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Four decades and hundreds of successful alumni are the legacy of Orinda Academy.

Orinda Academy was established in 1982 to serve kids who don’t thrive in standard high schools and middle schools. OA's founder—Ron Graydon—wanted to address various learning differences that make it hard for students to reach their potential in conventional classrooms, including students who find large campuses and classes overwhelming.


Orinda Academy continues to be geared to individual needs, as well as engaging and adaptable to different learning styles. Our teachers know how to run engaging classrooms that meet the needs of students.

Accreditation and Associations

Orinda Academy is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), People of Color in Independent Schools (POCIS), the California Teacher Development Collaborative (CATDC), and the East Bay Independent Schools Association (EBISA).