Sonoma County was recently ranked as one of the top 55 metropolitan regions in the United States for most-educated residents by Wallethub.com.
It’s no wonder, that education is a priority, with Sonoma County offering a number of top-rated K-12 schools and a variety of innovative charter schools as well as quality higher education option.
Established in 1918, Santa Rosa Junior College serves more than 28,000 students each year, offering associate degree programs in more than 100 majors (many designed to transfer to four-year colleges and universities), as well as career and technical education, certificate programs, and online classes. In addition to its 100+ acre campus in Santa Rosa, SRJC operates a 35-acre satellite campus in Petaluma, a Public Safety Center training police officers and firefighters in Windsor, and a 260-acre farm in Forestville that houses its agriculture, wine, and food programs.
Founded in 1960, the 269-acre Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park offers degrees in 46 majors and 47 minors at the bachelor’s level, and 15 at the master’s level. It also offers nine credential programs and eight undergraduate and graduate certificate programs, including one of the only wine business programs nationwide.
The University of Northern California is a highly selective graduate school in Rohnert Park offering programs in biomedical engineering and technology. Meridian University in Petaluma is committed to teaching the disciplines of business, psychology and education with an integrative curriculum that emphasizes the forces transforming our culture today. At Empire College students learn valuable job skills through a wide variety of vocational classes and certificate programs through its School of Law and School of Business.
Sonoma County schools excel in providing their students a quality education and preparing them for college and workforce readiness. Seventy-five percent of the schools in the region have been recognized as California Distinguished Schools and ten have been accredited as National Blue Ribbon Schools. In every academic indicator- state STAR tests, high school exit exams, Academic Performance Index, Scholastic Aptitude Test- Sonoma County out performs the state and continues to show increasingly positive results.
The region is divided into 40 school districts serving kindergarten through twelfth-grade. There are a total of 174 public schools: 98 elementary schools, 24 middle/junior high schools and 18 high schools, approximately 64 private schools, and several alternative and independent study schools to choose from. As in many regions, Sonoma County’s demographic of students continues to change and evolve. With this, the Sonoma County school system has stepped up to provide greater advanced, language, and special services for its diversifying community.
If you are looking for a place to begin familiarizing yourself with Sonoma County’s schools and districts, we recommend you look at Sonoma County’s Office of Education site listed below. As well we list several others sites to help you get a balanced perspective of good public and private schools in the region.
Sonoma County Office of Education
Site includes maps of school districts, contact information, lists of schools, test scores, etc.
Tool to look up your school district by street address.
Sonoma County School Rankings
Provides reviews on the best schools in Sonoma County.
The country’s leading source of information on public and private school performance.
Private School Review
A review of private schools in Sonoma County.
Public School Review
A review of public elementary schools in Sonoma County.