San Anselmo United States of America
San Domenico School

Thank you for considering San Domenico School.


San Domenico holds the distinct title of being California's first independent school, founded in 1850 by the Dominican Sisters, whose vision set the course for our School's mission of providing inclusive and purpose-driven education; anchored by our core values of study, reflection, community, and service. Here at SD, these values come to life every day. Indeed, many of the concepts and buzzwords popular in education today have been a part of our program since the School's founding in 1850. Mindfulness. Global-interconnection. Resiliency. Collaboration. At SD, we encourage our students to not just study, but also to reflect on their learning, find their purpose, and celebrate in community because an exceptional education, where values and academics join together, creates more than just great students - it develops great people. We call this The SD Difference.

  • Day school tuition $37700 - $52900 USD
  • Grades for day school Kindergarten/Year 1 -
    12th Grade/Year 13
  • Year founded 1850
  • Boarding school tuition N/A - $68600 USD
  • Grades for boarding school 9th Grade/Year 10 -
    12th Grade/Year 13
  • Curricula Host Country's National
  • Type Co-ed



Admissions Information

Admissions Process

• Register for a Parent/Guardian Tour (recommended but not required)• Register for a Student Visit (recommended but not required)• Submit Application Forms• Submit Indexed Tuition Application (optional)• Submit Recommendation Forms• Submit Transcript Request Form• Register for Standardized Test• Submit The Character Skills Snapshot (Optional)• Register for a Student Interview• Admissions Preview Day & Events

Entry Requirements

• Application forms • Recommendation forms • Transcripts • Standardized tests • Student interview

Applicant Evaluations

SSAT (strongly preferred), HSPT, or ISEE. PSAT or SAT for 11th- and 12th-grade applicants. TOEFL (strongly preferred) or IELTS.

  • First application deadline 9 January, rolling admissions after
  • Second application deadline Rolling
  • Students can join after the academic year begins Yes


  • Assigns homework Yes
  • Use of technology in the classroom Yes
  • Language of instruction English
  • ELL support Yes
  • Native English teachers Yes
  • Examinations available Advanced Placement - AP


Use of technology in the classroom

From the Lower School's well regarded technology curriculum to the Upper School's creative foundation of technology skills, San Domenico School has been purposeful about technology in the classroom for many years. In 2013-14 San Domenico School expanded its integrated technology program by growing its innovative 1:1 iPad program in grades 3-12. iPads are also integrated into K-2 instruction. Desktop computers, laptop carts, and integrated wireless audio/visual resources are also available throughout K-12 classrooms, library, and dorms.

Learning Support

LRC Support The LRC program provides specialized academic support with the MS Learning Specialist. Students in the LRC program are eligible to waive Spanish and receive academic support two times per week during this class period. The LRC program is a fee based ($50 per session) service and families are billed in November and March. Tutoring Tutoring referrals for all grade levels are provided by the Learning Specialist to families who request them. Availability of tutors on certain days/times is not guaranteed. Tutors must coordinate their schedules with the Learning Specialist. All tutors who meet with students on campus must have current TB and LiveScan clearance approval from the school before meeting with students.

School Life

  • Bus service Yes
  • Sports teams available Yes
  • School start time 08:10
  • School end time 15:10
  • Most common nationality US
  • School provides lunch Yes
  • Supervised care before or after school Yes
  • Uniform required No
  • Access to an educational psychologist No
  • Average class size 15

Living Accommodations

Surrounded by the beautiful rolling hills of San Anselmo, California, San Domenico (SD) boarding students enjoy not just exceptional college preparatory academics, but also access to world-class residential, athletic, academic, artistic, music, and dining facilities. The 515-acre campus is located 25 minutes from San Francisco, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Schools Facilities

World-class residential, athletic, academic, artistic, music, and dining facilities.

School Lunch

From pizza to burgers, tacos and paninis, food at San Domenico is handmade with care by our Epicurean Food service providers with local, fresh, and organic ingredients. Every day includes 10:00 am soup break (hot chocolate on Fridays), and every lunch includes a salad bar, hot lunch options, sandwiches, and on special occasions, delicious treats. Gloria's famous cookies are not to be missed!

Sports Teams

Badminton, Ballet, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Dance, Equestrian, Golf, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Sailing, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Volleyball

University Relations

  • University counseling Yes