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  1. Priory Entrance

    The Priory driveway leads to a sixty acre campus landscaped to harmonize with the rural atmosphere of Portola Valley Buildings are nestled in the center and the hillside at the top of the campus is dedicated open space. Hiking and riding trails are nearby. Buildlings themselves reflect the Benedictine respect for simplicity with the best tools required to support outstanding work.

  2. Soccer Field

    Well-maintained facilities include three soccer fields (Kovacs Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Kalman), two baseball/softball diamonds (Kalman and Middle School), four tennis courts, and a cross-country course. Community groups, especially youth athletic teams, occasionally use the fields when the Priory does not need them.

  3. Softball Field

    Well-maintained facilities include three soccer fields (Kovacs Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Kalman), two baseball/softball diamonds (Kalman and Middle School), four tennis courts, and a cross-country course. Community groups, especially youth athletic teams, occasionally use the fields when the Priory does not need them.

  4. PAC

    The Performing Arts Center is a state-of-the-art facilty that includes a 400-seat theater with advanced technical capabilities and superior acoustics, a choral practice room, a Black Box Theater for Iprov and classes, and a music room that includes a recording studio and individual break-out practice rooms.

  5. Gymnasium / Pool

    These facilities are used for physical education and athletic events, as well as for recreation for both boarding and day students and for occasional community recreation. This complex includes the gymnasium, weight room, locker rooms, offices for coaches, and athletic director and P.E.divisioni chair, and an Olympic-size outdoor pool with picnic and barbecue area.

  6. Faculty Housing

    About 30 teachers, administrators and staff live on the campus, most year-round with their families, which may contribute to the sense that 'this is home' on the campus. The recently constructed Maas Family Commons added seven new family units. Read more under Support the Priory Golden Jubilee Campaign School Master Plan.

  7. Baseball Fields

    Well-maintained facilities include three soccer fields (Kovacs Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Kalman), two baseball/softball diamonds (Kalman and Middle School), four tennis courts, and a cross-country course. Community groups, especially youth athletic teams, occassionally use the fields when the Priory does not need them.

  8. Tennis Courts

    Well-maintained facilities include three soccer fields (Kovacs Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Kalman), two baseball/softball diamonds (Kalman and Middle School), four tennis courts, and a cross-country course. Community groups, especially youth athletic teams, occassionally use the fields when the Priory does not need them.

  9. Monastery

    Once the home to 12 monks, the monastery today houses just four. Father Martin, who teaches Fine Art Photography, Father Maurus, who teachers Biology, Father Pius, who is retired, and Brother Edward, the Director of Guidance and Counseling.

  10. Visual Arts

    This is a student favorite! Recently expanded and upgraded, it contains classroom space and labs with equipment for ceramics, metalwork, digital multimedia, and storage, plus space for large-scale projects and a photo lab. A digital still-and-video camera and DAT recording.

  11. Earth Science Lab

    Located adjacent to the community garden shared by students and on campus residents, this facility is a greenhouse type space where students can experiment with soils and plant growth. Its main use is as a resource for anyone interested in maintaining the garden's productivity.

  12. Faculty Housing

    About 30 teachers, administrators and staff live on the campus, most year-round with their families, which may contribute to the sense that 'this is home' on the campus. The recently constructed Maas Family Commons added seven new family units. Read more under Support the Priory Golden Jubilee Campaign School Master Plan.

  13. Wood / Robotics

    These shops are located in former barns that harken back to the Priory origins as a diary farm. Woodworking projects are accomplished here as a club activity from time to time. Robotics club meets here and much more frequently during the intense 'build season' that precedes the FIRST regional competitions. The majority of the barn space houses maintenance equipment.

  14. Founders Hall

    Dedicated to the five Benedictine monks who founded the school in 1957, this building houses nearly all administrative offices and meetings. The well-appointed Father Christopher Room, where Parent Association and many social or business meetings are held, is here.It is open from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and by special arrangement.

