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80 Ivy Drive
Orinda, CA 94563

(925) 258-3090
(925) 631-7985
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October 09, 2014
I have two sons that attended Orinda Intermediate School(OIS) The school does well for the most part working with children and the teachers are great. That said, I learned early on that the Admin pretty much blows, Most kids have grown up together and are very clicky, if your child has had any issues in the past they will be multiplied here. They say they don't accept bullying but it's the norm in Orinda, If you complain about anything and rather than fixing the problem your child may receive a days suspension or detention (my son fought back after being picked on by the same group of kids), sports are a great solution and there are some clubs. Principal was friendly with wax lips and it seems that most of the problem with the school comes from the wealthy elite that are guaranteed to be his star pupils and receive kudo's at advancement ceremonies.. The school has major communication problems with Miramonte High School for when it is time to move forward. My advice is Boost, Boost, Boost and boost some more!

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2014
I went to this school... Our parents moved from Sunnyvale thinking that going to a school in a small neighborhood would be great. What they didn't realize is how small this neighborhood is. Some of these kids in this school went to preschool together. Let me rephrase that - they have known each other since preschool. How can someone that just moved in, fit in? They are two groups of people - the ones that fit in because they have lived here all their lives and the ones that don't fit in because they didn't grow up here. I never got to fit in - maybe because I was Asian with an Asian name (hey I have asked many times for my parents to give me an American name!!!). If you are Asian and are thinking of sending your Asian American teen age daughter, please do not send them here. I had such a dreadful time trying to fit in. I tried everything - coloring my hair, having an English "nick name" - "Sharon" instead of Shan, trying various clubs - nothing helped. Nothing. I am not saying they are racist. They are not. Just that if you didn't grow up here, you are not part of them. You will never be. Never. No matter how much you try. Never...

- submitted by a community member
January 06, 2013
I think many in Orinda have their rose tinted glasses on. OIS is plagued by a mix of great, good and teachers who should NOT be teaching any longer. It's been a mixed bag for us. My child's core teachers have been excellent, however, his math and science teachers have not been. We are currently having to tutor him in math because there have been so many subs. We are now trying to get our 2nd child in private school because we don't want him to experience the same mediocre teaching, large class sizes and a cycle schedule that is not conducive to flexibility and electives. Lastly, OIS only teaches two languages: French and Spanish. Where is the Mandarin and Latin? Due to scheduling our son did not get any electives in 6th grade and missed out on having a language and art. Very sad when literally $350,000+ of parent funds go to extra curricular activities. The one thing I am impressed with is the principal, Michael Randall. He truly cares and works hard to find solutions when you approach him. However, bad teachers are still protected by the teachers union. See the movie, "Waiting for Superman" on that subject.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2012
An amazing school of outstanding quality in a community that places a high value on public education. My kids have thrived here as teachers, administrators, and parents work together to challenge the kids and engage them in the educational process. Art, music, computer science, PE, foreign language, wood shop, leadership, yearbook, and a host of other classes round out a great scholastic experience. OIS has a parents club that goes above and beyond to "fill the gap" in funding that the State fails to provide. Along with the Educational Foundation of Orinda, the OIS parents club works closely with administration to raise funds and provide parent volunteers to enrich the experience at OIS.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2010
Great teachers, wonderful programs, and a very easy transition from elementary school to middle school.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2010
Teachers do not talk to parents (unless a significant problem has developed). online tools used to tell parents about student work sporatically. teachers are not being evaulated by principal (multiple parents complaining tests are coming before teaching/hwk, no action taken). Math Specialist cut, only 2 counsellors. Reason students do well is that community has highly educated parents and money to tutor their kids.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2009
my kids love this school. their principle is nice to everyone and the programs r just great. my daughter said that it was ten times better than her elamenarary skool.(Wagner Ranch)

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2009
My son (6th grader) enjoys this school. Fantastic proncipal and staff!

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2008
Outstanding level of organization, top down, at OIS. Staff and faculty are on top of students' progress and sensitive to how hard it is for some kids to make the transition to more self-guided learning. The level of feedback about our daughter's performance and concerns has been outstanding. Not all of our daughter's teachers are of exceptional ability. That's the only downside.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2008
this is a good school, but the teachers try too hard to be nice. I mean, come on people!

- submitted by a student
October 09, 2008
I love this school! I'm currently going to OIS, it's been an amazing year for me! The teachers were kind and the best. Like one subject I hate the most was science, but my science teacher mad me love it now. The staff and principle are awesome and they help you a lot. Everybody is very friendly, and there is a lot of parents involved here which helps a lot! This is the best middle school I've been to!

- submitted by a student
February 01, 2008
OIS is an excellent school that does an outstanding job meeting the educational, social, cultural and extracurricular needs of its students. The teachers range from very good to extraordinary. The support staff are committed to the kids.The leaderrship and dedication of the principal is not to be believed.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2007
This is an excellent school, with the best API scores in the state. We have wonderful teachers, electives, after school programs, classrooms, and more. Everyone here works very hard to ensure that the school stays a nice, friendly place. We even won an award for being a 'School of Good Character'.

- submitted by a student
no rating August 19, 2007
I love this school my daughter did an amazing job. All the teachers are wonderful specially the principal he goes the extra mile for a student! Tons of homework!

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2007
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March 16, 2006
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- submitted by a student
December 03, 2005
The quality of all programs is very good. This is a top-rated school where academic standards are high. It is not a very friendly school for children requiring special-education services.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2005
Academically a strong school; very poor atmosphere; sterile environment, short-sighted view on education.

- submitted by a teacher
September 25, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
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Orinda Intermediate School
80 Ivy Drive, Orinda, CA  94563
(925) 258-3090
Last modified Orinda Intermediate School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Orinda Intermediate School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 20 reviews. Top