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San Domenico Campus

The residential life program (a.k.a. boarding) is a dynamic part of student life at San Domenico.

Each year, we welcome 140 international and regional high school boarding students, from across the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world.

Ranked as one of the top ten boarding schools in all of California, our close-knit and vibrant community honors diverse perspectives and provides a nurturing environment to grow and learn. Whether studying together, sharing meals, celebrating successes, or supporting one another during challenging times, our boarding and day students describe SD as their “home away from home!”

The International Student Experience

What’s it like to leave your home country and step foot on the SD campus? 

Student Perspectives

Don’t just take our word for it. See what our students have to say about boarding at SD.

Home Away from Home

Located near the center of campus, our residential halls are just steps from our new aquatic center, turf field, and dining hall. Iconic redwood trees and rolling hills surround the area offering a view of nature from every window. Our expansive 515-acre campus is a constant source of spontaneous fun. With most facilities open until 10:00 pm nightly, you can enjoy a movie and popcorn in our student lounge, late-night snacks around our outdoor firepit and BBQ grill, or take advantage of our digital and visual art studios, music conservatory, and athletic facilities… all located just outside your backdoor.

“The resident faculty here are so caring and helpful. From moving in to homework help, they're really here for you. I really missed them over the summer!”Rikako K., Japan

Boarding at San Domenico
Boarding Students on an outing

Weekend Activities

Off-campus activities are held multiple times during the week and on weekends. In addition to exploring San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, we offer bus shuttles into San Anselmo, San Rafael, or Fairfax for students who want to grab a bite to eat, replenish supplies, or shop with friends.

“At SD, I've had the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and to become a better person because I have expanded my understanding and perspectives.”Zhou L., China

Become a Better You

As they work together in community to foster respect for new ideas, cultures and ways of life, boarding students develop skills around responsibility and independence.

“The boarding program at San Domenico really taught me how to take care of myself, respect others and how to become a part of a community.”Hevicka S., Czech Republic

Boarding Students
Boarding at SD

Develop Healthy Relationships

With health and safety as our top priority, our campus nurse and a school counselor offer social and emotional support as well as daily programming to help students grow and navigate adolescence and boarding life.

“You are not just another student at SD.  I can personally assure you that everyday, every single faculty member is focused on helping you become the best version of yourself.”Zayetsky G., Mexico

Residential Faculty

Our expertly trained residential faculty (RF) support students academically with our nightly study halls and provide rich programming for students beyond the school day.

“It’s not like it is just one boarding community and one day community. Everyone is friends with everyone.  Boarding students stay with day families overnight and on weekends, and day students stay overnight in the dorms all the time.”
Gareth H., Seattle

Boarding at SD

Day Student Sleepovers

Our day students also enjoy the camaraderie of the boarding program through our “20 Nights” program. Whether staying late for a basketball game, working on a school project, or just chilling with their best friend in the dorms, day students can stay overnight and enjoy all the benefits of living on campus.

Meet the Team

Todd Loffredo

Todd Loffredo

Dean of Community Life, Director of Residential Life
Mark Churchill

Mark Churchill

Athletics Director, Resident Faculty, Men & Women's Varsity Track & Field and Cross Country Coach
School: ext. 1801
Mike Fulton

Mike Fulton

Women's Varsity Basketball Coach, Flag Football Coach, Track and Field Coach, Resident Faculty
Alexis-Amber Gerlach

Alexis-Amber Gerlach

Assistant Director of Residential Life
Jennifer Ablay

Jennifer Ablay

On Campus Resident Faculty
Charis Adams

Charis Adams

Director of Alumni Engagement, Residential Faculy
Stefan Ayres

Stefan Ayres

Off-Campus Resident Faculty
Mary Churchill

Mary Churchill

Science, Biology 10th grade, Human Biology 12th grade, Biomedical Ethics 12th grade, Field Studies 12th grade, Coach - Upper School Cross Country, Lower School Cross Country, Lower School Track & Field, On-campus Resident Faculty
Katie Drake

Katie Drake

Off-Campus Resident Faculty
Jessica Farley

Jessica Farley

Resident Dorm Head
David Flores

David Flores

Off-campus Resident Faculty
Crystal Jimenez

Crystal Jimenez

Resident Dorm Head
Luna Katai

Luna Katai

On Campus Resident Faculty
Becca Palm

Becca Palm

On Campus Resident Faculty
Matt Polsinello

Matt Polsinello

On Campus Resident Faculty
Chad Rockwell

Chad Rockwell

On-Campus Resident Faculty
Chad Sigler

Chad Sigler

Off-Campus Resident Faculty
Ian Slaughter

Ian Slaughter

Off Campus Resident Faculty
Eric Stanchfield

Eric Stanchfield

Resident Dorm Head

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an International Student Application fee?

No, there is no additional application fee for international students to apply to San Domenico. However, San Domenico does charge annual service fee to international families to cover extra costs associated with the International student living experience.i.e, airport pickup services, etc.

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 international families required to visit San Domenico for their interviews? / Can international students conduct their interviews via phone or Zoom?

International students are not required to visit San Domenico for their interviews. While we would love to meet you and give you a tour of the campus, those who are unable to visit our campus can schedule their interview via Zoom. Students must complete a student profile on Ravenna in order to request an interview. 

What score do I need on my TOEFL exam to be eligible for admission?

During the 2021-22 admission season, the average incoming 9th grade applicant's TOEFL score was 85+. Please note that we look at all application materials as well as a student’s personal characteristics, talents, and potential when assessing applicants.

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

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