Woodside Priory School - The Priory

Tel: (650)851-8223
Grades: 6-12 | 365 students
Located within 40 minutes of San Francisco and 10 minutes of Stanford University, the Priory is a coeducational boarding and day school for grades 9 through 12 as well as a coeducational day school for grades 6 through 8.
Situated on a 50-acre campus in the heart of Silicon Valley, Priory offers a 7:1 student/teacher ratio, a strong college and university preparatory curriculum, a vast performing arts program, and a competitive athletics program.The Priory strives to create a balanced experience for students where they can explore interests, develop passions, and discover meaningful activities.
Everything we do revolves around our Mission to assist students in becoming lifelong learners and stewards who will productively serve a world in need of their gifts and our five Benedictine values of Community, Hospitality, Individuality, Integrity, and Spirituality. Priory students are challenged to develop their fullest potential in the classrooms, on the athletic fields, in the performing and visual arts, and in service to the greater community around them.
Priory graduates go on to attend schools all across the country, including bigger schools such as Stanford, Harvard, Yale, UC Berkeley, and UCLA, as well as smaller colleges like Carleton, Oberlin, Santa Clara, and Whitman.

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 Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Grades Offered Grades 6-12
ADD/ADHD Support Yes
Year Founded 1957

Student Body

Total Students 365 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Woodside Priory School - The Priory Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 56 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 13 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 1927
Average ACT score 30
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 12
Yearly Tuition Cost $41,500
Tuition Notes Day tuition includes daily lunch. Additional fees include Student Store deposit of $600 and an academic fee of $175. Books are extra. For information regarding Boarding Program tuition and fees, visit our website.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $34,900
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Matthew Lai, Director of Admissions & Financial Aid
Admissions Associate Carole Mauss, Assoc. Dir.


Total Sports Offered 12 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water PoloBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryFlag Football,
TennisTrack and Field,
VolleyballWater Polo,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 23 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Associated Student Body, Campus Ministry, Chamber Choir, Community Service Club, Concert Choir, Ecology/Sustainability Club, Improv Jam, International Club, Japanese Anime Club, Jazz Band, Literary Magazine, Lomography Club, National Honor Society, Open Art Studio, Orchestra, Prism, Robotics, Student Ambassadors, Tech Club, Technical Theater, Womentors, Woodworking, Yearbook Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, Improv Jam, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Prism, Robotics, Tech Club, Womentors, Woodworking, Yearbook, Associated Student Body,
Campus Ministry,
Community Service Club,
Ecology/Sustainability Club,
International Club,
Japanese Anime Club,
Literary Magazine,
Lomography Club,
National Honor Society,
Open Art Studio,
Student Ambassadors,
Technical Theater,

School Notes

  • The Priory Admissions process is avaialble at our website -
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