The Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies – Junior High is a 6th-8th grade campus with a focus on high academic achievement, character acquisition, and cultural awareness. As an IB School, Middle Years Programme, the Odyssey Institute emphasizes global citizenship and personal values, and the bar is set nothing short of excellence for all team members.
Committed to improving the quality of education, the Odyssey Preparatory Family of Schools is happy to announce they broke ground on their first stand-alone Junior High campus. The Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies Junior High campus was opened in August 2016.
The Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies campuses are for middle and high school scholars. In August 2016, the Junior High opened their own campus located across from the high school. The high school will be expanding, taking over the current middle school buildings.
The Institute emphasizes not only higher academic success, but creating life-long scholars. Scholar athletes at the Institute exhibit sportsmanship by choosing to participate in a variety of athletic programs offered. Currently, The Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies is the only school in the state of Arizona requiring the full International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme for scholars in the 6th through the 10th grades. Odyssey is the fourth school in the state of Arizona to offer both the Middle Years Programme and the Diploma Programme.
The expansion and addition of campuses allows for students serious about their education, personal and professional goals the opportunity to enroll.
We are located at the intersection of Yuma and Verrado Way
The transition from elementary school to junior high school can be challenging for scholars and parents. With the change comes a new campus, new schedule, new administrator, teachers, and staff. New social groups and more independence. We realize these changes can be nerve racking for any parent. Odyssey’s middle school transition, which is different from Arizona’s K-8 structure, makes the high school transition easier on our Scholars.
Part of the transition means scholars start to make their own choices. Scholars choose electives and a Language Acquisition class. Sixth graders choose to take either band or choir and will choose to study Spanish or Mandarin. Seventh and eighth-grade scholars are given the ability to choose art as an elective. All Odyssey eighth-grade scholars participate in the PSAT tests. Junior high offers scholars a plethora of clubs and sports. Odyssey’s junior high athletes compete in the Great Hearts League.
The Odyssey Preparatory Family of Schools provides the Parent and Scholar Policy Handbook as well as the Parent and Scholar Curriculum Handbook so that all scholars and their parents are familiar with the guidelines, operations, scholar responsibilities and policies regarding the school and enrollment.
THE ODYSSEY INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED & INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, VERRADO (Middle & High School) has partnered with DISHES2U to provide a secure, fast, and easy-to- use online ordering system that allows parents to view our lunch menu, order, prepay and manage student lunches on the web.
Registration and Ordering starts on: December 14, 2018
FOOD or POLICY (Missed/Late Orders, Credits, and Changes/Cancellations): email email@example.com or call 1-844-DISHES2U (347-4372) and we will get back to you right away.
TECHNICAL SUPPORT (help navigating the site): email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PAYMENT INFORMATION The program accepts payment by Debit Card or Credit Card: Visa, MasterCard & Discover.
ANNUAL REGISTRATION FEE: A nominal one-time $20 registration fee per family per school year is charged with your first order, however, since we are rolling out the lunch program starting Semester 2, we have reduced this school year’s fee to $10. Registration fees are waived for all faculty & school administration. Check out our videos on ‘How to Create an Account’ and ‘How to Order Lunch’ at dishes2u.com
MINIMUM ORDER FEE: A $1.00 fee will be charged for orders under $10.00 – this applies to new and changed orders.
PROGRAM INFO: Please refer to the ‘Program Info’ page on the lunch ordering website regarding further details!
Thank you for participating in our school lunch program!
When can orders be placed?
As soon as the menu is released, you can order lunches for the entire cycle. However, an advance purchase is required. All orders must be placed by 7am (PT) the day prior to delivery of the meal. So, for a Friday meal delivery, all orders must be in no later than 7am (PT) on Thursday.
How often are the menu’s cycles posted?
Dishes2U uploads new menu cycles and calendars four times a year.
Buy a teacher a lunch?
Parents will be able to show their appreciation to a teacher or staff member by purchasing a lunch for them.
Is there a Minimum Order Fee?
A check out with a minimum of $10.00 in your shopping cart is required for all new or changed orders – all orders not meeting the minimum will be charged a $1.00 handling fee. Please note, this is NOT $10 per lunch or even $10 per day, just $10 in your shopping cart when checking out, for a total of all of your children.
What if I need to change, cancel or forgot an order?
Changes can be made up to the ordering deadline, 7am (PT) on the day prior to the meal delivery. Once the ordering period has closed, late orders are not accepted, and no changes are allowed.
Lunchroom Distributors Needed?
This is a great way to see you student, meet their friends and meet other Odyssey parents. It’s a WIN-WIN! Contact us for further details at email@example.com.
Be sure to check out our website at dishes2u.com regarding your new lunch program. You will also find two videos, one on how to set up your lunch account and the other on how to place orders.
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Each month we host a curriculum corner night. So far this year we have had terrific topics: Using synergy to speak with your scholar, A day in the life of an OI scholar and Data. Each of our meetings is accompanied by a slideshow that we think would be helpful to share with you.
The Odyssey Preparatory Family of Schools provides the course catalog to showcase the course availability and curriculum progression at The Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies (OI).
The State of Arizona will reimburse you dollar for dollar up to $400 for those filing jointly and up to $200 for those filing single on your contributions to our school. These contributions will support activities that are considered extracurricular. Extracurricular activities include:
We are encouraging all our families to include The Odyssey Family of Schools (The Odyssey Preparatory Academy and The Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies) as one of your yearly charitable donations. If you donate $400 to Odyssey, and you are eligible for reimbursement, you will receive $400 back from the state of Arizona. If you owe the state taxes this donation will reduce the amount you owe by $400. A contributor can also deduct this donation on the federal tax form.
The Odyssey Preparatory Academy follows the state of Arizona policy surrounding AZMerit testing.
The Governing Board of The Odyssey supports the establishment and enforcement of a school uniform. It is their belief that the wearing of a school uniform by students of The Odyssey assists in creating an environment conducive to a quality learning opportunity for the children that attend Odyssey. Parents enrolling their scholars in The Odyssey agree to comply with the Uniform Policy at all times. Uniforms are available for purchase at Absolute Screen Printing, 407 E. Monroe Ave, Buckeye, AZ or Hi Fashion in Avondale, 1450 N Dysart Rd, Avondale, AZ 85323.
At The Odyssey Institute, 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. Also, we provide extended, overnight opportunities in our higher grades to enrich the learning experience in amazing ways!
Astro Camp is an engaging hands-on trip that emphasizes physical science, astronomy, and the exploration of the universe. This two day trip includes such fun activities as a zip line, sky coaster and building a rocket. To learn more about Astro Camp, visit: www.cimi.org/astrocampsummermission.html
*Optional field trip and an extra costs are involved.
This five-day trip allows middle school students to learn more about our nation, and the guiding principles that founded our country. Some highlights of the trip include visits to the Jamestown settlement and sitting in on a session of Congress. To find out more about this trip visit: www.closeup.org and https://www.closeup.org/program/ms-dc-and-philadelphia
*Optional and an extra cost is involved.
The Odyssey Preparatory Family of Schools provides a wide range of after school clubs. Click the button below for full details.
We look forward to seeing our returning scholars and to welcoming our new scholars to the Odyssey Preparatory Family of Schools. Please click the button below for the OI High School campus recommended school supplies.
Scholars taking band are responsible for having their own instruments. Please contact your scholar’s music teacher for any questions regarding this program. There are several options out there. Click here for the Milano instrument rental information.