Do you have upper-school students? Enroll in upcoming classes now!

ODE Academy is taking enrollment now for the upcoming school year. There will be both in-person classes and a join-by-Zoom option.

We offer 16 classes including Chemistry, World Geography, Writing and Composition, Philosophy, Spanish, and Illinois History. We also offer AP courses including, AP Human Geography, AP Literature, and AP European History.

Wherever you are in the world, you are welcome to join these classes. If we are unable to meet in person, then all students will participate via Zoom. If we are able to meet in person, then those who do not reside in Chicago can continue to join the class by Zoom.

Virtual students will benefit from all of our online materials and weekly lectures. Teachers will be available for students to communicate with and receive feedback on their work throughout the week. They will also be included in class discussions and the community that is built through the classroom experience. Virtual students also benefit from a significant decrease in tuition costs. 

If we are able to have in-person ODE classes, we will only be able to accept 10 to 12 students in each class. If the circumstances prohibit any students from meeting, all students will have the option of enrolling virtually.

We have wonderful teachers who have prepared high-quality courses for our students this fall. We are making these great courses available for everyone whether virtually or in-person. ODE was started to support homeschooling families with select classes and community. Don’t miss out on a great school year!

Academy Class Schedule 2020-21

Bridge (7th, 8th)High School
8:30 – 9:30Spanish 2 or PE8:30 – 10:00Writing and CompositionPhilosophy
9:30 – 10:30Spanish 1 or PE or Art10:00 – 11:30LiteratureAP European History
10:30 – 12:00World Geography or Science11:30 – 12:00LUNCHLUNCH
12:00 – 12:30LUNCH
12:30 – 2:00Literature12:00 – 1:30AP HUGChemistry
2:00 – 3:00Illinois History1:30 – 3:00AP Literature

Please click on the classes to see a brief overview description. Teachers are working on a syllabus and will be posting those as they are available. We will also be posting required materials in the coming days as well. Check back periodically for this information.

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ODE fitness opportunities

For the students

Do your students need a plan to keep them active and healthy? Recent studies have shown that the one area homeschooled students do lag slightly behind their school-attending peers is in physical fitness. It can be a challenge to incorporate PE into crazy homeschooling days, especially if your student is not on a sports team. provides just the thing for homeschooling families. Created by homeschool families for homeschool families. Watch this video to learn more.

For the moms

No one works harder and is pulled in as many directions as a homeschooling mom! Finding the time to go to the gym or a run may seem like a distant memory or a lofty dream for the future. You may be a mom who just delivered your 15th baby or had your only child 17 years ago, but most likely you fall somewhere between. But for any mom, this program may change everything. Most women experience some degree of abdominal separation during pregnancy and childbirth, leading to various health concerns, pain, and vulnerability. This program safely provides a clear path for your healing, and then places you on a trajectory to strength and fitness possibly surpassing your pre-baby self! Every Mother is the gift every mother needs, and can fit seamlessly into your busy days.

Virtual ICHE Conference – FREE!

“Do not let kindness and truth leave you; bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.” Proverbs 3:3

ICHE is hosting an entirely online Family Conference instead of meeting at Olivet Nazarene University this May. This is a great opportunity because all this wealth of information and resources is available to us entirely free of charge.

WHEN: the weekend of May 28-31

The Cost – FREE!


One Day Enrichment exists to support homeschooling families. We meet on Fridays for the whole school day, offering a wide range of classes. At the elementary level, our classes aim to provide enrichment. We assume the basic fundamentals are being taught at home through a wide range of philosophy and curriculum. Many of our families are deeply immersed in a rigorous, daily program while others embrace a more relaxed approach. Consequently, the time frame when students reach proficiency in reading and math skills is very broad. So we at ODE focus instead on classes that really are better in a group or require more skill and expertise than the average mom typically has. It is very difficult to play a game of kickball or dodgeball at home. Creating a choir is a challenge on the living room couch. And how about art? Children love art – but for a busy (and oftentimes exhausted!) homeschooling mom, art can easily be left by the wayside because it is not critical to academic development, and finding the required materials can be an overwhelming obstacle. And of course science experiments are the same way! Who has time to plan experiments in advance to make sure they happen? Sometimes it is hard just to get the required ingredients to even feed the little guys, let alone do science experiments with them!!

We recognize and applaud the very deep investment parents make in the lives of their children when they make the decision to homeschool. Homeschooling can be exhilarating and should be rewarding as you watch your children grow and develop, but of course it is also exhausting. At ODE we understand that homeschooling young students offers very little respite, and we are so glad to provide a day when you as a homeschooling mom can take a few hours to rest, run errands (without the endearing, incessant questions!), go to lunch with a friend, make plans for next week, or do anything that strikes your fancy. This is a huge part of our mission – caring for mom! To that end, we never want you to feel pressure to be at ODE to pitch in with anything at all. Yes, you read that correctly. We do not want you to feel pressure to help with anything. However, community is important and can help with days that seem hard and long. Knowing you are not the only one in your situation, not the only one struggling, can be a lifeline. Hearing the stories of others can be just the balm you need. To help us connect, we do provide moms’ coffees from time to time, and we hope that you will make use of our forum and closed facebook group to connect with others and to draw encouragement from others who have been exactly where you are.

Many ask if ODE is a Christian program. The founders of ODE are Christians. The current director of ODE is a Christian and a member of Judson, the church that graciously hosts our program. Most of our teachers are also Christians. They believe in God and his love for each one of the people He created, and that we can know Him and be known by Him. Our salvation comes through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, his son, and we humbly acknowledge our need for him on a daily, even hourly basis. Having said that, we do not require that our families believe the same way. We welcome any student and family who wants to come to ODE, and we respect and value each student and each parent. We want to be very sensitive to the very diverse group that we represent, and we are grateful and acknowledge your valid views and opinions. We hope and pray that there would never be any circumstance where someone feels belittled or unvalued because of their beliefs or opinions – when it comes to religion or politics or any other issue. We are all enriched by cultivating authentic relationships with people who are different from us, provided we put aside our preconceived generalizations and begin from a position of humility and respect for all people.

You may wonder if your child will be asked to do homework for ODE. We do believe that for a class that meets once a week, your child’s experience will be richer if they do add time at home and do some work on their end. We post homework on the website every Monday morning for your student to do for maximum success in the class. You can even use the class and the homework as a springboard for deeper study or more work in your homeschool – especially in the literature, unit, and science classes. Having said that, we again want to emphasize that our desire is to come alongside you and lighten your load. If you are very busy during the week and doing homework for ODE would be a burden to you, and you do not wish to spend any time on it, that is ok. We do hope that as the students get older, they will be able to independently find and complete their work, but again, that is up to your discretion as the parent.

You may feel confused by the class names – Dolphin Swimmers, Time Travelers, Banana Smoothies, Seahorses, and Dragons. These names were voted on by the students themselves, and we love the creative flair. We have five levels for six actual grades of elementary. We know that homeschooling can be a little more loose as far as age ranges, and we want you to feel free to place your child where you think she or he will thrive. As a general rule of thumb, the Dolphin Swimmers group is for 1st and 2nd graders. Time Travelers is for 2nd and 3rd graders, Banana Smoothies for 3rd and 4th, Seahorses for 4th and 5th, and Dragons for 5th and 6th graders. So it is not necessary to move to the next level every year, but most years they will probably move up. Please do communicate with us about any questions you might have about placement and we will be happy to help you find the best group for your child!
Any other questions? Please feel free to shoot an email to Someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

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