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Thank you for participating in Odyssey's 2021 Admissions cycle. Decisions for 2021 will be announced mid-March.

Application Deadline extended until February 21st!

Check School Times

Can you attend starting in June at these times?

Students must adhere to the attendance policy or risk their status in the program. Scholars cannot miss more than 3 days and are expected to complete the entire program.

Odyssey Grades 1-6
June 7 to July 16, 2021 | Monday-Friday | 8:30AM-2:45PM

Odyssey Grades 7 and 8
June 7 to July 16, 2021 | Monday-Friday | 8:30AM-2:45PM

Odyssey Grades 9-11
June 7 to July 9, 2021 | Monday-Friday | 8:30AM-2:45PM

Odyssey Rising Seniors (R12th)
June 7 to July 3, 2021 | Monday-Friday | 8:30AM-2:45PM *Seniors will experience an overnight 3-day out-of-state college tour trip during the final week of the program.

Write Essay Before Starting Application

Short Essay | Video Introduction

The required essay portion of the application is copied and pasted into the application. Uploads are not permitted. This essay must be successfully completed before your application will be considered by the selection committee. Odyssey strongly recommends working on your essay before you begin the application so it can be reviewed and edited prior to beginning the form. Odyssey’s software does not check spelling or grammar. Do not worry about formatting, as the system will not accept it. Instead, Odyssey is more concerned with age-appropriate spelling, sentence structure, grammar, and creativity.

Odyssey’s required essay is your opportunity to show the selection committee your personality as well as your writing style. You will not be penalized for writing over the limit, but keep it reasonable. Essays that are too short will not be considered. Odyssey highly recommends reviewing and editing your essay before submission.

NEW: All first-time students will also submit a brief 2-3 minute introduction video. This is designed to give each applicant the opportunity to personalize their application and stand out in their own unique ways. The introduction video plays an important role in the placement process. It is essential that you put effort and care into creating a video that presents the best first impression of you. It demonstrates your communication style, presentation savvy, and provides Odyssey an opportunity to get to know you on a more personal level.

Click to Read Odyssey Introduction Video Instructions and Tips.


  1. Select a RISING grade level below (i.e. current 6th graders complete their essay and application as a RISING 7th grader.)
  2. Applicants need only to choose ONE of the topics from the choices given and write your essay about it.
Rising 1st and 2nd Grades
Essays should be between 1 & 2 paragraphs. You will not be penalized for lengthier essays. Photos (if applicable) should be embedded in the final document. Essays may be typed by an adult AS LONG AS the ideas are portrayed directly from the child.

Choose ONE of these topics…

  1. What color is your passion, and why?
  2. What scares you? What makes you happy?
  3. We’ve seen cute and cuddly dragons, mean and vicious dragons, and noble dragons. What does your pet dragon look like? What does it eat? Describe its personality. Is it big or small?
  4. Take a picture, and then write a paragraph over the significance of the picture. Be sure the picture and paragraph can be viewed on the same document.
Rising 3rd, 4th and 5th Grades
Essays should be between 150-350 words. You will not be penalized for lengthier essays.

Choose ONE of these topics to write about…

  1. What do you dream about? Be creative. Don’t limit yourself to the physical world.
  2. How can you personally make the world a better place and combat negativity or hatred, no matter how small the act?
  3. Imagine you have super powers. What powers do you possess? Are you a super villain or a super hero? Do you try and keep them secret, or does everyone know?
  4. What can you teach others?
  5. What color is your passion, and why?
Rising 6th Grade to Rising 12th Grade
Essays should be between 250-500 words. You will not be penalized for lengthier essays.

Choose ONE of these topics to write about…

  1. What can you teach others?
  2. What determines an action or person as good or evil? Who decides what or who is good or evil? Are people inherently good or inherently evil?
  3. What is one of the biggest problems facing our world today? What do you think needs to happen to resolve it?
  4. What drives you to be creative or artistic? How does it affect the world?

Student ID Number

Get Your School’s Student ID #

The public school your child attends assigns a student ID number to each student (this is not a photo ID card). Applicants are required to enter their unique Student ID Number while completing an application. The most common place to find your child’s Student ID Number is on the child’s progress/report cards and is also visible on the school’s student-parent online portal. Many students also use their Student ID Numbers as their Lunch ID Numbers.

If you are having difficulty locating a student ID number, please contact your school. Home schooled or private school applicants may contact Odyssey’s main office (404-367-5150) to receive a generic number to apply.

New Student Recommendation Form

Know the email address for your community leader or school teacher

Every new student must enter on the Odyssey application the name and email address of your community leader or school teacher who will write a recommendation. Odyssey will email your leader/teacher our recommendation form to complete.

Odyssey is most impressed with recommendations submitted by community leaders that know the applicant well. These include, but are not limited to: teachers, Girl/Boy Scout leaders, tutors/mentors, youth leaders, school staff, etc.

School Report Card

Have Your Latest Report Card Handy

As part of the application process, every scholar must have a report card on file from the current academic year. It is preferred to have an uploaded file of the official report card. However, if you are unable to save a file, we also accept screenshots of the student-parent portal, progress reports, or clear cell phone images of the report.

If these options are not doable, we’ll email a special link to your SmartPhone that allows you use your phone’s camera to take a photo of your latest school report card and send it to us.

Please upload your transcript to-date. Why? Odyssey Seniors work on their college apps during the summer program. Uploading your transcript now will ensure Odyssey can print as many copies as you’ll require for completing applications over the summer. Be proactive, if we don’t have your transcript on file and you’re selected, you will be responsible for providing your own copies of your transcript during the program dates.


Ready to Apply Online

You’re Ready to Apply Online

Fill out the New Student Application online, ensuring spelling and grammar mistakes are minimal.

Please do not use ALL CAPS or all lowercase while completing the form. Capitalize proper nouns, addresses, etc.

Provide a valid email to receive your confirmation email.

Email inquiries to Carissa Engelbert at: carissaengelbert@odysseyatlanta.org. Emails are preferred over phone calls. We are always willing to help dedicated applicants complete a thorough and expressive application.


Applications can be submitted from November 2nd, 2020 until February 22nd, 2021.

Time Until Applications Begin








Applications are accepted from November 15th, 2017 until February 16th, 2018. Recommendations will be accepted up to ten (10) days past the deadline. All decisions will be emailed and mailed on or before March 15th, 2018. Please ensure you provide reliable contact information when completing your application.