About

Mission & Philosophy

Teenagers Are "Wired To Learn"

High School is too important a time to leave up to chance.
Our team of faculty and staff are trained professionals, deeply knowledgeable both in our subject areas as well as in adolescent development. We have created a rich, multi-faceted, dynamic program that is designed to ensure the success of all of our students in all aspects of their lives.

High school students have extraordinary capacities that are ready to emerge… or could go dormant.
The teenage brain is wired to take risks, and is ruled by impulse rather than logic because the prefrontal cortex is not yet developed. In an environment that encourages healthy risk-taking and where the adolescent is exposed to opportunity, this natural phase of development can lead to an expanded sense of self and greater access to personal capacities.

Teens need a rich, challenging, multifaceted program to fuel their natural curiosity.
Our students must complete a rigorous liberal arts curriculum that includes core and elective courses in humanities (history and literature), math and science, world languages, and the arts. Exploratory classes, the Intersession Program, Physical Education, Health & Wellness, Connections, and College Counseling broaden and deepen their educational experience.

Teachers can make or break a teen’s natural curiosity about the world and drive to know him/herself.
All of our teachers are great teachers. We recruit nationally, evaluate based on their teaching, and provide them with regular training and opportunities to further their passions.

Teenagers profoundly influence, and are influenced by, their classmates.
Ethics and character are being developed at the same time that your child is developing an overwhelming need to fit in socially. Additionally, peer influence becomes more dominant than parental influence. Having a motivated, engaged, supportive peer group is deeply important to a teen's ability to thrive.

“High school is one of the most critical and complex times in a person’s life. It’s the time when students are trying to navigate the road between adolescence and adulthood.” –Andrew Del Banco, Columbia University

Our Mission

Sonoma Academy calls its students to be creative, ethical, and committed to learning. The school nurtures inspiring teachers and engages with the surrounding community, and its students communicate across cultures as they prepare to become leaders in a dynamic world.

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.