We welcome applications from girls without and with IEPs and giftedness. (Yes, we accept girls without special needs/giftedness too who just love the Odyssey Heights experience and meet the criteria below.) Girls have to be academically capable of participating in our enriched curriculum - with appropriate supports and accommodations. They must demonstrate that they will be positive members of our learning community.
Admissions decisions for all girls are based on:
above average academic achievement in at least some areas
kindness and caring for/about others
a commitment to taking care of themselves
summer camp experience
personal interests and hobbies,
passion/love of/kindness towards animals
reference letters and followup interviews with current/past teachers/principals/coaches, etc.
a portfolio of an applicant's work and interests (optional for 2019-2020, but welcome)
space and overall fit of the incoming cohort of applicants with each other
fit of a student's family with the school community
SSAT Character Snapshot (optional for 2019-2020, required for 2020-2021 admissions): https://ssat.org/snapshot. Taking the full SSAT isn’t required to take the Character Snapshot.
standardized test scores (Yes, we'll consider them, but SSAT/ISEE/PSAT/SAT/ACT results, ... aren't given much weight)
Girls with IEPs will also have their learning needs and past access/lack of access to appropriate supports considered during the admissions process. Consideration/flexibility on academic achievement will be given to girls who have not had appropriate supports and accommodations at their present school.
A transition program consisting of additional hours and remedial math and/or The Logic of English program is available for girls who are not yet working at grade level due to a previous lack of supports. The program ideally starts in the July term of their entrance year. Please click here for more information on the transition program.