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    Why Students Thrive at Orinda Academy

    Last updated 6 days ago

    For more than three decades, Orinda Academy has been helping students in the East Bay area achieve their full potential. We offer a close-knit community, with about 100 students in grades eight through 12. This enables students to develop a strong relationship with our educators. Our caring teachers can gain a true sense of each student’s unique learning style and abilities, and can guide each student toward achieving academic success.

    At Orinda Academy, our educators pride themselves on helping students with a range of learning styles and differences. We offer a challenging curriculum to help students prepare for college and beyond. However, our close-knit school also allows for a nurturing environment in which each student can grow in confidence. When you enroll your child in our private high school, your family will work closely with our educators to help your child succeed. Our collaborative approach encourages students to develop a positive attitude toward learning.

    The admissions staff at Orinda Academy looks forward to meeting you and hearing your questions about our private high school. Families in the East Bay area can call (925) 357-9719 to learn more.

    The Importance of Social Studies in Schools

    Last updated 12 days ago

    At Orinda Academy, social studies play a central role in our college prep curriculum. We take a broad, humanistic approach to teaching our students about the ideas, cultures, people, and events that shape our world. In our social studies classes, we encourage critical thinking skills that will help students succeed on the college campus and in their professional careers. Why is social studies such a crucial subject area? Here are a few of the reasons why we emphasize social studies in our college prep program.

    Cultural Understanding

    In today’s global economy and world, only being exposed to the immediate community is not ideal. Through social studies education, students get to learn about the vast array of people and cultures that make up the global community. By studying world populations from both a historical and sociological perspective, students will get a better understanding of themselves and how they fit into the greater world. Further, when they enter the workforce, students will be better equipped to compete in the international marketplace by having some understanding of different cultural norms.

    Citizen Responsibilities

    Social studies classes help students understand the responsibilities that citizens—including themselves—have in their communities. Through social studies, students learn how all levels of government function and become familiar with the role that citizens play in shaping the legal and political landscapes. Students also gain the ability to compare and critically analyze different government styles.

    Economic Education

    Economics is an important part of social studies that students carry with them throughout life. Understanding how economic systems work helps high school students become better-informed citizens, provides a foundation for the business world, and even helps them manage their own finances.

    Social studies is just one component of the college prep program we offer at Orinda Academy. Our private high school in East Bay offers a comprehensive curriculum to help students prepare for college and more. For additional information, call us at (925) 357-9719

    Tips for Getting Your Teen on a Homework Schedule

    Last updated 18 days ago

    Getting your teen onto a homework schedule isn’t always easy, but it’s important for helping her succeed both in school and beyond. Setting and sticking to such a schedule will help your teen stay on top of her grades while teaching her how to manage time effectively—a skill that is essential in college and the working world.

    This video offers great tips for helping your teen get on track with a homework schedule. Figure out which kind of schedule suits your teen’s working style, whether that means starting homework right after school or waiting until after dinner. Don’t forget to build in time for your teen to relax so she doesn’t become overwhelmed.

    At Orinda Academy, our college prep curriculum is designed to prepare your child for future academic success. Learn more about our private East Bay high school by visiting our website or calling us at (925) 357-9719. 

    OA Grad Spotlight

    Last updated 26 days ago

    Marc Poore and Annie Hobbs from the OA Class of 2007. Annie graduated from UC Davis. Marc graduated from Colby College in 2012 with degrees in Chemistry and Chinese. He is now working on his Masters in Economics from USF.

    What International Students Need to Know about Orinda Academy

    Last updated 26 days ago

    Orinda Academy welcomes international students to our East Bay college prep school. Our admissions department is happy to walk interested international students through the application and enrollment process. We offer a variety of programs to help international students succeed both academically and socially.

    To get started, we require student and parent applications with photos, teacher recommendations, and translated transcripts. We also conduct Skype interviews with potential students and require TOEFL scores. Once a student has been accepted and an I-20 has been issued, that student will have access to all of our services. Each student has an advisor he meets with twice per week to help him settle into our program. For international students, Orinda Academy provides a sheltered English/Literature class. In this class, a qualified staff member presides over the assignments and coursework of ESL students. In addition to our regular college prep classes, students have access to ESL programs to help them improve their English reading, writing, and speaking skills.

    To find out more about the college prep school curriculum at Orinda Academy, please call (925) 357-9719. We’re here to answer your questions about our private high school’s admission process, student life, and more. 

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