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Transportation

Our families come from more than 30 different cities and towns, so transportation from afar is an important issue.

Beginning in the fall of 2018, we offer free shuttle service from and to the downtown Santa Rosa SMART Train depot. The shuttle will pick up from the Santa Rosa station at 7:24 am and transport students to school. In the afternoons, the shuttle will depart Sonoma Academy at 3:40 pm and 6:05 pm. Additionally, we offer morning school bus service from Napa and Sonoma.

Please refer to the SMART train website for information about fares, schedules, and so on.

Review our School Bus Service FAQs below for more detailed information.

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • How can I commute to school using the SMART Train?

    We offer free shuttle service from and to the downtown Santa Rosa SMART Train depot. The shuttle will pick up from the Santa Rosa station at 7:24 am and transport students to school. In the afternoons, the shuttle will depart Sonoma Academy at 3:40 pm and 6:05 pm. On sleep-in days, there will be two morning shuttles. One that picks up at the Train depot at 7:54 am and one at 8:55 am.

    Please refer to the SMART train website for information about fares, schedules, and so on.

    All parents must sign a Shuttle Permission form and students must show their Shuttle Rider Pass card in order to ride the shuttle.
  • Where do buses pick up?

    2018-19 School Year*
    Southern Napa and South Sonoma: Adele Harrison Middle School at 6:55 am
    Sonoma: Altimira Middle School on Arnold Drive at 7:05 am
    Glen Ellen/Sonoma: Mayo Winery at 7:15 am
    Napa: Solano Avenue Park n' Ride at 6:45 am

    *For students on the 101 corrider, we will offer free shuttle service from and to the Santa Rosa Downtown train depot.
  • What is the cost?

    Bus service cost depends on both distance and ridership in any given year, since with more riders the price per family is reduced. Fees from this year are as follows:
    • Sonoma, South Sonoma, Glen Ellen: $1400 (about $8 per day)
    • St. Helena: $2500 (about $14 per day)*
    • Napa: $2500 (about $14 per day)*
    *The St. Helena and Napa routes are more expensive because they are provided by a chartered bus with a longer distance traveled, and the ridership is lower.

  • Does the bus run both in mornings and evenings?

    Bus transportation from Napa and Sonoma will only be offered in the mornings; carpools often accommodate students in the afternoons.

    Starting in the 2018-19 school year, shuttle service to and from the Downtown Santa Rosa SMART Train station will be offered both mornings and afternoons. The shuttle will meet the 7:24 am train and transport students to school; shuttle service will be adjusted for sleep-in days. The shuttle willl depart campus to the Santa Rosa downtown train depot at 3:40 pm and 6:05 pm.
  • What about carpools?

    Parents have carpools operating in the areas below. Some families use them exclusively, while others have carpools that serve students for the after-school runs.
    • Glen Ellen/Kenwood
    • Healdsburg/Windsor/Cloverdale
    • Napa/St. Helena/Calistoga
    • Novato
    • Petaluma/Marin
    • Rohnert Park/Cotati
    • Sebastopol/Graton/Occidental
    • Sonoma
2500 Farmers Lane
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
707.545.1770
info@sonomaacademy.org

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The only 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.