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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

Welcome to the Orinda Academy website!  

Chances are good that you found our website because you’re searching for something different for your high school experience. Look no further! At OA we truly do high school differently; spend time on this website and you’ll see how. 

To begin, OA is small - on purpose. As educators, we understand that when students form close relationships with their teachers and school support staff, they thrive. Every teacher at OA knows every student, regardless of whether they teach them, so we mean it when we say you’ll be seen at OA.

Next, because we’re small every OA student can be themselves, and be celebrated for it. At OA, our motto is You Be You, and it shows. When you visit campus you’ll meet musicians, writers, coders, artists, and light saber masters. We have poets, Ultimate enthusiasts, historians, and biologists working alongside each other, creating a unique and supportive community. 

We believe that high school is the perfect time to pay attention to what’s going on inside of you, and at OA we listen.

So, if you’re interested in doing high school differently, then OA might be the place for you!