Academics

Exploratory

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

Every quarter, 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 twice a week for one hour, have no homework, and grades are not incorporated into their 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. Physical Education courses occur during this same time period. 

Recent Exploratory Courses

3D Modeling & Printing, Board Games & Brownies, Choir, Debate Skills, Gardening, Hiking Taylor Mountain, Ice Skating, Journalism, Martial Arts, Meditation, Musical Theater Choreography, Painting, Pilates, Robots for Good, Slam Poetry, String Ensemble, Technical Theater, Vocal Improv, and many more!

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.