For students applying to enter Sonoma Academy in the 2021-2022 school year the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT) is optional. In response to COVID-19, SSAT has created an SSAT at Home test which does allow students to take the SSAT in their home, but this is not always the best option. 

No student will be penalized for choosing not to take or submit an SSAT score this year.

About the SSAT
The test has multiple parts, as follows:
  • Mathematics: two sections, 30 minutes each with 25 questions each
  • Reading Comprehension: 30 minutes with 30 synonym questions and 30 analogy questions
  • Verbal: 40 minutes with 40 questions based on 7 reading passages
  • Essay: 25 minutes
Sonoma Academy is offering an online SSAT prep class in order to help prepare students for their SSAT. Each class will be 90 minutes, with 50 minutes reserved for instruction, then a 5-10 minute break, and then 30 minutes reserved for Q and A. We offer two different sections of test preparation (see below). Both sections are three weeks in length and are for 7th and 8th graders only. Students applying for Early Decision must take the test before November 1. The class is being taught by long-time SSAT Prep instructor, Brian Mooney.


How do I sign up for one of the classes?
This year's session has already begun and is no longer available for registration.

What is the cost?
$290 for a three-week class. In addition, parents will need to purchase the "Official SSAT Study Guide Book (Upper Level)" from SSAT

When do I take the SSAT exam?
If applying to Sonoma Academy in the fall of 2020 and choosing to take the SSAT, we recommend signing up to take the SSAT before January 1, 2021. Students who are interested in applying for Early Decision should take the test before November 1, 2020. Families are responsible for test registration at The Sonoma Academy test center code is 7400.

Wanting to apply Early Decision?
If you plan to apply for Early Decision (November 1), then you must take the test before November 1, 2020.
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Santa Rosa, CA 95404 
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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.