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Share your Synergy memories - an anecdote, an experience, a funny story, or how Synergy has shaped your life.

Share Your Story


Connie Matthiessen

When my last child graduated from Synergy, I remember wondering how I could possibly thank the Synergy teachers and staff for all they've given my family. At Synergy, one of my sons developed a life long love of history, my daughter discovered she doesn't actually hate math and that she loves to draw and sing, and all three of my children learned writing skills that will serve them their whole lives.

But beyond the academics and arts at Synergy, I value what my children learned about empathy, compassion, and what it means to be a citizen of the planet. Every day we learn more about the value of social and emotional learning (SEL) in education. SEL is woven into the fabric of Synergy, and has been from day one. You walk into the school and from the art work on the walls to the exuberant shouts on the yard to the welcome you receive from Becky and everyone else you run in to, you can tell that it is a happy, caring place.

My children are now young adults, but Synergy is still a part of our lives. We met many of our closest friends at Synergy, and the Synergy community has been a second family in a city where we have no other relatives. I've heard Tanya compare Synergy to the Hotel California: you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave. And it's true... 

Synergy will always be a part of my family.


Connie Matthiessen, Aidan - Class of 2009, Dylan - Class of 2010 and Julia - Class of 2013


Matthew Beyer

When I look back on my experiences and education at Synergy, I think about my teachers and the strong sense of community. Whether we were building volcanoes with Jesse or bridges with Rea or creating our own cultures with Tammy and Elena at farm school, my teachers always cared about me as an individual. They encouraged me, taught me to think critically, and fostered my interest in environmental sustainability.

I'm currently a double major in political science and environmental science at UC Santa Barbara with a significant interest in American politics and policy, my intended field of focus. My long-term academic goal is to attend law school and to focus on environmental law and policy making.

In addition to my academics, I gained experience last summer conducting research for the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee and for former San Francisco Supervisor Bevan Dufty. My work with Bevan led to a position as his campaign coordinator as he launched his successful bid for the District 9 seat on the BART Board of Directors. This summer, I am interning at the Sierra Club.

I’m grateful for my Synergy experience and for my teachers who helped me find my voice and my passion. 


Matthew Beyer, Class of 2011