About Sonoma County Schools
Sonoma County is divided into 40 school districts for kindergarten through twelfth-grade (K-12) educational services. There are 31 elementary, 3 high school, and 6 unified districts. Unified districts operate both elementary and secondary schools for the students residing within their boundaries.
Spotlight on Sonoma County Schools | Aug 2014
SCOE opened the 2014-15 school year with this eight-page publication (pdf) showcasing some of the innovations and success stories in Sonoma County schools.
Welcome to Sonoma County (2:07) | Nov 2013
Sonoma County’s outstanding resources and excellent public schools are profiled in this short video.
The county’s school districts vary in size, serving both rural and urban areas. The smallest district in the county, Kashia, is located in a rural area and has 11 students. The largest district, Santa Rosa City High, enrolls over 11,000 students in the county’s most populous city. Nineteen districts have fewer than 1,000 students; five districts serve more than 5,000 students.
Although many districts are small in size, 70,637 students attend the 182 public schools that are located in Sonoma County. There are 107 elementary, 24 middle/junior high, and 19 high schools, as well as 25 alternative schools and 7 independent study schools. Fifty-six of Sonoma County’s public schools are charter schools. Seventy-nine schools have been named California Distinguished Schools and ten have been recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools.
Enrollment in Sonoma County public schools grew rapidly during the 1990s, but has been decreasing since 2001. In recent years, the countywide drop in enrollment has been modest. Some districts have seen large declines in enrollment over the years, while others have experienced significant growth. These shifts are largely due to the county’s changing demographics and the availability of housing for families with school-age children.
Like many areas of California, Sonoma County is experiencing greater diversity in its student population. Today, 42 percent of students are Latino and 47 percent are white. Asian/Pacific Islander, African American, and Native American students compose an additional eight percent of the student population. There are over 15,000 students (22 percent) who are in the process of learning English and 48 percent of students are socio-economically disadvantaged. Twelve percent receive special education services.
Sonoma County schools are high-performing and have experienced considerable academic growth over time. The county consistently out-performs the state average on all academic indicators. Fifty-nine percent of schools have reached the Academic Performance Index (API) target that California set for its public schools. See our Progress Reports page for more information about academic achievement in Sonoma County schools.
The boxes at the right provide additional resources about Sonoma County schools, including a school calendar summary, schools directory link, map of Sonoma County school districts, and link to a county site to locate your school district based on the address of your residence. (For school boundary lines, please contact the applicable district directly.)