San Domenico leads the way in Independent School, K - 12, education
Every day at SD, exceptional academics and our core values of study, reflection, service, and community cultivate lives grounded in a sense of purpose. We dedicate ourselves to discovering and celebrating meaning, purpose, and joy as part of every endeavor. And when our children uncover their purpose, they recognize that the most powerful motivation possible can come from within.
In a K-12 educational experience, teachers and administrators become the extended family, the proverbial village integral to raising healthy, happy, well-adjusted children.
Young people who experience a cohesive, purposeful, and innovative curriculum engage in a student-centered process where learning makes sense. A cohesive K-12 education supports and enhances student learning with a purposefully integrated scope and sequence of curriculum. Each grade level intentionally builds on the learning that has come before, both in the “what” and the “how” our teachers teach. Shifts in teaching and learning from grade to grade are gradual, developmentally appropriate, and necessary. In this way, students feel safe taking risks and are empowered to make important connections across disciplines. Students who grow and develop in a K-12 school are eager to explore who they are in a familiar, rigorous, and engaging learning community.
Social Emotional Benefits
As many a visiting parent has remarked, “You seem to have such a pro-social culture here.” It’s true and our K-12 community is just one of the reasons why. At SD, older students know they are role models for younger children, and our younger students have terrific older students to look up to. While school levels have their own, developmentally appropriate space, we thoughtfully and intentionally create opportunities for multi-age interaction and learning. Kindergarteners may find themselves partnering with AP Chemistry students for a science fair; Lower School students may find themselves in a dance class led by 9th graders. In addition, our international boarding program creates unique opportunities for cross-cultural exchange among the grade levels. So for example, Lunar New Year is not just something that our youngest students hear about. Our students from China lead a parade and festivities in celebration of this 4,000 year old tradition. With opportunities such as these, SD students develop the first-hand understanding of multi-generational and multicultural understanding so critical to thriving in the future of our world.
Our core beliefs are key to our approach: