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

Orinda Academy Believes the Arts are an Intregral Part of Education - and the Mayor of San Francisco Agrees

Are you a defender of the arts? If so, you’ll want to hear what Gavin Newsom, mayor of San Francisco, has to say about the importance of arts in school. Watch this video clip for more.

With rapidly evolving technology as an integral part of the classroom, it is more important than ever to offer arts and creativity in the classroom. Ideas are born and challenges are overcome through the use of creativity and imagination, and the arts are a large part of inspiring these qualities in children.

Give your child the best academic edge in the Bay Area—enroll him or her at Orinda Academy, where we offer small class sizes and a state-of-the-art curriculum to give your child the utmost in learning. Find out more—give us a call at (925) 254-7553.

Join Orinda Academy's eScrip Program!


Orinda Academy's "eScrip Program" is looking for new members and you can easily enroll by following the directions on the link below:


"eScrip" is an important fundraiser for Orinda Academy. When you are an eScrip member and shop at Safeway, 10% of the money you spend is returned to the school. When you sign up, please be sure to include "Orinda Academy" as your school. Also, if you include your credit card number, many restaurants and clothing stores are also participants in the eScrip program.

Last year, Orinda Academy received $3000 from eScrip and we would like to increase that amount.

We need everyone to participate - parents, friends,  neighbors relatives, alumni.  Please join eScrip!!!

The Role of Technology in Today's Schools


When many parents think of teenagers and technology, the image of a teen buried in his or her smartphone or gaming device often comes to mind. However, at quality private schools today, technology is a way to open minds and show students the wider world and distant cultures as well as what the future may hold. A quality high school such as Orinda Academy should offer:

  • State-of-the-art technology. No school should be without current computing technology, and a top-quality school should provide top-quality equipment. Desktop computers and laptops should be available as well as the necessary accessories, including printers and scanners. Technical support should also be available in a timely manner to students who need it, and an online writing lab should be available, as well. In addition, a great school should offer quality software and classes to teach students how to use it.
  • Instructors willing to stay current with evolving technology. Instructors should hold at least basic knowledge of the technology offered in the classroom. The instructors are not there as tech support, but they should be able to provide academic guidance on how to do research online, for example.
  • Guidelines and procedures to prevent abuse. While unpleasant, abuse does happen. Safeguards should be in place to prevent students from accessing inappropriate websites, and workshops and campaigns should educate students on the harmful effects and consequences of cyber bullying as well as provide a place for students to express their concerns safely. This may not prevent every occurrence of technological misuse, but it will certainly help curb it and keep the students’ attention where it should be: on their academics.

For the best college preparatory high school in the Bay Area, call Orinda Academy at (925) 254-7553. We offer a wide range of programs and classes to help your child be the best he or she can be. Contact us today!

Review of the Play "Modern Wooly Mammoths" by Kathy McCarty, Orinda Academy's Drama Teacher!

Masks with the theatre concept

Onstage Theater Director Helen Means has once again gathered a selection of engaging one-act plays and/or monologues for her annual production of “Off the Shelf and Onstage, An Evening of One-Acts.”

Out of the six diverse short stories, there are four that I would classify as very good to excellent. The most engaging for me were the one-acts titled “Modern Wooly Mammoths” and the monologue simply titled “Fishing.”

“Modern Wooly Mammoths” engages the audience in the complexity of family emotions. A young girl named Teenie (Kailee Sanderson) has to relocate from her grandfather Paps residence, to live with her father, Matt (Alex Tucker). She's definitely against this move and has a strong desire to stay with Paps. Paps is played eloquently and expertly by Will Southard. In addition, Sanderson gives a simple but powerful, resonating performance, with little spoken language, but long on emotional facial and body language. This play is a poignant and heartwarming experience.

“Off the Shelf and Onstage, An Evening of One Acts” is certainly entertaining with its delightful, diverse stories and excellent acting. To enjoy this fun-filled and engaging evening of theater, call (925) 943-7469 (SHOW)

September 14 through October 5

  • Fridays & Saturdays at 8:15 PM
  • Thursday, October 4  7:45 curtain
  • Sunday, September 23  2:15 PM

Tickets: $17-$22

  • Thursday Show Special $12

Box Office:  (925) 943-SHOW

How Small Class Sizes Nurture Learning Style Differences in Students

Students and teacher in class

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.

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