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    Half Time, Long Term Substitute Teacher Needed

    Last updated 2 days 15 hours 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

    The Importance of College Counselors

    Last updated 4 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.

    Why Extracurricular Activities Are Important for Childhood Development

    Last updated 11 days ago

    If you’re searching for a private college preparatory school for your child, there are many factors to consider. For example, if your child has a learning difference, it’s best to select a private school that adapts the curriculum to children’s various learning styles. However, selecting a private school that offers enrichment activities is just as important for your child’s development. Extracurricular activities such as clubs and travel opportunities help your child flourish across multiple areas of development.

    Improved Focus

    High school students are still learning how to use good time management skills. Many kids are easily distracted. While doing homework, for example, a student can quickly become distracted by his or her cell phone. It’s often tempting for parents to discourage easily distractible kids from taking on too much responsibility. But in fact, adding extracurricular activities, sports, and other obligations to a student’s schedule teaches him or her how to use time wisely. The result is that students learn how to focus on the task at hand.

    Enhanced Self-Confidence

    Private schools often work toward building a student’s self-confidence and self-esteem, particularly if that student has learning differences. Extracurricular activities are an important factor in developing self-confidence. Students working on projects outside of class gain a better understanding of their strengths and they become inspired to work on their weaknesses.

    Greater Social Skills

    Regardless of whether a child is outgoing or shy, signing up for extracurricular activities at his or her private prep school can improve social skills dramatically. Students will learn how to cooperate and collaborate with their peers and with teachers, and they will develop important leadership skills.

    College preparatory students enrolled at Orinda Academy enjoy a wide array of student clubs and organizations in addition to our Educational Adventures program, which encourages students’ natural curiosity through travel. Call our college preparatory school at (925) 357-9719 or visit our website to read about our upcoming Educational Adventures. Our private school proudly serves a diverse student population in the East Bay area.

    Staying Involved in Your Child's Progressing Education

    Last updated 17 days ago

    Research supports the idea that parental involvement in a child’s education lends itself to greater academic achievements, better motivation, regular school attendance, and reduced problematic behaviors. It’s never too early or too late for parents to become more involved in their students’ college prep schools. Get started by calling your point of contact at the high school and asking about ways of getting involved. Your child’s private school may offer a parent group or similar organization.

    Develop After-School Routines

    All students need structure to thrive. High school counselors often encourage families to develop a set after-school routine, particularly if a child struggles with learning differences that interfere with concentration, such as ADHD. For example, your child’s routine might involve getting an after-school snack and then settling down to complete homework before being allowed to watch TV. Additionally, get into the habit of going through your child’s homework and assignment planner with him or her each day to stay on top of upcoming quizzes, projects, and other assignments. At Orinda Academy, we provide after school tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    Encourage School-Related Discussions

    Younger students may be more willing to talk about school with their parents. However, parents of high school students can still encourage discussions by asking specific questions. For example, ask your child about the latest art project, what he or she thought of the book assigned for English class, or even whether he or she enjoyed gym class.Orinda Academy has a program called Edline, where all assignments are posted online. Parents and students can use this to plan according to their student’s schedule. Having these discussions demonstrates to your child that school is important.

    Become Involved at the High School

    Join the college prep school’s parent-teacher organization. You can become better acquainted with educators and other parents to help you stay abreast of the curriculum and how your child is progressing through the grade levels. Make sure to attend all parent-teacher conferences and let your child’s teacher know that you welcome regular updates. For this reason, OA parent group meetings include speakers on teen issues, middle and high school education, learning styles, teen health, social networks and video games, and more.

    Orinda Academy is a private school that firmly believes in the importance of collaboration among parents, teachers, and students. Call our college prep school at (925) 357-9719 and ask us about the activities our parent group is planning for this upcoming school year. East Bay-area families can also click through to our website to read about the admissions process at our private high school.

    The 5 Pillars of Learning at Orinda Academy

    Last updated 17 days ago

    As a parent, there are few things more important to you than your child’s education. As your child grows into a teenager, you’ll be faced with the question of where to send him to high school so that he can thrive and succeed both academically and socially. At Orinda Academy in the East Bay, we believe in the Five Pillars of Learning for academic, social, and emotional success. Academic success, organization, communication, community involvement, and personal growth are emphasized across all departments so that our students graduate as well-rounded and balanced individuals. Take a look at this infographic to learn more about the Five Pillars of Learning and how they translate to life inside and outside of the classroom. Please share with your friends and family so they too can make the best decision possible about where their children should attend private high school

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