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Application Process

We're so glad you're interested in attending Sonoma Academy. Below you will find a description of each step in our application process.

We encourage you and your family (children of all ages are welcome) to experience a mini-version of a school day at Sonoma Academy. You may register online for an Open House by completing the Visit Us form and selecting the Open House date you would like to attend. Upcoming Open House dates may be viewed on our Visit Us page.

Attending a Visit Day is a required component of the application. Visits are scheduled on select Wednesdays in the fall from 7:50 am to 1:30 pm and are on a first-come, first-served basis. You may register online by completing the Visit Us form and selecting the Visit Day you would like to attend. Upcoming Visit Days may be viewed on our Visit Us page.

Decide whether you will apply for Early or Regular Decision. If you know that Sonoma Academy is your first choice school, you may benefit from the Early Decision application.

Fill out and submit your application through our online application. A completed application will include the following items:

  • Application (parent and student essays)
  • Transcripts 
  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • SSAT Test results
  • SSAT Character Skills Test results
If you are ready to apply, but have not yet received a username and password to log-in to our online application system, please fill out this form. Once you do so, you will receive an email with log-in information and directions as to what to do next.

If you have received a username and password, please login to start or continue your application.

If your family will apply for financial aid or one of our scholarships (STEM or Davis Scholarship), you will need to complete a financial aid application at TADS.com. To do so, you will first need to create an account on TADS.com and then complete the Financial Assessment. Create your TADS.com account. Please review the Tuition, Financial Aid & Scholarships page for more information about our need-based scholarships.

Admissions Interview: By Invitation Only

Once you have submitted your completed application, your family may be selected for an Admissions Interview. Admissions decisions are based on competitive qualifications, the mission of our school, and the number of vacancies available. While being selected for the Admissions Interview does not guarantee admission, it is a crucial step in our selection process. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted within 2-4 weeks of your completed application submission. Please plan on spending about an hour with someone from our Admissions Team.

Application Deadlines

Early Decision: 
November 1, 2019
Candidates will be notified on January 10, 2020

Regular Decision:
January 10, 2020
Candidates will be notified on March 6, 2020

Financial Aid Applications should be submitted by November 1 for Early Decision applications and January 10 for Regular Decision applications. Candidates will be notified of their financial aid status at the same time that they receive their admission decision.
2500 Farmers Lane
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Sonoma Academy is...

The only private, independent, college preparatory high school in Sonoma County. On its beautiful 34-acre campus nestled at the base of picturesque Taylor Mountain in South Santa Rosa, Sonoma Academy students are able to explore their interests and passions in a challenging environment that prepares them for college and life beyond.