Welcome from LeaAnne Parlette, Director of Lower School and Middle School
Welcome to our Lower School, a jewel within our larger San Domenico school community. I am thrilled you are interested in SD as it is truly a special place with an exceptional learning environment. Every day, as I enter our beautiful campus and cheerful central courtyard surrounded by classrooms active with learning and exploring, I feel grateful to be here.
Young people in grades K-5 run from the bus or their carpools to get to their classrooms, their loving teachers, and their flourishing friendships at the start of each day. Classrooms are teeming with literature, student writing, art work, math visuals, innovative learning centers, and natural light. I am humbled by the devotion of our faculty--a diverse group of educators who care deeply about their craft and their own professional growth. Their dedication is evident in the intense instruction work they do to ensure that each student will succeed and grow, not only by mastering academic skills in order to communicate and think critically, but also by developing social-emotional skills essential to becoming productive, flexible, purpose-driven students and the leaders of tomorrow. It is with great pride that I observe our young students thriving everyday in the arts, science, technology, mathematics, reading, writing, social justice, and so much more.
If you are not familiar with SD, I invite you to experience for yourself how our young Panthers grow and learn every day. Admissions and visit information may be found here.
Director of Lower and Middle School
Lower School Academics: Grow Forth
During their Lower School years at San Domenico, students will master fundamental skills and gain knowledge in all of the core academic subjects, but we believe there’s more to an exceptional education. Through our very intentional approach, San Domenico students continuously develop their character in tandem with their academic growth.
San Domenico Lower School provides strong foundations in learning and leadership for responsible participation in today’s world. We understand that a child’s social well-being and emotional development are inextricably related to their ability to thrive. We therefore provide an array of developmentally appropriate programs to support greater self-awareness and promote a shared sense of community.
At SD our educational philosophy is deeply imbued with our core values of study, reflection, community and service. These values guide our student centered classrooms and our commitment to developing habits of mind in our youngest students that will serve them throughout their K through 12 years here at SD, and out in the world at large. We nurture and foster our students' natural sense of inquiry and curiosity about the world around them, in a vibrant learning community.
EXTra Program (Extended Day)
Our EXTra Program, designed for K through fifth grade is an extension of the school day with supervision and recreation. Please email EXTra@sandomenico.org for more information.
Lower School Faculty and Staff
Lower School boasts thirty dedicated and passionate faculty members, all of whom are credentialed and many with advanced degrees. Committed to professional growth, our faculty regularly participates in professional development, honing their craft, understanding the latest neuro-scientific research as it applies to teaching and learning, increasing their awareness in cultural proficiency, and finding new ways to integrate innovative technologies into the curriculum. Our faculty draws from a wealth of combined experience and is an enduring source of pride and inspiration at San Domenico. Learn more about our amazing Lower School faculty!
Our dedicated Student Support and Wellness Team, which includes learning specialists, professionally trained and licensed counselors, and our school nurse, ensures that the developmental needs of our students are met so that they may thrive during their time at San Domenico and beyond. Please visit Student Support & Wellness for to learn more.
Interested in learning more?
Lower & Middle School Viewbook
Learn more about San Domenico's courses, such as language arts, math, music, P.E., science, Spanish, and other offerings.
FacultyLearn more about our amazing Lower School faculty!
We look forward to meeting your family and introducing you to our community! Tour our campus or participate in a student visit. Plan your visit