Santa Rosa Academy Starts the School Year at its New Campus

Students in the high school wing of Santa Rosa Academy gather before classes. Monday was a bus...

Students in the high school wing of Santa Rosa Academy gather before classes.
Monday was a busy first day for the Santa Rosa Academy Charter School, said Principal Laura Badillo, but she, other staff members and students are just happy to have a facility of their own.

"We feel great," said Badillo. "It seems like we've just started out yesterday, but it's taken us eight years to get here."

In those eight years, Santa Rosa Academy has grown from 59 students being taught in a garage or rented space in strip malls to having just under 1,500 students enrolled with a permanent campus located on Haun Road.

"We've worked every single day for the past two weeks to be ready for today," said Badillo, "but the first day is going good and we're happy to finally be here."

Badillo said that during its first day, the school experienced a few mishaps, such as an Internet crash and some problems with air conditioning, but she said these sort of things were expected to happen on the first day and other than that, the school day went smoothly.

"Drop off this morning went especially smooth," said Badillo. "There were traffic officers out this morning. I think they were expecting there to be a major traffic back-up, but everything went fine."

Santa Rosa Academy was modeled after old California Spanish Rancho architecture. Badillo said the school's emphasis on traditional values influenced the style of the school.

"We didn't want it to look like a regular school," said Badillo. "The architecture of the school is intentional. We wanted it to reflect the moral traditions we value."

Overall, Badillo, staff, students, and parents are very pleased with the new facility. Badillo said the look on the students' faces when they saw their new school made all the work worth it, and some parents who h