San Domenico School

1500 Butterfield Road
San Anselmo, CA 94960
San Domenico School Photo #1 - 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 School Photo #1 - 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 School Photo #2 - 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 #3 - 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 School Photo #4 - 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.
San Domenico School Photo #5 - Boarding creates closer bonds with friends, and more focused discipline for music, sports, student council, and theatre.
San Domenico School Photo #6 - 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 School Photo #7 - 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.
San Domenico School Photo #8 - 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.
San Domenico School Photo #9 - 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.
San Domenico School Photo #10 - 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.
San Domenico is a co-educational K to 12 day and boarding school nestled in 515 acres of Marin County, CA rolling hills, 30 minutes from San Francisco.
Founded in 1850 as California`s first independent school, we carry on that tradition with exceptional academics and character-driven programs designed to develop lives grounded in meaning, innovation, and purpose.
Our community dedicates itself to discovering and celebrating meaning, purpose, and joy as part of every endeavor.

Top 20 Rankings

San Domenico School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 304 schools) for:

Definition of Terms
 | 2020 School Data
San Domenico SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)9-129-12
Grades Offered (Day)K-129-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded18501907
Campus Size515 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment680 students302 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1290* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)1050 - 1350-
Average ACT score29*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size15 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Student : Teacher Ratio10:17:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1618
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size$19 million$24 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students$72,725$53,975
% Students on Financial Aid
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo

Acceptance Rate

Application DeadlineJan. 9 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Average Percentile SSAT75%-
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsJennifer Nash

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered2116
SportsBadminton, Ballet, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Dance, Equestrian, Golf, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Riding, Sailing, Soccer, Swimming, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo


Total Extracurricular Organizations1323
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Feed the Hungry, Green Team, Guitar Club, Model UN, Ophelia Project, Outings Club, River Immersion, Second Story Wheat (Student Forum), Student Politics Club, Verities, Visual Media Club, Women In Motion

Arts and Music Programs:
Peace Corps Club

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
Link to Matriculation Data

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 our 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 100 K-12 faculty members, many 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 320 students in grades 9-12 and 360 in grades K-8. Approximately 40% of the student body resides on campus. 25% of our students are international students.
  • LD types supported: Language-based or Mild Learning Differences
  • San Domenico School accreditations: WASC, CAIS, WCEA, TABS, NAIS, WBSA
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