Sonoma Performance Academy

Information Sessions Announced

For some time now, Patty O’Reilly, Sonoma Conservatory of Dance Artistic Director, has been envisioning a local independent study high school that is designed around the time commitments of students who are passionate about the performing arts.  We are happy to report that the Conservatory will be offering an academic program for high school-age students, Sonoma Performance Academy, beginning with the 2019 – 20 school year.

Sonoma Performance Academy is an independent study high school program that utilizes a customized, self-paced, and flexible curriculum, while still ensuring that students fulfill California’s a – g requirements and become competitive candidates for a wide range of colleges and universities.

SPA will have a classroom in downtown Sonoma within walking distance of the dance studio.  Students will be in a supervised classroom from 8:30 am until noon, reading, working on their assignments, taking part in virtual seminars, and/or learning in small groups with a specialist teacher.  Although students will take some online courses, they will have in-person instruction several times a week in languages, math, and science, with other subjects as needed.

At noon students will break for lunch, then have the option of participating in a dance/movement block at Sonoma Conservatory of Dance from 12:30 until 3 pm.  If a student is not into dance, they could use that time to pursue their own extracurricular interest or continue to do academic work.  There will also be an art/music block, developed in partnership with two nonprofits here in town, two days a week from 3 to 5 pm.

If this high school option is of interest to you and your child, please join Patty O’Reilly (SCD/SPA Artistic Director), Dulce Silvi (Studio Manager), and me at one of the following information sessions:

Tuesday, November 27th from 6 to 7 pm or

Saturday, December 15th from 3 to 4 pm

Please feel free to contact me ( or 707-934-5746) with any questions and to RSVP.  I would also be happy to meet with you separately to discuss your child’s particular situation.

Best Regards,
Vikki Griggs

Academic Director, Sonoma Performance Academy