A Proud Greek Heritage
For many years, the leaders of Wilmington’s Greek-American community had talked about--dreamed about—founding a very special school. Their vision was to excite students about learning and position them to succeed in life through teaching and celebrating Greek language and culture.
In 2004, the leaders of AHEPA Chapter 95 (American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association) began an initiative to create Delaware’s first foreign-language/math-focused elementary charter school. Through their commitment and financial support, Odyssey Charter School opened its first educational facility just two years later in September 2006, matriculating students in grades K – 2.
Today, with 1,440 children in grades K – 9, Odyssey is Delaware’s first dual-language school where modern Greek is taught as a second language. Each day, students in all grades receive 45 minutes of language and 45 minutes of mathematics—a total of 7.5 hours weekly.
Of Odyssey’s 84 teachers, 18 are native Greek speakers. The skills learned through this dual-language instruction have enabled Odyssey’s students to exceed every required performance standard of the Delaware Department of Education.
Because of Odyssey’s well-deserved reputation for providing children a high quality education, some 1,212 applicants are presently on our waiting list. Admissions are governed by a lottery system, which has resulted in a diverse student population representing a high percentage of minority and low-income families.
The Vital Role of the Greek Language at Odyssey Charter School
Greek was integral to the development of the English language. From its alphabet to the direct adoption of thousands of words, especially in the sciences and mathematics, English is intimately linked to Greek. Students who learn Greek easily recognize the many roots and building blocks in our English vocabulary that have come from the Greek lexicon.
Accolades Earned, Testimony to Odyssey’s Quality Education