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    How Music Lessons Enhance Brain Development

    Last updated 16 hours 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.

    Orinda Academy Fall Admissions Events

    Last updated 19 hours ago

    Orinda Academy is holding two open houses this fall and will be attending a few school fairs. 

    Our open houses will be held Sunday, October 19th, from 1 to 4 p.m. and Sunday, December 7th, from 1 to 4 p.m. Each open house will include an informational meeting where you will hear from staff, parents and students and a tour where our department heads will talk about the different classes at Orinda Academy.

    We will be at the following school fairs with application packets available:

    • East Bay High School Fair - October 9th, 7-9 p.m. at Bishop O'Dowd School in Oakland
    • EBISA School Fair (for those interested in 8th grade) - October 14th, 6-8 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland
    • Contra Costa High School Fair - October 15th, 6-9 p.m. at Seven Hills School in Walnut Creek

    We would also like to encourage you to set up a shadow visit for you child. We schedule half-day shadow visits on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If you would like to schedule a visit, please fill out this form.

    For more information, visit our website.

    The Health Benefits of Dance for High School Students

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Academic life at an East Bay private college prep school is about much more than just the core subjects of English, math, science, and social studies. Prep schools with a solid reputation and a true interest in creating well-rounded and confident young adults will also offer opportunities for students to explore their creative side in elective classes such as theater and dance. Continue reading to learn about some of the health benefits of dance for high school students.

    Free the Mind of Excess Stress and Anxiety

    It goes without saying that high school students can experience a decent amount of stress in their day-to-day lives. Whether their anxiety is brought on by prep school exams or social conflicts, they can effectively reduce the impact that it has on their emotional wellbeing by moving their bodies in a dance class. Research has shown that dancing to music is an effective form of stress relief.

    Improve Heart Health and Cardiovascular Function

    With the many entertainment options available today that promote sedentary lifestyles, it's now more important than ever that teens at private high schools find a healthy and enjoyable way to move. Dancing offers tremendous health benefits to the cardiovascular system, improving lung function and reducing the risk for heart problems in the future.

    Feel More Energized Throughout the Week

    One concern many health experts have about high school students is that their energy levels may not be as high as they should be in order to perform their best academically. Students at preparatory school can experience many health benefits by moving across the floor and working up a sweat in dance class—in fact, a weekly dance class can boost energy levels for young adults.

    Here at Orinda Academy, we're proud to offer a curriculum that sparks students' intellectual interests and fosters their physical wellbeing. Dance is just one of the many activities that they can participate in thanks to our numerous elective courses and clubs. To learn more about our East Bay prep school, call us at (925) 357-9719.

    Half Time, Long Term Substitute Teacher Needed

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Orinda Academy, a private college prep school for grades 8-12, will need a substitute teacher for ten weeks for a teacher on maternity leave. The time period will be approximately late January to the end of March. The class times would be half day in the mornings from 8:15-12:00 PM.  There are two periods of 9th grade environmental science and two classes of 10th grade biology. Class size is about 10 students per class. The students include Chinese students with beginning English skills and some students with mild to moderate learning style differences.  Applicants should have a degree in life sciences with teaching and academic experience in biology and ecology, or environmental science. Applicants must have knowledge of setting up labs, multi modality instruction, and assistive technology.  All students have computers. Qualified applicants should send a resume and cover letter to ron@orindaacademy.org.

    The Importance of College Counselors

    Last updated 14 days ago

    College counselors play prominent roles in the development of a student. It’s a common misconception that college counselors only help students find colleges that fit their preferences and academic profile. In fact, college counselors at private prep schools nurture students throughout their high school career. Students can meet with counselors as juniors, sophomores, or even freshmen to discuss course selection, volunteering opportunities, and extracurricular activities. Since counselors have an intimate knowledge of what admissions staff members are looking for, they can guide the student’s development throughout the high school years.

    It can be difficult to become familiar with a college solely via its ranking and the list of its majors. Since college counselors work with students on a long-term basis, they get to know each student’s learning style and ambitions, and they get a sense of where a student would best fit in. While students can develop a short list of the colleges that might interest them, a college counselor can offer advice regarding a particular college’s environment.

    Orinda Academy, a private college prep school, provides extensive student support. In addition to college counseling, our students have access to outside tutors, therapists, and specialists. East Bay-area families can get to know our private school by calling (925) 357-9719 or visiting us online.




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