Woodside Priory School (Priory)

302 Portola Road,
Portola Valley, CA 94028
Tel: 650-851-8223
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12 | 350 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 seeks to embody the values at the heart of Benedictine education – a belief in order and personal responsibility; a respect for diversity and community life; a life-long love of learning; and the development of the person as a whole.

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2014 School Data
Woodside Priory Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding) 9-12 8-12
Grades Offered (Day) 6-12 8-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Religious Affiliation Catholic Non-denominational
Year Founded 1957 1908
Campus Size 52 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 350 students 300 students
% Students of Color 15% 18%
% International Students 11% 20%
% Students Boarding 18% 67%
Average SAT Score 1844 * National Avg. »View
Average ACT score 28 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 15 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:7 1:7
# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 21 15
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 75% 66%
Summer Program Offered No Yes


Endowment Size $8 million $15 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(Additional fees are $1,700)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
(Additional fees are $700)
% Students on Financial Aid 21% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $22,824 $19,000
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline Jan. 16 Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 85% -
Acceptance Rate 56% 58%
Director of Admissions Al D. Zappelli  
Associate Director of Admissions Carole Mauss  

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 21 15
Art History Calculus AB
Calculus BC Chemistry
Computer Science English Literature
Environmental Science French Language
Human Geography Japanese
Macroeconomics Microeconomics
Music Theory Physics
Psychology Spanish Language
Spanish Literature Statistics
Studio Art U.S. Government and Politics
U.S. History


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 13 14
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo


Total Extracurricular Organizations 32 24
ExtracurricularsAmerican 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,

College Matriculation

Year: - 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes:

  • School accreditations: Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), Western Catholic Education Association (WECA), The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Taylor Eigsti - Grammy nominated jazz pianist
    • Marc Fiore - Awarded 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Political Cartooning

Nearby Schools:

The nearest school is The Athenian School (34.8 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • DanvilleThe Athenian School
    2100 Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd.
    34.8 mi | 300 students | Gr. 6-12
  • WatsonvilleMonte Vista Christian School
    2 School Way
    831-722-8178 x. 194
    36.6 mi | 1060 students | Gr. 6-12
  • San AnselmoSan Domenico School
    1500 Butterfield Road
    San AnselmoCA94960
    48.5 mi | 183 students | Gr. Pre-K-12
  • Pebble BeachStevenson School
    3152 Forest Lake Road
    Pebble BeachCA93953
    56.6 mi | 732 students | Gr. Pre-K-12
  • MontereySanta Catalina School
    1500 Mark Thomas Drive
    57.2 mi | 246 students | Gr. 9-12
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