Odyssey, an educational program with a proven track record, works with motivated public school students to help improve their school performance and instill a love for life-long learning. Targeting Atlanta Public Schools students in grades 1-12 from disadvantaged communities, Odyssey offers a comprehensive summer program for nearly 400 students, focusing on a core academic curriculum, the arts, and exposure to critical thinking skills. Odyssey encourages students to embark upon a quest for knowledge and a journey toward higher education.
Offering educational enrichment to children who might otherwise not have access to these experiences has always guided Odyssey’s program. All programs, offered for only a $35 registration fee as a sign of a family’s committee, are held on the campus of The Westminster Schools for six weeks each summer. Transportation from local elementary schools or from the Arts Center MARTA station is provided, as are lunch and snacks. Elementary children also receive breakfast.
Odyssey’s program targets students who may need the extra push, the nurturing environment, and the sense of community that a multi-year summer program like Odyssey can provide. We focus on families from Title I schools for whom education is important and on students who are willing to make the commitment to Odyssey for multiple summers.
2016-2017 Board of Directors
Marni Mohr, Chair
Brian Kirsch, Vice Chair
Leslie Hazle Bussey
Rayford L. Davis
Jason F. Esteves
Amy Kim Gira
Catherine Mitchell Jaxon
Jennifer P. Latz
Deborah Penley Miller
John F. “Sandy” Smith
Steven I. Woodard
“Odyssey has made a difference in my life. At first I thought it would be all play but instead it was hard work. I really appreciated that. I learned so much, many of things I had never even heard of before.”
-Odyssey 9th Grader
“My son has always been a very strong math student and struggled a little bit with reading. In fact, he had been referred to an Early Intervention Program in the 2nd grade and did not pass the reading portion of the Milestones for 3rd grade. Well good news... his reading stamina has greatly improved to where he will now read for an hour each day without prodding. I just spoke with his teacher at school and he has been placed in the Highest Level reading group this year! I know that Odyssey Atlanta was able to help with this achievement by providing enrichment over the summer!”
- Letter from Odyssey Parent
Before I came to Odyssey, I kept to myself, Odyssey helped me come out of my shell. Odyssey’s teachers are so nice, funny, and interactive. I also used to struggle at math and now it’s my favorite subject. Odyssey did that for me. It gives me a head start for the school year.”
- Odyssey 8th Grader
“In the summer you might have a tendency to get lazy, but Odyssey doesn’t let you slack off and it really helps you maximize your full potential as a student and as a young adult in general.”
- Odyssey alumna
The costs of running Odyssey each summer are significant, but we are able to provide a best-in-class experiences to our students each summer through the incredible generosity of corporations, foundations, and individuals who donate financial resources, time, and in-kind support.
The Atlanta Public Schools provides many of the teachers for our program, support in recruiting students, access to educational data, and significant transportation assistance.
The Westminster Schools hosts all Odyssey programs provides in-kind donations in the form of facilities, technical assistance, and support services.
Invesco provided in-kind support in the form of event facilities. Ben Rose Photography, Reggie Wilborn, and Jonathan Beacher provide in-kind professional services.
The third annual Odyssey 5K Run was held on June 9, 2017. Over 175 runners joined us for this event around the scenic campus of The Westminster Schools. Westminster’s favorite “Wildcat Announcer” Scoot Dimon emceed the morning and runners were warmed up by fitness guru Zakiya Alta Lee. After tackling the hilly, chipped-time course on a hot summer morning, runners were treated with cheers from Odyssey’s students along the course and King of Pops and dTox Juice across the finish line. Special thanks to our sponsors and army of volunteers who helped make the event a fun, safe, and successful morning.
Thank you to the Quest Run Sponsors
Summa Cum Laude Level
Magna Cum Laude Level
Atlanta Orthodontic Specialist | UPS
Cum Laude Level
Enterprise Holdings | Momar Inc
Baby Pibu | Network 1 Consulting | Owenby Jones
PURE Insurance | Within Reach Education |
Wynden Capital Management
Thank you to our In-Kind Partners
West Stride | Chick- fil-A | Westminster
dTox | Peros Pizza | King of Pops
Ginny & Charles Brewer
Dione & Rayford Davis
Amy Kim Gira & John Gira
Rand & Seth Hagen
Catherine & J.J. Jaxon
Chambless & Tony Kalka
Carrie & Whit Lanier
Barbara Levy & Emily Levy Heimermann
Marni & Julian Mohr, Jr.
Ashley & Prescott Miller
Swati & Rahul Patel
Alden & Carter Potts, Jr.
Edith & Michael Rogers
Steve & Kimberly Tye
Odyssey Field Trips
While the majority of Odyssey’s academic learning takes place in the classrooms on the Westminster Campus, field trips and career exploration are an important part of Odyssey’s work.