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San Domenico School Photo #1 - Located on 515 acres in San Anselmo, California, our campus features state-of-the art academic facilities, a music conservatory, swimming pool, gymnasium, one-acre organic garden, 2,358 solar panels, and six tennis courts. We are located 20 minutes north of San Francisco.
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San Domenico School Photo #1 - Located on 515 acres in San Anselmo, California, our campus features state-of-the art academic facilities, a music conservatory, swimming pool, gymnasium, one-acre organic garden, 2,358 solar panels, and six tennis courts. We are located 20 minutes north of San Francisco.
San Domenico School Photo #2 - "The teachers are dedicated to their trade and to their students, very responsive, hardworking, and inspirational in getting the kids to think in different ways." San Domenico Parent
San Domenico School Photo #3 - Students explore art history, principles, theories, and techniques including drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, and design. The courses focus on the development of personal expression, intuitive process, and content in art. At the end of each year students present their works in the student visual and performing arts show Arts in Action.
San Domenico School Photo #4 - Music has been a part of San Domenico School since 1850. Music develops many of the skills needed to succeed in the 21st century, regardless of a student's ultimate career choice. Students learn to set high personal standards, problem-solve both individually and in a team, think creatively, and appreciate the relationship between commitment and achievement.
San Domenico School Photo #5 - At San Domenico, residential life means calling 515 beautiful acres home, surrounded by friends from all over the world, and looked after by specially trained Residential Faculty. Our Upper School Boarding program provides a nurturing environment and safety guidelines that ensure our students are carefully supervised while also feeling a strong sense of community and comfort.
San Domenico School Photo #6 - As members of the Bay Area Conference, we play teams from around the Bay Area and compete in a range of sports arranged seasonally, such as Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Volleyball, and Water Polo.
San Domenico School Photo #7 - Our small classes often resemble a college seminar: students and teacher grappling with ideas, sparking new insights, caught up in the give and take of reasoned arguments.
San Domenico School Photo #8 - From college bound scholar-athletes to those who want to try a sportfor the first time, San Domenico's athletic mission is to provide every student the opportunity to grow. At SD, we see the playing field as an extension of the classroom, where character, team work, and integrity are keys to success today - and the rest of your life.
Founded in 1850 as California`s first independent school, San Domenico enrolls boys and girls in grades K through 12 from around the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world, providing a character-driven college preparatory education on our 515-acre campus.
We offer day school, regional, and international boarding school options for our Upper School students at our campus in San Anselmo, California.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Students: 554 students
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 11 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

San Domenico School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for:

Category
Attribute
Sports offered
School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Learning Programs Supported
Mild learning differences
Year Founded
1850

Student Body

Total Students
554 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
33%
State avg.: 48%
Students by Grade
San Domenico School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
78 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
76%
Average Class Size
15 students
Number of AP Courses
15 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, AP English Language, AP English Literature, AP Environmental Science, AP Music Theory, AP Physics, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art, AP US History
Average SAT score
1316
Average ACT score
29
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
(Uniform in primary/middle, dress code in high school)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 11 / rolling
Tuition Notes
Varies according to school level
% on Financial Aid
34%
Admissions Director
Jennifer Nash
Admissions Associate
Amy Strousse

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
41 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Anime, Archery, Ballet, Black Student Association, Body Positive, Book Club, Calligraphy, Campus Ministry, Children in Need Club, College Process, Crafting, Dialects, Disney Club, Documentary Film Making, Exploring Trails, Film Noir, Forensic Science, Gardening Green Team, H.O.P.E., Math Tutoring Club, Model United Nations, Mountain Biking, Multicultural Club, National Honor Society, Peer Counseling, Photography Club, Poetica, Quilting, Robotics, San Domenico Singers, Satire, Social Justice Club, Song Writing, Student Council, Tea Club, Tennis, Verities, Volunteer Club, Wog (Walk/Jog), Yearbook, Yoga

