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. Also, we provide extended, overnight opportunities in our higher grades to enrich the learning experience in amazing ways!
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.
Children’s Museum – Kindergarten
At the Children’s Museum of Phoenix scholars spend time engaged in joyful and constructive educational activities such as the Texture Cafe, Noodle Forest, and Market. According to the Children’s Museum, “Learning needs to be concrete before it can be abstract. Meaningful learning is best facilitated in an environment that is free of criticism and comparisons, where there is freedom to make choices, to take risks, to explore within clear boundaries, and where respect and basic values are encouraged.”
Theatre Opportunities – Kindergarten
Our scholars will have opportunities to experience exciting, age-appropriate theatre of the highest artistic quality from a variety of sources, including the theater programs at Odyssey Institute.
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.
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.
Pali Institute – 5th grade
The Pali Institute, in the mountains north of San Bernardino, California, is an exciting outdoor education camp which is offered to all TOPA 5th graders. This two-day trip allows students hands-on experience with many aspects of biology and ecology. To learn more about the Pali experience go to: www.paliinstitute.com.
*Optional field trip and an extra costs are involved.