How much does the Odyssey program cost?
Odyssey charges a nominal $35.00 registration fee for each student accepted into the program. The actual cost per student, including transportation and meals, is significant–nearly $3,000. These expenses are covered by the generous donations and contributions of local foundations, businesses, and individuals; the Atlantic Public Schools; and The Westminster Schools.
How long does the Odyssey program last?
Odyssey is a six-week program. Odyssey High runs for five weeks. Each week consists of five activity-filled days beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m. (3:10 for Odyssey High students). Odyssey students and their families must make a committment to attending Odyssey. Students cannot miss more than 3 days of the program, regardless of whether or not the absences are excused. This dedication helps students reach their full potential and gain the most from the Odyssey summer program.
How do the children get to The Westminster Schools?
Buses provided by the Atlanta Public School system will pick up the younger Odyssey students at designated APS elementary schools. Parents may also drop off/pick up their students, and older students are allowed to drive themselves. If they choose, non-driving middle and high school students will receive MARTA cards to get to the Arts Center MARTA Station and then take a bus provided by Odyssey to The Westminster Schools.
How do I sign up my child?
Odyssey recruits students that attend Atlanta Public Schools. In order for a student in rising 6th through rising 12th grade to be admitted into the Odyssey program, they must first submit an application. Application forms can be downloaded from the application page. Students who are in rising 1st through rising 5th grades must be recommended by their schools in order to go through Odyssey recruitment. A listing of the Elementary schools with which Odyssey collaborates can be found here.
How do you pick the students that get to participate in the Odyssey program?
Admission is based on a variety of criteria. The Odyssey program is a focused program aimed to help the “middle third” students at Atlanta Public Schools. Our goal is to give students the extra help in the summer months so they can excel in the coming school year and improve their chances for college acceptance. The selection committee looks closely at teacher recommendations as well as at the student application.