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Sue’s News 10/10/19

A blog from the Head of School Vol. 2, No. 4 - October 10, 2019 The All School Retreat was a resounding success. Epic weather, great leadership (thanks especially to Sara Hall-Kennedy for shepherding her first retreat as Dean of Students in fine fashion), and a...

Sue’s News 9/25/19

A blog from the Head of SchoolVol. 2, No. 3 - September 25, 2019 Dean of Students, Sara Hall-Kennedy, hosted OA’s first ever Open Mic Night last Friday. I watched students preparing on Friday afternoon, practicing on ukuleles and crafting headgear with which to...

Sue’s News 9/11/19

A blog from the Head of SchoolVol. 2, No. 2 - September 11, 2019 OA Website and Mascot - Last Spring the community chose the Blue Jay as the new school mascot, replacing the eagle as the symbol for OA. We spent the summer working with a design team to create a...

Feeling Bad as a Parent?

Feeling Bad as a Parent?

Article by Sue Porter featured in the Piedmont Post on Wednesday, August 28, 2019  Almost every parent I know feels bad about their parenting. If you’re anything like them, these are some of the things you feel bad about:  You feel bad because you don’t spend enough...

The Gift of Boredom

The Gift of Boredom

Article by Sue Porter featured in the Piedmont Post on Wednesday, June 26, 2019  Before you schedule every minute of your child’s summer, consider carving out some time for them to do nothing. In fact, carve out enough time for them to do nothing that they get...

Learning Support Techniques For High School Students

Learning Support Techniques For High School Students

Ask Danielle Jaynes, Orinda Academy’s Learning Specialist, what her long-term goal for OA students is, and she’ll get a smile on her face. “By senior year you know your learning differences, you know your strengths and weaknesses, and you’re able to advocate for...

Sue’s News – A blog from the Head of School

Sue’s News – A blog from the Head of School

Vol. 1, No. 3 Dear OA Families, Only three weeks left until the end of year! It’s hard to believe, but school is almost over - graduation will be here in a flash. We will be headed off in many directions come mid-June, so please get in touch soon if you would like to...

Three Key Supports that Ensure Student Success

Three Key Supports that Ensure Student Success

What an Independent High School can do for your child Pop quiz: What does the student support team, self-advocacy, and a cup of tea have in common? If you said Mollie Mowat, our assistant head of school for student affairs, you’re right! As head of our student support...

A Quick Look at Assignment Scaffolding

A Quick Look at Assignment Scaffolding

Assignment scaffolding can be a helpful way to break down large assignments so that they are more manageable for students. Scaffolding gives students with different learning styles a broad view of an assignment and splits it into manageable pieces so that students can...

Quick Tips for Succeeding Despite Dyslexia

Quick Tips for Succeeding Despite Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a common learning disability that involves problems identifying speech sounds, which leads to difficulty reading. Dyslexia is not reflective of a student’s intelligence, but rather is simply a learning difference. Although dyslexia is a lifelong, incurable...

A Family’s Guide to Community Service

A Family’s Guide to Community Service

If your child is attending a private school, he or she will likely be expected to participate in community service programs. Community service is arguably one of the most rewarding activities to do as a family. Spending time in service to others is fun, personally...

Get a Closer Look at Our International Program

Get a Closer Look at Our International Program

Orinda Academy is a unique, independent college prep school that welcomes students of all backgrounds, cultures, and nationalities. When you watch this video, you’ll hear our founder, Ron Graydon, talk about some of our school’s many strengths. You’ll also hear from...

Examining Our French Curriculum

Examining Our French Curriculum

Kathryn Saxby, French Teacher To help ensure that students in our preparatory school are competitive when they apply to colleges, foreign language is a major part of our curriculum. In addition to meeting state high school graduation and college admission...

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