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About This School

Sonoma Academy is a private high school in Santa Rosa. The principal of Sonoma Academy is Janet Durgin. 246 students attend Sonoma Academy and identify as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. Ursuline High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Arabic
    • French
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Basketball
    • Cross country
    • Fencing
    • Lacrosse
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Rock climbing
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School
Hispanic 9%
White, non-Hispanic 88%
Asian 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    This is a good school but only for certain kids. If your child is a serious student who wants to get into the best college they can then SA is great place for them. If you have a gifted child who gets bored with the standard curriculum look elsewhere. The latter is not a challenge this school will embrace.

  • (5 months ago)

    Contrary to what they want to believe this school is in fact for the wealthy. There is a divide amongst middle income and above especially in this area. Trying to come up with 20k per kid per year (this is half price tuition) and advertising that they give help to half of their students is misleading. Most middle income folks can't afford over 1k/month per kid for a great education.

  • (5 months ago)

    SA is the best college prep high school in the North Bay. We've experienced Catholic public MA/Branson... Last is currently at SA. SA college placement results are incredible. Compare SA with Newman in terms of 4 year college placement success average SAT scores improvement from SSAT to PSAT to SAT college financial aid awards etc. SA's campus is new and beautiful! SA has very small class sizes and highly accessible teachers. Kids make great peer and mentor relationships. SA's support system is wonderful. On site tutoring is available. Curriculum integrates college prep academics extensive fine arts and top athletics. Courses include Honors/AP but also unique exploratory classes (2 per quarter) where kids get to experience something new in a not for grade setting. SA also has a 2 week Winter term that includes US and international travel. Very cool. Our son will be able to take 4 years of music all the college prep courses and play his sports. That can't happen at most schools. SA uses a flex tuition model so we pay what we can. SA doesn't have football. But if your child wants a great high school experience and go to a top 4 year college SA is for them.

  • (8 months ago)

    Sonoma Academy is a school where young adults are respected nurtured and inspired. Our daughter is thrilled with her teachers and the community of students. She wants to go to school each day. Our daughter has an insatiable desire to learn and this desire is met by teachers who challenge her and encourage her to explore new frontiers. She also participates in sports and has meet a group of respectful and responsible young women. My husband and I are thankful that we have met other parents who are interested and invested in the well rounded education of our children. Communication from the school to parents is excellent and professional. The administrative team at Sonoma Academy is outstanding.

  • (8 months ago)

    It is truly a pleasure to see our daughter leave each morning for SA motivated happy to be going and enjoying every aspect of her experience there. The top quality teaching and nurturing that goes on there is matched by the quality of the physical resources made available to the students. We recommend the school highly.

  • (9 months ago)

    We are a new family to Sonoma Academy and we are so grateful for the individual attention our (freshman) daughter receives from her teachers. The classes are small the teachers are invigorated and inspiring; they love to teach and it shows. They truly see each child as a valued individual and tailor the instruction and guidance toward that particular child whatever she may need. If your child has a special interest or talent teachers try to incorporate it into lessons and allow the child to express it. The strong emphasis on fine and performing arts is one of the reasons we chose SA as well as their focus on international culture. Our daughter has not always loved school and she did not have perfect grades before coming to SA so don't let that stop you from applying - they will see the special qualities that make your child an outstanding overall individual and they foster those strengths while helping to develop other areas. Our daughter loves school and she is getting great grades. I thank the teachers and the supportive administration for that. We couldn't be happier that we chose SA.

  • (9 months ago)

    My son is a senior at SA and it has exceeded my expectations on every level starting with a superb committed faculty continuing with an outstanding head of school amazing enrichment programs--including a 2-week mid-year break called Intersession--grade level retreats the best performance arts program in the county and a terrific sports program for all levels of player. I absolutely love this school and believe it has helped my son become the very best he can be ready for college (excellent one-on-one college counseling in junior/senior year). The negative comments do not seem to ring true...the only reason not to go to this school is if your child wants a larger school experience with football games etc.

  • (9 months ago)

    Sonoma Academy looks at the whole child when it comes to education. The teachers are so excited to be there that it overflows onto the students as well. It combines high academic college prep with whole child holistic education! The best of both to educate our future leaders sending our kids out to be prepared for their next stage in life. I could not be more pleased each day it only gets better and better not only for our child but for the whole family!

  • (9 months ago)

    SA is a wonderful alternative to the rat race of our local public schools. I have one child who graduated from the school and another who is a senior this year. The teachers are inspiring and the school's community is a very important part of the experience. Some of the teachers and some of the kids are incredibly creative and talented and it rubs off on everyone else. While the academic workload is much less than that in our local public high school the level of instruction is at least as high and the focus on quality rather than quantity of work allows the students more time to explore other interests. The administration communicates well and often and is always available for discussion. Our experience has been nothing short of wonderful. Another aspect of the school that I don't see in any other reviews is the college admission counseling program. David Rion who directs this program is outstanding. He helps the students optimize their chances of getting into schools that will be a good fit while making sure they keep the whole process in perspective.

  • (9 months ago)

    Sonoma Academy. We had very high expectations before our daughter started at SA and we have not been disappointed in any way. SA has the best academics and the best learning environment! The teachers at SA simply are amazing!

  • (9 months ago)

    Extraordinary. My (now Junior) student is inspired by his teachers. He doesn't like the feeling of slogging through class so shuts off media at 10 pm. The teachers write detailed evaluations of the students. It's not appropriate to share excerpts here but it is clear they all have granular insight into what comes easily to a student (and thus should be nudged) and what is difficult (and thus should attended). Sonoma Academy is serious about preparing this generation to be effective in the world; but only because they pay very close attention to all that students navigate during their hormone-filled / where-do-I-belong? years.

