Apply to Orinda Academy

Unlock the potential within.

Orinda Academy helps every student succeed. We put a rigorous curriculum within reach of every student and challenge them to excel beyond what they previously thought possible.

Ready for OA?

Visit our campus and discover the OA difference.

Visit OA

Virtual Tours and Zoom Meetings
Due to the current shelter in place order, our campus is closed.

Our Admissions Director would love to meet with you in a Zoom video conference to talk about how OA can support your student. To schedule a meeting, please contact Janet Harrison at janet@orindaacademy.org.

A virtual tour of our campus will be available soon, stay tuned!

Shadow Visit

Morning in class
We share a Zoom link with your child so that they can experience our virtual classes, meet teachers and staff, and get to know some of our students.

The same day, your student will have a brief one-on-one interview with our Admissions Director or our Head of School.

REQUEST A SHADOW VISIT  >

What does it take to graduate?

At Orinda Academy we strive for excellence in all areas of education and help students meet their goals for development. For a list of graduation requirements, available courses, special programs, and accreditations, download the Orinda Academy Brochure.

What does it take to graduate?

At Orinda Academy we strive for excellence in all areas of education and help students meet their goals for development. For a list of graduation requirements, available courses, special programs, and accreditations, download the Orinda Academy Brochure.

Apply to OA

Ready to roll? The application process is easy.
Create a Ravenna Account

Your application is submitted online through Ravenna, an online hub for school applications.

Prepare Your Documents

Alongside your application we also request teacher recommendations, transcripts, and test scores. 

Complete Financial Statements

For families seeking financial aid, please complete the Parent Financial Statement (SSS) using Orinda Academy’s school code #5379. Both parents (regardless of marital status) must submit information and 1040 tax forms.

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"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

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"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

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"My favorite thing about Orinda Academy was being able to explore myself and learn from my mistakes."

Andrew Evans, Class of 2017

Application Timeline

Visits and Interviews
October-February
Open House
October 4th and November 7th at 1 p.m. RSVP  by emailing or calling the Admissions Office.
Priority Applications
Our application goes live on September 24 and early applications are received through Thursday, January 7
Admission Decision
Mailed Thursday, March 18

 

Emailed Friday, March 19

Enrollment Contracts and Deposits Due
Friday, March 26

 

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"The one-on-one relationship with teachers help me hone my skills and build strategies that fit my learning style."

Dylan Seidler, Class of 2016

Looking to transfer
to a small, independent school in the East Bay?

Transfer students are accepted on a case-by-case basis throughout the year. If you feel your child would benefit from a mid-year transfer, please contact our Admissions Director.

All applications are submitted through Ravenna, though we ask you to submit an unofficial student transcript before starting the formal application process.

Email admission@orindaacademy.org

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

Francesca D., Current Student

Schedule a Shadow Visit

We invite you to schedule an informal visit at Orinda Academy by completing this form.

Questions?

Email Admissions or call (925) 254-7553 

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19 Altarinda Road, Orinda, CA 94563
(925) 254-7553
admissions@OrindaAcademy.org

Orinda Academy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Federal Tax ID 94-2692929

Our bright and creative students thrive in our nurturing, small class environment. Through a combination of academic support, executive functioning skill development, and social/emotional balance, every student reaches their full potential.

Orinda Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender identification, sexual identification, or family composition in the administration of its policies, procedures, or admissions process.