Welcome to the 2012-13 school year. We are looking forward to a great school year. Your participation in the Back to School Nights will provide you with helpful information about programs that our educational staff will be providing to Orinda students this year. As our Mission Statement describes, we are "Building on a tradition of educational excellence and strong community support, to inspire and challenge each student through strong academics and continuously improving programs that will develop the character and abilities needed to shape an ever-changing world."
2012 STAR Test Results
We are proud of the efforts of Orinda students, staff, and parents in supporting the accomplishments of our schools. The state just released the results of the 2012 STAR Test. Our overall district scores indicate that Orinda students exceeded last year's percentages for the number of students scoring proficient and advanced.
All families with students in grades 2-8, who took the STAR test last year, will receive an individual Student Report. Student Reports were sent by U.S. Mail to the home address currently on file. If you do not receive your test scores by mid-September, please contact your child's school office.
Enrollment and Staffing
Our enrollment is on the rise. We opened schools this year with a total enrollment of 2485. This is an increase of 90 students compared to last year. This year we welcomed 15 new credentialed staff to our district. Also, we welcome a new district Transitional Kindergarten class this year at Wagner Ranch School.
California Common Core Standards
Schools throughout California will be transitioning to the new Common Core Standards. Orinda teachers have been working with the Common Core Standards through specific grade level professional development trainings. Even in the midst of challenging budget times, we continue to support meaningful and relevant professional development so that our students receive current, rigorous, and high quality instructional programs.
General Fund Operating Budget:
The school board adopted a balanced budget last June. In the coming weeks you will have additional opportunities to learn more about the potential impact of the November ballot initiatives on our schools. Our schools are projected to lose an additional $457 per student if proposition #30 fails in the election. The potential loss to our district will total over one million dollars per year.
We are fortunate that our sale of the Pine Grove property has enhanced our ability to plan for the improvement of the facilities in our district. The Pulte Corporation has already started work on the Orinda Grove Development with the demolition of the buildings on that site.
Have a great year!
Dr. Joe Jaconette