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We’ve created a comprehensive process that begins in sophomore year and ramps up significantly in junior and senior years. Our College Counselors help students build a unique list of schools that match the student’s interests, passions, and strengths, as well as matching the quality of life they seek at college. By developing one-on-one relationships with all of our students and working with families, we are better able to advise them on appropriate college matches as well as advocate for them to admissions offices. What’s most important is that students have a variety of options and the knowledge of self to choose the school that is right for them.

The Senior Connections program, Adulting 101, imparts practical skills to graduating seniors to prepare them for life in college and beyond, through a combination of guest speakers, hands-on workshops, small group activities, and large group discussions. Topics include college campus safety; taxes and finances; cooking; sewing; using hand tools and making minor repairs; basic bicycle maintenance; writing resumes and interviewing for jobs; self-defense; and health care on college campuses. The program also features discussions of diversity and inclusion issues, as well as an alumnae panel where current seniors heard from graduates about what they wish they’d known before heading off to college.

Important Dates

List of 10 events.

The College Counseling Team

List of 2 members.

  • Dorothy Kowal 

    Director of College Counseling
    Williams College - BA
    Argosy University - MA
    California Board of Behavioral Sciences - Licensed MFT (Marriage Family Therapist)
  • Nichelle Passanisi 

    Associate Director of College Counseling
    Dominican University of California - MS
    University of California, Santa Barbara - BA
    University of Pittsburgh, Institute for Shipboard Education - Semester at Sea
  • 100% of students are college-bound
  • 91% of 2018 graduates were accepted into one of their top five choice colleges
  • 44% of 2018 graduates received merit scholarships
  • $17,090: average merit scholarship award
  • $5.1 million in merit scholarships awarded to the class of 2018
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.