- Private, Boarding, Catholic
- PORTOLA VALLEY, CA
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- Academicsgrade A+
- Diversitygrade A
- Teachersgrade A
- College Prepgrade A+
- Clubs & Activitiesgrade A
- Sportsgrade B minus
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
- Spirit Week23%
- Field Day13%
- Pops Concert13%
- Lent and Talent8%
- School Plays and Concerts8%
- Homecoming Football Game5%
Clubs & Activities
Woodside Priory School Reviews
Social Life: Your social life is determined by who you hang out with and the general attitude of your class. Luckily, there were a lot of people in my class who loved to host parties or knew kids from other schools who were throwing parties. During my senior year, there were stretches where my friends and I were going to a party every weekend for eight weeks straight.
Dating: Dating at Priory is pretty normal, but due to the small class sizes, it's pretty hard to keep your business private.
Sports: Basketball, XC, and Girls Soccer are the strongest programs.
Campus: Best in NorCal easily.
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.