Sonoma Academy

2500 Farmers Ln, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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Sonoma Academy (SA) draws from five surrounding counties, attracting students and families seeking a rigorous college-preparatory education with a 21st century perspective. Along with high-level subject material, students learn critical skills like collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving and use of digital technology and media.

Sonoma Academy is based on a set of educational beliefs, which you can read on our website. The core belief is that learning happens in relationship and there is a compounding effect of our inspiring teachers, engaging materials, and motivated learners. We call the result SA’s Life Changing Learning Community (LC2).

We also believe high school is too important a time in a child’s life to leave up to chance. Given what we know about the teenage brain, about the importance of teacher/mentors, and the competitiveness of college admissions today, high school is one of the critical formative times in a person’s life. That’s why we provide a comprehensive, consistent guidance program called the SA Navigation System. Through this multifaceted program, professionals provide students with education, guidance, and practice addressing all the key issues of adolescence: Mind and body health, place in the world, relationships, and college choice–and the central question: Who am I?

Having students be creative, cross-culturally aware, engaged in their communities, and able to become leaders in a changing world are goals of the school’s mission that are manifest today throughout SA’s program and culture. Half of SA students participate in the school’s award-winning travel/service program, and students can pursue a “concentration” (like a college minor) in environmental leadership or global citizenship.

Sonoma Academy is designed to ensure success, not just for one or two students in a particular realm, but for all of them, in all aspects of their lives.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeDay — Coed Grades 9-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address2500 Farmers Ln, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Year Established2001
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)

Tuition & Financial Aid

Day Tuition$34,890; estimated extras $1250
Need-Based Scholarships Awarded132
Value of Need-Based Scholarships$2,490,270

Academics & Athletics

Academic CalendarQuarter
Supplemental InstructionLearning Differences, Tutoring
1:1 Laptop Program in Grades9-12
Advanced Placement CoursesCalculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, English, English Literature, Physics B, Spanish
Accredited ByWASC
Interscholastic Boys' & Girls' SportsBasketball, Cross-country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Track
Interscholastic Boys' SportsBaseball
Interscholastic Girls' SportsVolleyball

Graduate Placement

Graduate Reference Year2012
Graduates Attending College/Nonpublic Secondary School56
Most Common Graduate DestinationsReed 3, AZ St 3, U of San Diego 2, Carnegie Mellon 2, St Mary's Col of CA 2
Mid-50 Percentile Math SAT560-660
Mid-50 Percentile Critical Reading SAT570-690
Mid-50 Percentile Writing SAT580-680
ACT Mid-50 Percentile23-28


Applications DueJanuary
Application Fee$85
New Students76
Tests Used for AdmissionSSAT


AdministratorJanet Durgin
Administrator's TitleHead of School
In Office Since2000
Administrator's CredentialsBA, Evergreen State College, MA, School for International Training
Director(s) of AdmissionsSandy Stack, Director of Enrollment & Marketing

Enrollment & Faculty

Total Enrollment246
Day Students246
Secondary Enrollment (Grades 9-PG)246
Student Body EthnicityWhite 63%, Latino 4%, African-American 1%, Asian 5%, Other 27%
Average Class Size15
Student-Faculty Ratio12:1
Teaching Faculty24
Faculty with Advanced Degrees (%)79
Male Teaching Faculty11
Female Teaching Faculty13

Campus & Endowment

Campus Acreage34
Buildings on Campus4
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