School Details

Odyssey Day School

11 Paul Ave, Wakefield, MA 01880
(781) 245-6050

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-8 120 students 6 students/teacher (MA avg is 14)

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About this school

Odyssey Day School is a private middle school in Wakefield. The principal of Odyssey Day School is Margaret Douglas, whose e-mail is 120 students attend Odyssey Day School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Native American or Native Alaskan. The ratio of students to teachers at Odyssey Day School is 6:1. St Joseph School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 88% %
Asian 4% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 3% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% %
Hispanic 3% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0% %
Multiracial 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    My son loves going to Odyssey Day School. He is free to be himself because his individuality and uniqueness is respected at this school.

  • (5 months ago)

    This school saved my children. Public school was crushing their spirit and Odyssey gave them a new enthusiasm for life and education. The teachers are caring dedicated and go way beyond what is required. The opportunity for intellectual exploration and launching each child as far as their talent can guide them is extraordinary. If you want a sweet kind ethical and wholesome environment for your kids I can't recommend it enough. The other parents are are invested in the school and are a pleasure to interact with - highly energetic and fascinating people who all have a common goal - the raising of smart motivated responsible and principled children.

  • (5 months ago)

    Some adjectives Terrible Awful Disappointing unhelpful miserable. My child attended the school in the 2013-2014 school year and it was a terrible experience my child is still mentally recovering from as a person and a student. We didn't get at all what we were promised as parents and or child didn't get what we were promised as a student. They played bait and switch with the teaching situation. When we visited there was a single first and second grade teacher when school started instead it was a class room with 1 2 3 grade and two teachers. By October the 1st grade teacher who we had loved as gone and our child was left with a terrible teacher. This change of situation was never discussed with us as parents and we just had to accept it. My child and this replacement didn't mesh at all and we have slowly found out this teacher was mentally abusive to our child. The school never got a handle on this class room. In February they decided to split the classroom in two. This broke our child and their best friend and only motivating reason to even go to school apart. The teachers and administration wouldn't even discuss this situation with us. STAY WAY-UNTRUSTWORTHY

  • (6 months ago)

    Wa are very happy with Odyssey Day School! My son is in his 3rd year and is growing into a respectful intelligent confident empathetic and friendly person. Certainly much of that is due to the caring learning environment he is in at Odyssey. His teachers respect his opinions they listen to him. They help to design the curriculum around what the children are interested in and want to learn about. They make learning fun! We are so happy here.

  • (6 months ago)

    My oldest is about to finish up at Odyssey after a great experience. He came from public where the focus on rote practice and memorization had him bored to tears and fidgety. Odyssey presented him with a challenging meaningful curriculum. He had the opportunity to enter poetry contests and the American Math Challenge. The nurturing environment led to the formation of many good friendships. He will miss ODS when he is gone!

  • (10 months ago)

    We signed up for a grade 1-2 classroom and just after the withdrawal with refund date they announced it would be 1-3. My 1st advice is to visit and research all the teachers in case of a change. 2nd be very diligent in reviewing curriculum. My child had been highly successful with Singapore Math but the school uses Investigations. My child had used the 2 lined paper with the dotted line in the middle for handwriting for the previous 3 years. The switch to HWT actually made handwriting more difficult 3rd Private schools have nothing to prevent teachers from coming in physical contact with your child. We understand hugs but this also means that the physical grabbing of your child s chin and forcibly raising it to meet the teacher s eyes in front of you is acceptable. 4th If your child has a chronic condition be sure you are available to come dispense your child s medication. The classroom teachers are in charge of this and repeatedly forgot to give my child the inhaler per my child's asthma plan. Other private schools do force the parent to come in to dispense the medication when there is no nurse or allow the child to carry his or her own inhaler.

  • (1 year ago)

    When your kid says "I think Shakespeare is funny" you have to be happy with the rest of that conversation. The depth of learning is what I like best. Other things I like include The teachers really know the kids. The kids treat each other like siblings. They teach math and reading based on the individual's ability so that they all learn better. Older kids read to the younger kids. Every kid is on stage for a school play. The do a number of trips to places that expand the in class learning. I like that my kids have learned about art music and spanish. I think the school is run a little bit like a family meaning not perfect all the time. The one area that they could improve upon is communication.

  • (1 year ago)

    We love Odyssey. My son comes home every day happy exhausted and eager to tell us about everything he learned. I feel like the entire school knows my son and us it has a true feeling of community.

  • (1 year ago)

    f you are looking for child care DO NOT choose this place!! It is by far the WORST childcare facility I have ever came across!! Its utterly ridiculous!!

