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: Private
  • Grades: Preschool - 12th Grade
  • District:
  • Students/Teacher: 6:1
  • Students/Grade: 32.6
  • Number Students: 457
  • Number Teachers: 68
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Carole Chase
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
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  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (19 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (19 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-11
    "This is a curious school. When we started at San Domenico almost 10 years ago, it had a curriculum that was better than we could find at the local parochial schools but probably not as strong as the best local private schools. However, the amenities were fantastic, the extracurriculars were very good and the focus on the whole child fit our kids well. The tuition was also in between the parochial schools and the really elite privates. Now, however, San Domenico charges the same tuition as the top local privates, but it's curriculum doesn't measure up to those schools and students aren't achieving at the same levels. In that sense, I can't say that San Domenico is a good value any more. The culture of the school has also changed since we started, and not necessarily in good ways. There used to be a kindness and sensitivity at San Domenico that seems to have gone missing recently. In particular, I now see parents being treated with disdain by the administration. More than once in the past year I've heard the head of school tell someone to leave if they have an issue with something. This is a school seems to have lost its way."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-08-06
    "We've been at this school for over 7 years. If you're looking for strong academic achievement this is probably not the best fit for you. While the curriculum is voluminous and challenging, the actual achievement isn't high. My child has struggled with math. The school's solution is always to seek outside tutoring. Even with tutoring 2x a week for 2 years, I did not see my child's number sense increase. I've had many conversations with other parents having the same experience with this subject. I had her math knowledge assessed over the summer and she achieved 50% knowledge for a grade and half behind her! The math program seems especially rudderless -- they keep trying new approaches hoping to raise achievement, when really I feel they are hiring unaccomplished teachers, who apparently are never held accountable for their students' results. Leadership is also not particular about who they accept with classroom size increasing upwards of 35% year to year. What SD is really good at is providing a positive, nurturing, value-driven, challenging learning environment where children become compassionate, kind, critical thinking, and respectful of themselves and others."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-06-28
    "Hmmm...four highly positive review in two days. Feel like a campaign? San Domenico has some real problems. In the past year there has been almost a complete turnover in the leadership of the school (head of school fired, inexperienced new head installed without a search, admissions director fired, development director quit, head of technology quit, several board members quit, etc.). Two great primary school teachers just announced they were leaving for other Bay Area private schools. The earlier comment about high school placements is all too true. San Domenico now places most of its 8th graders at Marin Catholic and the local public schools. Not bad, but that's not why most parents are willing to invest $27,000 per year in a private school education. We've been at San Domenico for a decade and have seen a dramatic decline in the quality of the education and in the leadership of the school. Academic programs like math that used to be strong are now a real problem. Not surprisingly, enrollment in the primary school has declined, with early education (PK-K) just a shell of the fabulous program it used to be. San Domenico used to be a gem. Sadly, I wouldn't recommend it now."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-06-21
    "I have been blown away by the program at San Domenico! My daughter is in the primary school and the teachers are really fun, caring, and extremely knowledgable about best practices. Their literacy program is top notch (I have never seen kids spend so much time reading-for pleasure!) and their art program is amazing. In Kindergarten, they do artist studies and learn about the artists and their paintings all while trying out that painting style on their own. Extra-curricular are phenomenal - from music lessons, to tennis, horse back riding, swim team, etc, etc, etc... San Domenico is a beautiful campus, but more importantly, a beautiful community. We are very happy here. I highly recommend it."
    Teacher Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-06-20
    "San Domenico is an amazing community where all students learn, grow and thrive. The curriculum is differentiated to meet the learning needs and learning style for each individual student. With small class size, San Domenico is able to individualize instruction and provide engaging experiences for all students. The student and community activities are all inclusive and wonderful celebrations that highlight the arts and the emphasis on educating the whole child."
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