Electives

Yearbook

Production of Orinda Academy's yearbook emphasizes the development of the following skills: photography, editing, journalism, leadership, teamwork, time management and graphic design. Students create layouts using the Walsworth online design website and are responsible for the creation and timely submission of pages. The class is open to all interested students.

Edgenuity self-paced courses

  • ACT and SAT prep
  • Intro to Entrepreneurship

  • Intro to Business

  • Intro to Communications and Speech

  • Intro to Computer Science (Coding in Python)

Leadership

This course is provided to OA students that have been selected to serve as Peer Mentors, and is intended to equip these students to serve as leaders in the school and broader community. The course meets weekly throughout the year, and requires regular out-of-class participation as well. The course will serve as a space for developing and enhancing leadership skills, and then executing those skills through Mentor activities at OA. As part of participating in Leadership and serving as a Peer Mentor, students are expected to be role models within the school. This does not mean being perfect students, but does mean taking a proactive stance in addressing challenges, seeking support, and working toward a more inclusive and just school culture.

Arts and Music

Orinda Academy’s Arts Department encompasses the mediums of dance, visual arts, drama, and music, providing students with creative and artistic experiences.

The Arts instructors have many years of combined teaching experience, most have advanced degrees, and all are active in their respective fields. Combining theory with practice, our programs cultivate student's curiosity, technique, and expression while remaining developmentally appropriate and relevant.

Classes offered include:

  • Digital Music Production

  • Stage Band

  • Guitar

  • Art

  • Studio Art

  • Drama

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