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

How Small Class Sizes Nurture Learning Style Differences in Students

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Studies have shown again and again that smaller class sizes are beneficial to students, both academically and socially. In fact, because private school teachers are no longer pulled in many different directions at once, they can help students learn on a deeper level—the student’s personal learning style level. How does small class size nurture learning style differences in students? Smaller class size:

  • Gives students more one-on-one time with instructors. One-on-one instruction is key for a positive learning environment. Students, especially those who have slightly less traditional learning styles such as kinesthetic-tactile, can greatly benefit from more time with the instructor, who can take the time to get to know how a child learns instead of being pulled in ten directions at once. An instructor should be given the time to develop individual instructional relationships with each student for optimal academic and social development.
  • Gives instructors more freedom to work with a child on his or her learning issues. For many children, some teaching methods work and some do not, and a small class size is the optimal environment for an instructor to garner information on the most effective teaching methods. This includes working with children on their learning issues and developing curricula which honors each student’s learning style for the best possible learning environment in which all students are considered.
  • Allows instructors to give students more feedback on assignments. Regular and constructive criticism is essential for academic growth, and instructors are afforded the time and space to do so when working with smaller class sizes. Instructors are also given the opportunity to communicate with parents in a more thorough manner.

Give your child the best academic advantage by enrolling him or her at Orinda Academy, Orinda, California’s premier private high school. Find out all that we have to offer your child by checking out our website or calling us at (925) 254-7553 today.

A College for Every Student: Beyond Disabled Student Services

Elizabeth A. Stone Ph.D.
Educational Consultant, "The Education Planner"

Friday, Sept 28, 2012
9 am - 11 am

@ the Exploratorium, San Francisco

Artistic? Studious? Social? Free-spirited? Test-averse? Hands-on? While all colleges offer some level of support for students with learning differences, there are colleges that offer unique environments for students who might thrive in non-traditional settings. This presentation will provide an overview of colleges that "fit" students who learn differently.

Dr. Stone is an educational consultant in private practice and supports students of all abilities navigate the college admissions process. She holds a Ph.D. in Special Education from UC Berkeley and a Certificate in College Admissions Counseling from UCLA. Read more...

Friday, September 28, 2012
9 am - 11 am

Cost: $20 for PEN members.
FREE for staff at PEN Member Schools.

PEN's Speaker Series is a membership-based series of lectures and workshops on various aspects of parenting and educating children with learning and attention difficulties. PEN Membership is only $35/year or $350/lifetime.

Get more Information about Private Education with These Resources from Orinda Academy!

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A strong, solid education provides the foundation necessary to ensure your child's future success.  If you've been considering pursuing private education or preparatory school, read the following articles to gain more insight about whether it's the right decision for your family. 

  • This article describes why those who have attended private school are more likely than public school students to complete a bachelor's degree by their mid-twenties.
  • Learn about the trends and developments in public and private schools in The Condition of Education, provided by the National Center for Education Statistics.   
  • This article demonstrates that private school students have a positive inclination toward public service and are more likely than other students to volunteer within their communities.
  • Learn more about national efforts to integrate art into education by reading this article. 

To learn more about how attending a preparatory school can help benefit your child, call the Orinda Academy at (925) 254-7553.

Balancing Extracurricular Activities: Empowering Parents

When kids juggle after-school activities along with academic responsibilities, first-priority commitments like homework and studying are often overlooked.  As a parent, it's essential to keep an eye on your children's school habits to ensure activities like team practices or band rehearsals aren't interfering with their scholastic progress. 

Take charge and engage yourself in your kids' day-to-date routine.  Ask yourself: Is education a priority in your household?  Monitor your children's grades in relation to their after-school commitments.  Keep an eye on the time they spend on each throughout the week.  If your kids aren't maintaining As and Bs in school, decrease their extracurricular activities until they're back on a positive academic track.  While it's important to maintain daily balance, remind your kids that school comes first. 

A strong academic background is essential to your child's future.  To learn more about how to help your kids reach their full learning potential, call the Orinda Academy at (925) 254-7553.

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