Sonoma Academy (SA), an independent, co-educational 9-12 school located in Santa Rosa, CA, has partnerships with the following local schools, parents, organizations and residents to deepen their understanding of and support for one another, and in so doing, foster meaningful community relationships.
Kawana Academy of Arts and Sciences (KAAS)
Sonoma Academy partners with Kawana Academy of Arts and Sciences in a number of programs. This elementary school is dedicated to serving children of need, with 96% of its students eligible for free or reduced lunch. The partnership programs are as follows:
- Weekly Music program of ukulele instruction for 50 fifth graders taught by SA faculty and students, with a recital each spring
- Working with local nonprofit, “Listening for a Change,” SA and KAAS students interview and record community residents’ stories. The program goal is “to enable students and community members to apply lessons of the past to the emerging and challenging issues of today.”
- Monthly Runners Workshop for first-sixth graders taught by junior class members of the SA cross country team
Taylor Mountain School (TMS)
SA partners with Taylor Mountain School throughout the year in a number of programs. With academic programs a primary focus, the schools also dedicate time for athletic and enrichment activities.
- Daily accelerated math class for TMS fifth graders taught by SA faculty member
- Working with a literacy program of the United Way, SA parents meet on a weekly basis with students from TMS to strengthen their reading skills.
- Weekly theater and sports programs for fifth and sixth graders taught by two SA faculty members and 20 SA students
SA partners with Children’s Village, a residential foster program designed to keep siblings together, for the Study and Fun program. Each week children from the foster program come to the SA campus for homework help and fun activities.
Día del Niño (Day of the Child)
Parents and staff from SA, Taylor Mountain and KAAS elementary schools work together to put on the community event titled Día del Niño. At this festival, parents, students and teachers from all three schools enjoy a day filled with community togetherness and shared experiences. Face painting, science experiments, and dance lessons are just a few of the events that are available on this day. You can read more about it here