"Specialized education for students on the autism spectrum."
Students enrolled 60
Hours 8:50 AM - 3:45 AM
School leader Dr. Kathryn Stewart
Transportation options Yes

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350 Rheem Boulevard
Moraga, CA 94556

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(925) 377-0789
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4 stars
Based on 33 ratings

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April 27, 2014
My son has thrived during his 4 years at Orion Academy. With the guidance of teachers, psychologists, staff and administrators, my child will enter college with the academic, social and advocacy skills he needs to succeed as an Aspergers adult. Orion Academy has been life changing for our son and our family.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2014
This is amazing school. Our son has been at the school since he was in eighth grade. (Super 8 program). He is currently a Jr. and has found success here when all other private and public schools have failed him. Administration is very approachable and community is warm and close knit.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2014
My son will be successfully graduating from Orion Academy in May and attending college in the fall. Orion combines strong academics with social and life skills and the curriculum meets all requirements for any University. THere are psychologists on staff that meet with student groups on a daily basis and teach social skills and self regulation techniques. Classes are small, 4 - 8 students, and very structured. The PTO is strong and parents are able to be involved planning family and student social events, such as Prom, Bowling night, Speaker night, Graduation, and an annual family picnic/auction. Students learn independence and upper classmen are required to cook family meals, get to and from school using public transportation, hold a summer internship that is arranged and monitored by a staff "transitions" psychologist, go through the driver's permit process, write college application essays, write a resume and participate in mock job interviews. Orion has prepared my son for life after high school, and given him the tools to be successful in life.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2014
My son is very happy at Orion. I was worried that the classes might be dumbed down. This is not the case. The small classes really facilitate learning and he has made significant improvement in his writing skills. The teachers are fantastic and he responds to the personalized attention. Social activities are not numerous but everyone is included and valued and he participates as much, if not more, as he would at any other high school. Parents are wonderful, eclectic and very welcoming. A truly caring environment for students and parents alike with high character and academic expectations.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2014
Orion Academy has been a life-changing experience for our daughter. Your program has allowed her to come out of the shell that she crawled into during middle school. Her social confidence is improving; she enjoys school again, is academically challenged, and values the friendships that she has made at Orion. She has also learned to accept and to appreciate herself as someone with Asperger s and is learning to value the strengths that her unique skills offer. She adores all of her teachers and comes home with funny and interesting stories about things that are happening at school. We are so fortunate to have moved to the Bay Area, where our daughter can attend a school where she is understood and valued.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2013
Orion is the best school by far of any program serving spectrum teenagers - creating a community, providing education that is more than just classes, challenging kids to push themselves. The Dog class, Personal Projects class and the new Seminar class are all examples of innovation at a school that continues to look for more for our kids.

- submitted by a community member
November 15, 2012
Orion Academy provided an excellent learning environment for our son. The program is structured and well organized. In addition to the academic experience, Orion goes above and beyond to prepare students for higher education and the work world with their innovative Transitions Program. Students social skills and life skills are increased by having them participate in many activities such as the "State of the School Day" and the Senior Challenge, just to name a few. They also learn to use public transportation, to shop, to cook, banking, and many other life skills to facilitate their independence. We were involved with our sons education through Community Meetings every six weeks. On these days we observed his personal project presentations and attend parent/student meetings with his teachers, the psychologist and director to evaluate his progress. Our son thrived during his four years at Orion Academy which in turn changed our families lives for the better. He went from a struggling High School student to a confident young man and college student.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2012
My son attended Orion Academy for four years and it was the best money we ever spent. Orion is structured to totally support and complement the learning style of students with Aspergers, NLD and other similar disorders. That coupled with the wonderful community provided for the students AND the families made it the perfect place for us. My son flourished and continues to do so in college. Thank you thank you thank you.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2012
Administration is intimidating, and difficult to communicate with.While a good school for some, there are way better schools out there for students with Aspergers and NLD.

- submitted by a community member
July 11, 2012
My daughter loves Orion and for the first time has real friends and less anxiety about school. We couldn't be happier. Just wish she could stay here for college!

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2012
My son absolutely hit the ground running in Jr. College and Orion Academy prepared him appropriately! I am a parent of a recent graduate from Orion Academy. This school serves a population of kids that are at great risk of being left behind from their peers in the typical public school. My son has absolutely flourished in jr. college and Orion is at the core of what has sent my son on this upward trajectory. Orion is a school that is intentional in how they work with and understand those in the Asperger's and NLD population. I do strongly recommend Orion Academy for both their academics as well as their committment to helping their kids in the socialization process. I know that my son was very well served by this school and is enjoying the success that he now has in large part due to Orion.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2012
Great Teachers, Good Curriculum. The best school in the west for Students with NLD or Asperger's

- submitted by a community member
June 18, 2012
We found the school both supportive and challenging for our son. We like the academic rigor as it is balanced with practical tools for leaning. The social program also has greatly effected my son.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2012
This school is not good at all. Discipline policy is unreasonable and it is really expensive. My son should've got an education some where else. Academics are so not college prep.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2012
I find Orion to be a very positive school with a great community and a good teaching style. Every staff member is very upbeat and rather fun yet they know how to teach and for the most part drill the subject into your head. Their is a strong sense of community among students which I find to be a great aspect of this school.

