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Woodside Priory School is a Catholic Benedictine, independent college preparatory school where we assist all students in creating meaningful and balanced lives, developing as lifelong learners and stewards, and productively serving a world in need of their gifts.
Balance begins with our location. Minutes from the heart of Silicon Valley, Priory is nestled in the picturesque hills of Portola Valley. We create balance in our academic rigor by exploring meaning, depth, and purpose. We encourage our community to explore interests beyond their comfort zones. Whether it is acting for the first time, assembling a new robot, striving for a personal best on the field, or merely continuing a discussion from class, we know our students are on a journey to discover the gifts that will give them a sense of purpose and fulfillment. Guided by the Benedictine values of spirituality, hospitality, integrity, individuality, and community, we are reminded daily to listen with the ear of our hearts.
Woodside Priory School Rankings
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Culture & Safety
- of students agree that they feel safe at their school.11 responses
- of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.11 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.13 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.13 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.13 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.14 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.14 responses
Clubs & Activities
- of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.14 responses
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- of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.14 responses
Woodside Priory School Reviews
Don't go there unless you enjoy religious classes and activities. Three years of religious courses + Chapel meeting weekly.
Academics can be strong if you choose hard courses, but not all teachers are good at teaching the materials, and some teachers are unsure about how to organize the curriculum/schedule/etc. This can lead to a lot of stress.
Food is terrible and unhealthy. I went there and the most common foods are pizzas, corndogs, burgers, brownies, and fries. As a boarding student, I can barely eat vegetables, or anything healthy, except the yogurt, and sometimes appearing salad.
As an international student, I think the student body is more on the exclusive side. Overall, I think there is a bad vibe.
Some good things about the school
1) No bully
2) Offers many APs as a small school
3) Students are invested in things they like
The school doesn't encourage students to take outside classes even if the class is not offer at Priory. For example, if you take AP Biology from another accredited school, you still need to take Biology at Priory for graduation requirement. It does not matter if you get a 5 in the AP Bio exam. Similarly, if you took Honor Chemistry from another institution, you will not allow to take AP Chemistry without writing a 6 hours placement test. Yes.... It is 6 hours long... Longer than SAT, ACT or MCAT. The policy is created to discourage motivated student taking outside class. There are few good teachers in the upper school.
If you have a motivated student, this is not a place. The school has a dedicated person to securing student learning accommodations at Priory and SAT, PSAT, and ACT testing. You will wonder why Priory has parents that involve in the college scandal.
If you are looking for a small school where you will be known respected and valued; teachers that go out of their way to ensure your success; a strong arts program as well as incredible athletics: Priory is the place for YOU.
Built on the values of Community Individuality Spirituality Integrity & Hospitality, there is support for every student, every interest, and every struggle. Our Monks are the foundation of our community. Their unconditional love and acceptance knows no borders. Their energy motivates every activity. Their patience allows them to listen with the ear of their heart.
Priory prepared me for hard pre-med classes. If you are considering Priory, you are considering an amazing college predatory school, community, and an alma matter you won't regret!
If you don't believe me, watch my video: www.priory48.com/happy
Chris Gregory ‘14