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 requirements, learning another language builds confidence and helps students learn about different cultures. We offer French, Spanish, and American Sign Language at our college prep school. Here is a look at what students learn in our French curriculum. Levels 1-2 In the beginning levels of French, students focus on vocabulary so that they read, speak, write, and understand short phrases …Read More.
Parents of kids in high schools tend to share one common trait: they sometimes wonder who this new teenaged person is who replaced their sweet, younger child. Although most people attribute the bumps in the road that occur during the teenage years with hormonal changes, the real culprits are the changes in the brain. Watch this video to learn more. The brain undergoes massive changes during the teenage years, as it grows stronger and more adept for adulthood. These changes, along with hormonal changes, can create the angst and moodiness that parents associated with the teenage years, but once high …Read More.
There is only one way to know for sure if Orinda Academy is right for your child: visit our campus. We encourage families who are considering choosing our school to arrange a visit, explore our grounds, and learn more about our curriculum. Orinda Academy capitalizes on the beauty of the Orinda hills and is nestled against a lovely backdrop of redwoods. We offer several ways to visit our school. Families can contact the admissions office to arrange for a school tour, during which you can get answers to your questions about our school and educational programs. For prospective students, we …Read More.
Many private schools offer a college prep curriculum, but what exactly does this mean and is it right for your child? College preparatory schools come in all forms, but they all generally adhere to the graduation requirements of the state and they have a focus on preparing students to excel at institutes of higher education. For instance, students at a college prep school typically have greater access to one-on-one guidance and college counseling, as well as access to advanced courses. Norm Coleman, an Orinda Academy founder, is our college guidance counselor. This spring he is working with juniors in …Read More.
Orinda Academy firmly believes in the value of enrichment opportunities for our students, including a well-rounded physical education curriculum. Students at our college prep school stay busy throughout the school year by taking advantage of our spacious playing field and outdoor basketball court. Our weight and fitness room is fully equipped and is carefully maintained with an eye toward student safety. Our prep school even boasts a dance and yoga studio! Our regularly scheduled PE programs include instruction in dance, volleyball, and badminton. Our students enjoy soccer, weight training, and yoga classes, and they may choose to participate in team …Read More.
If you’re like many college prep school students, you’re likely looking for ways to improve your academic performance and help ensure your success when you transition to higher education. You might benefit from learning about executive functioning skills and how to develop them. Executive functions are cognitive processes that help you connect a past experience with a present situation. These mental processes help you strategize, organize, plan, manage time, and remember details. Take a look at this infographic from Orinda Academy to learn some executive functioning strategies that can help you succeed in your academic pursuits.
Arts-based electives are a crucial cornerstone of a well-rounded prep school curriculum. Visual and performing arts encourage personal growth and emotional health. Arts-based curricula have even been shown to support student achievement in academic subjects. Unfortunately, public schools are often forced to reduce or eliminate their art programs due to budget cuts. When you enroll your child in a private prep school, he or she will have access to a full selection of well-designed arts-based electives. Orinda Academy offers a variety of Visual and Performing Arts classes. Some of these include Art, Studio Art, Yearbook, Drama, Stage Band, Vocals, and …Read More.
Teens often keep irregular schedules. They may wake up early to get to their prep school during the week, yet stay up late and sleep in on weekends. Unfortunately, the lack of a regular sleep schedule and not getting enough sleep overall can be detrimental to teens’ academic success. Sleep deprivation causes poor memory retention, concentration problems, and difficulty learning new things. When you watch this informative video, you’ll learn that teens need about 9.5 hours of sleep each night, yet the majority of teens fail to get even 8.5 hours. This video offers some tips to help your teen …Read More.
Orinda Academy is a private college prep school that offers education for grades 8 through 12. The school is dedicated to its expected schoolwide learning results (ESLRs) and has created the ECHO Initiative to integrate the ESLRs into each curricular area. Continue reading to learn more about this program. The Goal of the ECHO Initiative Orinda Academy helps its students cultivate a socially responsible and intellectually inquisitive educational foundation that is designed to stay with them throughout their lives. This is accomplished by incorporating our ELSRs into every learning area with the help of the ECHO Initiative. ECHO stands for …Read More.
Enrolling your child in a college prep school is a great way to start her on a lifelong path of career success. However, she may still struggle with choosing a college major. If your senior is in the process of deciding what she will study after high school, then use the following tips to help her consider her options: Don’t Add Pressure One of the best things that you can do to help your child through the process of choosing a major is not to feel alarmed because she hasn’t made a decision. Picking a college major is a significant …Read More.