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Mission Statement

Community Wall: Thoughts on IntegrityHead of School helping with the creation of Tibetan Buddhist Sand MandalasStudents participating in the Food Drive

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.

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.

San Domenico's Vision

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.

Dominican Education

Our diverse community includes many faiths and traditions, united in our Dominican 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.

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.

A Historical Timeline of San Domenico School