Odyssey Heights is a 21st Century private school in downtown Toronto for girls in Grades 7-12 both with and without: giftedness, dyslexia, anxiety/emotional sensitivity, or select other IEP support needs.
We welcome applications from girls who love small classes & personal attention, horses, visual arts (including knitting, weaving, and other fibre arts!), hands-on science, nature, and spending time learning with their peers in the outdoors, and have a positive, caring, and kind character.
Odyssey Heights is the only girls school in Canada with an equestrian curriculum (Natural Horsemanship; English, Western, Obstacles/Extreme Cowboy, Bitless/Bridleless, and Trail Riding; Overnight Backcountry Trips; Liberty/Free Jumping; Harmony Horsemanship Certification; Equine Rescue; Stable Management; & Equine Science).
The equestrian curriculum, outdoor/nature focused curriculum-linked fieldwork trips (every Friday), and the six screen-free multi-day overnight trips each year are included in tuition as part of the interdisciplinary and hands-on, Agriculture and the Environment courses.
Students do all the cooking on the overnight trips (including the spring 2021, Alberta Rockies backcountry horseback riding trip), and organize their own completely student planned trip in June. The student planned trip in June involves all aspects of trip planning: budgeting, researching, menu planning, food shopping, scheduling, risk management & safety, communicating, navigating to the trip location with road maps (not GPS), and lots of real world math such as calculating transportation, food, gear rental, activity, and accommodation costs.
All students take the Ministry of Education in France’s highly engaging and effective DELF Junior French curriculum specifically designed for teens to communicate socially and travel in French speaking regions and countries. The small classes of just 4-8 students are arranged by French skill and experience level (not age/grade) allowing all students (even those with dyslexia) to graduate functionally bilingual in French - in time for their student-planned graduation trip to France.
Our partnership with Blyth Academy provides our grade 9-12 students with a choice of over 100 OSSD credit courses taught by Ontario Certified Teachers and individual and small group academic coaching by OHS teachers, plus SAT and AP exam prep courses. It also allows our Grade 8s opportunities to do Reach Ahead high school credit courses.
OHS has a No Homework Ever! policy. All work (including credit courses through Blyth) is done at OHS with the guidance and support of Odyssey Heights teachers.
The school day starts at 10:30am allowing teens to get a healthy amount of sleep, decreasing the morning stress for parents of getting their teens up and on their way to school, and a less hectic & quicker post-rush hour morning commute.
Odyssey Height students graduate high school with three diplomas: 1) Either their Odyssey Heights Secondary School Diploma, or Honours Odyssey Heights Secondary School Diploma; 2) their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) from Blyth Academy; and 3) either their B.1 or B.2 DELF Jr. French Language Diploma from the Ministry of Education in France. (The B.2 DELF Jr. diploma allows students to apply to Francophone universities, including ones in Canada, France, and other French speaking countries.). Universities have been recruiting OHS students since before our school even opened.
Our world does not need more test-takers, memorizers, or followers. Now more than ever, we need critical thinkers, entrepreneurs, creative problem solvers and doers.
Odyssey Heights School for Girls meets the challenges of girls in the 21st Century by applying current cognitive neuroscience research, kindness, & a healthy dose of common sense to develop: Resilience, Empowerment, Academics, Creativity, & Health in all our students. Odyssey Heights girls R.E.A.C.H. higher, & have the skills, confidence, compassion, tenacity, & bravery to succeed in life.
We’re Moving to The Annex right by Spadina Station this September! Nous Passons à l’Annexe en Septembre!
24 Spadina Road, Just north of Bloor Street, Inside Alliance-Français, Toronto, Ontario
We’re one block from Spadina TTC station, the JCC, and University of Toronto Schools (UTS), across the street from Taddle Creek Montessori (toddler to grade 6), and only a 5-10 minute subway ride from Union Station.
Our home for the Equestrian Curriculum is Partridge Horse Hill, in the beautiful Kawartha Lakes area, in the small town of Pontypool, just 75-90 minutes from our Toronto campus. We're thrilled to be working with Lindsey Partridge and her community of coaches and staff. Partridge Horse Hill is a very special place that specializes in Natural Horsemanship, and an amazingly wide range of lessons and events. https://partridgehorsehill.com @PartridgeHorseHill
For the 2019-2020 school year, the majority of available spaces are in grades 7 & 8, with a couple in grade 9 & 10. We are still accepting applications for September 2019 entry. Please note that grades 11 & 12 will be added after 2020. We welcome school tour and admissions information requests by families of all school aged girls.