In our preschool classroom, students explore themes in a daily circle and play outside for at least 3 hours a day – sometimes more! Choosing between three playgrounds and learning centers in our dynamic classroom, students learn social and emotional literacy through play and heart-centered structure.
The Kindergarten program at Odyssey School honors each child’s inherent wholeness, with curriculum developed from Joseph Campbell’s mythic work on the Hero’s Journey. Students learn what it means to be a hero, how to take on personal heroic challenges, and how to problem solve through mediation and non-violent communication.
First and second grade students learn about art, culture, and the natural world in their explorations of continents and cultures, offering a window to the world. This research is used to learn information as well as to spark imagination and curiosity about our global community. Emphasis is placed on cultivating a love of reading, deepening development of independent learners, increasing self-sufficiency with problem-solving skills, and developing the empathy, communication, and self-awareness to listen to others and express themselves authentically.
Our curriculum is designed to help students use critical and creative thinking skills to make connections across disciplines. Students are guided toward greater independence, as they deepen their understanding of core subject areas, using tools like Goals Notebook, Writer’s Workshop, Ted(talk) and Tea time to encounter new ideas and find inspiration in the inventions that have shaped the design of our modern world. Through Class Meetings and a more developed sense of the Design Thinking Process, students begin to shape their leadership skills within their classroom learning community.
The middle school program at Odyssey School guides 5th-8th grade students into developing more sophisticated inquiry as they sharpen their academic skills and begin to specialize their engagement with academic content. As they progress through the grades, students begin to honor the complex journey of individuation, self-discovery, and finding one’s voice for justice in the world. Together, these students build community, center in themselves, harness language, and learn to hold what is sacred. Our students grow through play, design, and thinking critically, creatively, and compassionately.
Odyssey High School
Odyssey High School is a small, hardworking community, in which students are inspired by life and are prepared to assume their authentic place within it. Our curriculum integrates real world applications with lectures, academic research, and creative expression. Our program exceeds NC University requirements, incorporates daily centering, mentoring, and Mysteries Council. Our graduates have gone on to college at Guilford, Pace, SCAD, UNC-Asheville, and Warren Wilson College, among others.