Orinda Academy provides a structured supportive environment for bright students in grades 9-12, who are seeking a broad, engaging, and challenging curriculum as well as small classes and a 7:1 student-to-teacher ratio.
Our graduates attend prestigious universities throughout the United States.
Personalized attention  Accommodations for Learning Differences  Full-time Learning Support Specialist
ESL and International Student Program  Week-long Educational Adventures (off-campus learning and travel)
Sports and electives (Stage Band, Vocals, Yearbook, Art, Leadership, Sign Language, Spanish, Psychology, Sociology, Anatomy, Senior Seminar)

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 55 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $38,500
  • Acceptance rate: 60%
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Top Rankings

Orinda Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for:


School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Accommodations for Mild to Moderate Learning Differences
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
55 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 48%
Students by Grade
Orinda Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
15 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
8 students
Advanced Courses
AP Literature and Composition, AP Spanish, Honors American Literature, Honors Biology, Honors Chemistry
Average SAT score
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
8th grade-$31,300 International-$42,640
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Janet Harrison


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
6 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Book Club, Knitting Club, LGBTQ Alliance, Makers Club, Student Council, Travel Club

School Notes

  • Our mission is to provide a structured, supportive college preparatory education that compassionately engages all learners as active members of our diverse community and empowers them to achieve their potential as successful, confident, self-reliant individuals.Orinda Academy is a co-ed independent school for students in grades 9 to 12 in Orinda, California in the San Francisco East Bay.We offer a college prep curriculum committed to providing students with academic growth, ambitious and advanced classes in the arts, competitive interscholastic athletics and a rich technological curriculum.We develop students` critical thinking skills, ethical values, an appreciation for culture, a healthy lifestyle, and a sense of social responsibility.We bring together a diverse student body with a multitude of talents and abilities and develop their love of learning and an appreciation for the opportunities in our multi-cultural world. We welcome and support students with mild to moderate learning differences, social-emotional needs (e.g. anxiety), and English Language Development in all our classes.We foster connection, collaboration and communication between parents, students and teachers to achieve a successful academic experience.Student support includes collaboration with outside tutors, therapists and specialists to ensure student success.
Profile last updated: 09/21/2021

School Reviews

This is our second year as members of the OA community. We are beyond proud of who our son has become since he started at OA. His teachers are kind, compassionate and deeply knowledgeable. We are grateful to OA for providing our son a wonderful education. Excellence at OA starts with the people both staff and students as mutual respect is central to the culture.
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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 55 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $38,500
  • Acceptance rate: 60%
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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The average private school tuition in Contra Costa County, CA is $14,442 for elementary schools and $20,824 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Contra Costa County, CA is 82% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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