Woodside Priory School
|Woodside Priory School (The Priory)|
|302 Portola Road
40 minutes south of San Francisco, California
Portola Valley, California, (San Mateo County), 94028
|Type||Private, Coeducational, day & boarding school|
|Motto||Ora Et Labora
(Prayer and Work.)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic;
|Patron saint(s)||Saint Stephen the King|
|Founder||Father Egon Javor, OSB|
|Oversight||Board of Directors and Board of Trustees|
|Head of school||Tim Molak|
|Faculty||List of Faculty |
|Average class size||15-18|
|Student to teacher ratio||6:1|
|Campus size||51 acres (206,000 m2)|
|Color(s)||Black and Blue|
|Slogan||Wisdom-Passion-Service; A Modern Renaissance|
|Athletics conference||CCS - Central California Section|
|Accreditation(s)||Western Association of Schools and Colleges|
|Average SAT scores||1920|
|Newspaper||The Priory Post|
|Tuition||2010-2011 School Year
|Affiliation||Saint Anselm Abbey; Goffstown, NH|
|Head of Upper School/Academic Dean||Brian Schlaak|
|Dean of Students||Matt Lai|
|Director of Admissions and Financial Aid||Al Zappelli|
|Athletic Director||Mark Stogner|
|Dean of Residential Life||Michelle Taffe|
|Middle School Head||Caitha Ambler|
The Woodside Priory School, commonly known as The Priory, is an independent, coeducational, Roman Catholic, college preparatory, day and boarding school in the Benedictine tradition located in Portola Valley, California in the United States. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco.
The Priory was founded in 1957 by a group of seven Hungarian Benedictine Monks from Saint Martin's Archabbey in Pannonhalma, Hungary. In 1974, the monks affiliated with Saint Anselm Abbey in Goffstown, New Hampshire.
The school began on an 18-acre (73,000 m2) ranch and over the years has expanded significantly to the point where the campus now encompasses some 50 acres (200,000 m2). Originally the school was made up entirely of all-male boarders, but over the years the ratio of boarders to day students changed to the point where today the boarding school accounts for a smaller percentage of the high school student body. In the early 1990s, the school began admitting females to the day program, with the first coed senior class graduating in 1995. The Priory's boarding program was expanded to include girls in 2004.
The Priory was granted a six year accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Western Catholic Education Association in June, 2012.
The enrollment of the Priory is 370 students spanning grades 6-12. The major population of the student body is from the Bay Area; however, international students are from 16 countries including South Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, India, Hungary, Germany, Vietnam, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa, Nigeria and Indonesia.
The Priory offers football, track and field, basketball, soccer, volleyball, cross country, equestrian, swimming, golf, baseball, water polo, lacrosse, and tennis. In 2000, the girls' volleyball team won the state championship for Division V.
The school competes in Central Coast Section (CCS) post-season competition.
The school's newspaper is "Priory Post". The school has a number of yearly events such as the dodgeball tournament, fashion show, and the three plays.
The school offers Orchestra, Choir, Dance, Drama, and Tech. Three buildings were completed in 2009: orchestra and choir rooms; a Drama Practice room or Black Box; a theater, equipped with modern sound and lighting as well as a music lab.
The Priory fields an award winning Robotics team that competes regionally and state-wide.
California Youth Community Ensembles
Students at Woodside Priory School founded the California Youth Community Ensembles. CYCE unites ensembles from several schools, and each group performs individually for the community. Occasionally, schools can collaborate to conduct beneficiary concerts.
- Beginnings by Father Egon Javor, OSB. The early history of the Priory's founding
- Priory home page
- Priory Admissions Information
- Priory Campus Tour
- Western Boarding Schools Association
- The Association of Boarding Schools - TABS
- Western Boarding Schools Association
- Business Insider