San Domenico has a long tradition of becoming home to a large number of students from around the world. Founded in 1850 San Domenico is California’s oldest independent school. In keeping with our Dominican values of inclusion and inquiry, we embrace diversity and value the opportunity to bring students of different backgrounds together to learn from one another.
As stated in our school’s Social Vision statement: "We are a community of belonging where students, staff and families are dedicated to inclusion and respect for all." You will love living here and enjoy getting to know other students and staff from across the United States, and from a wide range of other countries including China, Japan, Mexico, Costa Rica and more. Our residential faculty are committed to helping you adjust to life as part of the SD community and we encourage you to learn more about our boarding program here.
International students entering in grades 9 and 10 can enroll in our English as a Second Language (ESL) Program. After one year in our ESL Program, students transition into our traditional college preparatory curriculum with continued support to ensure their success.
To apply for admission to San Domenico, please follow the instructions below.
CANDIDATES FROM CHINA
Due to the large number of applicants from China, we require all candidates to conduct a pre-interview with our affiliate in China, Vericant. Applicants must concurrently fill out the San Domenico application as per the below instructions. Vericant submits completed pre-interviews to the SD admissions team, who then decide which candidates will be invited for a formal Skype interview. To reiterate, you must complete both the application below and conduct an interview with Vericant.
Application Procedure Checklist
2017-18 Application - Application fee is $100 (non-refundable).
Submit this form to your current school. Transcripts must be written or translated into English and stamped with the school's seal and sent directly to San Domenico. Please do not send this form to our office.
Download this form and send to: Your Principal or Head of School
Download this form and send to: Your math teacher
Download this form and send to: Your English teacher
Please have them send the forms directly to San Domenico School.
4. Campus Visit
Please call the Admissions Office early in the fall to schedule a visit to our campus. We recommend that all international students visit San Domenico School, if possible.
Please note: Due to the large number of inquiries, and our processing of applications, our ability to accommodate campus visits during the month of February is extremely limited.
If you are unable to visit our campus for an in-person tour and interview, we will arrange for a SKYPE interview. Candidates from China must interview with Vericant (see above Candidates from China).
All international students must submit official TOEFL scores. Our school code is 0897.
All applicants for grades 9 and 10 must complete the SSAT (our code is 7084).
All applicants for grade 11 must complete the SSAT, PSAT, or SAT (our code is 053205).
ESL Program Placement
This is based on your application, interview, and TOEFL score. You may also be asked to take the English Language Placement Test, which is administered at San Domenico on the first week of school. If you are assigned to an ESL program there will be an additional fee.
7. I-20 Form
San Domenico will issue an I-20 to a student once they have been accepted and their parents have returned the signed enrollment contract with the tuition deposit.
8. Bank Statement
A bank statement is required to prove sufficient funding for the boarding program.
All international students are required to have a designated guardian residing within the state of California. A form for local guardianship will be sent along with the enrollment contract after a student has been accepted, you may also download it here. Parents are responsible for finding their child's guardian.
Admissions Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am - 4:00 pm PST
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