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Sonoma Academy Youth Arts is dedicated to developing intellectual growth, creativity, and the ability for aesthetic appreciation in it students through participation in its vibrant artistic community. The curriculum balances theoretical and historical material with active participation in studio, commitment to ensemble, and learner centered skill-based training that nurtures competent appreciation of the arts, and in cases where students choose, the ability to continue with further specialized training.

This program supports innovation, imagination, and personal growth to thrive on our campus. We make the arts, and the skills inherent to each artistic discipline, an integral part of the cognitive life of our students. As a college preparatory school, we believe that the arts, as they are both experienced and practiced, are irreplaceable instruments of knowledge and an integral part of our culture.

We seek to cultivate a lifelong appreciation for the arts through experience, knowledge, and observation. Our program is currently comprised of three departments: Visual and Media Art, Theatrical Performance, and Choral and Instrumental Music.

Skills Developed

Students will learn how to:
  • Develop life-long creative problem solving skills.
  • Foster the development of an exciting artistic community where youth create, experience and are transformed by the performing, visual and media arts.
  • Develop an arts vocabulary and the skills specific to each discipline.
  • Develop self-reflection and the ability to critically assess artistic work.
  • Develop competency in different forms of artistic expression.
  • Take an active role in an arts community.
  • Develop an understanding of the arts as a reflection of culture and history.
  • Appreciate the value of ensemble by developing an understanding of what it means to nurture art within the self and not the self within art.
  • Work cooperatively as members of an artistic community that places value on original and canonical work created through collaboration.
  • Stretch their talent and abilities as well as experiment in an environment that is both nurturing and challenging.
  • Strive for excellence through embracing professional standards in the studio and in the classroom.
  • Benefit from field trips to local productions, museums, concerts, and courses with visiting guest artists.
  • Take intellectual and artistic risks to enhance the learning/product. Assume and own ideas and decisions.
  • Develop approaches to critical reasoning through self and peer assessment
  • Foster a broad cultural and critical eye for the arts, enabling a capacity for making articulate and justified personal opinions about artistic expression.

The Arts Department

List of 3 members.

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.