Orinda Academy

19 Altarinda Rd, Orinda, CA 94563

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Orinda Academy is in Orinda, California in the San Francisco East Bay. We have 30 years of experience providing a personally enriching and academically challenging, college prep learning environment for students in grades 7 through 12. Many of our students come to our school because other educational institutions have not been a good match for them. Our students are smart and creative, but often because of learning differences they need to learn in a smaller class size where they can get more individualized attention. Our student to teacher ratio is 9:1.

Our faculty understands how to teach to different learning styles and recognizes that not all students learn the same way. Orinda Academy’s dedicated and talented faculty focuses on the individual needs of each student within a college prep curriculum that includes Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Our curriculum meets the college preparatory requirements of the University of California and other four-year colleges and universities nationwide and is approved by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. We provide a learning environment where students gain the skills necessary to thrive in an ever-changing world.

Orinda Academy’s learning environment is conducive to student achievement. We emphasize organization, time-management, and self-advocacy. While developing self-confidence and self-reliance, students build upon their successes. Our graduates are confident, academically prepared, and personally ready for college.

The success stories from our graduates are impressive. They attend colleges and universities across the nation including: UCLA, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, Cal Poly, Brown, MIT, Vassar, Pitzer, Carnegie Mellon, Colby, Claremont McKenna, Sonoma State, Humboldt, USC, NYU, Colgate, St. Mary’s and many more.

Orinda Academy is a viable choice for San Francisco Bay Area students who have a desire to be challenged to fulfill their potential in a college prep curriculum, which includes elective areas in music, computers, athletics, drama, dance and art.

We have made a difference in the lives of thousands of students and we can make a difference in your child’s life too.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeDay — Coed Grades 6-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address19 Altarinda Rd, Orinda, CA 94563
Year Established1982
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)

Tuition & Financial Aid

Day Tuition$29,975-31,975; estimated extras $675
Need-Based Scholarships Awarded27
Value of Need-Based Scholarships$200,000

Academics & Athletics

Academic CalendarQuarter
Supplemental InstructionESL, Learning Differences, Tutoring
1:1 Laptop Program in Grades6-12
Advanced Placement CoursesEnglish Literature, Spanish
Summer SessionAcademic Enrichment Review Remedial. Tuition Day $750-1400. 3½-7 weeks
Accredited ByWASC
Interscholastic Boys' & Girls' SportsBasketball, Soccer
Interscholastic Boys' SportsBaseball

Graduate Placement

Graduate Reference Year2012
Graduates Attending College/Nonpublic Secondary School16
Most Common Graduate DestinationsU of CA-Berkeley 1, Smith 1, Evergreen St 1, U of OR 1, Otis Col of Art & Design 1, Goucher 1
Average Math SAT493
Average Critical Reading SAT548
Average Writing SAT541


Applications DueJanuary
Application Fee$75
New Students23
Percentage of Applicants Accepted66
Percent Admitted Who Choose to Enroll (Yield)75
Tests Used for AdmissionISEE, TOEFL


AdministratorRon Graydon
Administrator's TitleHead of School
In Office Since1982
Administrator's CredentialsBS, Univ of California-Berkeley
Director(s) of AdmissionsLaurel Evans, Admissions Director

Enrollment & Faculty

Total Enrollment100
Day Students100
Elementary Enrollment (Through Grade 8)10
Secondary Enrollment (Grades 9-PG)90
Student Body EthnicityWhite 74%, Latino 5%, African-American 10%, Asian 11%
Percentage of International Students12
Average Class Size9
Student-Faculty Ratio8:1
Teaching Faculty14
Faculty with Advanced Degrees (%)50
Male Teaching Faculty6
Female Teaching Faculty8
Faculty EthnicityWhite 76%, Latino 10%, African-American 7%, Asian 7%

Campus & Endowment

Endowment Value$300,000
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