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

A Look at the Benefits of Choosing a Private College Preparatory School

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With education at the forefront of most parents' minds, many ask themselves about the benefits of enrolling their children in a private school as compared to a public school.  Preparatory schools help foster students to meet and exceed high scholastic expectations while nurturing them to grow as confident, capable individuals.  Below, you'll find a brief list of the many benefits private school can offer your student. 

Positive Learning Environment

Prep schools boast smaller class sizes and decreased student-to-teacher ratios, enabling those at the front of the classroom to spend more one-on-one time with each individual student.  This close interaction allows instructors to understand and adapt to the different learning styles of each student, offering a semi-personalized and highly intensive curriculum that helps students meet rigorous academic standards. 

Increased Change of Collegiate Success

On average, private schools boast more demanding graduation requirements than public schools, cultivating a learning environment that prepares students for greater scholastic demands they will meet down the road.  Overall, private school SAT scores and the percentage of advanced-course completion rank higher than the national public school average.  With the increased focus on writing and research skills, academic coaching, and college counseling often found in private schools, 88 percent of preparatory school attendees apply for college as compared to the 57 percent application rate by public school students. 

Abundance of Extracurricular Activities

In addition to providing an excellence-driven academic curriculum, preparatory schools offer a wide array of extracurricular activities to engage students at all levels.  Many institutions offer more art-based opportunities than their public school counterparts.  Balance is at the center of private school life, and maintaining focus between academics and extracurricular activities helps to enable students for greater success. 

If you're considering enrolling your child in a preparatory school, call the Orinda Academy at (925) 254-7553 to speak with our admissions department.  We offer an advanced, creative curriculum to Bay Area students in grades 6 through 12, allowing students of all learning types reach their scholastic potential.  Contact us today to learn how we can help your student excel.

Why the Arts Are an Integral Part of a Good Education

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In an academic day and age when a strong emphasis is placed on increasing standardized test scores, art-based programs are often set aside to make way for other core subjects. This trend is especially evident amid public schools, whose federal funding is dependent upon meeting rigorous national standards set forth by legislation. For students with varied learning styles, however, a creative, artistic approach to education is not only beneficial—it's essential to ensure success. Learn why arts are an integral part of a strong education in both public and private schools and how attending an arts-based prep school can benefit your student. 

Arts Engage Students

According to a 2002 study entitled Involvement in the Arts and Success in Secondary School, students who participate in the arts in school show achievement in other realms of life. On average, students engaged in art watch less television, report less boredom, and are more likely to participate within their communities through service-based projects. Attending an arts-focused private school can help improve students' social skills, confidence, and collaboration abilities.

Math, Language, and Higher SAT Scores

Musical instruction has been shown to help increase spatial temporal reasoning, which is the relationship of objects and ideas in space and time. Students involved in musical classes in high school are more likely to score higher on standardized mathematics tests. 

In the 2005 College-Bound Seniors: Total Group Profile Report compiled by the College Board, students involved in art achieved higher scores on the verbal and math sections of the SAT. Scores are as follows:

  • Students with a half year or less of art: Verbal: 485, Math: 502
  • Students with four years of art: Verbal: 543, Math: 541

These numbers provide compelling evidence of art's impact in other academic areas.

By combining art exposure with the creative, all-encompassing curriculum found in prep school, you will ensure your child's future success. Located in the East Bay, the Orinda Academy takes pride in providing students in grades 6 through 12 with a creative academic experience. Call us at (925) 254-7553 to learn more.

Choose a Great Educational Path For Your Child With These Resources from Orinda Academy!

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How can you make sure your child succeeds at school? Browse these links to learn more about helping your child achieve academically.

At Orinda Academy, we’re here to help you make that happen. Our private school has a track record of producing students who succeed in college and beyond. Call us at (925) 254-7553 to learn more about our college prep program and how we can help your child reach their academic goals.

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