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Vision Statement

Carpe Diem and Sonoma Mountain High Schools provide a positive alternative setting for students. We believe that all students, regardless of past experiences, can succeed when they begin to see themselves as valuable, productive members of society. We endeavor as a school to be a place where individuals are empowered and valued community members who take responsibility for their learning. We are preparing students for current and future opportunities and challenges.  

Mission Statement

Carpe Diem and Sonoma Mountain High Schools provide a personalized approach to education that supports each individual student.

  • Our academic approach integrates common core instruction, technology, and the development of 21st century skills.

  • We acknowledge students’ unique personal and educational backgrounds and provide them a flexible, supportive learning environment in order to best fit their personal, social, and educational needs.

  • We engage students in the development of their vision for future post-secondary success.

  • Our students participate in career explorations through college and career presentations, field trips and classroom activities.

Expected Schoolwide Learning Results

Carpe Diem and Sonoma Mountain High Schools are committed to using state standards within the appropriate subject areas to guide curricular choices, provide an appropriate framework for instruction, and help the staff to tailor instruction to fit the needs of students. Our continuation and alternative population has difficulties with student achievement in a standards-based curriculum; nonetheless, carefully considering the standards as we modify and differentiate curriculum should help us to improve student achievement over time. Using multiple measures of assessment, including state assessments but also ongoing, teacher-created formative assessment, the staff of CD-SM works hard to provide students with the strategies they need to succeed. The ESLRs detailed below are largely tied to the standards, but they extend expectations to help students attain a more global and well-rounded perspective on their place in the modern world.

Thinking, Problem Solving, and Interpersonal Skills

  • Read, write, speak, and listen reflectively and analytically.
  • Demonstrate mastery of basic computational skills and competency in basic mathematical concepts.
  • Apply complex problem-solving processes and critical thinking to available resources and information to develop solutions to problems
  • Exhibit a willingness to engage in creativity and innovative thinking.

Personal Responsibility

  • Develop an awareness of how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, both physically and emotionally.
  • Exhibit self-discipline and acceptance of individual and group responsibility.


  • Use effective leadership and group skills to complete a goal through collaboration in a timely fashion. 
  • Demonstrate skills in resolving conflicts through positive, non-violent alternative actions. 

Social Responsibility

  • Demonstrate respect for norms within the school culture. 
  • Demonstrate respect for diversity among cultures, races, religions, and genders. 
  • Develop an awareness of world citizenship by learning about the interconnected environment at the local, national, and global levels 
  • Develop an appreciation for the arts as a means of self exploration and expression

Career Preparation

  • Learn to utilize appropriate technology in a responsible way to gather and share information and solve problems 
  • Develop awareness of career options 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the connections between education and career 
  • Develop an appreciation for life-long learning 
  • Make plans for the future by setting priorities and achievable goals