOPA-Casa Grande and The Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies. District-wide information can be found below
Board meetings for The Odyssey Preparatory Academy will be held at 1495 S. Verrado Way, Buckeye, AZ 85326. The meeting agendas are posted on this website below. Agendas will be posted no less than 24 hours prior to the meeting. Meeting Minutes from any prior meeting not posted are available upon request.
Board Meeting Notices:
Notices are in chronological order. Please scroll to the bottom for the most recent notice.
TOPA’s 3rd Core Value is “Growth is not always measured by test scores.” We will always adhere to the core value as we know scholars learn more when they are engaged in meaningful learning, not simply test taking skills. However, we also understand that AZ Merit scores always peak public interest; as a way to make TOPA’s AZ Merit scores easy to read, we have compiled the following data by campus. To see the result graphs for the 2015-2016 year, click here: AZMerit_2015-2016.
It is the policy of The Odyssey Preparatory Academy (“TOPA”) to not discriminate in employment, admission, treatment or access to its programs or activities on the basis of disability. TOPA has adopted an internal grievance procedure providing for prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging any action prohibited by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794) or by Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Section 504 and Title II prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability in any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. TOPA’s Director of Special Education/Section 504-Title II Coordinator has been designated to coordinate the efforts of TOPA to comply with Section 504 and Title II.
The Director of Special Education/Section 504-Title II Coordinator can be reached at: Director of Special Education/Section 504-Title II Coordinator 1495 S. Airport Rd. Buckeye, AZ 85326 623-327-1757 (Phone) 623-327-0554 (fax) Holly Johnson (email@example.com) Any person who believes she or he has been subjected to discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on the basis of disability may file a grievance under this procedure. TOPA prohibits retaliation against anyone who files a grievance or cooperates in the investigation of a grievance. Procedure: Grievances must be submitted to the Section 504/Title II Coordinator within six months of the date the person filing the grievance becomes aware of the alleged discriminatory action.
A complaint should be, but is not required to be, in writing, containing the name and address of the person filing it. The complaint must state the problem or action alleged to be discriminatory and the remedy or relief sought. If the Complainant is unable to put the complaint in writing, TOPA shall provide reasonable accommodations to assist the Complainant with submission of his/her complaint. (Note: Please see the attached Complaint form, which may be used to file a complaint in conformance with these procedures).
The Section 504/Title II Coordinator (or her/his designee) shall conduct an investigation of the complaint. This investigation may be informal, but it must be thorough, affording all interested persons an opportunity to submit evidence relevant to the complaint, including the opportunity to present witnesses. The Section 504/Title II Coordinator will maintain the files and records of TOPA relating to such grievances.
The Section 504/Title II Coordinator will issue a written decision on the grievance no later than 30 days after its filing, unless extenuating circumstances require an extension of the 30 day timeline. In such a case, the Section 504/Title II Coordinator (or her/his designee) will communicate with the Complainant concerning the need for an extension.
The person filing the grievance may appeal the decision of the Section 504/Title II Coordinator by writing to TOPA’s Co-Directors within 15 calendar days of receiving the Section 504/Title II Coordinator’s decision. The Co-Directors shall issue a written decision in response to the appeal no later than 30 calendar days after its filing.
TOPA shall maintain confidentiality as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The availability and use of this grievance procedure does not prevent a person from filing a complaint of discrimination on the basis of disability with the U. S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights. TOPA will make appropriate arrangements to ensure that disabled persons are provided other accommodations, if needed, to participate in this grievance process. Such arrangements may include, but are not limited to, providing interpreters for the deaf, providing taped cassettes of material for the blind, providing a scribe for submission of the complaint, or assuring a barrier-free location for the proceedings. The Section 504/Title II Coordinator will be responsible for such arrangements.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students who are 18 years of age or older (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. Please click here for the documentation. Ferpa-052115
Do you suspect a child you know may have a disability?
The intent of Child Find is that all children from birth through age 21 with delays or disabilities are identified, located and evaluated to receive the supports and services they need.
Public schools and the Arizona Early Intervention Program are responsible for “finding” eligible children and providing services needed for them to reach their developmental milestones or meet their educational needs.
When children are “found”, they are referred to a specialist to screen their development. The screening helps “identify” any areas of concern that need to be evaluated further. In order to receive early intervention or special education services, a child must be evaluated to confirm they have a delay or disability that falls under state definitions.
If needed, the child is evaluated using state criteria for specific delays or disabilities. If eligible, the Arizona Early Intervention Program or a public school system will offer early intervention or special education services according to the child’s needs.
Early intervention supports and services assist families of children who are eligible by helping children ages Birth to three years develop to their full potential. In Arizona, early intervention services are provided through the Arizona Early Intervention Program (or AzEIP).
Preschool special education services for children ages 3 to 5 provide special strategies to help children reach their developmental milestones.
Special education services for school-aged children in kindergarten through the age of 21 provide specialized instruction and services to assist children in the educational environment.
If you have any concerns, please contact the special education office at any campus or call the district office at (623) 327-1757.
The Arizona Early Intervention Program, also known as AzEIP (pronounced Ay – zip), is a statewide system of support and services for families of children, birth to three, with disabilities or developmental delays. For more information, please download this form: Early-Intervention-Program-AZEIP
Any person who believes she or he has been subjected to discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on the basis of disability may file a grievance under this procedure. For more information click here:504grievance