A Truly Unique School
What if there was a school...
that starts after 10am giving students more time to sleep?
where every day starts with fitness, yoga, Pilates, or dance?
where there is "No Homework Ever!" and no need to hire tutors or learning coaches because girls work at their own pace (often with their friends) being guided though online courses with Odyssey Heights teachers being their learning coaches?
that emphasizes real-life, hands-on, engaging and challenging learning experiences in the outdoors?
where 25-35+ overnight trip days are included in tuition?
that has an OE3 Outdoor Ecological and Experiential Education program that provides enrichment for the Ontario Curriculum
where all students participate in a school-wide, curriculum-linked equestrian program?
that has a 10:1 student-to-teacher in class ratio (not just the "on staff" ratio that some other schools use to mislead to parents)?
that specializes in both the arts and the sciences?
that has team-taught, multi-age learning communities that function like an extended family?
Where individualized teaching, and very French small classes of 4-10 students, ensures that all girls graduate functionally fluent in French - in time for the graduation trip to France?
that provides an integrated, supportive, and challenging university preparatory curriculum for students with giftedness and students with anxiety, learning disabilities, ADHD, & depression.
that has had universities recruiting it's graduates even before the school's first year of operation?
that is one of the only secondary schools in Canada to use the research proven Montessori method that's produced leaders in both the arts as sciences including: the founders of Google, Wikipedia andAmazon; Julia Childs; Anne Frank; Sean "P. Diddly" Combs; George Clooney; and several Nobel Prize and Grammy Award Winners?
Well now there is. Welcome to Odyssey Heights School for Girls, opening in midtown Toronto in 2018. Apply now, or request more information by contacting the director and founding principal Ms. Elizabeth McCready at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 416-556-4079.
New for 2019-2020!
After the first few months of Odyssey Heights we’ve learned a great deal about what works for our students, and what can be changed to make the program even better. This website and other online information is being updated over the next few weeks. Here are some highlights:
Significantly lower tuition and fees make Odyssey Heights affordable for more families
New central location at Yonge and Bloor will make travelling to and from Odyssey Heights accessible to more girls. It will also and make visiting the ROM and doing schoolwork at the Toronto Reference Library more often possible. (This is something that our high school students have requested.) Starting at 10am means missing rush hour! Here are some common TTC and GO commuting times to/from our new location.
Yonge Lawrence Village: 25 min TTC
Davisville/Summerhill: 15-25 minutes
Leaside: 25-25 minutes TTC
Leslieville: 28-35 minutes TTC
The Beaches: 28-44 minutes TTC
Forest Hill/Rosedale/Moore Park: 15-35 minutes TTC
High Park/Bloor West Village: 18-25 minutes TTC
North York: 25-35 minutes TTC
Long Branch/Etobicoke: 40-50 minutes TTC
905 area: Mississauga (Clarkson GO)/Mississauga (Square One)/Oakville GO/Whitby GO: 51-65 minutes via GO and TTC
Weekly visits to the Toronto Reference Library and/or the ROM.
Ice skating at Nathan Phillips Square once a week during winter. Ice skating a very fun and social physical activity. It will also help us get ready for the 1.3km skating trail at Arrowhead Provincial Park.
POGO (Project Or Going Out) days are now on Fridays instead of Wednesdays. This is at the request of our older students parents who have found that their daughters need to sleep in after a full day of hiking or horseback riding. Also our dancers often don’t have company classes on Fridays so they can stay for the whole day and not have to leave at 2:30 or 3pm.
Student Planned POGO Days: With the new student council activity fund, girls can organize their own POGO Day activities at least 3x/year. The options are endless - especially being in the Yonge and Bloor area - ceramic painting, art parties, musicals, glass blowing, sailing lessons, harbour cruises, paddle boarding, Toronto Zoo, escape room, dance workshops, opera, AGO, Niagara Falls, ballet performances, rock climbing, golfing/mini-golfing, tennis lessons, bowling, movie nights, HotDocs, and more.
Flexible attendance option (with lower fees) for pre-professional dancers and high performance athletes
All Ontario Secondary Credit courses will be delivered though the Independent Learning Centre (ILC) with Odyssey Heights teacher will be learning coaches for students. The benefits include:
A much wider range of accredited Ontario credit courses than what a small school could usually provide.
Flexible start and end dates for each course
An even lower teacher to student ratio for credit courses.
For each credit course there is the Ontario certified ILC teacher doing the unit planning and assessments and an Odyssey Heights teacher focused on providing individualized support and enrichment for each student.
Students can miss significant number of days of school due to mental health and not be at risk of not being awarded a credit because they don’t have enough instructional hours.
**Our wonderful Ministry of Education school inspector suggested this model as a way to provide high quality accredited credit courses, with the flexibility that our students need, and as a way to free up Odyssey Heights teachers’ time to focus on support and enrichment instead of marking, unit planning, and inspection paperwork.
We can accept new students at any time during the school year. As we are the only girls school focused on supporting girls with giftedness, anxiety, depression, and learning disabilities, this is really important. We can now accept girls whenever they need to change schools, and not just at the beginning of a new school year.
July summer camp and academic coaching for ILC Ontario Secondary credit courses