Welcome to the Odyssey Charter Schools Online Middle School Program! We have provided a detailed description as well as a “Day in the Life” of your Odyssey middle school student. Here are some very specific details regarding our middle school program.
Every Odyssey Charter School student and parent attends an on campus orientation when they begin the program. Once orientation is complete, middle school students attend school a half day every week for either a morning or an afternoon session. Sessions are approximately four hours long. Students come the same day and time each week. Parents are given the opportunity to choose the days and times that are most convenient for them. Typically, the school is able to honor the requested day and time. Weekly attendance is required and often the best part of our program. The on campus class is required for the entire year. The teachers post assignments online for the student to complete each week.
Parents are required to work in partnership with their child to assist and supervise the completion of work. Varying degrees of parent participation will depend on the student, grade level, and learning styles. Easy access to the Internet at all times is required in order to complete program expectations. Printers are considered a valuable resource. Additionally, there are procedures in place for make-up sessions when students cannot attend their normal day.
Instruction takes place in each core content area (Math, Science, English, Reading, and Social Studies) during the time on campus with faculty. Most of the work is done while the student is home – Computer with Internet is a requirement.
Various opportunities are offered, including sixth through eighth accelerated core classes and high school level classes (for grade 8 students). The electives or non-core subject areas in grades 6 and 7 are predetermined based on the curriculum requirements and school-wide goals. Teachers are available to assist students on campus, through e-mail and via telephone. Eighth grade students may be able to take up to two high school core credits (Spanish and Algebra) after a counselor determines appropriate placement.
Middle School lab provides an opportunity for students (grades 6-8) to come on campus, outside of their regular class time and work on their assignments. Lab is open daily and staffed by middle school teachers who can provide additional assistance to students during the week. Middle School lab is for students who can work productively in a quiet environment.
Odyssey Charter Schools offers various test taking preparation classes throughout the year where students receive intensive practice in Math and English. Middle School extra-curricular activities usually occur on Fridays. There are many fun events for parents and students to attend during the year including skate night, math and literacy nights and trunk or treat. Come join us!
Whether you have a structured environment or prefer a more relaxed schedule for your child, here are a few examples of a day in the life of an Odyssey Charter Middle School student:
Middle School – Structured Schedule
You wake up at 9 a.m. because school doesn’t start till noon – that gives you time to get online and knock out some homework (with Mom’s help, of course) and make it to your 11:00 guitar lesson.
You grab some lunch then head to campus. Today it’s math, science, English, reading and social studies – all in four hours. It works out great because the classes are small and you get lots of one-on-one time with your instructor. Plus, you love your accelerated class, which you get to attend since you’re in the 8th grade.
You’re home by 5:30, and you have a question about tomorrow’s schoolwork, so you email your teacher. You’ve got your answer by 6:00, so you do an hour of work before dinner. You want to be extra prepared for class tomorrow, since you have science lab and you’d rather leave your Friday morning clear for extra-curricular. After dinner, you work up some ideas for literacy night, since you’re on the activities committee. You’re in bed by 10 – and you can’t wait for tomorrow.
Middle School – Relaxed Schedule
You’re up at 8 a.m. and popping a waffle into the toaster by 8:30. Mom joins you at the computer while you eat, going over your assignments for the week. The math work you got at school yesterday (your one day of the week on-campus) is sort of challenging, so Mom agrees to drop you by the school later in the afternoon for lab so you can get some one-on-one time with your instructor.
Your other schoolwork goes pretty smoothly so Mom says you can go to the skate park. You meet your friends there for an hour before it’s time head home for lunch.
After lunch, Mom drops you off at school for an hour. Now your math assignment makes more sense. And since you’ve done all your work for the day, you get to play Xbox One for an hour before dinner. Sweet!