San Domenico School

1500 Butterfield Rd, San Anselmo, CA 94960

The school was founded in Monterey by Sr. Mary Goemaere, a Dominican nun from Paris, France, and later relocated to Benicia. In 1889, the school moved again, this time to San Rafael, where, as Dominican Convent, it provided preparatory and elementary education for 76 years. Renamed San Domenico in 1965, when it shifted operations to its present, 515-acre campus, the school is the oldest independent school in California. The primary and middle schools enroll both girls and boys, while the upper school accepts girls only. Although the program is sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, approximately half of the students come from non-Catholic families. San Domenico's primary and middle school curricula provide a firm grounding in the basic skills. In addition to the core courses of math, English, science, social studies and religion, young students receive instruction in foreign language, computer, physical education, music and art. At the high school level, girls follow an integrated curriculum that features honors and Advanced Placement classes in all subject areas. San Domenico offers many opportunities for involvement in athletics, the performing arts and service learning. Particularly noteworthy is the school's music conservatory, which provides music and voice instruction for students of all ages, as well as preprofessional music training for high schoolers. A preprofessional theater program allows girls to act, direct and participate in all aspects of technical design.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeBoarding — Girls Grades 9-12; Day — Boys PS (Age 4)-8, Girls PS (Age 4)-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address1500 Butterfield Rd, San Anselmo, CA 94960
Year Established1850
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
AdministratorCecily Stock
Applications DueJanuary
Total Enrollment580
Boarding Students93
Day Students487
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