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Home/Custom School Program

A Program for Homeschoolers and Youth Schooling at Home!

We have found that children learn best through experiences that inspire them to ask questions, use their senses, and discover for themselves what makes their world work. We offer a project based, high quality, and self-driven science program designed for children ages 6–13 years old. Throughout the year and within each session, students move toward pursuing their own research questions, culminating in our very own science fair in the spring. CuriOdyssey's Outdoor Learning classroom is a safe place for students to be while schools are doing distance learning and/or hybrid schedules.

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Program Information

Fall Session Dates:  September 22 – December 15, 2021 (no class November 24)
Wednesdays, 9:00am – 12:00pm (12 classes)
Program Fee per student: CuriOdyssey Members $780; Non-members $830

(FULL) Winter Session Dates: January 5 – March 2, 2022 (no class January 12)
Wednesdays, 9:00am – 12:00pm (8 classes)
Program Fee per student: CuriOdyssey Members $524; Non-members $551

(FULL) Spring Session Dates: March 9 – May 18, 2022 (no class March 30, April 6)
Wednesdays, 9:00am-12:00pm (9 classes)
Program Fee per student: CuriOdyssey Members $589; Non-members $619


Program Registration

To register, complete the Program Registration Form. Space is limited and registrations are on a first-come first-served basis. Once registered a confirmation note will be sent with invoice for payment. Those paying via Ocean Grove Charter School will need to provide a Purchase Order number. If you register for a session that is already full we will put you on a wait list and contact you if a position becomes available.

Program Structure

CuriOdyssey educators work collaboratively with students, providing content expertise, teaching how to use science tools and materials, and creating a physically and emotionally safe place for students to follow their own creativity and interests to do amazing things.

Each homeschooler comes to the program with varying levels of knowledge, experience, and skills in science and engineering. Through individual and small group work, students attain science and engineering practices and concepts at a pace that matches their learning abilities.  We will tailor the amount of structure and direction provided by the educators to the needs of the learner.

The homeschool program takes place one day a week (Wednesday), with each class lasting three hours. The program runs from late September through mid May. The fall session is intended to expose students to a broad cross section of science and phenomena. In the Winter Session students will expand on the science they explore, asking questions and conducting short simple investigations. The Spring Session will see students creating their own multi-day experiments from scratch. They will have time to try ideas, collect data, draw conclusions, and create a science fair poster to present their findings.


A more structured look at the theme where inquiry and experimentation is conducted, a deeper understanding of concepts established, and science and engineering skills are practiced and developed.


After a robust exploration of thematic content, students launch into their own projects and/or experiments. This can be in the form of building something, a research project, or experiment centered on whatever it was about the topic which caught their curiosity. CuriOdyssey educators support and work with homeschoolers to develop a project, create a work plan, provide science and engineering expertise, collaborate with others, persevere through challenges, and develop the skills needed to complete their project.


Towards the end of the program, students share their conclusions, lessons learned, and personal discoveries with others. This phase allows students to express themselves in a variety of ways, improve communication skills and foster important social-emotional skills.

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1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA 94401

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CuriOdyssey is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Tax ID 94-1262434

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