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Our Music Conservatory
offers instruction for students from beginning to advanced levels. The Virtuoso Program
is a pre-professional training program for talented young musicians.
Student visit days and parents tours are a great way for prospective students and parents to get to know San Domenico. Plan a visit
Upper School Boarding Program
At San Domenico, residential life means calling 515 beautiful acres home, surrounded by friends from all over the world, and looked after by specially trained Residential Faculty, a.k.a. Dorm Parents (known by a myriad of affectionate nicknames created by our students). 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.
Student-Faculty relationships are another special part of the boarding experience at SD. Here, your history teacher might drive you to a college interview, or your P.E. teacher's seven year-old daughter may come by to see you in your prom dress. Graduation is usually a bittersweet time for all San Domenico students, but for those in the boarding program it is especially poignant. Your years here will give you deep friendships, adventures with your peers, strong relationships with caring adults, and an education in the human spirit.
Flexibility is another hallmark of the San Domenico residential program. As a regional boarding student, you can spend weekdays with us, your on-campus family, and then return to your other home for weekends. Because of the benefits of a boarding school experience, this is becoming more and more popular with students from San Francisco, the South Bay, North Bay, Sonoma County etc.
A NOTE ON BOARDING: According to recent research by The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), residential/boarding programs for high school students result in graduates who feel better prepared and more confident as compared to their peers in other school settings. Boarding students more frequently say their high school experience has helped them develop in maturity, independence, and critical thinking skills.
Residential Life at SD
Lounges facilitate friendly gatherings with their overstuffed couches, rocking chairs, working fireplaces, satellite TV connections, and DVD players.
- The spacious dorm kitchens have full size shared refrigerators, a microwave, toaster oven, water cooler, and instant hot water.
- Friday night dinners out on the town, or spa nights at “home.”
- Locally grown organic food prepared daily, or students have access to a fully outfitted kitchen any time they wish to concoct elaborate culinary delights.
- Dorms are equipped with computer labs, wireless internet access, laser printers, fax.
- Washer and dryer in each dorm.
- Weekend trips to amazing destinations like kayaking in Sausalito, shopping in Silicon Valley, or visiting museums in San Francisco.
What students love about boarding at SD
“I like the diversity of where students in this school come from, so that I can learn about different kinds of cultures and customs. And also the Oscar Night Party!” – Dorothy, Junior
“Community Nights! Like when we discussed the importance of forgiveness…and had a moment of silence around the fire pit as we watched our past resentments burn away.” Cameron, Senior
“ I love it because there are not so many things to worry about.” - Jin Zhao, Residential faculty member