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COVID-19 Update for Prospective Students and Families:

Woodside Priory remains committed to offering a robust, authentic, and interactive experience that accelerates learning and maintains the balance that is so important in the lives of our students. Priory's Distance Learning program is built upon an engaging online experience, using a combination of synchronous instructional and community time, so that students feel an authentic sense of belonging. Learn More

  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Sports
    B

Applying

Application Deadline
January 7
Application Fee
$100
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
HSPT, ISEE, SSAT, TOEFL

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$50,650
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Boarding (Tuition + Boarding)
$74,850
Received Financial Aid
17%
Average Financial Aid
$46,250
From Woodside Priory School

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.

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Woodside Priory School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1360
112 responses
Average ACT
31
52 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.11 responses
Poll
82%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.11 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 40 responses
Report
  • Spirit Week
    23%
  • Retreats
    20%
  • Field Day
    13%
  • Pops Concert
    13%
  • Lent and Talent
    8%
  • School Plays and Concerts
    8%
  • Spirit Week
    5%

    Boarding

    Students Boarding
    20%
    Boarding Days Per Week
    7-day
    Top Countries
    China, Hungary, Japan, Nigeria, South Korea
    International Boarding Students
    60%

    Students

    Diversity
    A
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    382
    62%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.13 responses
    100%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.13 responses
    54%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.13 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    6:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    86%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.14 responses
    Poll
    100%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.14 responses
    Poll
    93%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.14 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Very High
    Boys Athletic Participation
    High
    79%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.14 responses
    64%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.14 responses
    79%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.14 responses

    Woodside Priory School Reviews

    66 reviews
    All Categories
    The tuition is expensive.

    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
    4) Competitive
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    If you have a stellar kid, DO NOT come. If your kid is into STEM, DO NOT come.

    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.
    I love talking about my time at priory and I spend every summer working on campus at Mountain Camp Woodside.

    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