Woodside Priory School - The Priory

The Priory is a Benedictine Catholic, independent college preparatory school for grades 6-12.
The Priory is a Benedictine Catholic, independent college preparatory school for grades 6-12.
Our 50-acre environmentally friendly campus features a new state-of-the-art STREAM building, a new pool, and a new track.
Academic rigor is part of life at Priory. Our students graduate fully prepared to enter the most selective colleges and universities.
At Woodside Priory, we offer a competitive interscholastic athletic program. At the same time, we give every student the opportunity to participate.
Priory students put on two theater productions each year in Rothrock Performance Hall, a 400 seat proscenium theater with a large stage and state of the art lighting, sound and audience seating.
Our classes are intentionally small and last between an hour and an hour and fifteen minutes, allowing students and teachers to engage deeply in intellectual discourse, critical thinking, and problem-solving.
More than 30 club and activity choices are available to High 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.
The Priory values arts in education as an expression of one's own humanity and an aspect of understanding all humanity. In concert with academic studies, learning about and doing arts is part of fully developing students' intelligence and potential.
We offer a professional, supportive and trusting environment where students are given skills to unlock their talents and encouraged to stretch themselves.
In team sports, coaches reward 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.
  • Located within 40 minutes of San Francisco and 10 minutes from 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 the 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.

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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 Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades 6-12
Year Founded1957

Student Body

Total Students365 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 43%
Students by GradeWoodside Priory School - The Priory Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers74 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size13 students
Number of AP Courses22 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesArt 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 score1370
Average ACT score30
Average Percentile SSAT85%
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 11
Yearly Tuition Cost$43,575
Tuition NotesDay 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 DirectorMatthew Lai, Director of Admissions & Financial Aid
Admissions AssociateCherie Baylis
Endowment Size10 million


Total Sports Offered13 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water PoloBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryFlag Football,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Water 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

  • Welcome to the Priory; the only Benedictine College Preparatory school in California! Many successful people remember a time in their teenage years when an inspiring teacher, an exciting class, or an unforgettable experience made a positive difference in their lives. We think students need many of these special moments. We have thought long and hard about how to create them.An outstanding faculty and a rigorous college prep curriculum are important. So is the Benedictine vision of a learning community where members support one another. An upbeat campus atmosphere and the broad co-curricular program also set the stage for a balanced educational adventure.With our roots in the 1,500-year-old tradition of Catholic Benedictine education, we do much more than providing an outstanding college preparatory education. We welcome young people into a community where they feel uniquely known and loved. Priory students feel free to take intellectual and creative risks, to discover their passions, and to grow in heart, mind, and soul.St. Benedict advised us to "listen with the ear of our hearts." As a community of educators, we continually reflect on our practices, seek out cutting-edge educational thinking, and embrace better ways to meet our students' needs. Firmly grounded in our core Benedictine values of individuality, community, integrity, hospitality, and spirituality, we face the changing demands of the 21st century with confidence and innovation.Even our campus reflects our values. Ancient redwood trees stand alongside a state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center. Our monks stroll along a trail past a vast array of solar panels. In cozy outdoor plazas, teachers and students laugh and talk together.Our values are timeless. Our community is real. Our vision is far-reaching. Come see what the Priory Way is all about. v=Qn4qmpUhdtI
  • The Priory Admissions process is available at our website -
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