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International Admissions

Inquire Today Admission Events, Parent Tours, & Student Visits

Application Procedure Checklist

We Accept SAO

1. Application

2018-19 Application - Application fee is $100 (non-refundable). Applications are due on January 11, 2018.

2. Transcript Release

Submit this form to your current school. Transcripts must be written or translated into English and stamped with the school's seal and sent directly to San Domenico. Please do not send this form to our office.

3. Recommendation Forms

Download this form and send to: Your Principal or Head of School
Download this form and send to: Your math teacher
Download this form and send to: Your English teacher
Please have them send the forms directly to San Domenico School.

4. Campus Visit

Please call the Admissions Office early in the fall to schedule a visit to our campus. We recommend that all international students visit San Domenico School, if possible.

Please note: Due to the large number of inquiries, and our processing of applications, our ability to accommodate campus visits during the month of February is extremely limited.

5. Interview

If you are unable to visit our campus for an in-person tour and interview, we will arrange for a SKYPE interview. Candidates from China must interview with Vericant.

SSAT Test Center

6. Testing

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

All applicants for grades 9 and 10 must complete the SSAT (our code is 7084).
All applicants for grade 11 must complete the SSAT, PSAT, or SAT
(our code is 053205).

ESL Program Placement

This is based on your application, interview, and TOEFL score. You may also be asked to take the English Language Placement Test, which is administered at San Domenico on the first week of school. If you are assigned to an ESL program there will be an additional fee.

7. I-20 Form

San Domenico will issue an I-20 to a student once they have been accepted and their parents have returned the signed enrollment contract with the tuition deposit.

8. Bank Statement

A bank statement is required to prove sufficient funding for the boarding program.

*Please Note: San Domenico School strongly encourages students living outside of the United States or California to have a designated San Francisco Bay Area guardian. A form for local guardianship will be sent along with the enrollment contract after a student has been accepted. You may also download it here. Parents are responsible for finding their child's guardian.

Admissions Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am - 4:00 pm PST
(415) 258-1905

Important Dates

Saturday, October 21, 2017
Upper School Open House

Sunday, December 3, 2017
Upper School Open House

Inquire today to receive information about how to sign up for Open Houses, Parent Tours, and Student Visits.

Thursday, January 11, 2018
Applications Due

Friday, March 9, 2018
International Application Decisions Emailed

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Boarding Candidate Reply
Deadline at Noon

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Contact Us

1500 Butterfield Road
San Anselmo, CA, USA

(415) 258-1905

Admissions Hours:
Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

San Domenico Upper School (Grades 9-12)

We are honored to introduce you to this distinctive school, where academic excellence requires not just knowledge, but also meaning. Applying to SD begins with our core values, so throughout this process, we invite you to study the San Domenico approach to education, reflect on what it means to be part of the SD community, and consider the role that service plays in who you will become.

Our admissions team works diligently to ensure families are informed and supported throughout the application process, from inquiry to enrollment. Our hope is that you get to know the SD mission and community as well as possible, through campus visits, school events, and conversations with faculty, staff, and students. As the first step to getting acquainted with SD, please Inquire Here.

Again, we are so grateful for your interest, and we cannot wait to show you San Domenico – where we don’t just create great students, we develop great people.

San Domenico has a long tradition of becoming home to a large number of students from around the world. Founded in 1850 San Domenico is California’s oldest independent school. In keeping with our Dominican values of inclusion and inquiry, we embrace diversity and value the opportunity to bring students of different backgrounds together to learn from one another.

As stated in our school’s Social Vision statement: "We are a community of belonging where students, staff and families are dedicated to inclusion and respect for all." You will love living here and enjoy getting to know other students and staff from across the United States, and from a wide range of other countries including China, Japan, Mexico, Costa Rica and more. Our residential faculty are committed to helping you adjust to life as part of the SD community and we encourage you to learn more about our boarding program here.

International students entering in grades 9 and 10 can enroll in our English as a Second Language (ESL) Program. After one year in our ESL Program, students transition into our traditional college preparatory curriculum with continued support to ensure their success.