Welcome to the 2023-2024 Admissions Season at Woodside Priory!
We are excited about your interest in joining the Priory community. One of our cherished phrases is "Always we begin again," and it carries profound significance that will unfold as you get to know us better. This motto means that we always have the opportunity to approach things with fresh perspectives and new knowledge and to constantly grow and develop into the best versions of ourselves, both individually and as a community.
Woodside Priory is deeply rooted in the Benedictine tradition that dates back 1500 years, and these traditions are just as relevant today as they were when they were established. Since 1957, Priory has provided students with a well-rounded education, nurturing their minds, bodies, and spirits. Our mission is to help all students create meaningful and balanced lives, becoming lifelong learners and stewards who contribute productively to a world needing their unique talents. Our community is built on the values of Integrity, Hospitality, Individuality, Spirituality, and Community, which foster connection, academic excellence, balance, and kindness.
Priory serves students in grades 6 through 12, and we also offer a residential boarding program that adds a unique dimension to our high school community. Being the only boarding program in Silicon Valley, we have the opportunity to showcase what makes Priory special both locally and globally. Simply put, Priory is where Silicon Valley meets the world!
We invite you to join us for a guided tour where you can witness our vibrant community in action. You will have the chance to visit classes and have real-time conversations to address any questions. Additionally, we offer two Open Houses, one in October and another in December. To see our tour and Open House schedule, please visit Ravenna (see below) and register to attend.
We can't wait to welcome you to our campus and give you the opportunity to experience what sets us apart. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out. My door and phone line are always open.

In gratitude, 

Kirk W. Gossman
Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

Tell Me More!

Our application is entirely online. Along with many other private schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, we utilize a platform called Ravenna. From signing up for events to submitting required documents, Ravenna serves as a hub for your admissions applications.

To inquire and request more information from Priory, you will be asked to create a Ravenna account. You will then be asked to provide information that you would ordinarily be asked in a typical school inquiry form.

It only takes a few minutes to create your account, and don’t forget to add Woodside Priory School by clicking on the EXPLORE button! Please use an email address that you will keep and have access to in the future, as it will become the email used for event notifications, acceptances, offers, and enrollment contracts.  It is advisable to have a separate email for all guardians/parents/adults. 

Important Admissions Dates:
Please note: Woodside Priory is at full enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year. We invite prospective families to consider applying for transfer admission for grades 7-11 once our season opens on September 5. 

Application Deadlines for the 2024-2025 School Year:
  • September 5, 2023 – Admission application for the 2024-2025 school year is released
  • January 9, 2024 - Application due for Day and Boarding programs
  • March 8, 2024 - Boarding Student Decisions released through Ravenna (online)
  • March 15, 2024 - Day Student Decisions released through Ravenna (online)
  • March 22, 2024 - All Enrollment Agreement and Deposits for New Families Due

Priory at a Glance

  • 427 Students Grades 6-12
  • 47 Boarding Students (Grades 9-12)
  • 13 Students In Average Class
  • 7:1 Student: Faculty Ratio
  • 80% Faculty With Advanced Degrees
  • 68% Students Of Color
  • 21% Catholic
  • 30% Of Faculty Live On-Campus
  • >$4 Million In Financial Aid Grants
    • #1 in Best Catholic High Schools in California

Meet the Admissions Team

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Kirk Gossman

    Kirk Gossman 

    Director of Admissions
    (650) 851-6158
  • Photo of Nils Leitz

    Nils Leitz 

    Director of Residential Admissions
    (650) 851-6124
    Knox College - BA

Statement on Non-Discrimination regarding School Policies and Procedures

Woodside Priory School admits students of any race, color, religion, gender, or national or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. Priory does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies and requirements, admissions and financial aid programs, or athletic and student life activities on the basis of any characteristic protected by law.

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