Strategic Plan

A Vision for Sonoma Academy: 2023-2030

We are thrilled to share Sonoma Academy’s Strategic Plan: 2023-2030. We launched our strategic planning process last year from a position of great strength in large part due to our wonderful community of families and students, our dedicated board, and our deeply engaged staffulty. 

We designed a broadly inclusive and intentional approach to our strategic planning process, which included our Community Design Day, school-wide surveys, hour-long empathy interviews with over 50 community members, and multiple forums with students, staffulty, alumni, and parents. Our final  strategic plan  is as much an affirmation of what we all cherish about SA as it is a vision for our future. It is designed to provide the compass—our “North Star” so to speak—that will guide us into our school’s next great decade.

Students and families choose Sonoma Academy for a dynamic educational program that is rooted in healthy risk-taking, a caring and empowering school culture, dedicated and engaged teaching, the strong bond of community and belonging, and the sense of safety and support that allows students to discover and express their authentic selves. The great opportunity before us is to make the most authentic and impactful use of our extraordinary region, our beautiful campus, our invested community, and our exceptional people to continue in the tradition of our founders who set out to make the best high school possible for our students and our community. 

As Sonoma Academy looks to the coming decade with the confidence to dream big about who we are as an institution, we embark on this significant moment in our school’s history with optimism, audacity, and the resolve that will inspire us to reach new heights. We hope that as you  read this plan, you will be energized by its direction and aspiration.

Throughout the school year, you will have opportunities to more deeply engage in conversations about the strategic initiatives articulated in this plan. We look forward to partnering with you on this exciting journey together. 
Tucker Foehl, Head of School

Planning Committee

Tucker Foehl (Matteo ’27)
Head of School
Chris Hanna (Brian Whiteley ’20)
Board Chair, Alumni Parent
John Lee (Archie ’22)
Board Member, Alumni Parent
Bridget Twomey (Will ’18, Madeline ’22)
Board member, Alumni Parent
Katie Jackson ‘04
Board Member and Alumna
Emily O’Keeffe (Liam ’24, Maeve ’25)
Board Member
Sarah Hafner (Kate ’05, Grace ’09)
Former Board Member, Alumni Parent 
Lily Thompson (Penny Baker ’27)
Director of Strategy & Communications
Rolando Crisostomo
Director of College Counseling
Kim Eber
Director of External Relations
Caitlin Duffy
STEM Teacher
Jamie Murray (Nora ’25, Jane ’27)
Founding Humanities Teacher

Spencer Nilsen
Media Specialist and Arts Teacher
Maitane Elorza
World Languages Department Chair, Spanish Teacher, Davis Scholars Parent Liaison
Kevin Christensen
Associate Director of Athletics & PE, Varsity Girls Basketball Head Coach 
Kiska Kosagamez
Global and Experiential Programs Coordinator
Amaya Quintana
Class of 2023

Amadea Resch
Class of 2023
2500 Farmers Lane 
Santa Rosa, CA 95404 
(707) 545-1770

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, religion, ethnicity or national origin, citizenship, gender or gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, or disability, to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity or national origin, citizenship, gender or gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, or disability in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and tuition assistance programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.