Did your child recently begin private high school? If so, then it’s likely that he spends a significant amount of time looking at his phone and computer screens, as is typical of today’s teenagers. Watch this video to learn about how teens are affected by their digital devices. If you feel that your teen is addicted to devices, then you may benefit from knowing that there are similarities between MRI brain scans of drug addicts and of teenagers who spend 20 hours or more per week playing video games. This indicates that something is happening at a physiological level. At …Read More.
Although some students can’t wait to get back to the classroom, other students get anxious when a new year approaches. Everything from a competitive college prep curriculum to transitioning to high school can make even students who are usually confident feel nervous when the first day of school approaches. Fortunately, anxiety doesn’t have to derail the school year. Students can tackle their nerves about their new school years with these tips. Plan Ahead Nerves about new school years often start with not knowing what to expect. Get together with friends and compare schedules to determine what your school days will …Read More.
Senior year of high school is both exciting and scary for students. The prospect of the leaders of the school is thrilling, but the idea of leaving the confines of their private school and heading to college can be overwhelming. Students in a college prep school program see the culmination of everything they have worked for throughout their school careers coming together, creating a great deal of pressure to achieve the goals they set for themselves. These feelings are natural, but they can make managing coursework and student life more difficult than ever. If your student is experiencing a case …Read More.
One of the most important skills a student can learn in a college prep curriculum is the right way to take a test so that, when they do reach university classes, exams don’t lead to serious anxiety. Watch this video to learn different methods for overcoming test-taking hurdles. The secret to doing a well on a test usually isn’t spending more hours studying. Instead, it usually means studying more effectively and learning how to look at test questions the right way. Going into a test with a strategy can make all the difference. At Orinda Academy, students find academic success …Read More.
The middle school years are a time of significant transitions for children. At this age, it’s common for students to experience peer pressure, question authority, and develop a worldview. Of course, every child develops at his or her own unique pace. During these years, it’s particularly important that your child enjoy the strong support of a positive college prep school environment. Cognitive Abilities Elementary school set the stage for an explosion of learning in middle school. During these years, your prep school student will refine his or her abilities to organize ideas, make decisions, and understand abstract concepts. Students often …Read More.
Here at Orinda Academy, we recognize that students have different learning styles and they progress at different paces. Our mathematics and science department supports each child’s individual progress through the curriculum. The eighth grade at our prep school learns about physical science, which lays a solid foundation for the basics of scientific thinking. In ninth grade, our college prep school students learn about environmental science. They explore ecosystems, renewable and non-renewable resources, and environmental health issues. Students in 10th grade may take either biology or honors biology. Biology explores cell division, genetics, evolution, and plant and animal classifications. Our 11th …Read More.
Every prep school student has a different vision of what college might be like. Some students may dream of making lots of friends, while others are anxious to see the inside of a well-equipped laboratory. The reality is that college life will be whatever a student chooses to make of it. Every student needs to find his or her own path, starting with solid preparation that begins in high school. Self-motivation is crucial. Within a nurturing college prep school, students have access to ongoing support services and one-on-one time with teachers. They also have their parents nearby to check on …Read More.
While you progress through the curriculum at your prep school, you may begin to realize that knowing how to learn is a critical step toward greater academic achievement. When you watch this video, you’ll learn about the differences between verbal and visual memory. Verbal memorization techniques include the use of acronyms, word associations, and acrostics to help students memorize chunks of information. Visual memory, on the other hand, utilizes the power of imagination and the use of the senses to preserve information. This video provides a demonstration of each. You’ll notice that in the visual memory demonstration, the narrator often …Read More.
Academic success requires a collaborative effort. Students, teachers, and parents all play important roles in helping students reach their academic goals and in fostering a dynamic learning community. When you become actively involved at your child’s college prep school, you’re letting your child know that his or her education is a priority for you. There are many steps you can take to build positive parent-teacher relationships. Be Proactive Unfortunately, it’s often thought that parents and teachers only need to get together to discuss problems that the student is having. But to support the student properly, a proactive and positive approach …Read More.
Orinda Academy is a dynamic, nurturing learning community that prides itself on supporting the unique needs of each student. If you’re curious about whether our private college prep school might be a good fit for your child, our Admissions Office invites you to arrange a tour of our beautiful campus. During your family’s tour, one of our friendly staff members will introduce our educational approach and answer any questions you may have about our academics. If your tour of our prep school makes a positive impression on your young learner, consider scheduling a half-day shadow visit. Shadow visits, which are …Read More.