Odyssey School was established by remodeling the space of a library belonging to SMOE, instead of occupying an independent space. While it would take too long to obtain actual school facilities, there was no need to hold substantial space, because only 40 students joined Odyssey School for the first year of operation. In 2016, the number of students increased to 90, when larger space needed. However, instead of constructing an independent school building, the decision was made to use part of the SMOE buildings for the educational space needed for Odyssey School.
Currently, Odyssey School is operated in a decentralized campus system, where two public institution buildings belonging to the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) and two school spaces and one library space belonging to SMOE are used for the educational space. The greatest advantage of the Odyssey’s scattered campus, instead of locating in single independent space, is to bind the school with the regions where its facilities are located by using their infrastructure, not confined to the walls of a school building. For example, the library can be utilized as the infrastructure related to books, and the public institutes affiliated with SMG can provide an opportunity to cooperate with the NGOs or social enterprises partnered with the public institutes, which seek social innovation.
In addition, the independence of each program operator becomes strengthened, leading to stronger diversity, as though five smaller schools are operated inside Odyssey School. However, one downside is that the educational philosophy of Odyssey School cannot be realized through the school space. This is why consistent advocates exist for independent space that best embodies the educational philosophy of Odyssey School. Figure 2 shows the campus locations of Odyssey School.