Woodside Priory School Photo #1 - Woodside Priory is a Benedictine Catholic, independent college preparatory school for grades 6-12. A boarding option is available beginning in grade nine (9).
Woodside Priory School Photo #1 - Woodside Priory is a Benedictine Catholic, independent college preparatory school for grades 6-12. A boarding option is available beginning in grade nine (9).
Woodside Priory School Photo #2 - With a 7:1 student-to-faculty ratio, Priory`s classes are intentionally designed to facilitate meaningful discussions and engagement between faculty and students. Our block schedule provides an hour and fifteen minutes of time for each class to promote critical thinking and problem-solving.
Woodside Priory School Photo #3 - Our 50-acre environmentally friendly campus features a new state-of-the-art STREAM building, a new pool, and a new track. In 2020, Priory was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Green Ribbon School for its efforts in environmental sustainability.
Woodside Priory School Photo #4 - Our athletic program emphasizes sportsmanship, commitment, dedication, and hard work. Many of our coaches are also faculty members, and students enjoy the relationships that are developed away from the classrooms.
Woodside Priory School Photo #5 - We value the importance of the arts in education as an expression of one's own humanity and an aspect of understanding all humanity. In concert with academic studies, participating in the arts is integral in developing students' intelligence and potential.
Woodside Priory School Photo #6 - More than 30 club and activity choices are available to upper school students. Clubs provide opportunities to discover passions, develop strengths, apply academic knowledge in a practical way, develop self-knowledge, and learn to make the choices necessary to manage a busy schedule independently.
Woodside Priory School Photo #7 - Learning takes place in different forms at Priory. Our students often find that the places like the Franklin Garden are used as a backdrop for a discussion on food in literature as much as it is used as a living classroom for AP Environment Science.
Woodside Priory School Photo #8 - Diversity is celebrated in many forms within our community. In addition to having over 50% of students who identify as people of color, our Upper School has about 20% of its student community coming from outside the United States.
Woodside Priory School Photo #9 - From its founding, Woodside Priory has offered a boarding program. Long before technology called this valley home, Priory educated students from around the world, offering local students an international perspective.
Woodside Priory School Photo #10 - Through our student life programming, our students have opportunities to engage in meaningful experiences and even may meet life-changing figures, including U.S. President Biden. Some of our students attended the New Hampshire Presidential Primary in 2019 and spoke directly with presidential candidates.
Woodside Priory School was founded in 1957 by seven Hungarian Benedictine Monks.
Originally founded as a boarding school, Woodside Priory is today a coeducational boarding and day school for grades nine (9) through twelve (12).
We also offer a coeducational day middle school for grades six (6) through (8). Priory offers small classes for local families.
With a student-to-faculty ratio of 7-to-1, our strong college preparatory program engages our students through a robust well-balanced curriculum.
We offer unique electives like glassblowing and metals and encourage our students to pursue a variety of interests in the performing arts and athletics.
We believe that creating a balanced and meaningful experience for our students is vital in order to prepare them for a world in need of their gifts. Guided by our Benedictine charism and the values of community, hospitality, individuality, integrity, and spirituality, Priory students are challenged to develop to their fullest potential wherever they may be.
Our graduates bring their talents and gifts to university communities big and small such as Stanford University, Harvard University, Yale University, University of California, Berkeley, Santa Clara, Oberlin College, and Whitman College.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Students: 405 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $52,680
  • Acceptance rate: 30%
  • Average class size: 13 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 6

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School Overview

Student Body

Total Students
405 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 48%
Students by Grade
Woodside Priory School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
74 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
13 students
Number of AP Courses
19 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
Art History, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Literature, Environmental Science, French Language, Human Geography, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Music Therory, Physics, Psychology, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Statistics, Studio Art, U.S. Government and Politics, U.S. History
Average SAT score
Average ACT score
Average Percentile SSAT
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 6
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Day tuition includes daily lunch. Additional fees include a $600 Student Activities Fee. For information regarding Boarding Program tuition and fees, visit our website.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
David Lazo, Director of Admissions & Financial Aid
Admissions Associate
Nils Leitz
Endowment Size
$10 million



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
24 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Associated Student Body, Campus Ministry, Community Service Club, Dedicated to Diversity, Ecology/Sustainability Club, International Club, Japanese Anime Club, Junior Statesmen of America, Literary Magazine, Model United Nations Club, National Honor Society, Prism, Robotics, Womentors, Woodworking, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, Improv Jam, Jazz Band, Open Art Studio, Orchestra, Tech Club, Technical Theater

School Notes

  • Welcome to Woodside Priory California's only Benedictine college-preparatory school! A college-preparatory education is not solely based on academics, though Woodside Priory excels in its offerings. A transformative college preparatory experience is based on the people and the experiences they share together. An inspiring teacher, a thought-provoking seminar, a life-changing retreat: these are all the ingredients that our students find at Woodside Priory. Our Catholic Benedictine tradition has roots that span over 1,500 years. Guided by the words Saint Benedict left us, "listen with the ear of our hearts," faculty, staff, and students are challenged through these immortal words to be their best selves. With this community expectation, we believe our students can take intellectual and creative risks, discover new passions, and grow in heart, mind, and soul. Our environment inspires our faculty to reflect constantly on their craft, seeking out cutting-edge educational thinking and attuning themselves to the changing needs of our students. Woodside Priory lies in the heart of Silicon Valley. Although Priory was established long before the tech boom, our values guide us through change and innovation and ensure that we assist students in creating meaningful and balanced lives, developing as lifelong learners and stewards, and productively serving a world in need of their gifts.  
  • Learn more about us and the Priory approach to preparing our students for the future.
Profile last updated: 08/03/2021

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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Students: 405 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $52,680
  • Acceptance rate: 30%
  • Average class size: 13 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 6

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