Welcome From the Head Of School

Orinda Academy has 35 years of experience providing a personally enriching and academically challenging, college prep learning environment for students in grades 8 through 12.

Many of our students come to our school because other educational institutions haven’t been a good match for them. Our students are smart and creative, but often because of learning differences, they need to learn in a smaller class size where they can get more individualized attention.

Our faculty understands learning differences. Orinda Academy’s dedicated and talented faculty focuses on the individual needs of each student within a curriculum that meets the college preparatory requirements of the University of California and other four-year colleges and universities. We provide a learning environment where students gain the skills necessary to thrive in an ever-changing world.

Orinda Academy’s learning environment is conducive to student achievement.

We emphasize organization, time management, and self-advocacy. While developing self-confidence and self-reliance, students build upon their successes. Our graduates are confident, academically prepared, and ready for college.

The success stories from our graduates are impressive; check out our Alumni profiles section. Our students attend top colleges and universities across the nation including:

  • UCLA
  • UC Davis
  • UC Berkeley
  • Cal Poly
  • Brown
  • MIT
  • Vassar
  • Pitzer
  • Carnegie Mellon
  • Colby
  • Claremont McKenna
  • Cornell
  • Stanford
  • Georgetown
  • Rice
  • USC
  • NYU
  • Colgate
  • St. Mary’s and many more

Orinda Academy is a viable choice for students who have a desire to be challenged to fulfill their potential in a college prep curriculum, which includes elective areas in music, athletics, drama, dance, and art.

We have made a difference in the lives of thousands of students and we can make a difference in your child’s life too. Please contact us to schedule an interview and tour our school. We look forward to meeting you.


Ron Graydon
Founder, Head of School
(925) 254-7553

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