Welcome from LeaAnne Parlette, Lower School Director
Welcome to our Lower School, a jewel within our larger San Domenico school community. I am thrilled you are interested in learning more about SD as it is truly a special place. Every day, as I enter our beautiful campus and cheerful central courtyard surrounded by classrooms active with learning and exploring, I feel grateful to be here.
Young people in grades K-5 run from the bus or their carpools to get to their classrooms, their loving teachers, and their flourishing friendships at the start of each day. Each classroom is alive with literature, student writing, art and math visuals, learning centers and natural light. I am humbled by the devotion of our faculty; a diverse group of educators who care deeply about their craft and their own professional growth. Their professionalism is evident in the intense work they do in order to inform their instruction so that each student will succeed and grow; not only in mastering academic skills in order to communicate and think critically, but also to develop social/emotional skills our students need to be productive, flexible citizens with a purpose. Our young students thrive in art, science, technology, music, mathematics, reading, and writing.
If you are not familiar with SD, I invite you to come see what our young Panthers are up to. Admissions and visit information may be found here.
Director of Lower School
Lower School Academics: Grow Forth
During their Lower School years at San Domenico, students will master fundamental skills and gain knowledge in all of the core academic subjects, but we believe there’s more to an exceptional education. Through our very intentional approach, San Domenico students continuously develop their character in tandem with their academic growth.
San Domenico Lower School provides strong foundations in learning and leadership for responsible participation in today’s world. We understand that a child’s social well-being and emotional development are inextricably related to their ability to thrive. We therefore provide an array of developmentally appropriate programs to support greater self-awareness and promote a shared sense of community.
At SD our educational philosophy is deeply imbued with the Dominican values of study, reflection, community and service. These values guide our student centered classrooms and our commitment to developing habits of mind in our youngest students that will serve them throughout their K through 12 years here at SD, and out in the world at large. We nurture and foster our students' natural sense of inquiry and curiosity about the world around them, in a vibrant learning community.
EXTra Program (Extended Day)Our EXTra Program, designed for K through fifth grade is an extension of the school day with supervision and recreation. Please email EXTra@sandomenico.org for more information.
Lower School Faculty and Staff
There are thirty faculty members, all of whom are credentialed, or in the case of the kindergarten ECE qualified and / or credentialed. Twenty-five percent of the faculty holds advanced degrees that combine with a depth of experience. Our staff includes a nurse, library staff, and two counselors who are available to San Domenico students and families. Learn more about our amazing Lower School faculty!
Interested in learning more?
Lower & Middle School Viewbook
Learn more about San Domenico's courses, such as language arts, math, music, P.E., science, Spanish, and other offerings.
Recent Student Achievements
2015 - "Best in Class" in the Junior Creative Writing 5-8 Years Old Category at the Marin County Fair
FacultyLearn more about our amazing Lower School faculty!
We look forward to meeting your family and introducing you to our community! Tour our campus or participate in a student visit. Plan your visit