  • (9 months ago)

    My son was in the 2103 graduating class at SA and was a four-year attendee. We are a first generation prep school family and the decision to send him there dis not come easy (he did not have a scholarship). I was blown away at the open house we went to and was "sold" by the emphasis on the output of the school the students. Existing students were heavily involved in the open house and they were all solid young adults that were easy to speak with. My fondness and respect for the school only grew thereafter. The kids are encouraged to try new sports get involved in the arts and break out of their adolescent shells. The great thing about this school is they all do. The teachers are amazing and the facilities are state of the art. The students also have many advocates along the way that help ensure they progress to their potential. In my opinion the true difference with SA is ALL the kids that graduate are solid citizens ready for college. Our son is currently in a competitive program at a great University and is doing very well thanks in large part to his SA experience.

  • (9 months ago)

    I had a terrible experience with this school. Much time is spent talking about your feelings and "self-improvement". The staff is nice when you are a prospective student but change their attitude once you actually go there. The teachers are very nice but almost too much they try too hard to appease the parents and let chaos reign in the classroom. The humanities department is not very educational many of the teachers do not have the slightest idea of what they are teaching and you can tell. The difficulty level is laughably low which is good if you are someone who struggles but not so good if you actually want to learn something. The students are nice in general but very cliquey. I transferred to a public school and was shocked at the pace they moved at very different than at SA where it was so easy it was almost boring. This school is run by people who are more interested in making a profit than education. Nevertheless the teachers are very nice the campus is state-of-the-art and the view is fantastic so it isn't all bad. But I definitely say save your money and go to a different school unless you can get a scholarship here. I did not like the way it was run.

  • (2 years ago)

    Sonoma Academy is a special place. They provide the college prep education that is so vital today but that is only one important aspect of this school. What I feel really makes it special is the welcoming atmosphere shown to every student and family. Differences are celebrated glimmers of creativity are nurtured and students are free to be themselves and try new things each and every day. We are so very happy that we chose Sonoma Academy for our daughter and that we are part of this vibrant community!

  • (3 years ago)

    I feel so blessed to be able to review this school. I can not say a negative thing about it. Sonoma Academy takes each child and gets to know them their strengths and the aspects that need work. They then envelope the student in positive interactions instruction and guidance allowing the student to grow and expand with their own decisions. It's just awesome the way the students react to this respectful mindful approach. The students mirror this respect towards one another. My son has metamorphosed into such a different person than he was 3 years ago. He has grown tremendously in all aspects of his life. Sonoma Academy is the best thing (besides love and parent him) I have ever done for my son. He was a great kid when he entered but he is such a fine smart well spoken young adult now. I am so proud of him. And the wonderful thing is that all the staff at Sonoma Academy is just as proud.

  • (4 years ago)

    Both of my kids transferred to Sonoma Academy from their local public high school one for social reasons the other in search of more rigorous academics. Both blossomed within weeks of starting in ways none of us could have ever predicted. The incredibly accepting atmosphere of the students and the laser focus gaze of the teachers and administration wanting to know who they were as individuals fostered a level of self expression that was wonderful to witness. They became inspired involved and self assured. Both chose small colleges because of their appreciation for the small community experience at SA. Their choices reflected the custom attention given them during their time there. Both are thriving. As a parent I was equally embraced by the tight community feeling that permeates SA. It allowed me to have a lens into my kid's high school experiences that I never would have had otherwise.

  • (4 years ago)

    SA has given my daughter wings to soar and a backpack full of applicable knowledge to the real world. She has discovered talents found herself to be an academic powerhouse and absolutely loves the relationships she has with her teachers. Teens need other adults they can look to for guidance support and mentoring. These relationships will carry her far into the world beyond high school because she knows what it means to be heard and seen. SA is the kind of school every adult wishes they had attended.

  • (4 years ago)

    I'm a junior at SA and i love it! I have loved every year and basically every day that i have been here. of course there are some days when i just want to sleep or nights when there is more work than i would like but it all pays off. I have learned so much and I'm taking a psych class which i never thought i would take until college. I am friends with each and every one of my teachers and I am proud to call SA my home.

  • (4 years ago)

    When I heard about SA when I was in 8th grade I checked it out and shadowed for a day and was instantly blown away by the experience. The student/teacher dynamics were uniquely refined in such a way that I felt right at home. The students were vibrant creative and independent and the teachers were dynamic and soulful. That was several years ago at the LBC. Ever since our transition to the new gaudy campus we have lost the unique flare we once proudly humbly sought after. The respect/trust between the students and teachers has reached an all time low and in my opinion will never plateau to the same comfortable level it once was. Of course this is all just my opinion and should be taken with a grain of salt. And honestly though I am glad I go to SA.. it does look pretty swell on college apps.

  • (4 years ago)

    the school definitely has half the stuff it says it does. it's just a huge expensive campus that gives a grand appearance.. but that seems to be all it is sometimes appearance. Truly intelligent teachers yet administration is made up of mostly politicians. The campus's beautiful views and nice buildings hides the fact that it's actually a very dysfunctional campus students who drive in winter have to walk about 5 minutes to get to class - in the rain with no overhangs. The school was far better off at the LBC when it was about interesting kids and creativity where people didn't always play it safe but took risks which was a part of the learning process. Then again it's the best school in the area - the teachers tend to be worth it.

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