San Domenico School

1500 Butterfield Road
San Anselmo, CA 94960
Tel: 415-258-1905
Located on 515 acres in San Anselmo, Caifornia, our campus features state-of-the art academic facilities, a music conservatory, riding stables, swimming pool, gymnasium, one-acre organic garden, 2,358 solar panels, and six tennis courts.
Located on 515 acres in San Anselmo, Caifornia, our campus features state-of-the art academic facilities, a music conservatory, riding stables, swimming pool, gymnasium, one-acre organic garden, 2,358 solar panels, and six tennis courts.
San Domenico Upper School athletics prides itself on sportsmanship as for three consecutive years (2007-8, 2008-9, 2009-10) they were recognized as the league's top school when it came to sportsmanship by the Bay Area Conference.
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.
Boarding creates closer bonds with friends, and more focused discipline for music, sports, student council, and theatre.
San Domenico Stables is a Hunter / Jumper riding program. We teach riders of all abilities, from the first time on a horse to the show ring. Special focus is given throughout on safe horsemanship, responsibility, respect for the animals, and one another.
San Domenico is home to a one-acre working organic garden and the largest solar installation in a Marin County school. Our ecoliteracy program is integrated in our curriculum with environmental education, engagement, and stewardship at the core of who we are and what we do.
FLEX BOARDING: Inspired by a popular British tradition, SD also offers a part-time residential life program we call Flex Boarding?' wherein students spend Monday through Friday with us, their on-campus family, and then return home for weekends.
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, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, and IEA Horseback Riding eventing.
The San Domenico Dance department offers an in depth training program in ballet, modern dance,
jazz and choreography with professional master teachers and choreographers. The four-year program
offers opportunities to explore dance from the beginning to the advanced level. Courses may include
homework such as, journaling, book reports, field trips, performance critiques, resumes, biographies,
grant proposals and choreography.
Boarding creates closer bonds with friends, and more focused discipline for music, sports, student council, and theatre. SD provides a nurturing environment and safety guidelines that ensure our students are carefully supervised while also feeling a strong sense of community and comfort. Our favorite compliment is hearing that our dorms feel like a second home.
  • San Domenico is a co-educational K to 12 day and boarding school nestled in the hills of Marin County, CA, on 515 acres of land.
  • Founded in 1850 as California`s first independent school, we carry on that tradition with exceptional academics and Dominican inspired values that help to develop lives grounded in a sense of purpose.
  • Our community dedicates itself to discovering and celebrating meaning, purpose, and joy as part of every endeavor.

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Definition of Terms 
2017 School Data
San Domenico SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)9-126-12
Grades Offered (Day)K-124-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationDominicanNon-denominational
Year Founded18501910
Campus Size515 acres110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment183 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1787* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)1570 - 1890-
Average ACT score29*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:121:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1517
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedNoYes


Endowment Size$10 million$17 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
% Students on Financial Aid
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo


Application DeadlineJan. 15 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Director of AdmissionsDan Babior
Associate Director of AdmissionsKimberly Pinkson


# Interscholastic Sports Offered1114
SportsBadminton, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Golf, Mountain Biking, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations1323
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Animation Club, Green Team, Guitar Club, Model UN, Multicultural Club, Peer Counseling, Robotics, Service Learning, Social Justice Club, Student Council, Verities, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
San Domenico Singers

College Matriculation

Year: 2009 - 201410 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
UC Berkeley11
UC San Diego9
New York University6
University of Washington6
UC Davis5
University of Southern California5
Boston University4
Chapman University4
Loyola Marymount University4
UC Los Angeles4

School Notes

  • We believe that what students do with their educationis is as important as their academic performance. 
  • San Domenico features innovative and rigorous academics informed by the Dominican values of study, reflection, service and community. 
  • SD`s state-of-the art academic facilities, and on campus music conservatory, riding stables, swimming pool, gymnasium, one-acre organic garden, 2,358 solar panels, six tennis courts, and surrounding hillsides, provide literal and metaphorical space in which our students and teachers uncover their purpose, and recognize that the most powerful motivation possible can come from within.
  • There are 25 faculty members, 20 of whom hold advanced degrees. On average, teachers have more than 12 years of classroom teaching experience and have been members of the San Domenico faculty for over 10 years.
  • SD is an ethnically, culturally, and geographically diverse community. There are approximately 185 students in grades 9-12. Approximately 50% of the student body resides on campus. 40% of our students are international students.
  • School accreditations: WASC, CAIS, WCEA, TABS, NAIS, WBSA
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