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History & Mission

Woodside Priory School was founded in 1957 by a group of seven Hungarian Benedictine monks from Saint Martin’s Archabbey in Pannonhalma, Hungary. Since 1974, the monks have been affiliated with Saint Anselm Abbey in Goffstown, New Hampshire. The School began as an 18 acre ranch and over the years has expanded significantly with the campus now encompassing 51 acres. Originally the School was an all-male boarding school, but over the years the ratio of boarders to day students has changed to the point where today the boarding school accounts for approximately 15% of the student body. In the early 1990’s, the School began admitting females to their day program with the first co-ed class graduating in 1995. In 2004, the School expanded its boarding program to include females.

The School is governed by the following mission statement:

Woodside Priory School’s mission is to assist students in becoming lifelong learners and stewards who will productively serve a world in need of their gifts. Woodside Priory School believes in these Benedictine values:

We believe in these Benedictine values:


God works in us, through us, and for us.



All are welcomed with honor and respect.



Learning flourishes in an environment of honesty, trust, and personal responsibility.



Every student has gifts to be discovered, nurtured, and treasured.



Together we find strength and purpose in supporting one another.


Woodside Priory School believes these values are made real in a community in which every student is known and loved.


Woodside Priory School, a California non-profit corporation and organization described under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, was incorporated in 1957, and includes two Boards - a Board of Directors consisting of four Benedictine Monks (appointed and elected from Saint Anselm and Priory communities) who hold all the major reserved powers, and a Board of Trustees which has limited jurisdiction; Trustee members are approved by the Directors and both Boards meet together each January to approve salary and tuition increases. All major and significant decisions pertaining to The Priory must have final approval from the Board of Directors.