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

Orinda Academy's Annual Fund & Scholarship Fund Drive Ends June 30th

Orinda Academy's Annual Fund and Scholarship Fund Drive ends June 30th and we are short of our goals. OA provides over a half million dollars in scholarships to provide an excellent, private college prep school environment for about 30% of our students. This helps increase our diversity and provides opportunities for those who might not be able to afford it otherwise. Please help us support this worthy cause and opportunity for many students by contributing to our Scholarship and Annual Fund at orindaacademy.causevox.com.

Orinda Academy is a non profit school and all contributions are tax deductible.

How Students Benefit from Small Class Sizes

The choice to send a child to a private college prep school in Orinda often rests on several factors. The availability of elective courses or college counselors may play a role. The balance of academics to student life might also be important to parents. However, smaller class sizes are frequently cited as a primary reason for selecting a private college prep school over other high schools. The benefits of smaller class sizes highlight the importance of this feature among private high schools.

More Teacher Interaction

Academic success requires healthy and consistent communication between teachers and their students. In large classrooms, though, it can be challenging for a teacher to build a rapport with every student. As a result, students may be quick to lose interest in a particular subject or their curriculum as a whole when they receive a lack of attention in school. At a college prep school, students can daily engage with their teachers and enjoy their classes more fully because of it.

Quicker Detection of Learning Challenges

In a classroom with a smaller number of students, teachers have the time and attention to better observe the varying learning styles of their students. This allows them to both encourage the unique academic tendencies of their pupils and identify potential obstacles. Especially when a student has a learning challenge, a teacher can more quickly recognize and address it with parents and the rest of the prep school faculty.

Greater Student Participation

While some high school students may find it easy to speak up in a room full of students, others may hesitate to distinguish themselves in the classroom. Smaller class sizes can thereby help students focus more on their curriculum and less on how they might be perceived by fellow classmates. Especially when a student has the chance to form healthy relationships with others in his classes, he can build the confidence he needs to be vocal in a supportive environment that may prove essential to his future academic success.

Orinda Academy recognizes the impact of smaller class sizes on the high school experiences of our students. Call (925) 357-9719 to find out more about how we structure our prep school curriculum and classes for our students’ success. Our website also details how our private school stands apart from other high schools.

Examining Our Social Studies Curriculum

One of the most important steps we take to prepare our private high school students for a successful academic career in college is to enhance their understanding of the world at large. Through our private college prep school’s social studies curriculum, we can give students a comprehensive understanding of the world as it was in the past, as it is today, and the direction it is heading. We offer our youngest students courses in U.S. History and World Geography, while some of our tenth to twelfth graders will have the opportunity to take Modern World History or Western Civilization, advanced U.S. History, and Civics and Economics.

As an esteemed college preparatory high school in California, we make it a goal of ours to challenge students to think critically about how cultures, traditions, and experiences have shaped our globe. If you are interested in learning more about the social studies curriculum at Orinda Academy, call us at (925) 478-4504. You can also visit our admissions office for more information.

Spring Arts Festival - May 8, 2015

Please join us for our annual Spring Arts Festival at the Orinda Library Theater, Friday, May 8th at 7pm. This year's theme is "Rebellion." The evening performance is for everyone who would like to attend. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $8 for students for the evening performance. Students who are performing do not need to pay.

Tickets are available to purchase in the ​main ​office. You can call and reserve yours by phone or buy in the office, or they can also be purchased at the door. Make sure to get yours before they sell out! We have some excellent performers this year, including musicians, actors, dancers, artists, and faculty band. Everyone is excited to share all their hard work with you! Please contact Molly Smart at molly@orindaacademy.org with any questions.

A Look at the Orinda Academy Math and Science Program

At Orinda Academy, we know that a strong foundation in the fields of math and science can take a student to incredible places in his or her future career. That is why our private college prep school in Orinda offers an elite program that prepares students to succeed in both the short and long terms for these two fields. Here is a closer look at the Orinda Academy Math and Science program.

Ground Courses in Mathematics

As our private school accepts students in the 8 th to 12 th grades, it’s important that we offer effective ground courses in mathematics early on. Our middle school mathematics program offers various subjects depending on a student’s interest and skill level. These courses include, Geometry, Algebra 1, and Math A, all of which prepare boys and girls for more advanced concepts in higher grade levels.

Comprehensive Sampling of Science Subjects

Our science program is just as diverse and driven and offers five specific subjects that are taken sequentially from eighth to twelfth grade. As an 8 th grader, a prep school student will begin with physical science. As he or she progresses into high school, the next class will be environmental science, followed by biology, or honors biology, chemistry, and physics.

Individualized Math Curricula

When students are applying to our preparatory school, we’re always eager to share with them that we offer a very individualized approach to math, but that each path will put them on track for college. We prepare students for tests like the SAT and AP exams in subjects like calculus, and can accommodate those who don’t feel math is their strongest subject with our 2-year algebra sequence. Our advances math classes include Alg. 2/Trig, Pre-Calculus and Calculus.

In addition to offering individualized options and high quality instruction, we also offer smaller class sizes and unique learning style approaches here at Orinda Academy. If you have questions about our college preparatory high school, then be sure to call us today at (925) 478-4504.

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