Sonoma Academy

  • Sonoma Academy is a dynamic co-ed college preparatory high school located on a 34-acre campus in southeast Santa Rosa.
  • Sonoma Academy offers a 21st century education to motivated learners from four counties (Sonoma, Marin, Napa,and Mendocino) and from more than 80 public, private, and parochial middle schools. Students of color represent 30 percent of the student body and over 50 percent of the school`s families receive some amount of financial aid.  Graduates attend top colleges and universities nationwide.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Year Founded2001

Student Body

Total Students310 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 43%
Students by GradeSonoma Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers26 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio12:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size15 students
Number of AP Courses9 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced Courses AP Calculus AB/BC, AP Chemistry, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Spanish Language, Advanced Studies Computer Science, Advanced Studies in Art History, AP English Language and Composition, AP Physics 1, AP Statistics, Art History (Advanced Studies), Comparative Religions (Advanced Studies), Constitutional Law (Advanced Studies), Economics (Advanced Studies), Environmental Science (Advanced Studies), Historiography and Research Seminar (Advanced Studies), Multivariable Calculus,
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 1 / Jan. 12
Yearly Tuition Cost$42,500
Tuition NotesWe have a financial aid program that is designed to help families with the cost of tuition and is based on demonstrated financial need. We award nearly $3.5 million in financial aid each year. Awards may range from 5-95% of tuition.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$22,000
Admissions DirectorSandy Stack
Admissions AssociateLucas Martin


Total Sports Offered8 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryLacrosse,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.23 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Judicial Honor Council

Club or Organization:
Admission All-Stars, Book Club, Chess Club, Debate Team, Diversity CLub, Earthology Club, Garden Club, Girls Learn International Chapter, QSA-Queer Straight Alliance, Schools for Kabul, Speech Team, Student Leadership Council, The Paw Print, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
A Cappella Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Strings Ensemble, Theater Production

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Fitness, Flag Football, Pilates/Hatha Yoga, Ultimate Frisbee

School Notes

  • Electives include Multivariable Calculus, nine AP courses, and advanced studies in Historiography & Research, Philosophy & Literature, Constitutional Law, Environmental Science, Comparative Religions, and Art History.
  • The school has a suite of studios in a newly constructed building. Studios include: Robotics/Electronics/Engineering, Metal & Wood Fabrication, Digital Media, and Broadcast & Sound. There is also a teaching kitchen that enables students to take courses or do projects related to food science, nutrition, and cooking & baking.
  • Daily lunch provided in the Commons dining area. 
  • One free international travel trip for each student during their tenure at the school Past trips have included Bali, France, Thailand, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Honduras, the Czech Republic, Japan, Russia, Spain, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Belgium, Mexico, and Holland.
  • Sports include soccer, basketball, lacrosse, cross-country, track & field, tennis (singles & doubles), volleyball, and baseball.
  • Students have the option to pursue a concentration (like a college minor) in either STEM, environmental stewardship, or global citizenship.
  • There is an Accelerated Sports Program, designed for highly motivated and talented student-athletes who have aspirations to compete at least at the collegiate level.
  • Extensive college counseling begins junior year.
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The average private school tuition in Santa Rosa, CA is $17,012 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Santa Rosa, CA is 78% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).