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STUDENT LIFE

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See what our students are doing.

At OA, our supportive environment makes our rigorous curriculum an everyday adventure. From trips to advanced and honors classes, to performing arts, clubs, and STEM challenges, our students are meeting their futures head on, and loving it.

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Student Activities

OA is intentionally small so that we can foster citizenship, leadership, and social emotional skills through increased student engagement.  Students begin to internalize values of care, respect, and empathy and model a critical and engaged citizenship at school, as well as in the community. OA students demonstrate an increased sense of personal responsibility, including feeling confident helping their peers problem solve, resolve conflicts, and work in teams. Finally, students at OA generally have more opportunities to participate in clubs and arts, allowing them to develop leadership skills in a greater diversity of situations.

Student-driven clubs (past offerings include debate, chess, knitting, volleyball, personal finance, tabletop games)

Other student activities include:

  • Annual All School retreat
  • Field trips
  • Educational Adventures Week
  • Student Council Collective
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Want to learn an instrument? You may choose to join our Stage Band or take Bass and Guitar, Vocals, or Music Theory.

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"The teachers and the student are awesome! They push you, and they never give up on you."

Julissa Molina-Vega, Class of 2016

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Reasons to love OA

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You be you

At OA, you’ll build lifelong friendships, love learning, and prepare for college or your post-graduation adventure. You’ll be amazed at how much you can grow when you’re surrounded with welcoming, supportive peers and teachers.

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Learning your way

Our student body is small on purpose. With small class sizes, we put a rigorous academic program in everyone's reach. We understand everyone learns differently and at OA, we support your individual style of learning.

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Friends for life

We celebrate and embrace individuality and belonging, and our student body hails from across the Bay Area. At OA, you will interact and become friends with students from across all of the grades. We’re all in this together.

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Clubs & Activities

Have a cause you’re passionate about? Looking for a new hobby? At OA, you can join an established club or start one of your own. Whether it's LEGO robotics, Student Council, peer leadership, or planning the prom. You can do it at OA!

 

Check out our daily and weekly schedule.

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All Students on Campus -

All students will be back on campus full-time in 2021-2022. We will continue to monitor state and county COVID guidelines, however, we are confident that the school will feel fairly normal in the fall.

Late Start Wednesdays - allows students to catch up on sleep and to provide a break from the normal routine in the middle of the week.

Remote Every Other Wednesday - Being remote every other Wednesday (see our 2021-2022 Calendar) allows us to remain prepared to transition to remote instruction when necessary. In the event of Covid variants or a bad fire season, we’ll need to pivot quickly, and having an occasional remote day factored into the schedule will allow us to keep up our Zoom skills.