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    Preventing Summer Learning Loss Among High School Students

    Last updated 6 days ago

    For decades, research has consistently proven that students who do not participate in educational activities over the summer lose about two months of knowledge. In fact, high school students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer than they do on those same tests at the beginning of summer. Fortunately, summer learning loss is entirely preventable. Continue reading to learn some tips for preventing summer learning loss among high school students.

    Focus on College Preparation

    During the school year, high school students are typically very busy with school, homework, extracurricular activities, and, of course, friends. They may not spend as much time as they need on preparing for standardized tests that will facilitate college acceptance. Encourage your high school student to focus on college prep this summer. You might consider hiring an SAT tutor for your child or providing SAT prep workbooks.

    Plan Educational Family Trips

    Instead of settling for another trip to the beach this summer, plan an educational family vacation. Try to find a destination or attraction that will speak to your high school student’s interests. If your child is a nature lover, consider visiting the Redwood National and State Parks, for example. You could also teach your child the importance of responsible citizenship by planning a volunteer vacation.

    Start a Family Book Club

    Regular reading is critical for students of all ages. Sometimes, however, it may be tricky to convince a high school student to read over the summer instead of playing videogames. Consider starting a family book club. Each family member takes a turn selecting a book for the whole family to read. Your local library may have multiple copies of the same title for your family’s convenience. Be sure to periodically sit down together and discuss the story.

    At Orinda Academy, our high school teachers offer significant support to help our students achieve their goals. Orinda Academy also shares a summer reading list with students, for enrichment over the summer months. Contact our college prep school in East Bay at (925) 357-9719 or visit us online to learn more about fall enrollment.

    Why Students Thrive at Orinda Academy

    Last updated 15 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 21 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 27 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 1 month 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.

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