This research will help us secure more funding, which means providing more opportunities for more scholars to participate in our program.
Odyssey's mission is to expand the ambitions of Atlanta students and empower them on a successful journey to college and a fulfilling career. Odyssey, is a multi-summer educational program serving public school students from among Atlanta's most economically disadvantaged communities. Our motto is "A quest for knowledge, a path to college." By preserving academic momentum achieved during the school year, Odyssey promotes ambition towards higher education and inspires a love for life-long learning.
Held on the campus of The Westminster Schools in Buckhead, Odyssey offers a cost-free, academic full-day, 5 to 6 week summer enrichment program for nearly 400 students each year. This existing program has been in operation since 2005. We hire highly qualified and award-winning teachers from all across Atlanta who teach an academic curriculum grounded in reading, writing, and math. Odyssey is a leader in academic design thinking and project-based learning. Each grade level curriculum is founded on a theme; this theme helps govern what texts are taught, what field trips are attended, and what projects are completed. Each year, 100% of Odyssey seniors graduate on time, in contrast to 79% of APS students. All of them have been admitted into a college of their choice, and many have received full academic scholarships. Odyssey is committed to providing the skills and tools that our students will need to successfully navigate the college application process. Students in grades 9-12 take the PSAT and ACTs during the summer, they visit college campuses, meet with college counselors and financial aid officers. Rising seniors are also matched with mentors who will help guide them through the college application process through the school year. Our goal at the conclusion of each summer is for Odyssey scholars to be prepared to begin their school year, prepared to tackle the next grade with confidence and a passion for learning.