School Notes

  • At San Domenico, we believe that what students do with their education is as important as their academic performance. Every day we encourage our students to not just study, but also to reflect on their learning, find their purpose, and celebrate in community. We believe an exceptional education, where values and academics join together, creates more than just great students - it develops great people.
Source: Verified school update

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (12 reviews)
5  
I have two sons at San Domenico, one in the Lower school and one in Middle school. San Domenico provides a strong academic curriculum, the curriculum supports every single child and your child will be engaged in their lessons. More challenging work is provided when required as well as offering additional support if needed. The Teachers are exceptional, their dedication is clearly evident. Most importantly, they love teaching. Not only do the teachers care about your child's academic growth but they also truly care about how your child is emotional. My son who is in Middle school told me that all his Teachers were kind, this warmed my heart. Additional social and emotional support is provided by two exceptional counselors, one for the Lower school and one for the Upper school. You are welcomed into the San Domenico family, with open arms. I personally have found everyone to be friendly and kind. In Middle school there are a wide variety of clubs offered during the school day, once again everyone is included and it is a great way for the children to come together outside of the classroom. In the Lower School, they will go on a hike or walk to the beautiful garden, and if they wish they can feed the chickens. For me, I can see how genuinely happy both my sons are at San Domenico. Children learn more when they are happy. San Domenico is truly the best decision we made for both my sons.
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We couldn't be happier with our decision to send our son to San Domenico. The curriculum has exceeded what we could have ever hoped for and has surpassed our expectations for a comprehensive education. Their approach addresses the "whole" student on every level - academic, physical, and emotional. we have enjoyed watching our son blossom and become the student we knew he could be. The teachers are so committed and intuitive - we couldn't be more thrilled with his teachers and the community. We feel very lucky to have this opportunity to lay this important educational foundation for our son. We couldn't be happier with San Domenico.
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5  
A purpose-driven education drew us to SD for our kids in the 3rd and 9th grades in 2021. 3rd grade encourages kids to connect with passions and the needs of the world. High school seeks purpose in classes like world religions, philosophy, global studies & electives, sports, assemblies, spring trips, and community service. Faculty have consistently kind and respectful communication, an expectation of inclusivity, and positivity. Our 3rd grader who can be shy loves school and riding the bus. Our high schooler is developing relationships and felt comfortable enough to join a sports team. Academics are excellent. Our 3rd grader's learning differences are supported by teachers, a counselor, and tutoring onsite. Our high schooler was given the tools to step up to the challenging curriculum and he's independently managing his work. Care and consideration go into every detail. Students benefit from the school's maturity and the quest for improvement and innovation. We are delighted with SD!
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5  
We came to SD in the Fall of 2020, at the height of the pandemic. I totally blew us away with their competence and commitment to providing a positive educational experience for our 5th grade daughter. They expertly managed the unknown and put safety measures in place to allow kids to come to school. During that year, not only was our daughter safe as there were no class outbreaks, but she also received a great education. The class sizes were small, as promised, and the teachers were thoughtful, skilled, patient, and created an environment where our gifted daughter was challenged, engaged, and respected. Coming to SD has proven a significant improvement over our public school experience. Where our daughter was once bored, disengaged, and socially struggling, she is now thriving with a group of friends, excitement about what she is learning, and is overall very happy going to school for the first time in years. The teachers are really impressive - they are really the best of the best. SD provides great professional development to their staff/faculty, so the educational environment is rich in the things that count: modern pedagogical expertise, love of the learner, patience and dedication. We could not be happier.
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5  
My daughter started 9th grade in the fall of 2020. We are impressed with how the school finds multiple ways to engage the students through the difficult limitations of the pandemic. Students` wellbeing and their learning is really in the center of all decisions and designs of the school. My child is socially shy, academically driven and love art and music. She is challenged in her schooling, which was not the case in her previous school. She gets the social, emotional support she needs to learn about herself and her subjects. The teachers, administrative staff, school counselors and friends (from different grades) are so open and available/inclusive, that she feels safe to reach out to communicate with others and advocate for herself. The well-rounded resources of the school allow her to expand and grow new interests in sports and music. She has access to amazing musical instruments and friends who are great musicians. And she has become friends with many international students and getting to know foreign cultures first hand. As a parent, I appreciate the seamless communications from school that really brings the community together for the children. I really feel that the school is our partner in creating a safe, fun and engaging place for my child to thrive and grow in.
