The boarding program is at the heart of the Priory's mission and values. Our goal is help each boarding student find a home away from home where they can flourish.

Residential Life Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Residential Life Program at the Woodside Priory School is to assist boarding students in living lives rich in wellbeing. Residential Faculty work with boarding students to co-create a safe collective space, commited to using restorative practices to foster and deepen connections between community members. The people, processes, and policies associated with the Resideitial Life Program endeavor to help each boarding student flourish physically, psychologically, academically, and communally.
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. Priory dormers join an international-boarding tradition that dates back to our founding in 1957. Living on campus, boarding students become part of a larger community that includes monks, faculty, staff, and families.
The hallmark of the Priory’s boarding program is its emphasis on student wellbeing. Leveraging research from the exciting new field of positive psychology, Residential Faculty work closely with each boarding student to define, measure, and grow their physical, psychological, academic, and communal wellbeing. Our curriculum is not lip service. We employ data-driven strategies to help students discover their character strengths, make meaning, find flow, develop high-quality connections, self regulate, fail forward, follow their bliss, cultivate gratitude, regularly exercise, prioritize sleep, build resilience, and live balanced lives. After four years in the program, dormers come to recognize the role they play in how they think, feel, and act. Simply put, the boarding program helps students flourish at the level of the head and the heart.
Another unique aspect of the Priory's boarding program is our full-time Residential Faculty. Although these talented, passionate, and experienced individuals may teach a class during the school-day, their primary responsibility begins when school lets out. Residential Faculty come to know boarding students in deep and abiding ways. They steward our boarders through the difficulties of adolescence, while remaining some of the most energetic and grounded professionals on campus. It is not uncommon for graduated dormers to visit the Priory while in college, and invariably the first people they ask to see are our Residential Faculty. These relationships make the Priory a special boarding experience. 

Please explore our website to learn more about the Priory’s Boarding Program. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to talking with you!

Adam Siler
Dean of Residential Life
Woodside Priory School

Meet the Residential Faculty

List of 8 members.

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