San Domenico Upper School FAQ
- How many students attend the high school?
- Which geographic areas do your students come from?
- Where do San Domenico graduates attend college?
- How many different middle schools are represented in your incoming freshman class?
- Which standardized tests are required when students apply?
- If an applicant for admission also applies for tuition assistance, will San Domenico evaluate his or her application for admission differently?
- Can students apply for their 12th grade year?
- Do you consider students for spring enrollment?
- What is the average amount of homework a freshman might have?
- Are sibling and legacy applicants given priority in the admissions process?
- What is San Domenico looking for in a student?
- Are interviews required for students who are applying to San Domenico?
- Is San Domenico’s application form the only application you accept?
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.
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.
- Do boarders have roommates?
- How is my room furnished?
- 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?
- If I plan to ship some of my belongings, where do I send them?
- Are there mandatory weekends when students must remain on campus?
- What is Regional boarding?
- Are there any activities on the weekends?
- How do I get around if I don’t own a car?
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 international students attend San Domenico?
- Does San Domenico offer English as a Second Language Program?
- Does SD issue 1-20s?
- Can you assist us in obtaining a travel visa to visit your campus?
- What score do I need on my SSAT and TOEFL exams to be eligible for admission?
- Are international families required to visit San Domenico for their interview? / Can international students conduct their interview via phone or Skype?