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Teenhood: Just Four Short Years From Childhood to Adulthood

The change from 8th grade to 12th grade is rivaled only by the change from 1 month to 4 years. During this time of radical development, a sense of belonging and powerful connections with peers become paramount. Adolescence is the time when this quest to belong to a group other than the family begins in earnest.

Sometimes reflected as a teenager's susceptibility to "peer pressure," in the right environment, this desire-to-belong works as it should: helping students feel connected to a community that enhances their wellbeing and supports them in becoming the best versions of themselves.

And let's not forget that while teens move along the pathway to adulthood they still need and cherish opportunities to play and have fun. We build opportuninties for all of this into the school day and year, ensuring the our students enjoy coming to school!


Sonoma Academy Is...

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.