"It takes a community to make a school great"
As a private school Orinda Academy is somewhat unique in that we depend on tuition to meet our annual operating costs. However, we are dependent on the Annual Fund to enrich and enhance our program with student activities, arts, athletics, learning specialist services, tutoring, technology, counseling services, field trips, and the arts. We also provide a substantial scholarship program to provide qualified students in need an excellent college prep private school education.
The Annual Fund makes it possible for us to maintain our low student to teacher ratio, which provides for some of the smallest classes in the area and more personal attention than most private schools. This in turn helps Orinda Academy and our students reach our goals of student success, working to their potential, and getting into their top college choices. The Annual Fund will help us pay for the computer network upgrade we need with our increased technology demands. We also provide for additional laptops for those in need, or those who experience hardware problems. Also, the Annual Fund helps support student activities like the all school retreat, prom, field trips, and the Spring Arts Festival.
Administrative and teacher professional development is also supported by the Annual Fund. Already this year four staff members have attended conferences and webinars, and about six staff members will be attending a full day workshop on October 24th. Our students benefit with new innovations that teachers implement to improve our programs and student achievement.
Last year we came very close to our goal of $50,000 by raising about $32,000 through the Annual Fund and the parent group contributing about $15,000, largely from the Crab Feed.
A 2014-2015 Annual Fund form will be sent out soon. We value gifts of all sizes, and we strive for 100% OA community support from our parents, staff, alumni, and friends. We ask once again that you “give until it feels good,” and help make our school great. Thank you in advance for your generous support of Orinda Academy. You may donate online here.