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Vision & Mission

San Domenico's Vision

SD Students

At San Domenico an exceptional education requires not just academic excellence but also meaning and purpose. We provide a character-driven Kindergarten through Grade 12 Independent School education, leading the way in redefining the metrics of achievement and graduating inspired students equipped to create a better world. Dedicated to being California’s leading independent school, serving Kindergarten through twelfth grade students of all faiths, San Domenico is committed to excellence in education, preparing the next generation of global leaders.

That’s our Vision. As an SD student, we’ll want to hear your vision.

Mission Statement

SD Students

Founded in 1850 by the Dominican Sisters, San Domenico reflects our Dominican Catholic heritage which calls us to uphold the values of study, reflection, service and community.

In the Dominican tradition of Veritas (truth),

We inspire inquiry and provide a strong academic

foundation for lifelong intellectual growth.

We explore and develop the unique gifts of each

individual in mind, heart, body, and spirit.

We celebrate diversity, recognizing God's presence

in ourselves and in all of creation.

We recognize what it means to be human in a global

community and respond with integrity to the needs

and challenges of our time.

A Historical Timeline of San Domenico School

Dominican 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 the 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.

DEI at San Domenico


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.