Frequently Asked Questions

Is Odyssey Academy of Virtual Learning a public school?
Yes. We are a public charter school operated under a contract with Ripon Area School District.

What grade levels do you serve?
We serve students in four-year-old preschool through grade 12. Students entering preschool must be 4 years old by September 1st of the upcoming school year. 

Are there financial resources?
Yes, all students will receive an allotment.  This is as follows:
Grades K4 and KG:  $750
Grades 1-6:  $1,250
Grades 7-8:  $2,000
Grades 9-12:  $2,250

What is Project-Based Learning?
Project Based Learning (PBL) prepares students for academic, personal, and career success, and readies young people to rise to the challenges of their lives and the world they will inherit.  

Definition from PBL Works:
Students work on a project over an extended period of time- from a week up to a semester- that engages them in solving a real-world problem or answering a complex question.  They demonstrate their knowledge and skills by developing a public product or presentation for a real audience. 

As a result, students develop deep content knowledge as well as critical thinking, creativity, and communication skills in the context of doing an authentic, meaningful project.  Project Based Learning unleashes contagious, creative energy among students and teachers.

Will my child have to do "extra" projects?
Project Based Learning projects will be incorporated into Science and Social Studies (4K-6 grades).  There will be several project choices to choose from in the grade level instructional guides.  Parents/students can request to complete a project on a topic of interest or one they are currently studying in their curriculum at home.  They will focus on certain standards and processes per grade level.  These projects should be connected to their curriculum, not be "extra" work.

What is unique about Odyssey Academy?
Odyssey Academy offers parents and students voice and choice with the curriculum.  It is a unique learning opportunity between traditional online schools and brick and mortar schools.  Student’s education is customized to meet each learner’s needs through an Individualized Learning Plan that is developed with the teacher, parent, and students. 

How does the open enrollment process work?
Regular open enrollment is available from February until the end of April. Students applying to Odyssey Academy from outside the Ripon Area School District (non-resident) will need to open-enroll during this time period. For more information on open enrollment in Wisconsin or to complete a regular open-enrollment application, go to the Department of Public Instruction's open enrollment page.

What happens if my resident school district denies my request to enroll in Odyssey Academy?
See the Department of Public Instruction's web page on open enrollment denials for the most up-to-date information on this question.

When and how will I be notified if my family has been accepted into Odyssey Academy?
After the regular open-enrollment period ends in April, submitted applications will be reviewed at the district level. Non-resident applicants will be notified by the district in early June whether or not an application was approved. If approved by the Ripon Area School District and subject to space availability at specific grade levels, approved non-resident applicants will be asked to confirm their intent to attend the Ripon Area School District and enroll in Odyssey Academy. Once confirmed, Odyssey Academy will then send the approved non-resident applicant an Approved Student Enrollment Information form for the upcoming school year. This application must then be submitted in a timely manner to ensure that student's enrollment in Odyssey Academy.

Can students participate in student activities or clubs?
All Odyssey students are encouraged to participate in clubs and activities. It is our hope that through student and parent interest that we will form our own clubs at Odyssey. Realize, only full-time students with families who reside within the Ripon Area School District boundaries shall have access to WIAA education-based athletic programs at Ripon High School.

What social interaction will be available?
Social interaction is an important component of each child's well-being and development.  Online learning will include live interaction with the teacher and other students.  Field trips, classes, clubs, and activities will be an option based upon student/parent interest.

Can I take a class or two at Odyssey?
Yes...this is called Part-Time Open Enrollment (previously Course Options) and it allows you to take up to 2 classes through Odyssey and still remain in your current school.  Since Odyssey offers a variety of online courses that allow you to fit them into any schedule, many students have taken advantage of this opportunity. Click here or visit:  to find out more about this program.  

Do high school students earn a regular diploma? 

Can high school students attend the Ripon Area School District high school graduation ceremony?

Can high school students attend Ripon High School or their resident district classroom to take a class or two?

What courses will be offered in middle and high school?
All of the core classes at the middle and high school levels will be offered (English/Language Arts, Math, Science & Social Studies), which will also include Honors and Advanced Placement courses. Students will have a variety of electives to choose from, such as foreign languages, business and marketing, computer science, family and consumer education and many more.  Through our partnership with Wisconsin e-School Network, we will be able to offer over 500 courses to students at the secondary level. 

Is this school for "at-risk" students?
Possibly. The commitment of the parent to provide active participation and regular communication with their student's teacher is essential to the success of the student. Without this commitment, it is unlikely that a credit-deficient high school student or a student identified as “at-risk” can be successful in Odyssey Academy.

Will Odyssey accommodate students with an IEP?
Students enrolled in Odyssey Academy may be provided special education services under State Statute 118.51, open-enrollment. The Ripon Area School District retains the legal responsibility to meet all special education or related services provided by WI Statute 115.787. It is important to understand there are often situations where Odyssey Academy, and the virtual setting in general, may not be the best environment for a student with a disability. In this case, we will provide recommendations as to the optimum setting for your child if your child qualifies for and you are interested in special education services. These recommendations may or may not include services through Odyssey Academy.

Is there a selection process for students who wish to enroll in Odyssey Academy?
The enrollment limits are set each school year by the Governance Board and administration based on the projected number of applicants and the space available for the school. Considering that Odyssey Academy is a virtual school, the “space availability” is determined by the number of teachers on staff and the locations in which our students are residing. The Odyssey Academy Governance Board will determine the enrollment limits for 2019-2020 school year before the open-enrollment period in February of 2019. If there are more applicants than spaces available, we will conduct a selection process in May to determine which students will be eligible to enroll. Preference will be given to siblings of currently enrolled students.

When will the development of the Individual Learning Plan (ILP) take place?
Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) for students will be developed in the spring (for current students) and summer prior to the start of the school year. At this time, students and parents will meet with the assigned teacher(s) and develop the Individualized Learning Plan. The educational process is discussed and resources are selected to meet the specific needs of each student. 

How much involvement will parents have in their child’s education?  
Parents can choose to be as involved as much as they would like to be, or as little as they choose to be.  That choice is yours as the parent.

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