USA California, USA
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San Domenico School

Established: 1850

School Facts

  • Number of Students
  • Student Population
    CoEd - School for both genders
  • Accommodation
    Boarding accommodation
  • Religious Affiliation
    Not religious
  • Program Length Available
    Multiple Year, Fall Year

School Description

Founded in 1850 as California’s first independent school, San Domenico School is located on 515 acres just outside of San Francisco. Students can choose from unique electives such as flute choir, mystery and crime, and hip hop dance. The school features 15 different competitive sports, 15 AP courses, and an iPad for every student.

The solar-powered campus features an athletic center, performing arts center, swimming pool, tennis courts, an equestrian center, and an acre-large organic garden. The San Domenico Music Conservatory boasts more than 30 professional music faculty.

San Domenico School offers 15 different competitive sports and over 75% of students
participate in extracurricular athletics. State regulations in California can cause some restrictions for international students playing Varsity-level sports at their school. Please contact us for details.
San Domenico is a recognized name in music, digital arts, performing arts, and visual arts. Students can take advanced classes such as broadcasting or participate in the specialized Virtuoso Program, an advanced classical string study track.

San Domenico School has received the Green Ribbon School award from the US Department of Education for its sustainability efforts. Three student filmmakers came in first place in the Lark Theater Student Showcase, and the school’s Orchestra Da Camera is a three-time Festival Grand Champion and first place String Orchestra at the ASTA National Orchestra Festival.

Boarding students eat meals prepared with fresh ingredients from the on-campus organic farm. Students participate in weekend outings and gather in dorm lounges with couches, working fireplaces, and more.


Educatius Private Boarding PDF: San Domenico School Profile PDF
Visit School Site: San Domenico School
Visit City Site: San Anselmo, California

Famous Alumni

Alyssa Carnahan: E.L. Wiegand Foundation Award, for scholarly and creative achievement,
2014 and 2015; Jennifer Grimes: 2015 Nominee Tony Awards; Kathy Laughlin: A Better Chance Hero Award; Melissa Nestel: Fulbright Scholar, Leopold Franzens Universitat, Innsbruck Austria:
Literature, WWII poetry and exiled authors

  • 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Grades at School
  • 515 acres Campus Size
  • 35% Percentage of International Students
Diploma Year Offered?
Student Population
CoEd - School for both genders
Teacher/Student Ratio
English as Second Language (ESL) Support Available
French Immersion
Archery, Badminton, Ballet, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country Running, Equestrian, Equestrian, Golf, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball
3D Design, Art, Art History, Ceramics, Drawing, Film, Film Academy, Film Production, Photography, Studio Art, Theater, Visual Arts
Choir, Classical Guitar Ensemble, Conservatory Private Lessons, Flute Choir, Instrumental Ensemble, Music Theory, Piano Ensemble, Sinfonia, Sinfonia, Song Writing, Virtuoso Program
Advanced Courses (AP, A-Levels)
Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, Psychology, Statistics, US History
Chinese, Spanish
Clubs and Extracurricular
Anime Club, Black Student Union, Book Club, Calligraphy Club, Campus Ministry, Children in Need Club, Earth Group, Gardening, Knowledge Bowl, Math Tutoring Club, Model United Nations (Model UN), Mountain Biking Club, Mountain Biking Club, Multi-Cultural, National Honor Society, Outdoor Club, Peer Tutoring, Strength and Conditioning, Student Life Committee, Students for Social Justice, Tea Club, Veritas, Volunteer Service, Wog (Walk/ Jog), Yoga Club
Accepting Students in Grades
9, 10, 11
Ages Accepted
ELTiS Minimum
Not Accepted
TOEFL Minimum
Other - Eligibility Requirements?
Minimum Duolingo: 110; Does not take Chinese for Grade 10 and 11. SSAT required. Recommendation letters should be on school's forms. Vericant interview is required for Chinese students. Supplemental forms required. Likes TOEFL 80+. All decisions will be announced after March 1st.

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