Orinda Academy is a Co-Ed, College Preparatory, Independent School for Students in Grades 8-12, and has a Convenient East Bay Location.

Help Your Student Study Effectively with These Tips

Studying for exams or even a routine quiz can be a tough task for busy prep school students. If you’re the parent of a student who is experiencing difficulties studying, then you can help him or her using some of the effective techniques featured in this video. The first step in assisting is to ensure that there is a quiet, distraction-free room in the home for studying to take place.

Encourage your child to read over all study materials thoroughly at least one time to begin. They should then browse through the literature once more, this time taking notes and using special techniques or strategies like engaging their senses in order to make the information stick.

The teachers and staff at Orinda Academy are dedicated to assisting students with study techniques so they feel confident passing their exams. To find out more about the benefits of enrolling at our prep school, call (925) 478-4504.

Life Beyond the Classroom at Orinda Academy

When it comes to learning, the classroom is only the beginning. It is important to engage yourself in the activities and interests that you want to learn about. They help to cultivate a lifelong intellectual curiosity that will bring benefits both personally and professionally. At the Orinda Academy, we encourage all of our students to get involved with some of the opportunities we provide. We offer educational travel programs that include trips to places such as Hawaii, Australia, and more. We also have many clubs in different interest areas like music, chess, sports, student council, and more. If there is not a club for what you are interested in, you can even create your own.

Located in San Francisco’s East Bay, the Orinda Academy is a private college preparatory school that focuses on students in grades 8-12 who learn differently. We offer an excellent academic program, and a diverse life outside of the classroom. Visit our website for more information, or call us at (925) 357-9719.

How Teens Can Cope with School Stress

As college looms in the near future, school can bring a lot of unwanted stress into your life. Parents and teachers can put a lot of pressure on you to achieve, not to mention the pressure you put on yourself. The expectations can be highly motivating, but too much pressure can be crippling. Here are some tips to make sure that school stress does not get the best of you.

Taking Care of Yourself

When you have multiple exams alongside extra-curricular clubs and activities, it can be hard to find time for yourself. However, taking time off from school is very important. Engaging in creative activities and physical exercise helps to give your mind a break, and can reinvigorate you for when it comes time to focus on school. Additionally, it is recommended to eat healthy foods and always get enough sleep, in order to maintain physical and mental health.

Effectively Managing Your Work

Having large assignments due, or even a multitude of smaller ones, can cause angst by looking at all of the items that need to be completed. Breaking them down into smaller, actionable steps is a great way to manage not only the work, but the stress that it can cause too. When work is broken down, it is as straightforward as following the steps that you have written out for yourself. It is also recommended to allot a certain amount of time for each step to keep you on track.

Taking Breaks

During times of deep focus like studying for an exam or writing an essay, it is very important to give your mind a break. Trying to work endlessly in a short amount of time can lead to burnout. Even if it is just fifteen minutes for a brief walk, or a snack break, taking a little time can refresh your brain before getting back to work.

As a premier college preparatory school in San Francisco’s East Bay, the Orinda Academy knows how important it is to deal with stress. Orinda Academy practices stress management, mindfulness, relaxation techniques, yoga, and physical exercise to help students cope with stressful situations. We focus on preparing all of our students for success in and out of the classroom. Call us (925) 357-9719, or visit our website for more information.

Tips for Finding the Right College for You

With so many to pick from, choosing the right college for you can be a particularly daunting task. However, it does not need to be. One great way to start finding the right one is to make a list of criteria that are important to you. For example, if financial aid is a decisive factor, you may want to take a look at the colleges that provide the most amount of support relative to the total tuition cost. Watch this video to find out more about Princeton Review’s all-encompassing college guide.

The Orinda Academy is a college preparatory school that is located in San Francisco’s East Bay. We provide excellent programs for students in grades 8-12 that have a different learning style. Call us at (925) 357-9719 for more information.

Orinda Academy Senior Honored in Diablo Magazine

David Rios, an Orinda Academy senior, was honored in Diablo Magazine as part of "The Incredibles" piece highlighting East Bay teenagers who have gone above-and-beyond.

David is starting a pen pal partnership between our school and a children's orphanage in El Salvador. He does volunteer work in El Salvador and Nicaragua and also volunteers with the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria in Rohnert Park and the Monument Crisis Center.

Orinda Academy is proud of David and all his achievements! Read more about him here.

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