Woodside Priory School (Priory)

5.00 5 1 (2 reviews)
302 Portola Road
Portola Valley, CA 94028
Tel: 650-851-8223
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12 | 380 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.

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  • King's College London
    Priory has a high student-to-teacher ratio, which means that each and every student is taken care of by the teacher and the teachers really know the students well. It helps with accommodating individual student's needs. . .
  • Brown University
    Our school is composed of about 20% boarding students and 80% day students in the upper school, meaning we are a smaller, very close-knit community within our larger school community. (The middle school is completely. . .

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Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
Woodside Priory Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding) 9-12 9-12
Grades Offered (Day) 6-12 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
Religious Affiliation Catholic Non-denominational
Year Founded 1957 1910
Campus Size 50 acres 120 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 380 students 298 students
% Students of Color
43%
20%
% International Students
11%
20%
% Students Boarding
18%
70%
Average SAT Score 1927 * National Avg. »View
Average ACT score 30 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 13 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:7 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 21 16
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
78%
69%
Summer Program Offered No Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $8 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$63,500
(Additional fees are $1,775)
$50,800
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$41,500
(Additional fees are $775)
$28,500
% Students on Financial Aid
18%
35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $34,900 $21,500
Merit Scholarships Offered No No

Admission

Application Deadline Jan. 12 Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application No No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 85 -
Acceptance Rate
13%
55%
Director of AdmissionsMatthew Lai
Associate Director of AdmissionsCarole Mauss

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 21 16
CoursesArt History, Biology (Advanced), 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

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered 11 14
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 23 23
ExtracurricularsAssociated Student Body, Campus Ministry, Chamber Choir, Community Ensemble, Concert Choir, Daraja Club, Improv Club, International Club, Jazz Band, Model UN, National Honor Society, Open Art Studio, Prism (LGBT Students Club), Robotics, String Ensemble, Sustainability Club, Symphonic Band, Technical Theater, Technovation Team, TEDx Club, Womentors, Woodworking, Yearbook

College Matriculation

Year: 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
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School Notes

  • 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.The Boarding Program embodies a family model with a full time Residential Faculty dedicated to working with boarding students after school, in the evenings, and on weekends. The goal of the Boarding Program is to develop independent, responsible, and kind students who will engage in their communities. International in scope, the program attracts students from all parts of the world and throughout the western United States. Boarders enjoy seamless interaction with the Priory's day students in and outside the classroom. This provides for a rich diversity of peers and experiences that create a strong, vibrant community.
  • 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)
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