  • (1 year ago)

    Where to begin talking about Odyssey? My family has been involved with the small school for the past 9 years. Each of my children attended their preschool program and my daughter attended the kindergarten also. The nurturing love and attention that they each received has stayed with them for their entire life. Both of them consider Odyssey their home. My daughter enter public school in 1st grade with the skills of a second grader at her school. This school is a very deserving school for this grant. They run on a very tight budget and every penny donated to them goes back to the betterment of the students and program.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son loves Odyssey Day School. He started at ODS in the 5th grade after when we realized that the public school wasn't teaching him how to learn. He could not thrive in a school where the priority is standardized tests. At ODS learning takes place everywhere and in many forms. Field trips make the curriculum real and motivate the kids to want to learn more. The devoted teachers get to know each individual child and family. Teachers build on each child's strengths and can challenge each one to reach their potential. It is a safe and caring community which welcomes diversity. The tuition is very reasonable compared to other schools.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a parent of a grade school child and can not say enough good about the ODS family. The staff knows each child well is very caring and goes overboard to help each child succeed. In addition to this nurturing and safe environment the academics are very strong. Each child can learn at their own pace and many go above grade level if they are so inclined. There are many wonderful field trips that the children enjoy too. Due to the small class sizes the middle school environment is great. Lastly all of the staff from top down are attentive to parents concerns.

  • (2 years ago)

    Our son has been at ODS for grades 1-8. The teachers really connect with the kids. Class sizes are small and the kids get lots of individual attention. The staff alway make sure the kids have the resources they need to excel. In the middle school there is a focus on prepping for high school in academics organization and attitude. No matter what a child's strength everyone gets a well-rounded experience. ODS is an alliance between the staff and the families which fosters a sense of community. My wife and I have been very pleased with the extra work the teachers and board members do to prepare the kids for the high school admission process. The teachers are working tirelessly to help him get his CV and interviewing skills up to snuff and a board member is conducting mock admission interviews for the kids. While our son hopes to attend a high school with a strong engineering program other kids in his class are equally adept in areas such as literature math art and music. We are thoroughly pleased with ODS the staff the parents and the wonderful kids. I know that many of these people will be lifelong friends not just for my son but for my wife and I as well!

  • (4 years ago)

    Odyssey Day School is a small Independant school that provides an individualized creative model of educating students. My son has been at Odyssey since preschool and will graduate this year. He has grown into a confident outgoing young man with excellent critical thinking he says "I am so ready to go onto High School!" Odyssey is a school that offers competitive quality education within a caring nurturing environment!

  • (4 years ago)

    I have 2 children at the school. One in the elementary and one in the preschool and both love going to school. The teachers are incredible at helping to instill a love of learning an fostering an incredible sense of self-confidence. The academic program is experiential and hands on plus the teachers are able to alter the curriculum to help with developmental issues (on both ends of the spectrum). Gifted children and children with learning disability co-exist in the same classroom without disruption (and they actually learn how to help each other learn!)

  • (4 years ago)

    If you want a well educated child without the pressure cooker environment of other private schools. My child was reading Sheakespeare in 5th grade yet only thought it was a great story. I really appreciate that they can teach so much without making kids feel overwhelmed.

  • (4 years ago)

    Needs a new leader My son who went to Oddyssey for 4 years prior to kindergartne loved all his teachers and loved going to school. The teachers instilled a love for school which was the most important factor for staying at Odyssey. The "leader" of the school L is non-existant. The previous leader was always there knew the names of the students and parents She even stayed late a few days and made herself available for those parents who picked up late. The current person has never been there when I pick up I don't even think she knows who I am or who my children are. When I've contacted her about anything she is slow to respond if at all and does nothing to resolve any issues. Her newletters which should be about the children and the school may as well have been her personal facebook page.

  • (4 years ago)

    My son has been attending Odyssey for over a year and my other son is starting shortly. My son is in the preschool program and I have been so happy with the teachers and staff I can't say enough. Don't judge a book by the cover with Odyssey. It is a wonderful caring school and we have been thrilled with the preschool program. I think it is too small for elementary but excellent for preschool and preK.. Love it!!

  • (4 years ago)

    We can't say enough in the way of positive comments about this little gem of a school. Our granddaughter spent all eight of her elementary and middle school years at Odyssey Day School and experienced tremendous success in every academic area. She's a popular high school student now and is in the top 10% of her class academically thanks in part to the patient and knowledgeable staff who helped her work to her potential in a caring atmosphere. We really liked the school's sense of community and enjoyed many opportunities for socialization with other families. We found Odyssey very affordable thanks to tuition assistance but even if we hadn't qualified we would have found a way to send her to Odyssey. All in all five stars.

  • (4 years ago)

    Are you kidding? the tuition is exhorbitant. There are other schools in the area with better academic reviews and they cost 1/3 of oddysey's tuition.

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