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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.

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.

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