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    Maximizing High School Years for College Prep

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Although it may seem like a long time before your East Bay high school student makes his way to college, the truth is that the years at his private college prep school will fly by faster than you might expect. That's why it's essential that you help him get the most out of his high school years. Encourage your student to think about where he wants to attend college and research what it will take academically in order to prepare him for admission. From as early as freshman year, your child should take challenging courses that push him intellectually.

    Starting in their sophomore year, students at preparatory schools should begin to explore future careers, and then put their best foot forward in their junior and senior years to reach their goals. The academic advisors here at Orinda Academy are always available to assist students in preparing for their futures as college students. Visit our website or call us at (925) 357-9719 to learn more about the benefits of attending a college prep school rather than traditional high school.

    Orinda Academy Senior Runs 5K for Education

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Orinda Academy senior Michael Livanos ran a 5K Run for Education race on Sunday, October 12th. The race was a benefit for the San Ramon Valley School District.  Michael's official time was 19:14 (a 6 minute, 12 second mile).

    ANNUAL FUND 2014-2015 Officially Starts Today 10/13/14

    Last updated 7 days ago

    "It takes a community to make a school great"


    As a private school Orinda Academy is somewhat unique in that we depend on tuition to meet our annual operating costs.  However, we are dependent on the Annual Fund to enrich and enhance our program with student activities, arts, athletics, learning specialist services, tutoring, technology, counseling services, field trips, and the arts.  We also provide a substantial scholarship program to provide qualified students in need an excellent college prep private school education.

    The Annual Fund makes it possible for us to maintain our low student to teacher ratio, which provides for some of the smallest classes in the area and more personal attention than most private schools.  This in turn helps Orinda Academy and our students reach our goals of student success, working to their potential, and getting into their top college choices.  The Annual Fund will help us pay for the computer network upgrade we need with our increased technology demands.  We also provide for additional laptops for those in need, or those who experience hardware problems.  Also, the Annual Fund helps support student activities like the all school retreat, prom, field trips, and the Spring Arts Festival.

    Administrative and teacher professional development is also supported by the Annual Fund.  Already this year four staff members have attended conferences and webinars, and about six staff members will be attending a full day workshop on October 24th.  Our students benefit with new innovations that teachers implement to improve our programs and student achievement.

    Last year we came very close to our goal of $50,000 by raising about $32,000 through the Annual Fund and the parent group contributing about $15,000, largely from the Crab Feed.

    A 2014-2015 Annual Fund form will be sent out soon.  We value gifts of all sizes, and we strive for 100% OA community support from our parents, staff, alumni, and friends.  We ask once again that you “give until it feels good,” and help make our school great. Thank you in advance for your generous support of Orinda Academy.  You may donate online here.

    Helping a Kid Who Is Struggling Academically

    Last updated 11 days ago

    It can be difficult for any parent to watch a child performing poorly in school despite his or her best efforts. If your prep school student is having a hard time studying, understanding certain concepts, or staying motivated and focused in class, then it's important for you to know that there are steps you can take to assist her. Here is a guide to helping a child who is struggling academically:

    Focus on Routine and Organization

    One of the most helpful steps you can take to help your child who is struggling academically is to assist her in organizing her workspace, calendar, and backpack. Prep school students who make lists of their tasks and their homework responsibilities are less likely to become overwhelmed during especially stressful periods, such as exam time. You can also help your child create a routine when it comes to doing schoolwork to help her establish a healthy school and life balance.

    Be an Active Listener

    Another way that you can help your child perform better in school is to simply listen when she is expressing her concerns and frustrations. Instead of trying to force a conversation with your child after she becomes angry or bothered, simply listen to her thoughts and then suggest that the two of you take a break before returning to homework or assignments she is struggling to complete.

    Communicate Frequently with Teachers

    It is essential that you maintain an open line of communication with your child's teachers, especially if she is struggling academically. Try to find out if there are any resources that your child's East Bay private high school teachers recommend for you to use to assist your child. Be sure to also ask about your child's behavior in class as well as any concerns the teacher may have about your child being sleepy or distracted.

    The administration and staff at Orinda Academy are always looking for effective ways to help each student perform his or her best academically. Our East Bay college preparatory school focuses on empowering students so that they can become intelligent, confident, and successful young adults. To find out if our prep school is the right fit for your child, call (925) 357-9719.

    How Music Lessons Enhance Brain Development

    Last updated 20 days ago

    Did you know that children who learn how to play an instrument early on in their lives may be more likely to maintain their hearing and other neurological capabilities as they age? Current research shows that older adults who played an instrument or learned to read music as a child maintained a better auditory system and a sharper brain than their non-musical counterparts. Music lessons also played a vital role in helping those adults enjoy better balance and memory.

    Participating in music lessons also offers short-term benefits to children, such as better rhythmic skills and improved reading skills. To learn more about the benefits of music lessons, check out this video.

    Music is just one of the many creative subjects that we encourage students to explore in our arts-based elective courses at Orinda Academy. To learn more about the college prep curriculum at Orinda Academy, visit us online or call (925) 357-9719.


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