Parent and Student FAQs
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. In order to receive this massive scholarship applicants must fill out an anonymous demographics questionnaire while filling out their online application.
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 commitment 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. If you know that you cannot participate in the entire program, please do not submit an application. Students who do not complete the program, for any reason, cannot reapply.
How do the students get to and from The Westminster Schools?
Odyssey contracts private yellow school buses solely for Odyssey scholars in grades 1-6. Buses will pick up the younger Odyssey students at designated elementary schools within the metro-Atlanta area. 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. Odyssey has designated staff to meet students each morning at the ARTS MARTA station.
How do I sign up my child?
Odyssey actively recruits students that attend Atlanta Public Schools; however students from all over the Atlanta area may apply, so long as the understand the transportation arrangement (above). All students will need to complete an online application. New Students will also need to submit their most recent report card (if applicable), a New Student Recommendation Form, and a short essay (appropriate for each age group). Odyssey highly recommends having these additional documents prepared BEFORE the application process is started.
What if my child didn’t complete a year, but wants to reapply?
A student that did not successfully complete a summer at Odyssey, is welcome to reapply, but must reapply as a NEW student. The student will need to be accepted on their own merit, in the same pool as other new applicants. For example, a student missed more than three days and therefore did not successfully complete Odyssey, may reapply in a subsequent year, but will need to reapply as a NEW student using the New Student Application.
Please keep in mind that a student who was dismissed for poor behavior or other behavioral or disciplinary charges may not reapply. Offenses such as stealing, bullying, fighting, or sexual harassment are expulsionary offenses and a student who engages in said activities cannot return to Odyssey.
How are students chosen to participate in Odyssey’s 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. These students enjoy being challenged and are goal oriented; they enjoy extracurricular activities and the ability to learn new skills.
The selection committee looks closely at the student’s recommendations as well as at the student application and report card. Students need to be able to articulately express themselves in their application and application essay. New Students will also have to complete an essay, or other creative medium depending appropriate for their grade level.
I have a RETURNING student & a NEW student. What do I do?
Odyssey gives priority placement to returning students. As long as a student successfully completes the Return Student Application and returns it to Odyssey with payment by the posted deadline, they will be accepted back into the program.
New Students need to ensure they are diligently completing the application process and returning it with the necessary supporting documents by the deadline in order to be considered. Having a sibling that is already a confirmed participant of Odyssey, does not constitute special treatment or priority placement within the program. Each student must be admitted into Odyssey on their own merit.