Woodside Priory School

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Woodside Priory School (The Priory)
302 Portola Road
Portola Valley, California, (San Mateo County) 94028
United States
Coordinates 37°22′32″N 122°12′46″W / 37.37556°N 122.21278°W / 37.37556; -122.21278Coordinates: 37°22′32″N 122°12′46″W / 37.37556°N 122.21278°W / 37.37556; -122.21278
Type Private, coeducational, day and boarding school
Motto "Ora Et Labora"
(Prayer and Work)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic;
Patron saint(s) Saint Stephen the King
Established 1957
Founder Father Egon Javor, OSB
Oversight Board of Directors and Board of Trustees
Head of school Tim Molak
Grades 6-12
Enrollment 370[1]
Average class size 15-18[1]
Student to teacher ratio 9:1[1]
Campus Rural/suburban
Campus size 51 acres (210,000 m2)
Color(s) Black and blue         
Slogan "The Priory Way": Our values are timeless. Our Community is real. Our vision is far-reaching.
Athletics conference CCS - Central California Section
Mascot Panthers
Team name Panthers
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges[2]
Average SAT scores 1920[1]
Newspaper The Priory Post
Yearbook Omnibus
Tuition 2015-2016 school year
$40,675 (day)
$61,665 (boarding)
Affiliation Saint Anselm Abbey; Goffstown, NH
Head of Upper School/Academic Dean Brian Schlaak
Dean of Students Micah Morris
Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Matt Lai
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, Benedictine Catholic, college preparatory, day and boarding school located in Portola Valley, California, United States. It is located within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco.


The 2008 graduation procession was led by Brother Edward Englund (1942–2014).

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 that 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, and today the boarding school accounts for a smaller percentage of the upper 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.

Student body[edit]

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 12 countries including South Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, Hungary, Germany, Austria, Singapore, Russia, Spain, Nigeria and Thailand.


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.

Student activities[edit]

The school's newspaper is the Priory Post.

The school has a number of yearly events such as a dodgeball tournament, fashion show, and the three plays.

Performing arts[edit]

The school offers orchestra, choir, dance, drama, and tech. Three buildings were completed in 2009, including orchestra and choir rooms, a drama practice room or black box theater, a theater equipped with modern sound and lighting, and a music lab.


The Priory fields an award-winning robotics team that competes regionally and statewide. A new Stream (Science Technology Robotics Engineering Art and Math) building is set to be completed by winter 2017/2018.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Priory - Fast Facts". Woodside Priory website. Retrieved 2009-06-12. 
  2. ^ WASC-ACS. "WASC-Accrediting Commission for Schools". Retrieved 2009-06-05. 


  • Beginnings by Father Egon Javor, OSB. The early history of the Priory's founding.

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