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

Spotlight on Student Clubs at Orinda Academy

student clubs - orinda academyStudent learning does not take place exclusively in the classroom. At the high school level, students should have access to clubs and activities outside of regular school hours that promote more advanced learning and social interaction. In addition to providing stimulation for young, active minds, student clubs enhance college applications and help students stand out in the ever-more-competitive environment of college admissions.

Orinda Academy proudly offers several student clubs to promote new interests and experiences, which might include litigation and event organizing in student council, journalism and writing in the student newspaper, or creative exploration in music or filmmaking clubs. Students might also discover new cultures with food and multicultural clubs that meet once a week. Athletic students may find a welcoming environment in the school’s sports and recreation club, while critical thinkers might flourish in chess club. For students whose interests are not met through existing clubs, there is always the opportunity to start a new club with the help of experienced faculty members.

To discover everything that Orinda Academy has to offer for college-bound students in the East Bay Area, visit us online or call (925) 478-4504.

How Foreign Language Classes Enrich Student Education

Core academic subjects such as science, mathematics, and reading are essential for student development, but extracurricular courses can have just as many benefits in learning. Foreign language, for example, is often excluded from standard curriculum, though it has many advantages for young learners. By participating in foreign language courses, students learn much more than a new vocabulary. They gain a more expansive worldview and appreciation of other cultures along with the valuable attributes discussed below. It is for these reasons that Orinda Academy offers two-tiered foreign language courses for students from grades 8-12.

Improvement in overall language skills

Studying a foreign language not only improves skills in that language, but it also helps to boost a student’s overall understanding of grammar and other characteristics of language. Students who study multiple languages tend to have more advanced reading and writing skills, and this is demonstrated with a strong correlation between language study and higher standardized test scores.

Expanded educational and professional opportunities

In today’s global economy, it is almost a necessity to have foreign language skills to attain the most desirable positions in the job market. Even in school, learning a foreign language can open up new opportunities with study abroad programs and campus employment at the college level.

Increased memory and problem solving skills

Learning a new language involves lots of memorization, which helps to strengthen the brain’s memory skills. Problem solving, cognitive tasks, and spatial reasoning also benefit from foreign language instruction. Beginning or continuing foreign language instruction at the middle school level is particularly advantageous, because this age is a time of significant cognitive development.

For a closer look at the language and education adventures program offered at Orinda Academy, contact us at (925) 478-4504. As a college preparatory school for students in grades 8-12, we set high academic standards with the luxury of individualized attention and exceptional student activities.

Student Success Story: Jessica Jarett

Jessica Jarett started at Orinda Academy in 8th grade. She excelled during her time with us and graduated in 2001 as valedictorian of her class.

After graduation, Jessica attended Long Island University where she earned a B.S. in Marine Science. She now has a PhD in Microbiology from the University of New Hampshire and is a Postdoctoratal Fellow in Computational Biology at the Genome Institute.

We are so proud of Jessica and all she's accomplished. To learn how your son or daughter can become a success story at Orinda Academy, a private college prep school in the Bay Area, visit our website.

Common Summer Learning Loss Myths

Summer learning loss is a big problem for students at all ages, so it is important for parents to promote academic activities at home while students are out of school. As this video explains, there is an assumption that summer helps students recharge, but the extended break of two months can cause students to forget the material they have learned over the previous school year. One of the easiest ways to reduce summer learning loss is with a reading list that can be completed during the break. Many students also take advantage of summer school to get ahead for the next year, which will leave more time to focus on extracurricular activities when schedules are busy in the fall and spring.

Orinda Academy can help your child stay engaged in academics throughout the summer with summer session classes taking place in June and July. Also, we have a summer reading book that all our students read over the summer so they’re prepared to discuss in their English classes once school resumes in the Fall. If you are interested in providing your child with the advantage of a college preparatory education, call us at (925) 478-4504 to schedule a tour of our campus in the East Bay.

We Need Your Help: Success Stories

We need your help with our new marketing campaign...success stories! Whether you are a current parent or student, or an alumni parent or student, we want to hear your success stories about Orinda Academy and how it helped you! We are starting to collect stories and will use some or all of them in a new marketing campaign we are working on to get the word out about how Orinda Academy helps students from all different backgrounds. A few sentences, a few paragraphs, whatever you feel like sharing, we would love to hear from you and have you help shape our new campaign. You can email your stories to laurel@orindaacademy.org.

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