Since opening its doors in 2006, finding adequate classroom and support space was the single biggest challenge facing Odyssey’s staff on a daily basis. Over its first eight years, Odyssey needed tens of thousands of square feet of additional space for educational instruction, physical education, and sport activities programming.
In February 2015, on the strength of its financial viability and long-term revenue projections, Odyssey secured a $34 million tax exempt bond, which made possible the purchase of a portion of the Barley Mill Office Complex for $25 million. Odyssey’s new campus now encompasses 36 acres and six buildings. Odyssey School has consolidated all of its operations at Barley Mill Plaza. It presently occupies three buildings (#20, #21 and #22) for Grades K – 9. These three buildings were completely retrofitted in 2015 and 2016. Extensive work was simultaneously performed to create high school–level athletic fields and a large playground for students in grades K – 4. This initial facilities plan was accomplished on time and within budget.
In addition, to generate revenue for Odyssey, one of the remaining three vacant buildings—Building #26—has been rented to another charter school. Building #27 is now also being marketed for rental to a charter school for occupancy in August 2017.
These building utilization initiatives represent only the first step of our long-term Master Plan to create a multi-purpose educational campus.
At Odyssey this second-language instruction is
incorporated daily into mathematics, history, music,
and even physical education. These subjects are taught
by credentialed instructors from Greece, supplemented
by Greek-American teachers selected for their high
academic qualifications plus their expertise in Greek
language and culture.