“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” — Pablo Picasso

Every semester, students take two different Exploratory courses, the purpose of which is to allow them to try new things, discover interests and talents, and have fun in a stress-free environment. Exploratories are also an opportunity for our teachers to highlight their own personal interests and passions, as well as to learn or try something new themselves.

Exploratories meet once a week, have no homework, and grades are not incorporated into the GPA, so students can pursue interests or discover new ones without worrying about their transcripts. These courses are about showing up, trying something new, taking a risk, discovering a passion, or learning a new skill. 

Recent Exploratory Courses

3D Modeling & Printing, A Capella Club, Acting on Camera, Climbing, CPR & First Aid, Dance, Girl Talk, House Band,  Journalism, Locker Room Talk, Make, Marketing 101, Meditation, Musical Theater Choreography, Painting, Robots for Good, Slam Poetry, Street & Comfort Foods of the World, Sustainability Student Leaders, Vegan Snacks, and many more!
2500 Farmers Lane 
Santa Rosa, CA 95404 
(707) 545-1770

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.

Sonoma Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.