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

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The Orinda Academy is a college preparatory school that is located in San Francisco’s East Bay. We provide excellent programs for students in grades 8-12 that have a different learning style. Call us at (925) 357-9719 for more information.

Orinda Academy Senior Honored in Diablo Magazine

David Rios, an Orinda Academy senior, was honored in Diablo Magazine as part of "The Incredibles" piece highlighting East Bay teenagers who have gone above-and-beyond.

David is starting a pen pal partnership between our school and a children's orphanage in El Salvador. He does volunteer work in El Salvador and Nicaragua and also volunteers with the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria in Rohnert Park and the Monument Crisis Center.

Orinda Academy is proud of David and all his achievements! Read more about him here.

What Are the Benefits of Educational Travel?

A lot of schools around the country offer programs throughout the year that encourage students to travel. Taking a trip to a faraway country, or even just to a different part of town, can be an enlightening experience. This is especially the case when you incorporate education and learning into your itinerary.

Interactive Learning

When participating in educational travel, one of the key aspects is that you get to learn outside of the classroom. Whether onsite at an archaeological dig or learning in the jungle of Costa Rica, you can literally be immersed in the subject matter you are studying. This kind of tactile learning environment can make the educational process thrilling, and can lend opportunities to experience certain aspects not found in the classroom.

Becoming Familiar with Different Cultures

One of the greatest joys of educational travel abroad is how you get to experience different cultures. This is important because it can instill open-mindedness and tolerance of differences between other cultures and your own. You will be able to try different kinds of foods, talk to different kinds of people, and learn different traditions.


Educational travel has the ability to profoundly inspire individuals. Whether it’s a field trip to a local museum, or an extended trip to a foreign country, these experiences can leave lasting impressions that may spark new interests or even a career choice. Lastly, educational travel can prove that learning does not stop once you leave the classroom, and can inspire intellectual curiosity that lasts a lifetime.

The Orinda Academy knows the power of educational travel. We are a private college preparatory school, and we offer excellent educational travel opportunities to places like Washington, D.C., France, Italy, Spain, England, Wales, Scotland, Austria, Germany, Greece, Turkey, Japan, Russia, Galapagos, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Peru, Mexico, Hawaii, and more. Call us at (925) 357-9719, or visit our campus in San Francisco’s East Bay to find out more.

Orinda Academy Senior Awarded Fr. Homer Demopoulos Scholarship

Michael Livanos, a senior at Orinda Academy, was nominated by his dance directors and won the Fr. Homer Demopoulos Scholarship at the Greek Orthodox Folk Dance & Choral Festival this past weekend!

It honors his academics as well as his service to the community, involvement at school and involvement in his church. There were only five scholarship recipients out of thousands of dancers, so it was highly competitive. Congratulations, Michael!

SOS4Students Presents: Is That Me Yelling? Ways to Stop Losing Your Cool and Improve Communication with Your Teen

Are you continuously arguing with your teen? Do you feel he or she lacks motivation? Do you stress over your child’s grades and whether he or she will make it into college? Do your arguments get heated, with both you and your teen losing your tempers? Do you worry about what these battles do to your relationship with your child?

If so, you are not alone.

Teens and parents argue constantly over things such as:

  • social media use
  • grades
  • homework (not doing it or where/how it’s being done)
  • curfews
  • study time and procrastination
  • preparing for college

With her presentation, “Is That Me Yelling?”, author, educator, and health care professional Rona Renner, a leading authority on parenting, outlines effective communication strategies for parents that focus on your child's unique temperament and your reactions in her presentation

Held at Orinda Academy on April 13 and brought to you by SOS4Students, the Bay Area’s leading provider of academic coaching and workshops for teens, parents, and teachers, this session explores material from Renner’s new book Is That Me Yelling? and offers practical solutions designed to help you communicate effectively and compassionately with your child in ways that benefit you both.

Parents, educators, guidance counselors, and others who interact with teens regularly won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear firsthand from an expert on childhood temperament and parenting.

Attendees will learn:

  • How to identify the reasons behind your frustration
  • How to provide calm discipline instead of exploding and humiliating your child
  • How to handle stressful situations while staying calm, clear, and firm
  • How your unique temperament and your child's can contribute to losing tempers
  • Ways to feel calm so you can connect with your teen in a positive way, right away.

WHAT: “Is That Me Yelling? Ways to Stop Losing Your Cool and Improve Communication with Your Teen” with Rona Renner
WHEN: Monday, April 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm
WHERE: Orinda Academy, 19 Altarinda Rd, Orinda, CA 94563

This 90-minute presentation will include a question & answer session and is sponsored by sos4students in partnership with Orinda Academy.

Only 50 seats are available at this venue, so those interested in attending are urged to register early online here or by phone at (510) 531-4767.

Register by April 10, 2015 for early-bird rates of $20/adults and $10/students. Registration on the day of the event (if seats are still available) will be $30/adults and $20/students.

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