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Greetings! Welcome to Woodside Priory, a day and boarding school in California located in the heart of Silicon Valley.  About 20% of our high school students live here on campus, and our Residential Life program is designed to promote personal and academic growth based on the Benedictine values of Individuality, Community, Hospitality, Integrity, and Spirituality. Our goal is to help our students develop independence and personal responsibility while providing the individual attention and support necessary to do so.

Priory boarding students join our tradition as an international boarding school that goes back to our founding in 1957. Today, we draw local students from around the Bay Area and beyond, as well as international students from all over the globe. In recent years, we have had students from Austria, Bulgaria, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, Vietnam, and more.  Living here on campus, boarding students are also a part of our larger on-campus community that includes the monks, faculty, staff and their families.

One unique aspect of the Priory's boarding program is that we have a full-time Residential Faculty. They may teach one or two classes during the day or coach a sport, but their main responsibility is after the school day ends. This way, their focus is on our boarding students' lives after school ends, in the afternoon, every evening and on the weekend. Combined with our small size, this means that students receive individualized, personal attention and form strong relationships with the faculty. Parents constantly tell us that they appreciate how well we know and understand their children.  These relationships make the Priory a special boarding school experience.

Please explore our website to learn more about our Residential Life Program. You can click through the links and hear directly from our students themselves. If you have further questions, please contact me. I look forward to talking with you.



Michelle Taffe
Dean of Residential Life
Woodside Priory School


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