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    Staff Bio: Mitch Goldman

    Last updated 2 days 11 hours ago

    Mitch Goldman is a Mathematics and Film teacher as well as Athletic Director and Basketball coach at Orinda Academy where he’s been for nearly 27 years.  He has a Bachelors of Science in Applied Mathematics with a secondary education emphasis from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a Masters of Art in Mathematics from San Francisco State University.  He has a Permanent New York State Secondary School Certification and a California Community College credential and has taught in high schools in New York and classes at Chabot College and Los Medanos College in the Bay Area.  Mitch has a total of 37 years as a teacher, coach, and administrator including serving as Assistant Director at Orinda Academy for several years.  Mitch enjoys the company of his family including his wife Sara and his children, Dylan and Hanna, both of whom attended Orinda Academy.  Mitch has many hobbies including music, reading and writing, and sports, particularly his beloved SF Giants.

    Staff Bio: Ron Graydon, Head of School

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Ron Graydon is the founder and head of school at Orinda Academy. Ron also teaches weight training and fills in as substitute science teacher and adviser. Ron started Orinda Academy (North Bay Orinda School) in 1982 at Wagner Ranch School in Orinda, and then moved the school to its current site in 1994. Ron previously taught science, health, PE and social studies. Ron was previously the science department head, science teacher, master teacher, and co-director of Independent Learning School in Corte Madera and Berkeley from 1975-1980. In 1980 Ron started North Bay Secondary School with two other colleagues in Point Richmond. In 1981 he helped found North Bay Marin School, which is now the Marin School, and in 1982 moved back to the East Bay to form Orinda Academy. Ron has a B.S. degree in Conservation of Natural Resources from U.C. Berkeley, with minors in biology and social science, teaching credentials in life science, conservation, and social science from U.C. Berkeley, and a fitness instruction certificate from Cal State East Bay.  Ron has been an administrator and educator for forty years. Ron is also a drummer, naturalist, environmentalist, and photographer. He loves to work out, hike, snorkel, body surf, travel, watch A’s baseball, and spend time with his family.

    It's Not Too Late to Apply to Orinda!

    Last updated 11 days ago

    Orinda Academy is one of the best private college prep schools in the East Bay area. If you are interested in enrolling your children in our school, it is not too late to apply. Keep reading to learn more about why Orinda is the place for your child:

    Our school only has about 100 students attending grades 8-12, which gives us the ability to target our teaching to particular learning styles. With challenging college preparatory classes, we give our students the opportunity to get an education that actually helps prepare them to excel in higher education venues. We encourage students who are eager to learn to apply to our prep school.

    If you are ready to provide opportunities for the future, now is the time to apply to Orinda Academy. The end of the first quarter is a good time to apply for the start of the second quarter as new material will be beginning then, and it is a good transition time.  The start of the second semester in February is also a good time to start Orinda Academy. With fall admissions events happening, you can learn more about our private school education opportunities. To learn more, visit us online or call (925) 357-9719.

    What Type of Learner Is Your Child?

    Last updated 18 days ago

    All children learn differently. The trick to getting your child the best kind of education is to determine his or her learning style and to find a school that will utilize it. Use this guide for help discovering how your child learns:


    Most traditional classrooms create an environment that is ideal for auditory learners. Students with this learning style really benefit from lecture-style classes that present information in a verbal manner. Auditory learners tend to do the best when teachers recite information out loud and the class is required to do speeches in front of their classmates. They might not retain information when they read it, but they often do when they hear it.


    Other students do the best with retaining information when it is written down. Visual learners need to see a concept to understand it. Because of this, they tend to do the best in classes that provide plenty of diagrams, pictures, and charts. They can follow directions that are written and benefit from informative films and clips. If information is provided verbally, they will not retain it as well as auditory learners, but they usually have much less difficulty understanding concepts that are written.


    Most students start off their educational careers as kinesthetic learners. This means that they benefit from feeling and touching different objects about which they are learning. Most kindergarten classes use kinesthetic methods to help their students learn. By the time they reach their adolescent years, a lot of students start to transition toward auditory or visual learning styles. Some adults, most often males, continue to excel with kinesthetic learning methods.

    At Orinda Academy, we have small classes and teachers who are trained to determine a student’s learning style to offer the best education. Our private college prep school prepares your children to excel in college and beyond. To learn more about our preparatory school or our admissions process, visit us online or call (925) 357-9719.

    Orinda Academy's Food Drive for Contra Costa Food Bank

    Last updated 22 days ago

    Orinda Academy thanks the generous homeowners of OrindaWoods!  To help the Contra Costa Food Bank, empty bags were placed at doorsteps of local residents asking for food donations to help those in need.  We are happy to say that Orinda Academy received over 40 bags of food (canned beans, vegetables, rice, grains, cereal, tuna, etc.) Thursday, October 30th. 

    Stay tuned as we will have one more food drive before the end of 2014!

    Thank you again for your generosity in helping those in need.  Our community benefits and grows stronger as a result of your actions.

    -Community Action Club


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