Woodside Priory School (Priory)

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 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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Definition of Terms 
2015 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 52 acres 120 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 380 students 298 students
% Students of Color
15%
20%
% International Students
11%
20%
% Students Boarding
18%
68%
Average SAT Score 1844 * 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 15 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:9 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 21 16
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
75%
67%
Summer Program Offered No Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $8 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$59,890
(Additional fees are $1,775)
$49,800
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$39,900
(Additional fees are $775)
$27,800
% Students on Financial Aid
21%
35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $22,824 $21,275
Merit Scholarships Offered No No

Admission

Application Deadline Jan. 16 Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 85 -
Acceptance Rate
56%
55%
Director of AdmissionsAl D. Zappelli
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, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, 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 13 14
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 32 24
ExtracurricularsAmerican Cancer Society, Associated Student Body, Campus Ministry, Chamber, Community Service Program, Concert, Cult Movies Club, Dance, Ecology, Equestrian, Fashion, 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

  • 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. Priory students are challenged to develop their fullest potential in the classrooms, on the athletic fields, in the performing and visual arts, and in their relationships with one another. 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, creative 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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