A Classroom Without Walls
At The Odyssey Preparatory Academy, off-site field experiences are an integral part of our curriculum. Field experiences are purposefully designed to integrate and extend classroom learning and either introduce or conclude curriculum concepts.
Rocker 7 Farm Kindergarten
Rocker 7 Farm patch offers an engaging educational experience with an interactive farm tour. Scholars have an opportunity to apply their knowledge of life cycles to agricultural education.
Childsplay Theatre Kindergarten
Childsplay Theatre is a nationally and internationally respected professional theatre company whose chosen audience is children. Our scholars will have an opportunity to experience challenging, thought-provoking theatre of the highest artistic quality.
Wildlife World Zoo 1st grade
At the Wildlife World Zoo our scholars utilize their knowledge of habitats of the world as they make connection to the environments suited for a variety of animal species. Scholars observe natural animal behaviors and the life systems they support.
AZ Museum of Natural History 1st grade
On a visit to the Arizona Museum of Natural History, scholars will take a step back in time and experience history in a hands-on way. They’ll become mini geologists and paleontologists. Scholars will explore geology, including the layers of the earth and types of rocks. Scholars will view actual armor and other historical pieces from the Spanish Colonial collection. Scholars will lean more about the lives of Native Americans. They’ll see Native American art and models of early homes. Scholars will see how our world has changed over time as they view the prehistoric collection. They’ll also specifically see the history of the desert habitat.
Science Center 2nd grade
At the Arizona Science Center, scholars have the opportunity to extend their learning of the human body by:
- Walking through an enormous “working” stomach, complete with the sights, sounds and smells of the digestive process.
- Watching surgeries being performed, featuring the techniques of Dr. Edward B. Diethrich, in the Heart Surgery Theater
- Testing their heart muscles in the Wheelchair Racers
- Exploring the systems of the human body – from defense and immunity to cardio and pulmonary, digestive and skeletal
- Hearing their actual heartbeat as it is translated into sound on a bass drum
Pioneer Village 2nd Grade
At Pioneer Living History Village our scholars will step back in time to the Arizona Territorial period, 1863 to 1912, to see and feel how the early pioneers lived and worked in the harsh, unforgiving environment of this diverse land.
Desert Botanical Gardens 3rd grade
Scholars tour the Desert Botanical Gardens to understand how Native Americans utilized their natural resources in order to survive. Native American Unit how they lived of their natural habitat
Pueblo Grande 3rd grade
Scholars leave the classroom and walk through a prehistoric Hohokam archaeological village. Scholars gain an understanding and appreciation for how archaeology, Arizona history and culture studies can further our understanding of our how and why the past is relevant to the present.
Musical Instrument Museum 3rd grade Musicians
In preparation for choosing their first instrument, scholars visit the Musical Instrument Museum where they have an opportunity to explore the musical instruments and music of the world. In addition to an interactive guided tour, scholars have the opportunity to interact with a variety of instruments in the Experience Gallery.
Mesquite Wildlife Oasis 4th grade
Scholars visit The Mesquite Wildlife Oasis to study Arizona’s natural resources. The wildlife and habitat trail system provides our scholars with a learning experience that connects classroom lessons to their natural world.
Grand Canyon 4th grade
The Grand Canyon trip is the first school sponsored overnight trip for our scholars. Chaperones and scholars spend two nights on the south rim of the canyon. They participate in educational programs and park rangers guide them through Grand Canyon geology, ecology, and human history.
ASU 5th grade
The visit to ASU provides scholars the opportunity to tour the LROC facility where they learn about the moon, past, present and future space exploration, as well as the ability to watch live satellite feeds from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbital Camera. Scholars will also visit the Mars Space Flight Facility where scholars get to learn more about Mars exploration and the Mars Rover.
Civil War 5th grade
The US Civil War is the most expansive Core Knowledge unit of the year. Each elementary campus represents the opposing sides of the war and scholars are immersed in the life of a Civil War soldier for the day. Scholars will march, become medics, sample food, music and more.
Catalina Island 5th grade
The Catalina Environmental Leadership Program is a highly engaging marine biology camp which is offered to all TOPA 5th graders. This two-day trip allows students hands-on experience with all aspects of Marine Biology. To learn more about the Catalina experience go to: www.catalinaislandcamps.com