- submitted by a student
June 06, 2012
I think that Orion Academy has a staff filled with teachers that truly care teaching students with neurocognitive disorders. I also like the times where school have social outings because it has helped me to enjoy new activities.

- submitted by a student
June 06, 2012
I like the fact that this school is small. The teachers acutally care about our feelings and at The same time work us to our fullest extent. I also like that people respect each other(Most of the time

- submitted by a student
June 06, 2012
orion is a great school that feels safe and comfortable. the teachers are nice and help to improve your weak spots. there are a lot of class that focus on your way of learning and use that to help you improve. also the clubs help with socialization and give you something to do during lunch.

- submitted by a student
June 06, 2012
Orion academy does many things well and there are a lot of things that I could say about it. I could mention how it manages to balance academics with social education, or how the teachers are devoted to their students success but there is one thing that stands out to me about orion. Orion is able to care for each individual student and adapt to fit their needs. it's able to tailor its curiculum and even its rules in order to create the environment each student needs

- submitted by a student
June 06, 2012
Orion Academy is a school in which I can be myself and walk around without fear of being judged. I'm taught by teachers whom I can rely on and I know I can ask them for help.

- submitted by a student
December 20, 2011
This school's teachers vary greatly in quality from very poor to extremely skilled. This school is small, and as such name-calling and gossip tends to spread like wildfire, with the result that I never felt safe anywhere as though someone were name-calling, laughing, or gossiping about me behind my back. I would give this school no stars if I could. They make a huge deal about how the courses here are UC accredited and thus challenging, but in reality they only prepare you for community college at best. It's as though they expect the students to be flipping burgers at McDonalds at the pinnacle of their career. I think students with autism and other so-called learning disorders deserve better than this. The whole game plan here is forcing the students to be as 'neurotypical' or normal like their peers as possible, regardless of self-esteem, happiness, or love. No one should be pressured to be something they are not. I am not saying that autistic children do not have challenges that need to be overcome, many of them do. But I don't believe that the leadership of this school, which practically drips with condescension for students and their families, constructively aids them at all.

- submitted by a community member
April 20, 2011
Orion Academy is a great school for people with Aspergers, NLd and other neurological diagnostics. Orion Academy has a strong academy program. Orion know also offers winter abroad trips to selected juniors/ senior during the 3 week winter break. Orion in 2011 offers trips to the Oregon Shakespeare festival and in the summer of a 3 week backpacking program. The teachers I have have been excellent and pro at the subject they teach. Orion Academy also offers in the Fall and Spring and Track/Cross Country Program, which run around the town and in community races.

- submitted by a student
December 01, 2010
For me, the main strong point of this school is the social part. Going here, I made a lot of friends, more than at previous schools. I felt I fit in because my peers had differences like mine. Another strong point of the use of technology. The technology used in this school makes learning a lot easier. Academics here is okay. Small classrooms strengthens academics. There are definitely some very good teachers, but there are others that aren't as good. The lack of homework is nice, but it doesn't really prepare students for college, where they will have a lot of outside work. I also agree with some parents about the lack of respect given to students and their parents. I have experienced this. But still, better than public school for kids with Aspergar's and similar differences.

- submitted by a student
no rating April 20, 2010
This school has been a vast improvement for my gifted son with NLD. He has friends, is comfortable, and is learning. Some reviews on this site have complained that the academics are somehow lacking. The academic level is not on par with a top tier private school, but it is college prep and brings the kids along academically so that they are successful and learn to compensate for their weaknesses. My son's academic testing is strong and we are confident that he will be successful in college. Most importantly, he is HAPPY now. The director of the school is an extremely strong personality. She does not endear herself to many people, but she has designed a strong program and the kids are the beneficiaries.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
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- submitted by a student
February 02, 2009
Orion Academy does not deliver on its promises academically. Also there is a pervasive and inherent lack of respect of students and their families, and it starts from the top.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2009
This school is much better then all the other schools I've been too in a long time. I am making many more friends then I did at public schools, and my writing skills have vastly improved. Almost everyone is friendly with everyone else here, and small classes are a good thing to have, too. All in all, a great school for Aspergers people.

- submitted by a student
January 22, 2009
It is a good program. However, the administration takes a very strong and intimidating approach which has been counter productive in our case.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2009
Not college prep as advertised. Difficult communication with administration. Expensive.

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July 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2008
This school is the best thing for AS kids ever. My child is so happy here. Lots of friends, great curriculum, high expections, he can work independently. Teachers who 'get it'. We are so lucky to have this school in the bay area. The best place on earth for an Aspie!

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September 08, 2007
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- submitted by a student
November 16, 2006
This is a wonderful program, innovative and smart. I especially like that it is a high school only - not trying to do middle school or lower grades on the same campus. AS and NLD kids thrive, make real friends...so different from public school. The program has really grown and the facility and services have grown as well. Excellent course selection for such a small school...everything an AS kid could want. The director is an expert in the field with published books and the program refelcts this professional level.

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Orion Academy is the first school of it's kind and we are the model program for academically bright students on the spectrum. WASC accredited with UC approved courses, Orion also provides more than classes but a community for families and students. College counseling and other post high school decisions are part of the overall Orion program that includes a real internship experience. "Success" is more than good grades in high school, but realistic preparation for life after high school.

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Orion Academy
350 Rheem Boulevard, Moraga, CA  94556
(925) 377-0789
Last modified Orion Academy is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
Orion Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top