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The SD Difference

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Education on Purpose

Exceptional, college preparatory education is to be expected at independent schools like San Domenico. The SD Difference has to do with finding your purpose.

At San Domenico, we believe that what students do with their education is as important as their academic performance. We know that being a college prep school is not enough. Every day we encourage our students to not just study, but also to reflect on their learning, find their purpose, and celebrate in community, because an exceptional education, where values and academics join together, creates more than just great students—it develops great people.

As a K-12 day school with an international boarding program option for students in grades 9-12, one of the unique aspects of an SD education is our diverse student body. With a far-reaching private bus system, we enroll boys and girls in grades K through 12 from regions throughout Marin, San Francisco, Napa, the South Bay, and around the world. Our 515-acre campus, nestled in the hills of San Anselmo, California is a welcome "home away from home" for our students, faculty, parents, and alums.

Lower School students celebrate Lunar New Year with Upper School students from Asia. Middle School students may find a geography report resource in an Upper School student from Mexico. Day students in high school may find themselves vacationing with a new classmate in Korea. Local parents may find their home a weekend retreat for boarding students. Here, students find themselves discussing foreign policy issues with students from other countries, gaining invaluable perspective on worldly affairs. The options for cross-cultural and multi-generational bonding are limitless and reflect our deep commitment to educating the next generation of global leaders. SD students come to understand global interconnection on a whole other level.

Our 170-year history as California's first independent school gives us strength in character that lasts through time. It is with tremendous appreciation and humility that we carry on a tradition of inquiry, respectful discourse, a striving toward peace and social justice, and an inspired sense of purpose and service.

We hope you will come visit and experience SD for your self!

San Domenico School does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin, age, gender or disability in administration of educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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