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About SD

Welcome to SD.

Founded in 1850 by the Dominican Sisters, San Domenico holds the unique distinction of being certified as California's oldest independent school.

Our expansive 515-acre campus serves a truly global student community. As Marin County’s only K-12 school—with boarding and day options in the high school—our unique program attracts students from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, with more than 20 countries represented among our student body.

Purpose-Driven Education

Our diverse and inclusive educational program is grounded in our Dominican heritage and educational philosophy: to inspire our students to develop character and integrity and to apply their academic knowledge to the challenges of our times in order to create a better world.

This philosophy is reflected in the daily life of our community. San Domenico faculty teach in a spirit of open inquiry and critical thinking. Our students tend to our garden, learn interconnectedness through our ecological literacy program, and reflect on their place within the sacred community of nature. They study ethics and create service learning projects to spread social justice, peace, and equality for all people. In every activity, they cooperate and collaborate to create a community of respect and belonging.

San Domenico is a non-religious school. Yet our mission and our school culture are infused with values we gain from our Dominican heritage. We celebrate religions and cultures from all over the world. Students take comparative religion courses where they learn the history and teachings of many different faiths. With that context, they explore their own purpose, sense of meaning, and philosophy of life. They develop their own authentic values. And we encourage them to practice those values in our school community and in the larger world.

An exceptional education—where values and academics join together—creates more than just great students. It develops great people.

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San Domenico School

Challenge yourself to grow.

Here, education doesn’t stop at simple acquisition of facts and figures. In pursuit of excellence and in support of academic curiosity, we encourage students to consider how diverse academic subjects offer distinct perspectives. It’s in this exploration and in this questioning that we find purpose and meaning.

We seek to inspire and equip students for excellence in life—not just at school. Our measure of academic success goes beyond grades and test scores. When students themselves lead their own learning—when their curiosity and passions take over and they claim ownership of the person they are to become—we know we have achieved our goal.


Boarding at SD

Find your home.

Our regional, domestic, and international boarding students make up nearly half of our student body across grades nine through twelve. All of our students—day and boarding alike—gain from the infusion of 20+ countries in the classroom, and day students are invited to spend up to 20 nights with their friends in the dorms, at no additional cost. With 515 acres to call home, boarding students take full advantage of what our campus has to offer, whether that means painting in the creekside Visual Arts studio, taking a dip in the pool, or exploring 20 miles of hiking trails right out the front door.

Boarding Program

The Arts at SD

Create something new.

San Domenico is proud to have one of the most extensive and innovative Visual and Performing Arts programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. Whether submitting films to Sundance, honing photography skills in the studio, staging a performance in the Hall of the Arts, or studying in our world-renowned Virtuoso Program for professional-track classical string musicians, there are no boundaries to explore your creative passions.

Arts at SD

Athletics at SD

It’s a great time to be a Panther.

At San Domenico, we are committed to the Double-Goal Philosophy: winning is important, but teaching life lessons through athletics is most important.” Our coaching staff—among the very best in Northern California—embodies this philosophy with storied success as both professional athletes and coaches, and in their dedication to supporting our student-athletes in every step of their journey. It’s no wonder that 70% of SD students participate in extracurricular athletics.