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Experience Orinda Academy

At OA, we are dedicated to helping every student succeed. We put a rigorous curriculum within reach of every student and challenge them to excel beyond what they thought possible. For a list of graduation requirements, available courses, special programs, and accreditations, download the Academic Profile

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The Process for 9th Grade Applicants

Our early admissions season begins the September prior to the year of potential enrollment and runs until mid-March. If any spots are remaining, they are available during our rolling admissions period. Our application is entirely online and can be accessed via Ravenna.

Two Open Houses are held October 1st and December 11th. You may RSVP in Ravenna as well.


The Process for Transfer Applicants

The deadline for transfer applications for Fall 2023 is January 12th 2023. We occasionally accept transfers at mid-year; if you believe your child would benefit from a mid-year transfer, please email

All applications are submitted through Ravenna, although we require an unofficial student transcript and a meeting with Admissions prior to starting the formal application process.



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Application Process Key Dates

September 1, 2021 Application opens
January 6, 2022 Early applications deadline (9th gr.)
January 15, 2022 Fall applications deadline (Transfer)
March 17, 2022 Decisions sent via mail
March 18, 2022 Decisions sent via email
March 26, 2022 by noon Enrollment agreements & decisions due


"I’ve found my second home at this school and I will forever be grateful to the teachers, staff, and my fellow students for helping me gain confidence and a strong sense of who I am. I’ve managed to completely turn around my academic life since Freshman year, and It’s hard to express how immensely grateful I am to everyone in the community."Alex McCarthy, Class of 2020

"School was so engaging. The teachers have so much to tell you and they let you go at your own pace." Sean Stover, Class of 2017

"My favorite thing about Orinda Academy was being able to explore myself and learn from my mistakes." Andrew Evans, Class of 2017

"At OA, I was instantly welcomed into a friendly community where I was able to find my own way to thrive both academically and socially, with all of the support I needed." Francesca D., Class of 2020