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Creating a Culture of Unbridled Inventiveness

Transformation and transition are ongoing processes here—by design. The journey of self-discovery that is a Sonoma Academy education starts here:

Be willing to stretch yourself and heed your own call to adventure. As Joseph Campbell says,“If you can see your path laid out in front of you, step by step, you know it's not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That's why it's your path.”

Be bold. Go for the audacious inspiring vision and welcome the crazy smart co-conspirators who will magically show up and help you make it a reality.

In the very beginning of our school, there was an audacious vision. The founders’ belief in the transformative power of a great school and great teachers was as mighty as the geological forces that shaped Taylor Mountain behind us. The Sonoma Academy trustees, past and present, literally believed this school into being. This audacious vision is still very much functioning as a signal flare that attracts such talented teachers, trustees, and administrators to this school.

There are other reasons it’s important to have an audacious vision. It will keep you from being mesmerized by the siren song of the status quo. And it will give you the strength and resolve to carry on during difficult and rocky times. 

Create a safe space. And fill it with mentors who’ll help students explore, experiment, take risks and keep going despite inevitable setbacks

Keep iterating! The world and our lives are constantly changing. All of us here today are facing huge changes in our lives. Our freshmen are embarking on a four-year odyssey of finding out who they are. Our seniors are preparing for college and beyond. Our teachers and staff are always working on upleveling their teaching and our programs and processes. And many of our alumni are out there working on solutions to the myriad problems humanity faces today. 

Our students are empowered with the intellectual, social, and creative foundations necessary to thrive in our rapidly changing times. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about us.

About Us At-A-Glance

Sonoma Academy Is...

The only private, independent, college preparatory high school in Sonoma County. On our beautiful campus nestled at the base of Taylor Mountain in Southeastern Santa Rosa, Sonoma Academy students are able to explore their interests and passions in a rigorous and inspiring environment that develops a lifelong love of learning and prepares them for college and beyond.