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 others 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, as well as social-emotional support.


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.

AM Academy of Dramatic Art
American University
American University of Paris
Antioch College
Art Institute of Boston
Art Institute of Colorado
Arizona State University
Bard College
Barnard College
Bates College
Beloit College
Bennington College
Berklee College of Music
Birbeck College, UK
Brown University
Burlington College
California College of Art
California State University, Chico
Long Beach
San Bernardino
San Diego
San Francisco
Monterey Bay
Cal Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo
Cal Polytechnic, Pomona
Carleton College
Carnegie Mellon
Chapman 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
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Eugene Lang College
Evergreen State College
Fashion Inst of Merch & Design
Glasgow School of Art
Goucher College
Grinnell College
Hampshire College
Harvey Mudd College
Hamilton College
Johns Hopkins
Juniata College
Kalamazoo College
Kenyon College
Kettering University
Kingston University, UK
Kings College, UK
Laguna School Art & Design
Lawrence University
Lesley College
Lewis & Clark College
Linfield College
Long Island University, Global
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 Academy of Art, The Hague
Royal Welsh College, UK
Santa Clara University
Santa Rosa Junior College
Savannah College of Art & Design
Sarah Lawrence College
Scripps College
Seattle University
Skidmore College
Smith College
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
University of California, Berkeley
Los Angeles
Santa Cruz
San Diego
Santa Barbara
UM Kansas City
University of Arizona
University of Aberdeen, Scotland
University of Chicago
University of Colorado, Boulder
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
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.