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San Domenico K-8 FAQ

K-8 Faq

What does San Domenico look for in an applicant?

Families seeking an academically robust, character-driven education, a diverse and inclusive community that inspires joyful participation, and the opportunity to take advantage of the abundant offerings on our campus are the ideal fit for SD. Every year, our Admissions Committee selects students who are eager to explore, discover, and collaborate with their peers, and who will enrich the class and school community with their unique personalities, backgrounds, and skills.

Does San Domenico have an age “cut-off” for Kindergarten?

Students are required to be five years old by September 1, however we assess each applicant individually and will occasionally admit a student who is not yet five years old by September 1.

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

While we do not have a sibling policy, our school values our community deeply; as such, we offer an early application and notification date for current families with Kindergarten sibling applicants.

Does San Domenico offer financial aid?

We are committed to making our school accessible to families from a variety of backgrounds. Our financial aid program supports this commitment to attract and enroll a diverse and dynamic student body. We offer financial aid to approximately 35% of our K-12 families. To find out how to apply for financial aid, and to access additional links on the topic, please visit

What assessments are required for admissions?

Our Admissions Committee is eager to get to know each applicant from a holistic perspective and understands that test scores alone do not offer a complete picture of a child.

The Kindergarten assessment includes a variety of activities and freeplay designed to measure Kindergarten readiness.

Grades 1-5 applicants will participate in an academic and developmental assessment in the classroom on their visit day.

Grades 6-8 applicants are required to take the ISEE, which is offered on campus each year.

How many students attend grades K-8 and how many students are in each class?

  • K-8 enrollment: 360; K-12 enrollment: 680
  • Grades K-3: One homeroom per grade, with 20 students and two full-time, credentialed teachers in each homeroom
  • Grades 4-5: Two homerooms per grade, with 16-18 students and one full-time, credentialed teacher and one part-time, credentialed teacher in each homeroom
  • Grades 6-8: 60 students per grade with three sections in each grade

In which geographic areas do your students live?

Thanks to our comprehensive bus service, SD students come to us from across the Bay Area, including Marin County, San Francisco, and the East Bay, with 31 zip codes represented.

Is the bus service included in the cost of tuition?

Bus service is a benefit available to students at all grade levels and is covered in the annual tuition. Please visit the Bus & Transportation page of our website to learn more.

What are the school hours?

Lower School: 8:10 am - 3:10 pm
Middle School: 8:05 am - 3:10 pm

Do you offer an extended day program?

SD students love school and continue to have fun beyond the school day. Our after school program, EXTra, runs from 3:10 pm -5:00 pm, and offers Lower School students space to explore, play, create, and complete homework in a safe, nurturing environment, all while developing friendships across grade levels. Additionally, students can choose from a wide variety of after school enrichment classes in our Panther After School Enrichment (PASE) program.

Is lunch and snack provided at San Domenico?

Yes. Both morning soup and lunch are included in the annual tuition. Our distinctive dining-service provider, the Epicurean Group, is dedicated to serving locally sourced organic food, sometimes from our own one-acre garden.

What type of student support does San Domenico offer its students?

Our dedicated Student Support and Wellness Team, which includes learning specialists, counselors, and our Director of Health Services, ensures that all students thrive during their time at SD and beyond. Our Learning Support staff partners with families and teachers to implement innovative strategies and accommodations, when appropriate, while our Counselors offer programs that enhance the wellness of all students.

Please visit Student Support & Wellness for more information.

What is San Domenico’s philosophy on homework?

We believe that homework is essential to the development of good study habits and is an important part of students’ academic success. Homework assignments are designed to reinforce concepts that have been presented in class, foster students’ creativity, and teach students to work independently. Homework serves to deepen students’ understanding and strengthen their love of learning rather than provide busywork.

Where do San Domenico graduates attend college?

Our students are well prepared to attend exceptional colleges and universities across the US and the globe. A complete list of schools to which our students have matriculated over the past four years can be found on the college counseling page of our website.

What are the qualifications and experience of San Domenico faculty?

We are proud of our dedicated, credentialed educators, many of whom hold advanced degrees. Committed to growth, our faculty participates in ongoing professional development, honing their craft, understanding the latest neuro-scientific research as it pertains to education, expanding their 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 to our community.

How can parents get involved?

We welcome parent participation in all aspects of school life. Our Parent Service Association offers a variety of volunteer opportunities from helping with our annual Garden Fair, to driving on field trips, and designing sets for theatre productions. Our parents relish the bonds they build through school involvement, and their engagement is vital to our vibrant K-12 community.

Interested in learning more?