Woodside Priory School - The Priory

     Tel: (650)851-8223
Grades: 6 - 12 | 369 students
Founded in 1957, the Priory is a coeducational day and boarding school located in Portola Valley, California, 40 minutes south of San Francisco near Stanford University and Silicon Valley.  The Priory is an independent, Catholic, college preparatory school in the Benedictine tradition with an enrollment of 368 students in middle school and high school.
Today the 50-acre rural campus maintains its original tradition of being a small community by choice, dedicated to a values-centered and academically rigorous education.
The high school of 273 students includes a boarding program for approximately 50 students from the western United States and throughout the world.
International in flavor, this year, 27 flags fly in the Dining Hall, representing the home countries of Priory students over the years.
The educational experience is centered on the values of individuality, community, integrity, hospitality and spirituality.
Teachers encourage initiative, independent pursuit of knowledge, critical thinking skills and problem solving abilities.
The college prep academic program is supplemented with fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, service learning, and a strong program of co-curricular activities.
Classes are typically 12-18 students with a student-teacher ratio of 7:1.
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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Western States Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Grades Offered Grades 6 - 12
Year Founded 1957

Student Body

Total Students 369 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
Students by Grade Woodside Priory School - The Priory Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 56 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 80%
Average Class Size 15 students
Number of AP Courses 21 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses Art History, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Literature, Environmental Science, French Language, Human Geography, Japanese, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Music Therory, Physics, Psychology, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Statistics, Studio Art, U.S. Government and Politics, U.S. History  
Average SAT score 1883
Average ACT score 28
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(California College Prep Casual)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 17
Yearly Tuition Cost $37,250
Tuition Notes Day tuition includes daily lunch and miscellaneous fees. Additional fees include Student Store deposit of $600 and an academic fee of $100. Books are extra. For information regarding Boarding Proram tuition and fees, contact Admissions (650-851-6101).
% on Financial Aid 17%
Average Financial Aid Grant $22,824
Acceptance Rate 60%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Al Zappelli, Dir. of Admissions and Financial Aid
Admissions Associate Carole Mauss, Assoc. Dir.


Total Sports Offered 15 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Flag Football, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water PoloBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryDance,
Flag FootballFootball,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Water Polo


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 32 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. American Cancer Society, Associated Student Body, Campus Ministry, Chamber Choir, Community Service Club, Concert Choir, Cult Movies Club, Dance Team, Ecology/Sustainability Club, Equestrian Club, Fashion Design Club, Improv Jam, International Club, Intramural Soccer, Japanese Anime Club, Jazz Band, Literary Magazine, Lomography Club, National Honor Society, Open Art Studio, Orchestra, Priory Volunteers, Prism, Robotics, Service Learning Club, Ski Club, Student Ambassadors, Tech Club, Technical Theater, Womentors, Woodworking, Yearbook Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, Dance Team, Improv Jam, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Prism, Robotics, Ski Club, Tech Club, Womentors, Woodworking, Yearbook, American Cancer Society,
Associated Student Body,
Campus Ministry,
Community Service Club,
Cult Movies Club,
Ecology/Sustainability Club,
Equestrian Club,
Fashion Design Club,
International Club,
Intramural Soccer,
Japanese Anime Club,
Literary Magazine,
Lomography Club,
National Honor Society,
Open Art Studio,
Priory Volunteers,
Service Learning Club,
Student Ambassadors,
Technical Theater,

School Notes:

The Priory Admissions process is avaialble at our website.  ( 

Profile last updated: 01/29/2015

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Pinewood School (4 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Woodland School (2 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Woodland School (2 miles away)
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