SAN DOMENICO PRIMARY / MIDDLE SCHOOL

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1500 BUTTERFIELD RD
SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960
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Phone: 415-258-1900
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 0
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Not Reported
  • Type: Catholic
  • Grades: Preschool - 12th Grade
  • District: Archdiocese Of San Francisco
  • Students/Teacher: 6:1
  • Students/Grade: 38.1
  • Number Students: 533
  • Number Teachers: 68
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Alyce Brownridge
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  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
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School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (23 ratings)
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    School Reviews (23 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-03-21
    "Over the years, we've found that the parents who get the most frustrated with San Domenico are the ones who want their kids on the Branson-Stanford track. If that's where you think your child belongs, then this is probably not the school for you. San Domenico is basically a neighborhood institution run by the women of Sleepy Hollow with the backing of the Dominican sisters. To many parents, it starts to feel very insular the longer you're here. There are some positives as well: kids get more attention than they would at Brookside or White Hill, there are lots of extracurricular programs and the campus is gorgeous. Most important, there are some wonderful families and children at this school. Just don't come to San Domenico expecting a highly rigorous academic program or a global perspective. If you do, you could end up being disappointed."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-03-08
    "Pluses: Campus - gorgeous Programs - wide variety Resources - well funded Sustainability - commitment Minuses: Diversity - little to none Academics - weak and one-size-fits-all Social - conservative and strict Administration - chaos and turnover"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-02-16
    "We have been parents at this school for quite a while now. The past couple of years have been the most disappointing ones we've experienced at San Domenico. To address its financial problems, the school has dramatically increased tuition without a corresponding increase in academic quality, and has let all kinds of kids into the middle school in an effort to improve cash flow and to make up for enrollment declines elsewhere. It turns out that despite the administration's crowing about how well it is doing, the data show that the school has some obvious problems - poor high school placements, low levels of fundraising, high levels of financial aid needed to attain enrollment, etc. We feel as though the things we prized most about San Domenico, namely a caring, nurturing environment where kids can learn to be good people as well as good students, are not nearly so true these days. In terms of quality, San Domenico feels more and more like the neighborhood public school we came from, but without the accountability and standards of a public school."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-02-10
    "I have had three children attending primary school here. We chose San Domenico because we believed we and the school could work together to provide our children with a nurturing environment focused as much on social/emotional wellbeing as academics. We also wanted to prevent cliques and bullying from being a part of their lives. I can honestly say that San Domenico teachers and administration has disappointed us in every way possible. They use old-style teaching techniques and their way of dealing with social or emotional conflict for children is to put pressure on children and parents to resolve issues themselves. They make kids feel bad about themselves. I have watched countless boys become stereotyped, stressed-out and pressured to the point of 0 self-esteem. The people who run the school care about 1 thing-- making money, and standing the tallest in the community, even at the cost of values and self-esteem for children. The campus is gorgeous, which makes it that much more ironic (and sad) that what is happening inside is not pretty."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-12-15
    "I have two children who attended San Domenico primary and middle school and both were extremely well prepared for a very rigorous high school, especially in math, Spanish, science, research skills, and writing. I also appreciated SD's focus on social/emotional development and on service. My children loved their SD teachers and still go back to visit them!"
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