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The Orinda Academy Mission

To provide a safe, inclusive community

that encourages bright young people to be themselves

while building character, intellect, and creativity.

Students taking a picture in front of Orinda Academy sign
Susan Eva Porter
Ph.D., LCSW , M.S.Ed.
Head of School

A Message from the Head of School  

At Orinda Academy, we talk about doing high school differently. What we mean is that every faculty and staff member is guided by the mission to teach each student how to be their best self. Empowering students to discover and celebrate their own unique gifts, differences, and aspirations requires us, as educators, to go above and beyond to truly know every student. 

Our motto at OA is You Be You, and it shows. When visiting our campus, you’ll meet musicians, writers, coders, artists, and light saber masters. Young poets, historians, and biologists work alongside each other, creating a vibrant, creative, and supportive community. 

Being a small campus means that we have the capacity to develop deep, lasting relationships - with our students, their families, and each other. The result is a high school community unlike any other. 

This is a wonderful time to explore and get to know our school community. We look forward to welcoming you to our lively campus and I invite you to reach out with questions anytime. Thank you for your interest in Orinda Academy!