School Profile

Odyssey School is an independent, coeducational day school serving students in grades 6 through 8. Odyssey was founded in 1997 by a group of students, parents, and teachers concerned about the lack of gifted educational programs for San Mateo County students during the formative junior high years. This group sought to create a school that would combine an innovative and challenging academic program with an environment responsive to the many needs of adolescent gifted students. Enrollment is limited to the middle grades and currently stands at 45. Odyssey School owns its main 3.5 acre campus in San Mateo while also renting out additional space at the Highlands Recreation Center just a few miles from the school’s “Base Camp.”

Odyssey School offers:

  • An outstanding, innovative teaching team that fosters a love of learning and a passion for living.
  • A challenging academic program that prepares middle school students to become successful in high school, college, and beyond.
  • An expeditionary educational program that stretches personal limits and builds self-­‐ confidence and teamwork in all participants by exposing students to wilderness challenges, international travel, and cultural diversity.
  • A creative arts program that provides exciting opportunities for individual creative expression and personal growth.
  • A community service program that teaches responsibility and caring for humankind and the environment.
  • A supportive community of students, teachers, parents, and trustees that encourages lifelong learning, enduring friendships, teamwork, and mutual respect.

Odyssey School is one of two CAIS-accredited, co-educational, independent, stand-alone middle schools in the state of California. Odyssey trustees, teachers, and parents firmly believe that the middle school years are critical in the development of academic, creative, and interpersonal skills. The faculty members at Odyssey are specialists in the developmental stages of adolescence.

Odyssey strives to develop in students an appreciation and enthusiasm for learning as well as an increased responsibility and personal involvement in local and global communities. Students leave Odyssey with an awareness of their personal strengths and weaknesses, an ability to advocate for themselves, a compassion towards others, environmental sensitivity, and an appreciation for individual creativity.