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

How to Create a Positive Study Environment in Your Home

Happy young father with his son studying

College prep programs can be demanding, and time after school is filled with distractions for students. Homework and studying are critical to academic success, but the wrong environments make getting these jobs done well nearly impossible for students. Help your child overcome distractions and develop good study skills by giving him or her a supportive work space. These ideas will help you create an environment conducive to studying:

Create a Dedicated Area

Having a designated study zone in your home will make concentration easier for your child. Find an area that people don’t have to walk through often and where your child won’t be constantly interrupted by ringing phones and household activity. A good spot could be a corner of the bedroom, a desk in a home office, or even a guest room. Avoid putting him or her to work at the kitchen table or in the family room, where there are too many temptations.

If you have to make a study area in a busy room of the home, make sure other family members know that sound and interruptions need to be kept to a minimum when your child is working.

Buy a Good Desk and Chair

Lounging around on a bed or sofa is never a good idea when serious studying needs to get done. Provide a desk and comfortable chair for your child and encourage him or her to use that space whenever he or she is working. Sitting at a desk will help your child to focus on the task at hand and keep him or her more alert than he or she would be if lounging on the bed.

Provide Lighting and Supplies

Make sure your child’s study area is well lit. A desk lamp is a great way to provide extra lighting. Also make sure that the area is well stocked with everything your child will need to do his or her work, such as paper, pens, and a calculator.

At Orinda Academy, our college prep program will help your child develop the study skills he or she will need to complete his or her work—both in and out of school. Our private, East Bay school is dedicated to your child’s academic success. Call us at (925) 254-7553 to schedule a visit to our East Bay campus and to learn more about our college prep curriculum.



Orinda Academy would like to congratulate our very own Omran Al-Mesned, class of 2008, who recently graduated from the University of California at San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics!

We are so proud of you and wish you all the best in your bright future!

The Orinda Academy and North Bay Orinda School 30 Year Anniversary Alumni Party

30th Anniversary


This special event will be held at OA Orinda on Saturday, August 18th, from 1-4 pm. It will be a free BBQ ($30 donation for OA scholarship fund requested) for all alumni and spouses, significant others, alumni parents, and children.

There will be beer and wine (if over 21), games, anniversary slide show, bounce house, softball, and more.

Come see your school friends and teachers and share our celebration. Contact Ron Graydon if you would like to help contact your fellow grads or plan the event. See you there. RSVP or ask questions to ron@orindaacademy.org.

Graduation - Class of 2012

Congratulations to Orinda Academy Class of 2012!

Graduation - Class of 2012

From Left to Right - Anna Supton, Maya Young, Jeremy Hansen, Daniel Ling, Tai Infante, Austin Wolf, Julia Comley, Emily Moore, Molly Greenberg, Philip Wolf, Jamie Ruzicano, Matt Porter, Suhntay Berger-Steiger, and Jaimes Frank.

Congratulations to everyone! We are very proud of each one of you and wish you the best of luck in the future.

2012 Graduates

Orinda Academy Helps Clean Up Orinda Creeks

Orinda Creeks Cleanup

On March 23, 2012, Orinda Academy put its philosophy of Community Service into action. Students and faculty members braved mud and stinging plants to help out their community by participating in a clean up of San Pablo Creek. Guided by the organization Friends of Orinda Creeks, students and teachers donned work gloves to pull out invasive species, gather trash, and spread mulch.

Community Cleanup

Orinda Academy students broke into groups that removed non-native and invasive plants like ivy and poison oak, while another group raked, turned,  and spread mulch on bare or muddy areas. Still another group picked-up and bagged the usual litter of water bottles and napkins as well as bike parts, a commercial blender and several brand new, left-foot tennis shoes. Students were rewarded for their hard work with a pizza picnic in Orinda Community Park.

Creek Cleanup

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