Eleventh Grade: Community Partnerships
Connection to Community
Through our Connections program, juniors spend Wednesday afternoon leading enrichment workshops at our two neighboring local elementary schools, which also happen to be the most underserved schools in Santa Rosa. Our students mentor fourth and fifth grade students in small groups where they take part in athletics, theater, music, robotics, filmmaking, dance, and art. On occasion, we are able to bring the elementary students to our campus for school-wide presentations of the work we’ve done in partnership. Through this program, students (both high school and elementary) learn new skills and build connections. Some of our graduates discovered a passion for teaching through this program; we also have current students who were mentored in elementary school by Sonoma Academy juniors.
Twelfth Grade: College and Beyond
Connection to the Future
In twelfth grade Connections, senior spend their first semester receiving intensive college counseling, giving them time and guidance to work through their college applications. During the second half of the year, students gain practical skills to help prepare them for life after high school through a a combination of guest speakers, hands-on workshops, small group activities, and large group discussions. Topics include campus safety; taxes and finances; cooking; sewing; using hand tools and making minor repairs; applying for jobs; issues of sexuality, diversity and inclusion; and substance use. The program also features an alumni panel where graduates speak about what they wish they’d known before heading off to college.