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

Private School: Our Education Philosophy Includes a Superior Diet

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A quality high school education is paramount for your child’s success in college and beyond. When you are searching for a private school for your teenager, it is important to do your research and find out about class size, instructor backgrounds, and the school’s overall educational philosophy. Finding the right school is not the end of preparing your child for life after high school—your child’s learning potential can be greatly affected by his diet. Educate your child on how his diet can affect academic success so that your tuition investment is put to good use.

Eat Breakfast Breakfast is the nutritional cornerstone for anyone’s day. Studies have shown that students who eat breakfast on a regular basis have higher test scores and better overall behavior than those who skip this important meal. Encourage your child to have a balanced breakfast full of protein and whole grains so that your child has the energy he needs to make it until lunchtime. Foods with high sugar content will result in a blood sugar crash during the morning, so your child will end up hungry and tired again. If your child goes to school hungry, chances are he will have a harder time concentrating and staying awake.

Healthy Lunch Choices Since your child is on his own during lunchtime, your child will get to make his own choices for his midday meal. Giving your child knowledge of proper nutrition will enable him to make smart choices in the school cafeteria. Choosing water over sugary soda or fruit drinks, and vegetables instead of french fries or other fatty foods, will keep your child alert and hydrated throughout the afternoon. Some food additives like sugar and caffeine can decrease your teenager’s productivity, so encourage him to make healthy choices throughout the day.

Orinda Academy in the East Bay provides a college preparatory education for students in grades 6-12. Our dedicated teachers and staff are committed to helping your child fully realize his academic potential. Call us at (925) 254-7553 to find out more about our school.

College Preparatory School: Resources for Parents and Students

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As a parent, you undoubtedly want to give your child every advantage, and a great private high school is an excellent way for your teen to get ahead academically. Find out more by clicking through these helpful articles.

  • Find out about the different learning styles at Learning-Styles-Online.com.
  • Many parents are concerned about the effects of cyber bullying. Learn more about this growing phenomenon from the National Crime Prevention Council.PsychCentral.com details the top 10 most effective study habits.
  • Does your teenager have poor study habits? Find out by reading this article by HealthGuidance.org.
  • Learn about the benefits of high SAT scores from Course-Notes.org. 

Call the premier private college preparatory school, Orinda Academy, at (925) 254-7553. We are happy to answer any of your questions or schedule you a tour.

Self-Advocacy: Working Together for Student Success!

Parents Education Network

Professional Development- Parent Training - Student Training

Saturday, October 13, 2012
10 am - 3 pm

Mercy High School, San Francisco

Register Now!

David Kessler, MA, LPC
Kristin France, MA
Karen Grites, MS
Claudia Koochek
Brendan Pratt, Pd.D.

Don't miss this unique day of self-advocacy training for educators, parents and students (age 10+), featuring a keynote presentation, DARE to Stand Up for Yourself, followed by separate breakout workshops for each group. This event was sparked by a SAFE student: read her message here!

Educators: Learn to understand your students' needs and abilities, and create an educational environment that supports self-understanding and self-advocacy.  Parents: Learn to understand your child's strengths and challenges, and support them in their quest for self-understanding and self-advocacy.  Students: Learn to understand your strengths and challenges and advocate for the support you need.


10:00 am - DARE to Stand Up for Yourself  - keynote with David Kessler, MA, LPC

11:10 am - Workshop I - 3 separate breakout sessions:

For Educators: How to recognize a student’s strengths and challenges + Why student self-advocacy is important and how to talk to students about it, with Claudia Koochek
For Parents: Advocating for Your Child: Understanding strengths, areas of need, accommodations and goals with Brendan Pratt, Ph.D.
For Students: The View of You with Kristin France, MA and Karen Grites, MS

12:10 pm    Lunch (provided)

1:10 pm - Workshop II - 3 separate breakout sessions:

For Educators: Building Self-Advocacy in Your Students with Kristin France, M.A. and Karen Grites, M.S.
For Parents: How a parent can model, teach and support self-advocacy in his/her child with the goal of the student ultimately advocating for his/herself, with Claudia Koochek.
For Students: Self-Advocacy - Picking the Right Battles and Using the Right Supports with David Kessler, MA, LPC

2:30 – 3 pm - Final gathering

Click here for details of keynote and workshops!

Download Speaker Bios here (PDF)

Saturday, October 13, 2012
10 am - 3 pm

Mercy High School, San Francisco

Individual PEN Members: $30
Family rate for PEN members (2 adults + kids): $60
Students: $10
Staff at PEN Member Schools: $10
PEN Professional Level Members: $10
Non-PEN-Members: $70 per person

Parent & Student Training

Parent Group Meeting

Dear Orinda Academy Parents,

At the last parent group meeting we had an excellent presentation from Beth Samuelson, the director of Student Organizational Services. Beth informed us about the teenage brain, it's development, abilities, and limitations. It is useful information for teens, parents, and educators. We also learned how best to work with teens with these qualities in mind, and how this impacts learning differences.

Below are excerpts from the materials that Beth provided that gives a brief explanation about the teenage brain, 10 myths about teens and academic performance, and practical suggestions, or do's and don'ts, on how to parent for academic success. I highly recommend you read this and hope that you can utilize these suggestions.

Ron Graydon
Head of School
Orinda Academy

10 Myths About Teens and Academic Performance Do's and Don'ts The Teenage Brain

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