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

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

Shadow Visit

Morning in class
We pair your child with a current student who will guide them through classes and study hall, 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.


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.

"OA helped me build more confidence because I felt supported by friends and teachers."

Livi Tompkins, Class of 2017

"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

Application Timeline

Visits and Interviews
Open House
December 7, 1-3 p.m.
Priority Applications
Thursday, January 9
Admission Decision
Mailed Thursday, March 19
Emailed Friday, March 20
Enrollment Contracts and Deposits Due
Friday, March 27

"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.


"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.


Email Admissions or call (925) 254-7553 

  • Select your preferred month for a half-day shadow visit
19 Altarinda Road, Orinda, CA 94563
(925) 254-7553

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.