Odle Middle School
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|Odle Middle School|
|502 143rd Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98007
|Type||Public middle school|
|Motto||One Dynamic Learning Environment|
|School district||Bellevue School District|
|Faculty||84 (on FTE basis)|
|Student to teacher ratio||18.5|
Odle Middle School is a public middle school in Bellevue, Washington, USA. The school is one of seven middle schools in the Bellevue School District, and was named posthumously after Frank Odle, who taught in the district for 55 years before retiring in 1968. Odle is located near Stevenson Elementary, formerly a primary feeder elementary school for Odle. Odle is primarily known for its hosting of the PRISM program, a gifted program for high-performing children. As of the 2016–17 school year, the school's principal is Aaron Miller and its assistant principals are Renee Del-Barut Fierro and Genisha Wea.
In the 2001–02 school year, Odle Middle School was one of two schools in the state to be awarded a Blue Ribbon by the U.S. Department of Education, the highest award an American school can receive.
As of the 2016–17 school year, the school had an enrollment of 963 students and 52 classroom teachers, and a student-teacher ratio of 18.5. 22% of the students are Caucasian, 55% are Asian/Pacific Islander, 13% are Hispanic, 8% are multi-ethnic, and 3% are African American.
In 2016, Odle Middle School's rocketry club sponsored three teams in the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). In the competition's qualifying round, two of the teams placed in the top 100 teams in the nation, earning them a spot at the TARC national finals, the third team placed as a second alternate. One of the teams, the Odle Middle School "Space Potatoes," won the 2016 Team America Rocketry Challenge, earning more than $20,000 in prizes and scholarships and a trip to London to compete in the International Rocketry Challenge. The team went on to win International Rocketry Challenge at the Farnborough International Airshow on July 15, besting the top student rocketry teams from the United Kingdom, France and Japan. The team has five members and is mentored by some of Odle's STEM teachers, Brendan Williams, James Petoskey, and Stacia Bible.
GT is a selective program; applicants must have a minimum score of 144 on the Cognitive Abilities Test. Reading and Quantitative scores must be of the 90th percentile or higher, one of which must be at or above the 97th percentile.
The Prism Program is being replaced by the GMSP Program as of 2015.
High school extension
The high school Gifted and Talented program extends the science, English, and social studies classes further in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Interlake High School. In the IB program, PRISM students complete the IB diploma during 10th and 11th grade, rather than the usual 11th and 12th grade.
The Chess Team has won many prizes all over the nation and the state.
Odle Middle School earned first place in the 2006 national K–8 chess championship and got seventh place in Chess Supernationals 2013 K-8 chess championship. The chess team has also claimed first place in the Washington Middle School Team Championship for the school years 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, and 2010–11.[not in citation given] In April 2014, members of the Odle Chess Team will go to Atlanta, Georgia, to compete in the National Junior High Chess Championship. The team is currently has the highest average rating as a team for the K-8 division.
Odle Middle School tied for 1st place in the national 2016 K-8 chess championship.
In 2014, Odle Middle School decided to remodel the old building, implement new solar panels, build specially designed classrooms for classes involving STEM and the arts, expansive athletics infrastructure, thermal floors, etc. During the two year construction period of the new building, which is next to Stevenson Elementary School, Odle Middle School was moved to the Bellevue School Dirstict's designated swing school, Ringdall Middle School.
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