O'Dea Core Knowledge School

312 Princeton Road
80525 Fort Collins
United States
Laurie Corso
K - 5
Blue & white
Teacher Education Level: 
22 of 34 teachers hold master's degrees or above
Average Teaching Experience: 

O’Dea is named in honor of PSD teacher and principal Margaret O’Dea. The school opened in 1963 and was recently remodeled in 2005.

Learning culture
O’Dea Core Knowledge School is one of PSD’s three neighborhood Core Knowledge schools, teaching a content-rich curriculum based on the Hirsch Core Knowledge sequence. The Core Knowledge curriculum gives students from different regions and economic backgrounds a common language with which to produce shared knowledge. A coherent approach to specific content enhances students’ critical thinking and higher-order thinking skills. O’Dea also considers the whole child with integrated instruction in music, art, and physical education.

Academic environment
Our full-time counselor teaches weekly lessons at all grade levels on the O’Dea Attitudes: Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, and Caring. Students are recognized at quarterly award assemblies for achieving excellence in these areas.

Students also visit the media center once a week and receive instruction on researching, information media and technology skills, as well as keyboarding. Each grade level also participates in a 2-5 week Integrated Core Knowledge research unit, which culminates in a published multimedia project.

Instructional & enrichment programs
O’Dea offers Odyssey of the Mind, Core Knowledge all-subjects fair, CSU RAMS club, art clubs, book clubs, student council, honor choirs, science fair, running club, Young Scholars, among other enrichment programs. O’Dea also participates in the National Geographic Bee, the worldwide Math Olympiad, and holds a spelling bee. Title I remedial reading and math instruction is available for students K–3.

Opportunities for parents
Parents are involved in tutoring, assisting classroom teachers, chaperoning field trips and classroom parties, and serving on school committees such as PTA and the school Improvement team. A parent educator holds informational meetings on a wide variety of topics requested by parents.

O’Dea’s state and nationally affiliated PTA coordinates fundraising, social events, and brings in a variety of speakers to help parents keep abreast of the academic opportunities offered at O’Dea.