SAN ANSELMO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Board of Directors of San Domenico School has announced today that it will begin admitting boys to its High School in the fall of 2015. The Board’s unanimous decision to extend co-education has been ratified by the Dominican Sisters.
Founded in 1850 by the Dominican Sisters and established as California’s first independent school, San Domenico will now be the only Pre-K-12 co-ed school in Marin and the closest independent school to San Francisco that offers a combined day and boarding program for high school students. The boarding program is global in reach with students from seven countries.
“The Board of Directors of San Domenico has been evaluating the strategic question of co-education at our High School over the past 10 years and, after conducting extensive market research and two comprehensive feasibility studies, we have concluded the time is right for us to embark on this new direction,” said Glenn Snyder, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “Now, as we extend co-education into our High School, we are confident that we will offer young women and men together what San Domenico has always been known for - an exceptional, student-centered academic experience that prepares young leaders who will make a positive difference in our world.”
In the Dominican tradition of adapting to the changing needs of the times, San Domenico previously made the successful transition to co-education when they welcomed young boys to its Primary and Middle Schools beginning in 1973. As part of the extension to co-education at the High School, San Domenico will continue to offer a rigorous college preparatory program that includes a full complement of AP and Honors classes, as well as co-curricular offerings for girls and boys including athletics, robotics, fine and performing arts, service, social justice and environmental sustainability.
“This is a significant moment for San Domenico to innovate for the future and to expand its unique academic, cultural and geographic assets to a broader audience,” said Jeffery Wack, PhD and President of JT Wack and Associates, a marketing consultancy that advises independent schools nationwide. “A global point-of-view is what is truly unique about San Domenico's academic environment. For high school girls and boys who want a diverse learning experience, they don’t have to wait for college or do a semester abroad to get an international perspective.”
For more information, go to www.sandomenico.org.
About San Domenico
San Domenico, a Catholic independent school, has the only Pre-K-12 co-ed program in Marin and is the closest private school to San Francisco that offers a day and boarding program for high school students. Located on a pristine 515-acre campus in the Sleepy Hollow neighborhood of San Anselmo, CA, the School features innovative and rigorous academics informed by the Dominican values of study, reflection, service and community. On campus are state-of-the art academic facilities, a music conservatory, riding stables, swimming pool, athletic center, playing fields and six tennis courts. Known for its leadership in environmental sustainability, the School also features a one-acre organic garden and more than 2,000 solar panels providing power to the campus. As a leader in using technology in the classroom, San Domenico was Marin’s first school to implement a one-to-one iPad program for students in grades 3-12 and has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for the past three years.