Academics

Academics

Redefining Education for a New Era

Based on an understanding of the adolescent brain and with the knowledge that learning occurs best in the context of an inclusive and connected community, our curriculum is grounded in a rigorous college preparatory framework. We are multidisciplinary and innovative, giving students the ability to ask the hard questions, and the tools to answer them. We are technologically sophisticated, but we recognize the limitations of technology. We teach critical thinking, cultural competency, and empathy because this is the foundation of true learning.

We love play and humor and art, because we know that they make us human. We also know that a deep grasp of concepts is what helps us to navigate an ever-changing world. We are deeply humanistic, treating every student with profound respect and care. We provide students with the intellectual, social, and ethical foundations necessary to thrive in our changing times, no matter their individual path.

All of our courses are college preparatory and our graduation requirements meet or exceed those needed to get into the very best colleges and universities in the country. Our students must complete a rigorous liberal arts curriculum that includes both required and elective courses in humanities, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), world languages, and the arts. Other elements of our program, including Exploratory Courses, Intersession, physical education, Health & Wellness, and Connections, allow students to broaden and deepen their educational experiences.

Below is our Curriculum-at-a-Glance, which shows the progression of courses, both required and elective, from 9th to 12th grades. All courses listed are not available each year. For an in-depth description of a course, select a department from the "department picker." A list of courses and their descriptions will display.

Graduation Requirements

  • English: 4 credits
  • History: 3 credits including World History and US History
  • Mathematics: 3 credits including Geometry and Algebra II
  • Science: 3 credits including 2 lab credits
  • World Languages: Completion of level 3 
  • Arts: 2 credits, at least one of which must be a Foundation Arts course
Additional Requirements
  • Exploratory courses: 2 each quarter
  • Physical Education/Sports: 1 PE Exploratory per quarter, or participation in a team sport
  • Health & Wellness and Connections: Participation each year
  • Intersession: Participation each year
Minimum Total Credits: 26

2019-20 Curriculum-at-a-Glance

To see the breadth and depth of our course offerings, and to read specific descriptions of each course, please select the department below. You will be taken to a detail page that shows the current courses offered in that discipline.

Academic Courses




Sonoma Academy Is...

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, our 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.