| OUR PHILOSOPHY |
At San Domenico an exceptional education requires not just academic excellence but also meaning and purpose. We provide a character-driven Kindergarten through Grade 12 Independent School education, leading the way in redefining the metrics of achievement and graduating inspired students equipped to create a better world.
The Dominican values of study, reflection, service, and community align with the contemporary discourse on 21st-century education, yet these values have served as the foundational framework for San Domenico’s mission to educate children for the last 165 years. Teachers and administrators at San Domenico aim to create not just great students, but great people. Following the guidance of the Dominican sisters’ commitment to lifelong study, the School provides academic instruction that places emphasis on more than grades and tests scores, instilling a sense of inquiry, a love of learning, and an inspired sense of purpose. By chasing the passions that naturally interest them, and regularly reflecting upon their work in the context of the wider world, students discover a sense of purpose tied into what they truly want to accomplish in their lives, both professionally and personally. Integral to this process is San Domenico’s culture of inclusivity, service, social justice, and a striving for design thinking. Here students don’t just collect cans of food to give as charity; they come to understand the systems that lead to hunger. Students in every grade participate in acts of service—whether they be service learning projects within the school community, student-led initiatives in their neighborhoods, or international outreach. All seniors must complete the San Domenico ROSE Project, which stands for Real Opportunities in Service Education and reflects the School’s deep commitment to study, reflection, community, and service.
SDS UPPER SCHOOL FAST FACTS
Since extending coeducation through to our high school in 2015 (grades 9-12 were all girls), the School has experienced a renewed vigor and buzz.
Inquiries have tripled in the last two years and it is an exciting time to be here!
The freshman and sophomore classes are coed with 46% boys and 54% girls, and by 2018 all four high school grades will have high caliber boys and girls, reflective of our mission toward inclusivity and diversity.
• Type of school: independent • Closest coeducational boarding and day school to San Francisco • Growth trajectory: enrollment is currently at 245 in the high school – up from 180 in 2014-15; growing to 320 for 2018-19 • 118 boarding students – up from 101 in 2015-16 – with current capacity of 121; 96 international students • Students receiving financial aid: 34% (K-12) • Distinctly interwoven cultural approach for day and boarding students whereby day students may spend up to 20 nights in the dorms each school year
Join the San Domenico Team as Director of High School Admissions.
The Director of High School Admissions reports directly to the Head of School and serves on the Upper School Administrative Team and on the All-School Senior Administrative Council. Very importantly, this person will be a member of a cross-departmental leadership team that includes the Director of K-8 Admissions, the Director of Marketing and Communications, and the Director of Advancement. Strong interpersonal, organizational, and collaborative decision-making skills are essential for success in this position.
The Director of High School Admissions serves on the Finance committee and the Marketing committee of the Board of Directors and other committees of the Board in consultation with the Head of School.
MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DIRECTOR OF HIGH SCHOOL ADMISSIONS
Oversees all aspects of the high school admissions process, from generating domestic and international inquiries to enrolling qualified day and boarding students
Continues the implementation of coeducation in the Upper School; increase enrollment to 320+ students, and expand our international and domestic geographic diversity
Serves as the primary outreach ambassador to all prospective families – local, regional, national, and international – regarding the distinctive mission, vision and values of San Domenico School
Manages efforts to support student retention and re-enrollment of current high school students for the succeeding year with a continued focus on retaining current San Domenico grade 8 students for our high school
Oversees the setting of long-term and short-term enrollment goals that utilizes a data-driven approach to enrollment management
Closely collaborates with the Marketing and Communications team and the Assistant Director of High School Admissions/Communications Coordinator to create a thoughtfully researched marketing strategy
Closely collaborates with the Director of K-8 Admissions to oversee all admissions, financial aid, and long-term enrollment planning, and to assure that enrollment management efforts are aligned across all school levels
Management responsibility of the High School Admissions team that includes the Assistant Director/Communications Coordinator, the Assistant Director/International Student Recruitment Coordinator, and the K-12 Enrollment Systems Manager
Works in partnership with the school’s CFO/Director of Financial Aid and the Financial Aid Committee to assure the appropriate allocation of the school’s financial aid resources
Builds relationships with San Domenico faculty, staff, current parents, former parents, and alumni for recruitment, enrollment, and retention efforts
Works closely with the Director of Strategic Initiatives to successfully implement the goals of the School’s strategic plan, SD2021, particularly those issues relating to enrollment