Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Odyssey Academy: Ranks 75th Best HS

   
US News & World Report ranks OA 75th best out of 22,000 public high schools.

WHAT is the purpose of a school-of-choice?

SCATS ~~ Will they be able to achieve Top 100 status after merging with Apollo? Not if it's a true merging ;)
 

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yep. the one shining star in Greece. The best high school in the county even beating Pittsford and Brighton this year. Hey, let's close it down or otherwise mess with it!

This is why we cannot have nice things in Greece.

SCATS said...

To 1:29PM ~~ Yup, things in Greece would be all hunky dory if only we could keep the riff-raff out of the schools and find kids from wealthy enough families they could buy their own dammned lunches. Then ALL our high schools would rank as highly as OA ;)

Anonymous said...

The BEST segregated school in the county!!! We should be proud!

Anonymous said...

Which begs the question: Why isn't OA a charter school rather than a SOC? Charter schools do what OA has done, but they do it more openly, with everyone getting a chance to send their children to it. TheyDO have to make commitments and their children do have to per\form academically, but it would be more transparent.

Anonymous said...

Couldn't help but notice that Greece other 3 high schools went totally unranked on that list. I didn't say they ranked low... Their listed as "unranked". BTW, I noticed that Olympia was listed as 45% economically disadvantaged compared to Odyssey's 17%. Also pretty telling that Odyssey sits at 10% minority to Olympia's 25%. There we have it, Greece's best performing high school vs. it's worst performing. Ms. Meyer and the pro-SOC crowd would have us believe that Odyssey's approach to education is the key to its success. Indeed, its a very interesting approach indeed. Some might even call it racist or classism.

I would imagine with its close proximity to Olympia, the new Odyssey's demographics will change DRAMATICALLY...right?

Anonymous said...

So SCATS I am inferring that you are saying schools are successful because of the type of family that attends them? Just wondering...it seems as if you are saying that wealth= student success. I don't want to put words in your mouth though...

SCATS said...

To 4:50PM ~~ My comment at 1:43PM was dripping sacrasm. I merely repeated what certain board members & DO staff would like us to believe. DO YOU BELIEVE??

Anonymous said...

I have never understood why it was never a goal to duplicate Odyssey. Any company having a department producing a product this good would be demanding the other departments do the same.

Not public education.

SCATS said...

To 5:43PM ~~ Because then it would lose its status as "special" and "elite." ;)

Anonymous said...

"keep the riff-raff out of the schools and find kids from wealthy enough families they could buy their own dammned lunches."

Looks like SCATS needs to go back to school and get some common sense! By this reasoning Pittsford should be the best school in Monroe county, not to mention how the other 22,000 schools would rank against Ody based on minority, wealth, etc.. There's obviously MORE going on at Ody than just wealthy families. Get some brains SCATS!

Anonymous said...

5:43 the answer is simple, because you can't duplicate the population attending, period. But of course you already knew that.

Anonymous said...

Copy the best. Steal the good ideas shamelessly. That was the way to success when I was working. Why NOT try it!!??!?!? We could duplicate the OA program, just as Rochester was trying to duplicate the SOTA success. WHY NOT???

SCATS said...

To 5:47PM ~~ I'll let you cut in line ahead of me for getting some brains. I never said the families were wealthy. I said wealthy enough to buy their kids' lunches, big difference there ;) You should TRY to keep up, too. My comment at 5:41 explained fully.

To 6:19PM ~~ BINGO!!! Greece's dirty little secret about schools-of-choice has been revealed. Remember, for 20+ yrs. we've been promised that the good things at West Ridge ( a learning laboratory, we were told) would be shared district-wide. It NEVER happened.

To 6:21PM ~~ GIVE IT UP ALREADY. We know you can't duplicate Odyssey's success unless you continue to discriminate regarding lottery winners. PREDICTION: IF the school consolidation is a true blending of school populations, ODYSSEY WILL NEVER BE IN THE TOP 75 SCHOOLS AGAIN IN THE NEXT 15 YEARS.

Anonymous said...

So SCATS are you saying that the success of a school ACTUALLY has something to do with the type of students who attend and not necessarily the teachers? Since you have not once given kudos to the teachers who work at this school I guess I can further deduce that is what you are saying...

SCATS said...

To 8:48PM ~~ Once again, just for you, my comment at 1:43PM was sarcastic.

Anonymous said...

Lets face it, the Town of Greece is in the toilet!

Anonymous said...

Conspiracy theories abound. Here’s the facts:
1. At one time, Odyssey did not have a wait list, but you had to be proactive to apply. Not many minorities did.
2. Odyssey automatically admits siblings of current students, so those original families dominate the school.
3. Even today, a small number of minority students apply.
4. Because of the sibling rule, only about 30%-40% of the spots have been open to the lottery anyway. The rest are hard-wired to siblings.
5. The kids are not hand picked, but then you have 60%-70%% of the spots taken by legacies, who are mostly white, and few minorities apply, you’re going to have a small number at the school.

This will or course change next year.

Anonymous said...

Part of the "success" of Odyssey is just that they are tailored to a weakness in the US News methodology: overvaluation of the IB curriculum viz-a-viz AP courses. If you want the best education available in Greece public schools, have your child in one of the main schools (ours have all been Athena) and prepare them for AP courses in every subject at the earliest opportunity. They will be better prepared than Odyssey IB kids, and elite colleges will admit them.