A Classical Christian Education
in San Francisco

The Classical Movement

Donum Dei Classical Academy partners with the Association of Classical Christian Schools (ACCS) and the Society for Classical Learning.  ACCS launched a powerful video on the movement of Classical Christian education nationally.  We think it will inspire you.

From ACCS: "So many parents enjoy the blessing of a truly different, effective, and uniquely Christian way of training children up in the way they should go, so when they are old, they will not depart from it. The video, Geronimo, Amen!, reflects the hopes, aspirations, and real-life experiences of just a few of the tens of thousands of involved parents, students, and educators.  Be careful.  You might catch the vision.  But the real blessing comes when the vision catches you!"

About The Academy

Donum Dei is a model for educational transformation in San Francisco that is ​Classically Christian, College-Worthy, and Missionally Driven. We offer a high-quality educational option for Christian families who might otherwise move away from San Francisco because of limited educational options.  Donum Dei has a biblical worldview influence on students and their families that prepares them to respond to the secular forces that surround them. Donum Dei is a valuable option for Christian families who want to use their spiritual gifts to make an impact on this city.​

Why San Francisco?

San Francisco is among the most culturally influential cities in the world and its influence on America is too significant to ignore. What begins here–actions, philosophies, information, technologies–extends beyond our bridges and moves throughout our great nation.

As God’s people, what messages do we want to travel over San Francisco’s bridges and out into the country and world?

Classical Education at 
​Donum Dei

Classical Christian education develops in students' knowledge, wisdom, virtue, and Christ-like character by meeting them where they are developmentally and employing the right tools to stir their hearts, grow their minds, and develop their bodies. You can expect Christ is Logos, God is central, Biblical Worldview, Musical Arts, Liberal Arts, Athletics, and Culture from Classical Christian education.

A Letter From the Head of School

Welcome to Donum Dei Classical Academy!

As a classical Christian school that exists in a city with a dwindling population of children, Donum Dei exists to be a gift of God to the families, the churches, and the people who call San Francisco home. At Donum Dei, we seek to impart a rich classical Christian curriculum full of Scriptural truth and life-giving experiences. 


Our curriculum is deeply integrated with Christ at the center of it all. This curriculum comes to life in the hands of our godly, experienced teachers and education partners who implement multi-sensory classroom learning activities that foster human creativity and connection in the form of theater, art history, and geography mapping, to name a few.

We have also partnered with pastors and leaders across the city to help lead our weekly Thursday morning assemblies. These school-wide assemblies bring together our partner families, friends of Donum Dei, and prospective families in a culmination of our mission to nourish students’ hearts, souls, minds, and bodies for the purpose of growing them in knowledge, wisdom, good character, and Christ-like virtue worthy of bringing glory to our God.


As you walk the halls of Donum Dei, you will hear this mission come to life as our students use their voices to put to memory incredible amounts of information through chanting and singing. If you listen carefully, perhaps you’ll hear some joyful noises to the Lord, even in Latin, Hebrew, or various Romance languages, through our Youth Chorus program. You might witness various teachers and volunteers serving students daily through our individualized math and reading tutoring and games. And, perhaps you would observe the joy our students have when training their bodies in our Martial Arts, Run Club, or Ballet/Movement programs.


As you move from your observation of our youngest students, you would witness notable personal, academic, and spiritual growth in our students. Our Bridge at Donum Dei students (ages 11-14) grow in curiosity as they navigate and wrestle through Socratic discussions in disciplines such as Rhetoric, Humanities, and Logic and actively train in the disciplines of English, Latin, and Greek grammar. If you asked them questions, you would hear how they have grown in their ability to apply wonder, wisdom, and worship to their contemplative work in Bible Narrative or Spiritual Disciplines. 


There is truly no other learning community in San Francisco — public or private — quite like Donum Dei Classical Academy! I warmly invite you to taste and see that the Lord is good in San Francisco. Come and behold the journey we are on as we join with others to build a strong foundation where Christians can flourish, thrive, and rest in this great city.

For the glory of our great God,
Christine McLean, Ed.D.
Head of School

Donum Dei Classical Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the Academy.  Donum Dei Classical Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or ethnic origin in administration of educational policies, admissions policies, financial policies, employment policies, athletic policies, and any other school-administered programs.

Interested in Donum Dei ?

Are you looking for a new educational opportunity for your child in San Francisco?
Join other like-minded families for an information session, hosted by Donum Dei Classical Academy. Come and see for yourself the difference a Classical Christian education can make in the life of your child!

360 9th Avenue

San Francisco, California 94118

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