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San Domenico Upper School FAQ


Do boarders have roommates?

Most of the dorm rooms are doubles, with the occasional triple. Student prefects typically live in a single dorm room.

How is my room furnished?

The majority of our boarding rooms are set up as doubles. They include two twin beds, two desks, two chairs, and two closets, and all have windows that look out on our lovely campus and/or surrounding open spaces. Each floor has its own tastefully decorated and comfortable lounge for studying and socializing. In addition, each floor has its own kitchen and laundry facilities. Our newly renovated Mercedes Lounge and Courtyard provide a welcoming, homelike common space for all of our dorm students, and features an outdoor fire-pit, barbecue, outdoor seating, indoor kitchen, study spaces, and a beautifully decorated indoor lounge space.

When campus is closed during holidays, will the school help arrange alternate living arrangements for a student if he or she is unable to travel home during that time?

The San Domenico campus is closed during Thanksgiving break, Winter break, February break, and Spring break. Boarding students are not permitted to stay in the dorms during those times, and are expected to secure alternative living arrangements, either with a friend, relative, or guardian. (All breaks are published on the school calendar).

If I plan to ship some of my belongings, where do I send them?

Please ship your items to the following address:

YOUR NAME c/o San Domenico School
1500 Butterfield Road,
San Anselmo, CA 94960 USA

Are there mandatory weekends when students must remain on campus?

There are no mandatory weekends when students must remain on campus.

What is Regional boarding?

Regional boarding is a great option for students that reside in the greater Bay Area and want the experience of a boarding program, but also desire the option to go home on the weekends. Regional boarders stay in the dorms throughout the school week, but have the flexibility of going home on the weekends if they choose. Please note: regional boarding tuition is the same as regular boarding tuition.

Are there any activities on the weekends?

Activities vary from weekend to weekend and reflect the desires of the boarding students and opportunities that arise in the community. There are activities on campus (e.g. basketball games, open gym, hiking, movies, games) and off campus (e.g. trips to San Francisco, the beach, local malls, museums). Day students often join in for weekend activities.

How do I get around if I don’t own a car?

Boarding students do not need a car and it is rare for a boarding student to have a car on campus. Resident Faculty offer planned trips to different locations on weekends and usually once during the week. In some cases, boarding students may get transportation to SAT testing sites on weekends or to and from the local transit center around the time of school vacations. School transportation for boarding students is limited and we ask students to make requests in advance. While not all requests can be fulfilled, Resident Faculty will work with a student to secure a taxi or other form of transportation.


How many students attend the high school?

There are currently 310 students enrolled in our high school.

Which geographic areas do your students come from?

Most of our day students come from Marin County, Sonoma County, San Francisco, and the East Bay. Boarding students join us from all over the world as well as regions throughout California and the United States.

Where do San Domenico graduates attend college?

San Domenico students attend an array of excellent colleges and universities. Please visit for more information.

How many different middle schools are represented in your incoming freshman class?


Which standardized tests are required when students apply?

All applicants for grades 9 and 10 must take the SSAT (our code is 7084).We will accept the ISEE (our code is 054074) and the HSPT but our preferred standardized test is the SSAT.

All applicants for grades 11 and 12 must complete the SSAT, PSAT, or SAT (our code is 053205).

All international students must submit official TOEFL scores. Our school code is 0897.

If an applicant for admission also applies for tuition assistance, will San Domenico evaluate his or her application for admission differently?

Our work in admissions is to identify applicants that are the best fit for San Domenico, our values, and our mission. In our search for these students, our Admissions Committee does its work independently of the Financial Aid Committee.

Can students apply for their 12th grade year?

Yes, students can apply for admission for their 12th-grade year and under some circumstances we will admit 12th-grade transfer students.

Do you consider students for spring enrollment?

Our admissions team works to enroll students to begin at SD in the fall of every year. Based on enrollment there are times when we can consider students for spring enrollment.

What is the average amount of homework a freshman might have?

The average amount of homework for a freshman is approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours a night. However, depending on the student and the classes he or she takes, the amount of homework has its ebbs and flows.

Are sibling and legacy applicants given priority in the admissions process?

As a school that highly values community and the commitment that families have made to our school, we pay close attention to the applications of siblings and legacies.

What is San Domenico looking for in a student?

Academic excellence and joyful, inquisitive learning are at the heart of a San Domenico education. When schools become focused solely on grades and test scores, students lose their passion for learning, seeing each task as only a means to an end. At SD, our students develop an excellent academic foundation and a love of learning which will serve them while in high school and beyond. Our students are engaged, resilient, persistent, and passionate about their involvement in academic subjects and their co-curricular activities alike. They are also excited about and deeply engaged in our service learning program, in which they explore the context, policies, and cultures that have created a world where so many are in need. SD students are changemakers, leaders, and the next generation of global citizens who will inevitably go on to shape a better world.

Are interviews required for students who are applying to San Domenico?

We require interviews for all applicants. For international applicants or those that live too far to visit our campus for an in-person interview, we will conduct the interview by Skype.

Is San Domenico’s application form the only application you accept?

San Domenico will accept our online application as well as the Standard Application Online (SAO) that is available through SSAT.


How many international students attend San Domenico?

We currently have 89 international students enrolled at SD. These students come to us from Canada, Czech Republic, mainland China, Hong Kong, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.

Does San Domenico offer English as a Second Language Program?

We offer the English Language Learner (ELL) program in both 9th and 10th grades. Upon acceptance, international students for whom English is a second language will take a placement test to determine the need for placement into the ELL program.

Does SD issue 1-20s?

Upon admittance, the SD admissions office will issue international students their I-20s.

Can you assist us in obtaining a travel visa to visit your campus?

We are happy to write an invitation to the student and their families to visit our campus. However, we do not work with embassies or consulates in issuing travel visas for visits.

What score do I need on my SSAT and TOEFL exams to be eligible for admission?

During the 2018-19 admissions season, the average TOEFL score was 85 and the average SSAT score was 2039. Please note that we look at all application materials as well as a student’s personal characteristics, talents, and potential when assessing the student.

Are international families required to visit San Domenico for their interview? / Can international students conduct their interview via phone or Skype?

We prefer an on-campus interview for all applicants; however, if international students are unable to visit our campus, a Skype interview may be scheduled in lieu of an in-person interview.

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