San Domenico School

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San Domenico School
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1500 Butterfield Road
San Anselmo, California, (Marin County) 94960
United States
Coordinates 38°1′8″N 122°35′23″W / 38.01889°N 122.58972°W / 38.01889; -122.58972Coordinates: 38°1′8″N 122°35′23″W / 38.01889°N 122.58972°W / 38.01889; -122.58972
Type Private
Coeducational (K-8)
Coeducational (9–12)
Day school (K-8)
Day and boarding school (9–12)
Motto Study, Reflection, Service, Community
Religious affiliation(s) Comparative Religions
Established 1850
Opened 1965 (current campus)
Oversight National Association of Independent Schools
Head of school Cecily Stock M.A. J.D.
Grades K-12
Campus size 500 acres (2.0 km2)
Color(s) Green and Blue         
Team name Panthers
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
Publication "School Ties"
Newspaper The Paw Print
Yearbook Veritas

$29,850 (K)
$30,450 (1–3)
$31,425 (4–5)
$33,425 (6–8)
$42,825 (9–12 day)

(9–12 boarding)
Division Head Kate Reeser (9–12)
Carrie Robley (6–8)
LeaAnne Parlette (K-5)
K through Grade 12 Jennifer Nash, Director of Admissions
Athletics Dan Gilmartin, Director

San Domenico School is the closest independent, coed day and boarding school to San Francisco, CA. SD provides a character-driven kindergarten through grade 12 college preparatory education, leading the way in redefining the metrics of achievement and graduating inspired students equipped to create a better world. The school currently has 656 boys and girls. It is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools. The mascot is a Panther. The school colors are blue and green.[2] The school is guided by the core values of study, reflection, service, and community.[3]


The campus is situated on 515 acres (2.08 km2) and includes a music conservatory, digital arts lab, riding stables, hiking and mountain biking trails, swimming center, gymnasium, one-acre organic garden, 2,358 solar panels, and six tennis courts.[2]


  • Over 85% of the Class of 2016 were accepted into one of their top choice colleges.[4]
  • 89% of our students were accepted at a top 50 nationally ranked University or Liberal Arts College.[4]
  • 100% - number of graduates who go on to attend four-year universities[4]
  • SD students matriculate to prestigious "name brand" universities such as UC Berkeley, NYU, Duke, Tufts, and Stanford as well as small, private colleges that are a best-fit for individual growth and success.[4]

Members of the graduating class of 2015 were accepted into Stanford University, Vassar College, Barnard College, Boston University, University of Chicago, UC Berkeley and UCLA.[4]

Interscholastic Sports[edit]

*in development[5]

Service Learning[edit]

All students are required to take the social justice course in their junior year, which helps students develop a systemic approach to understanding the social and environmental challenges of our day. Each student chooses a cause and initiates an independent action plan. The projects span from local initiatives within the school community and county to global initiatives around the world. [6]

Boarding program[edit]

San Domenico High School is a coeducational day, boarding and flex-boarding school. Boarding students live on-campus during the school year while flex boarding students spend Monday through Friday on campus and then return home for weekends. The boarding program has a large number of international students, including students from China, Thailand, South Korea, and Mexico.[7]


Bus system[edit]

In order to decrease the environmental impact of the school, San Domenico administers one of the most extensive school bus route systems in the Bay Area. Grade levels K – 12 utilize the bus system, and service covers the Bay Area, including Oakland, San Francisco, and Novato.[8]

Garden of Hope[edit]

San Domenico is home to a one acre organic working farm known as the Garden of Hope. The garden includes a cob pizza oven, chicken coop, multiple seasonal beds, grapevines, raspberry and blackberry patches, and a myriad of herbs and edible flowers. The Garden of Hope is planted, tended, and harvested by San Domenico students.[9]

Awards and recognition[edit]

San Domenico School is recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for their leadership in 1:1 iPad learning.[10]

San Domenico School is a recognized Common Sense Media Signature School (Digital Citizenship Certified).[11]

The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)[11]

California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)[11]

Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC)[11]

The San Domenico High School Theatre Arts Group was one of 50 school theatre groups in North America selected to perform in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2007, 2010, and 2013.[12]

San Domenico School received the Green Ribbon Schools Award from the US Department of Education for excellence in sustainability practices in 2014. San Domenico was the first school in Marin County to receive this honor.[13]

San Domenico School’s Virtuoso Program Orchestra da Camera was the Festival Grand Champion and First Place String Orchestra at the National Orchestra Festival competition in 2010, 2008, and 2005.[14]


Founded in 1850 in Monterey by Mother Mary of the Cross Goemaere, O.P., of the Dominican Order, as St. Catherine Academy (not to be confused with St. Catherine's Academy), San Domenico is the oldest independent school in California. In 1965 the school moved to its present location in Sleepy Hollow, San Anselmo.[15]


  1. ^ WASC-ACS. "WASC-Accrediting Commission for Schools". Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  2. ^ a b "SD At A Glance - San Domenico School". Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
  3. ^ "The SD Difference - San Domenico School". Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "SD At A Glance - San Domenico School". Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
  5. ^ "Upper School Athletics - San Domenico School". Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
  6. ^ "Upper School Service Learning - San Domenico School". Retrieved 2017-05-26. 
  7. ^ "Boarding - San Domenico School". Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
  8. ^ "San Domenico School – Independent coed K-12 school in Marin County, California: Bus & Transportation". Retrieved 2015-09-25. 
  9. ^ "San Domenico School – Independent coed K-12 school in Marin County, California: Garden of Hope". Retrieved 2015-09-25. 
  10. ^ "Welcome - San Domenico School". Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
  11. ^ a b c d "SD At A Glance - San Domenico School". Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
  12. ^ "Edinburgh Fringe Festival - San Domenico School". Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
  13. ^ "Sustainability - San Domenico School". Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
  14. ^ "Virtuoso Program - San Domenico School". Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
  15. ^ "History - San Domenico School". Retrieved 2017-05-12. 

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