  15. Chapel / Labyrinth

    The Priory Labyrinth, located behind the Chapel, is an archetype, a divine imprint, found in all religious traditions in various forms around the world. Labyrinths have been around for many thousands of years, and are used as a walking meditation and prayer. Open to the public during normal business hours.

  16. Faculty Offices

    Located on Red-Brick Square, the Faculty Office Building contains the College Counseling Center, offices of the academic and counseling staff, and the faculty lounge. Art, posters and memorabilia help students instantly share faculty interests when they come for appointments. The College Counseling Center provides students with book and online resources that help in narrowing the search for the right school as well as space for group and private meetings.

  17. Dining Hall

    The Dining Hall is located at the top of the campus above the library, with great views and ining on the balcony. Lunch is served in two shifts for all students. High School faculty, day for boarding students often meeting for breakfast. The menus include a variety of cultural favorites prepared in the Priory kitchen and rely on fresh, organic produce. Pasta, soup, salad and sandwich bars are available at lunch every day. Colorful flags represent the countries of origin of the members of the student body. Chef Peter Agoston and his staff meet the culinary needs of the scohol year-round and can offer a memorable banquet for special occasions.

  18. Library

    Lorry Lokey Library is open during and after the school day, usually until 4:00 p.m. It holds a 16,000-volume collection, and growing. Resources include a video and DVD library, extensive online data bases, and a small collection of art reproductions. A bank of 20 workstations is used by classes, or by individual students. The campus community members use their 'roaming profiles' to log on to any computer on the campus and access their personal work files. The library will be relocated in an expanded and modernized facility in 2007-2008. A new student center will occupy this space.

  19. ARC

    The Academic Resource Center provides support for all students to achieve their academic potential and to be self-advocates, or just relax and get some help with a homework assignment.

  20. Classrooms

    Middle School classrooms are clustered in the first of two classroom buildings, with High School and shared classrooms comprising the remainder. A three-room temporary complex, scheduled to be replaced, is adjacent to the first wing. Classrooms are equipped with computer and video equipment, as well as equipment pertaining to academic subject areas. Teachers also have access to a portable pod of 20 laptop computers that can be placed on request in their classrooms. The campus has wireless networking and 'romaing' profiles that allow students to work anywhere on the campus from any installed computer, a school laptop, or their own laptop.

  21. Science Center

    The Briggs Science Center houses classrooms, labs, and science faculty offices. Science classrooms have a 'portable pod' of 20 wireless laptops (reserved for science and technology department use) as well as 20 desktop PCs. All computers access the Internet via a T-1 line. In addition to the usual laboratory equipment, students also make use of genetics study equipment and telescopes for astronomy. The field next door provides a handy lab for class projects such as bottle rockets and architechtural drafting.

  22. Computer Center

    The Computer Center has twenty-two workstations plus a scanner, printers, and a library of current applicatoin software. This is where students learn basic applications and AP Computer Science. In 2007-8 it will become a part of the expanded and relocated Library.

  23. Student Residences

    Anselm House is home to our female boarders while Benedict House is home to our male boarders. Each dormitory has a lounge, recreation area, and small kitchenettes. Day and boarding students often get together after shool in the lounges to hang out, play pool or ping-pong, or watch TV. There are computers available for students to use in the office of each dormitory. If students have their own computers, they have the choice of using the Ethernet connections in their bedrooms or the wireless network that covers both dormitories. Students have access to a small athletics area in Benedict House and an outdoor patio in Anselm House. Attached to each dormitory are Residential Faculty apartments, and all Residential Faculty members live on campus.

  24. Middle School Campus

    The Middle School Campus is located near the Science Center and the Library. Here, middle grade students learn to develop study skills, to think critically and creatively, and to grow intellectually, while also allowing them time during the school day to be 'just kids,' with fun and games, open gyms, tournaments, and down time. It is this kind of balance—including a thoughtful, manageable homework load—that we believe holds the key to a successful middle school experience.

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