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Practice Doesn’t Make Perfect, Exploration Makes Explorers

Every quarter, students take two different Exploratory courses, the purpose of which is to allow them to try new things, discover interests and talents, and have fun in a stress-free environment. Exploratories are also an opportunity for our teachers to highlight their own personal interests and passions, as well as to learn or try something new themselves.

Exploratories meet twice a week for one hour, have no homework, and grades are not incorporated into their GPA, so students can pursue interests or discover new ones without worrying about their transcripts.These courses are about showing up, trying something new, taking a risk, discovering a passion, or learning a new skill. Physical Education courses occur during this same time period.

Recent exploratories have included: 3D Modeling & Printing, Debate Skills, Gardening, hiking Taylor Mountain, Jazz Ensemble, Journalism, Just Chemistry, Meditation & More, Musical Theater Choreography, Painting, Robots for Good, Slam Poetry, String Ensemble, Technical Theater, Unity 5.3 & Virtual Reality, Vocal Improv, and many more!

Browse our current listing of Exploratory courses by selecting “Exploratory” below to get a sense of these opportunities.

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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.