High School Profile

Vibrant Classrooms and Connections

Our campus is a vibrant hub of activity where each day ideas, interests, relationships and connections are forming and refining. Walking by the classrooms, one can hear conversations about the Odyssey, see students binding their own books, the seniors preparing for a play, and other researching mechanical engineering for rockets.

Everywhere one looks there are signs of motion — counters brimming with papers, drawings and science experiments, students huddled over books, teachers engaged in quiet consultation. From early in the morning until late in the afternoon, the high school squad is teeming with it’s own small but incredibly well designed ecosystem that allows the adolescent to have a rich inner life, real relationships with peers and adults, and the opportunity to try and fail, learn, and try again, all while developing the necessary solid foundation for college and beyond.

Our High School Counseling Program, along with our Mentor Program, offers students academic, college, and emotional counseling.

Colleges

Over the last 5 years, close to 83% of Summerfield Graduates have directly attended four-year colleges, 14% have attended two year/vocational colleges (for a total of 97% college attendance directly out of high school), and 3% took gap years before starting college. We continue to send highly qualified students to many liberal arts colleges, as well as Santa Rosa Junior College, many with full Doyle Scholarships. Those who choose to attend the SRJC routinely go on to the four-year college of their choice. Those students who start off at four-year private colleges often receive merit scholarships of up to $20,000 or more per year.

Summerfield High School graduates have attended over 140 colleges all over the world! The following list of colleges includes both acceptances and those attended.

American Academy of Dramatic Art

American University of Paris

American University

Antioch College

Art Institute of Boston

Art Institute of Colorado

Arizona State University

Bard College

Barnard College

Bates College

Beloit College

Bennington College

Birbeck College, UK

Brown University

Burlington College

California College of Art

Cal State Fullerton

CSU Long Beach

CSU San Bernardino

CSU Stanislaus

Cal State, Monterey Bay

Cal Poly, SLO

Cal Poly, Pomona

Carleton College

Carnegie Mellon

Chapman University

Chico State University

Claremont McKenna College

Colgate College

Colorado College

Colorado State University

College of Marin

Copenhagen Hospitality College

Cornell University

Dartmouth College

DePaul University

Dominican University

Drexel University

Eckerd College

Emerson College

Eugene Lang College

Evergreen State College

Fashion Inst of Merch & Design

Fresno State University

Glasgow School of Art

Global College – ULI

Goucher College

Grinnell College

Hampshire College

Harvey Mudd College

Hamilton College

Humboldt State University

Johns Hopkins

Juniata College

Kalamazoo College

Kenyon College

Kettering University

Kingston University, UK

Kings College, UK

Laguna School Art & Design

Lesley College

Laurence University

Lewis & Clark College

Linfield College

Loyola Marymount University

Loyola University Chicago

Marlboro College

Middlesex University London

Mills College

Montana State University

Mount Holyoke College

Naropa University

New York University

Northern Arizona State

Oberlin College

Occidental College

Oregon State University

Oregon Institute of Technology

Otis College of Art

Pace University

Parsons School of Design

Peredur Eurythmy, England

Pitzer College

Pomona College

Portland State University

Prescott College

Quest University, Canada

Randolph College

Reed College

Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst.

Rhode Island School of Design

Royal Welsh College, UK

Sacramento State University

San Diego State University

San Francisco State University

Santa Clara University

Santa Rosa Junior College

Savannah College of Art & Design

Sarah Lawrence College

Scripps College

Seattle University

Skidmore College

Smith College

Sonoma State University

Stanford University

St. John’s College

Saint Mary’s College California

St. Mary’s College Maryland

St. Olaf College

Swarthmore

Syracuse University

The New School

Tulane University

UC Berkeley

UC Davis

UC Los Angeles

UC Merced

UC Riverside

UC Santa Cruz

UC San Diego

UC Santa Barbara

UM Kansas City

University of Arizona

University of Aberdeen, Scotland

University of Chicago

University of Colorado, Boulder University of Colorado, Denver

University of Hawaii

University of Idaho

University of Manchester

University of Massachusetts University of Massachusetts Boston

University of Oregon

University of the Pacific

University of Portland

University of Puget Sound

University of Redlands

University of St. Andrews, Scotland

University of San Diego

University of San Francisco

University of Southern California

University of Victoria, Canada

University of Washington, Seattle

Warren Wilson College

Western Washington University

Wheaton College

Whitman College

Whittier College

Willamette University

Worcester Polytechnic Inst.

Enriching Academic Curriculum

Our program is complex and enriching. Classes with a (P) designation are approved college-preparatory courses that meet or exceed college requirements. Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Sciences all have full labs.  Due to the depth and rigor of our curriculum, 11th and 12th grade academics are considered to be on par with Honor courses.  Because of the challenging nature of our curriculum, however, we offer no AP classes. Student GPA’s are unweighted, with no extra grade points designated for honors or college classes.  However, an A+ earns 4.3 points on the 4.0 scale. Community Service and some pre-designated electives are not graded.  PE/Movement and Practical Arts grades are not included in the Academic GPA calculations.

Courses                                  Years    Credits

English & Senior Project (P)         4              44

Mathematics (P)                              4              40

Social Studies/History (P)             3              32

Sciences (P)                                    3.75           30

Foreign Language (P)                   3+            30+

Arts/Crafts (P)                                 4              40

Music (P)                                           4              20

Drama (P)                                        .75            7.5

Physical Education                          4              20

Eurythmy (Movement)                  1.5             15

Electives                                             3              30

Community service (20+ hrs/year)4

             

Total Credits      300+

Extracurricular Activities

Students are encouraged to join an existing club or program, or to create their own student-initiated activities.  Extracurricular activities have included Community Council, LGBTQ Safe Space, the Green Team, musicals, volunteer beach clean up days, as well as a full after-school circus program that includes a seasonal Big Top Tent with a flying trapeze. Students must complete a total of 80 hours of community service before they graduate.

Summerfield offers a balanced sports program, competing in the Small School Bridge League. Athletic offerings include boys’ soccer, girls’ volleyball, and girls’ and boys’ basketball, tennis, and track and field and include several league wins for the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams. Summerfield athletes are student athletes, who are held to the same high standard in sports as they are in academics.

High School Facilities

In addition to classrooms, our facilities include a library, physics and chemistry lab, biology lab, movement room, pottery studio,  a new Art Tech Building for our extensive art program, which includes a black-smith forge and studio, weaving and wood-working studios, Sophia Hall – a beautiful performance hall, music practice rooms, outdoor basketball court, running track, soccer field and outdoor volleyball courts, full-sized circus tent and a working beyond organic, biodynamic farm.  Summerfield’s new commercial kitchen provides delicious hot lunches, with many ingredients from our biodynamic farm, for our students 1st – 12th grade.