A QUALITY EDUCATION FOR ALL STUDENTS
Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District
The district seven elementary schools offer a rigorous curriculum enriched by art, music and physical education. Many of the schools have gardens and other outdoor learning opportunities for students. All elementary schools have full-time libraries and computer labs to support student learning. Class sizes at kindergarten through third grade are 24 or fewer and in fourth and fifth grade 28.
Located in the beautiful rolling hills of Cotati is Thomas Page Academy. The school serves all students in Cotati from kindergarten through eighth grade. The school has a focus on environmental studies and sustainability.
Lawrence E. Jones Middle School and Technology Middle School serve students sixth through eighth grade. Middle school students receive a rigorous, comprehensive curriculum delivered in a safe and caring environment. Both schools have band, visual and performing arts, language, leadership interscholastic and intramural sports. Additionally, Lawrence E. Jones has the Expeditionary Learning Program that employs thematic study reinforced by real-life excursions and hands-on projects. At Technology Middle School students learn in a one-to-one computing environment and have courses in programming and web design.
Technology High School, founded in 1999, is a science math and engineering college preparatory magnet school located on the campus of Sonoma State University. The school’s vision is to develop critical and creative thinking in students in a small learning community environment. Key program components include: Project-based and applied learning, Integrated and thematic instruction and Teamwork. In its short history, the school has been selected as a California Distinguished School in every year of eligibility, recognition as one of the best high schools in America by the U.S. News and World Report and a Magna Award winner by the American School Board Journal.
Rancho Cotate High School is known for its comprehensive high school programs and outstanding sports teams. An instructional program designed around college and career pathways distinguishes this campus as a place where students can fully prepare themselves for life beyond high school. Rancho students may select from among six pathways based on their specific interests: Liberal Arts; Health, Science, and Medical Technologies; World Languages; Media Arts and Business; Visual and Performing Arts Entertainment; and Clean Technologies: Design, Automotive and Construction. More at www.crpusd.org
Sonoma State University
A Jewel of a Campus
Enlivened by a series of lakes, wide green lawns, scores of birds and visiting Canadian geese, Sonoma State University occupies 274 acres in the beautiful wine country of Sonoma County in Northern California. Located at the foot of the Sonoma hills, the campus is just an hours drive north of San Francisco and 40 minutes away from the Pacific Ocean.
The wide open, green expanses of this small university provide serenity to a campus where, on weekends, visitors wander through the butterfly garden, a native plant sanctuary, and alongside lakes with geese and ducks. There are trails for bike riding along quiet Copeland Creek and areas for picnicking.
Since it is located in one of the premier wine grape growing regions in the world, the university also offers a unique Wine Business Program which has received broad support from the wine industry in both Sonoma County and the Napa Valley.
Also located here is the Environmental Technology Center, a “building with a brain” that is made from sustainable technologies that use 80% less energy than a similar building of its kind.
The Lifelong Learning Institute opened its doors at the University last year as an experience in adult education for those over 50 with an offering of eight week long courses in art history, music, literature and science with no homework or grades. A cultural and intellectual magnet for the region is Sonoma State University’s legacy. Its destiny continues to be written as it responds to the needs of the surrounding community whose future it shares. More can be found at http://www.sonoma.edu/