Sonoma Performance Academy

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

    • In-town, supervised classroom
    • Highly-qualified teachers
    • Nurturing learning environment
    • Curriculum from The Keystone School & Great Books Academy

    Blended learning model: in-person, small-group instruction supported by online resources.

    • Individualized program of study
    • Flexible class schedules
    • Rolling start dates for most courses
    • Field trips to live dance & theatre performances

    Academic Block


    • Humanities
    • Math
    • Science
    • Languages
    • Independent work, Socratic Seminar, and small-group activities with specialist teachers

    Performance Block (optional)

    Early Afternoon

    • Participation in 12 hours/week of dance-related classes
    • Study of a minimum of three non-ballet dance styles/year

    If a student is not specializing in dance, they could use this time to pursue their own extracurricular interest.

    Art & Music Block (optional)

    Late Afternoon 

    • Enrichment classes designed in collaboration with local nonprofits and artists
    • Study of an instrument, voice, drama, and/or visual arts

    Performance Block (optional)

    SPA students who are specializing in dance will be able to enroll in the Performance Block.  We will meet Monday-Friday in the early afternoon for a total of 12 hours each week. In addition to classical ballet and pointe technique, there will be classes in other dance styles as well as dance conditioning methodologies.  Other dance styles that students may be exposed to over the course of a school year — and over the course of their years with SPA — would include tap, character, modern, jazz, and so forth. Students will experience conditioning methodologies such as various floor barre systems, yoga, pilates, isometrics, and active stretching.

    Each 36-week School Year includes

        • 12 hours of dance and dance-related classes per week  (Monday-Friday, early afternoon)
          • SPA students will also be able to take as many of SCD’s regular afternoon/evening classes as desired at no extra cost. Please note:  In order to fulfill the requirement for pointe work at the Intermediate II and Advanced levels, they will need to take a minimum of two of the regular classes.
        • Participation in two stage productions and multiple community performance opportunities
        • One Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) exam
        • One audition photo session
        • Ten live performances, including local and touring dance companies
        • Tuition:  $800 per month (September-May)

    For further information, please contact Patty O’Reilly, Artistic Director (, Dulce Silvi, Studio Manager (, or Vikki Griggs, Academic Director (