Sonoma Academy: know us by our beliefs

Sonoma Academy opened in 2001 in what was then the Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa. We have since moved to our 34-acre campus in southeastern Santa Rosa, which allows us to serve 270 students from more than 35 cities and towns in the North Bay.

Almost two-dozen of our students hail from Sonoma Valley.

Our biggest challenge as a start-up school has been defining ourselves to the community. First and foremost, we are a college preparatory school. That means students who fulfill our graduation requirements can apply with confidence to any college in the country and abroad. Everyone at Sonoma Academy is on the college track.

Harder to describe is what we mean when we call our school “independent” rather than “private.” The difference merits explaining, especially on the West Coast, where there are fewer independent schools than in the East.

Private schools draw some portion of their educational beliefs and/or funding from a larger institution (such as a church, or Waldorf philosophy). Independent schools, however, choose their own philosophy and beliefs, using them as both foundation and guiding star.

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