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5  
SD has been and continues to be an amazing school for many reasons:1- making learning fun2-SEL approach to learning3-amazing, fresh food at cafeteria4-helping develop a whole child (emotionally, socially, spiritually, physically)5-the teachers and staff pay attention to each student and help them develop educationally6-superior education7- teach students to be independent, empathetic, socially responsible and how to be good human beings8-students have fun and enjoy going to school here each and every day and they are HAPPY9- the SD community is amazing and there are all sorts of families, making life long friends10-every decision SD makes, there is a lot of thought and communication with the community and student11-the campus is breathtaking and peaceful12-Diverse sports, amazing music and theatre productions and fabulous art program!! and I can go on and on and on. Truly the best school on the West Coast in my humble opinion.
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5  
This is our first year at San Domenico, and our daughter is in fourth grade. I have been incredibly impressed at the level of excellence this school has shown us in the short time we have been enrolled. From the top-notch, gorgeous campus, to the high level of academics, we have been nothing short of blown away. Our daughter has made a seamless transition to her new school, thanks in part to all the highly skilled teachers and staff. We felt that she needed a school that would allow her to be her best self while encouraging critical thinking and social-emotional development in her everyday curriculum. When I am on campus, I see children that are happy and excited, ready to learn and be challenged in a supportive manner. The athletics and after-school programming is also very robust, and has quite a lot to offer - there is truly something for everyone. We are so thankful to be part of this lovely school!
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5  
We had many reasons for picking San Domenico, and there are some great public and private schools in Marin. If Impressive campus aside (Music Conservatory, 500-acre campus, state-of-the-art Aquatic Complex, etc.) the emphasis on community and giving kids a purpose in their work was what stood out most. We have been so happy to discover it is possible to provide kids with the highest academic program we wanted, but minus the competition and bullying that is sadly present around the Bay Area these days. If you want your kids to fall in love with learning and also consider the broader community, San Domenico is your school.
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5  
San Domenico is such a wonderful school for so many reasons! I have three boys there who are all different and each is supported and challenged as they need it. The teachers and staff are very communicative, so you always have an in-depth knowledge of what is going on in the classroom and around campus. In addition to robust math, English, history, language curriculum, my children especially love the garden and science class where they really have an opportunity to see and do new and unique experiences. They integrate new classmates seamlessly and quickly and with a lot of thought and care. All of my children were very comfortable within a week. The community is lovely! I have met so many wonderful parents who really care not only about their children`s education but also about the making of their whole person and the child`s daily experience. My kids love the soup snack and cafeteria and it makes life so much easier for me. My 8th grader started in 6th and we are so grateful to the school for helping him become a very happy, secure, confident boy who is very ready for high school.
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5  
Working at San Domenico has been one of the best experiences. It's an outstanding school community and students receive an incredible education. The focus of the whole student is evident from their pre-k program all the way through the high school. Truly the best of the best!
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5  
I graduated from San Domenico several years ago and was extremely well prepared not only academically, but also as a person. I will always treasure the relationships I had with the teachers at San Domenico. They are not only dedicated to their craft, but they really care about each student and always encouraged us to get outside our comfort zone and try new things! High points for me were the basketball program, the music program and the visual arts. Awesome school!!!
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I have been in many different private schools, but there is nothing like San Domenico. I consider this school very special because it has students and teachers from all around the world, which is great because we get to know many different cultures and even learn other languages. SD is a community that not only has the best teachers and coaches, but also has very nice and smart students that are always willing to help each other. Academics are great, students get in the best colleges in the United States and other countries like China, England, Mexico, Canada among others. But what I enjoy the most in San Domenico is the art and athletic programs that are offer to every student. I like them because they are very organize with flexible schedules and also really fun.
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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Students: 554 students
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 11 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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