Boarding at SD
Surrounded by the beautiful rolling hills of San Anselmo, California, San Domenico (SD) boarding students enjoy not just exceptional college preparatory academics, but also access to world-class residential, athletic, academic, artistic, music, and dining facilities. The 515-acre campus is located 25 minutes from San Francisco, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.
While the campus is large, living at San Domenico is much more than just a healthy and expansive space to live, learn, and play. The residential community at SD is made up of faculty and students from around the San Francisco Bay Area, throughout the United States, and around the world. Together we are a close-knit, connected, and vibrant community where cultural learning and global perspectives are celebrated.
We study together, share meals, celebrate successes, support each other during challenges, and truly become like one big family.
Every day at SD is an opportunity to try something new; a place to build lifelong friendships with classmates, teachers, coaches, and teammates; a safe haven to grow and discover perspectives that will change the way you see the world.
A Day in the Life at SD
7:30 am: Breakfast in our dining hall: Pancakes, eggs, bacon, fresh fruit, and oatmeal are just a few of the tasty breakfast choices offered. All of our food is made in-house and is locally sourced, healthy, and cooked from scratch.
8:10 am to 3:10 pm: Our 80-minute classes follow a block schedule, allowing you to engage with you classmates and teachers with enough time to delve deeply into subjects and projects. Students have four periods every day with two breaks and a 50-minute lunch.
3:15 pm to 4:00 pm: After school snacks are provided to all of our Upper School day and boarding students in our co-ed lounge ensuring that you are well fed before after school sports practice, theater practice, study group, or wherever you may be headed at the end of the school day.
6:00 pm to 6:45 pm: Dinner in our dining hall is prepared using local, fresh, seasonal, and nutritious ingredients every night of the week.
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm: Supervised evening study halls, Monday through Thursday, provide you with a quiet place to get your homework done efficiently as well as collaborate with your classmates on group projects
From sporting games to music to hiking or theatrical productions, there is always something for fun and relaxation available on campus. On weekends there are also sometimes outings off campus to see local sites and enjoy local activities.
For an inside scoop from a student’s perspective, we highly recommend Marisa Sotunde’s A Boarding School Guide for Kids (by a kid): How to Have the Best First Year Away from Home Ever!
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What students love about boarding at SD
“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. '19
“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. '20