WATCH: Odyssey Charter School Names New Wellness and Performing Arts Center in Honor of Founder Constance Ortiz
By Space Coast Daily // October 7, 2020
Odyssey Charter School was founded in 1999
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Odyssey Charter School recently held a Grand Opening and Building Naming Ceremony and dedicated the new wellness and performing arts center to Odyssey Founder Constance Ortiz.
Ortiz was recognized by the Odyssey Board of Directors for her 21 years of heart-led and dedicated service to the children and families of Palm Bay.
During the special ceremony center court in the new gymnasium, Odyssey board members honored Ortiz by officially naming the new wellness and performing arts center the “Constance Ortiz Wellness and Performing Arts Centre.”
“Thank you, Ms. Constance, for building these beautiful spaces for our students where they can strive to reach their full potential in all areas of life,” Odyssey board members said during the dedication ceremony.
“The students love everything from the real hardwood floors in the Varsity-level gymnasium, the great lighting that comes into the daylit art and ceramics studio, the dynamic sound that can be made in the huge band room, the performances that can be planned in the Keyboarding and Drama lab, and the fun that can be had in the outdoor green amphitheater and the shade sail outdoor classroom. They are also excited for the new track and field coming later this month.”
Odyssey Charter School was founded in 1999 in a church building and has grown to nearly 2,000 students in preschool through high school on two beautiful school campuses.
Odyssey’s flagship “green” school is located in Bayside Lakes, a Planned Unit Development, in the heart of Palm Bay.
Holistic Education Program
The school offers a holistic education program that showcases Montessori in the early years within a beautifully designed school environment. Odyssey’s “green” school building is located on 9.4 acres and everything about this campus is designed with the child in mind.
“The mission of Odyssey is to help students reach their full potential within a holistic education framework—we strive to develop the whole child,” said Ortiz.
“So we search for programs that will help our students develop as individuals as well as educational programs that will truly educate our students with the highest standards of academic achievement. Whether your child is in one of our Montessori early childhood classrooms or conducting STEM field studies in Middle School, our goal is always to provide rigor within safe and caring learning environments. We also seek to provide a highly qualified and trained teaching faculty so that we as a school community can help our students develop skills of analysis, critical thinking and advanced problem-solving ability.
SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Odyssey Charter School recently held a Grand Opening and Building Naming Ceremony and dedicated the new wellness and performing arts center to Odyssey Founder Constance Ortiz.
Odyssey’s second campus houses the junior and senior high school and is located two miles away in Palm Bay. This 95,000 square foot school facility is located on 20 acres, including plenty of field space and woods for outdoor field studies. The facility sports several computer labs, a science lab, media center and plenty of indoor and outdoor space for students to learn, grow and achieve.
The Odyssey “Whole School-Whole Child” education model combines the best practices in holistic education and child development with the best practices in healthy living and environmental stewardship.
“The school’s aim is to help each child reach full potential by providing learning environments that both nurture the health of children and strive to create a healthier world for them to inherit through the essential elements of wellness, connections to nature, sustainability, experiential learning and physical exercise,” said Ortiz.
Preparing Future Leaders
Programs like “Positive Discipline in the Classroom” allow classroom communities to grow authentically and together in mutual respect, so that healthy classroom and school cultures are developed where real learning can take place.
Through experiences within real classroom communities, we are preparing our students with a strong foundation for future leadership in the larger world community.
“We know that when students know the level of our caring and when we form honest and respectful connections with them, trust is developed and our students grow beautifully,” said Ortiz.
The elementary school campus is located at 1755 Eldron Blvd. SE in Palm Bay; and the Jr./Sr. high school campus is at 1350 Wyoming Dr. SE in Palm Bay. For information, log on to OdysseyCharterSchool.com or call 321-345-4117.