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.
Our school district is excited to announce the launch of a new online service* that will allow you to monitor your children’s lunchtime purchases, track what your children have been eating for the past 30 days, make deposits directly into their meal accounts, and have an email reminder sent to you when an account balance gets low. Student debit account deposits can be made through ACH payments or by credit card. Each child’s account will be updated throughout the day. In order to take advantage of this convenient new service, you will need to create a parent account. This requires you to:
After you receive the “verification code” you may begin to add your children’s information. To do this, you will need to:
Note: A parent account can be linked to many children, but a child can only be linked to one parent.
We urge you to take full advantage of this system by making deposits into your children’s accounts on a weekly, monthly, or annual basis. You are free to choose the amount of each deposit. Any money that is not spent by the end of the school year will be available the following school year. If you have any questions about this or any other food service program, please contact Healthy Innovations Office at 520-495-5533.
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.