Guidance for International Applicants

International applicants are invited to apply online through Ravenna, our online admission application, or through the Standard Application Online (SAO). Applicants for the 2021-2022 school year are welcome to take begin their applications starting in September 2020.

All applicants are required to create a Ravenna account as admissions decisions are only released through Ravenna. Applicants who intend to apply through the SAO must create a Ravenna account.

Woodside Priory School is authorized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to issue Form I-20 documentation for international students seeking an F-1 Student Visa. The Form I-20 is issued following acceptance by the Priory and payment of the Enrollment Deposit. Woodside Priory School supports F-1 Student Visas for students participating in our boarding program only.

Applying to Priory Boarding–International

List of 7 items.

  • Step 1: Create Ravenna Account

    From its founding in 1957, the boarding program has been an indelible part of the Woodside Priory School community. Today around 50 students choose to be active, contributing members of Priory's boarding community, guided by dedicated Residential Faculty.

    All applicants must create a Ravenna account in order to navigate through the application season. This requirement includes applicants who apply to our boarding program through the SAO. To get started, visit Ravenna Hub and add Woodside Priory School to your Dashboard. 

    Please check back for information regarding programs we will host to introduce you to the Priory.
  • Step 2: Get to Know Us

    * Please check here often throughout the fall for information on additional events. Do not forget to follow us on Instagram @prioryadmissions

    We encourage prospective families to attend events that will help them understand whether Priory is a fit for their child. Except where explicitly noted, attendance at admission events is optional.

    Priory Welcome: An Introduction to the Priory Admissions Process
    Given the changes in admissions for private schools in our region, Priory Welcome is an introduction to Priory's admissions process for prospective families. Parents will hear from a member of the admissions team as we explain Priory school's admissions requirements and application. We will also provide insight for families to consider as they research different schools in the area. (45 minutes)

    Priory Preview: Formerly known as Open House, Priory Preview is an opportunity for families to learn about the academic offerings and how Priory approaches teaching and learning. Families will hear from the Head of School and other key administrators and faculty members. (90 minutes)

    All events require advance registration through Ravenna.
  • Step 3: Submit English Proficiency Test Results

    Applicants to Woodside Priory are expected to be fluent in English and proof of English proficiency is required for all students applying from outside the United States.

    We accept the results of English proficiency from the following organizations:

      • Duolingo English Test
      • IELTS (Academic)
      • TOEFL iBT (2055)

    Applicants whose native language is English and where the primary language of instruction at school is English may be waived from this requirement.

    Duolingo English Test

    The Duolingo English Test is an online English proficiency test that can be taken online, on-demand, in under an hour for only $49. The test is taken online via a computer with a webcam and microphone. The test includes a proficiency score,
    video interview, and writing sample which are shared with Woodside Priory when you send your results. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session.

    • This exam requires the use of a Google Chrome browser and your computer's self-facing camera and microphone. 
    • Please share your Duolingo English Test results with us! For information on sharing your results, visit the Duolingo English Test FAQ. Our strongest applicants will typically score 115 or higher.
    • The Duolingo English Test must be taken within the admission cycle. For Fall 2021 applicants, results will only be accepted if taken after August 1, 2020.
    • The Duolingo English Test may be taken after the application deadline, but we must receive the score report well before January 29, 2021
    IELTS (Academic)

    IELTS exams are offered internationally, often through the British Council. Exam results should be sent directly from the IELTS testing board by selecting Woodside Priory School as a recipient. Testing should be taken after August 1, 2020, and completed well before January 29, 2021.


    TOEFL exams are offered worldwide annually. Exam results should be recent and the test must have been taken during the current admission cycle. For applicants for Fall 2021, results will only be accepted if taken after August 1, 2020.

    • Woodside Priory’s testing code is 2055. Successful applicants generally score a 95 or higher. 
    • The TOEFL may be taken after the application deadline, but we must receive the score report well before January 29, 2021.  
    • Kindly note that the SLEP or Junior TOEFL results are not accepted for admission.
  • Step 4: Vericant Interview (for Mainland Chinese applicants Only)

    Woodside Priory School partners with VERICANT to assist us with interviewing all applicants from mainland China. These interviews are opportunities for applicants to showcase aspects about themselves in a controlled environment.

    For mainland Chinese applicants applying for Fall 2021, please register for Vericant account directly through their website and complete your interview no earlier than August 1, 2020.

    We ask that applicants complete their Vericant interview and send their interview report to Priory by January 7, 2021, our application deadline.
  • Step 5: Interview

    Given the intimate size of our boarding program, boarding applicants will be given an opportunity to meet with a member of the residential faculty and/or admissions team and speak about why Priory's boarding program may be a good fit. Information and invitations will be given to applicants once they have completed and successfully submitted all pieces of their admissions application. Interviews are typically offered in beginning in December through mid-February.
  • Step 6: Prepare for Your Admissions Decision

    Boarding admissions decisions for Woodside Priory will be published in Ravenna on March 10, 2021. Initial offers of admission must be accepted (or declined) by families by March 26, 2021.  During this period, admitted students should contact the Admissions Office should they have any questions about the Priory.

    Students offered a place in the Wait Pool may be considered for admission throughout the spring and summer months. Information for applicants in the wait pool will be provided on March 10.
  • Optional: SSAT Admission Exam Results

    In order to ease the burden of sitting an entrance exam during the COVID-19 pandemic, Woodside Priory School will not require any applicant to submit ISEE, SSAT, or HSPT results for the Fall 2021 admissions cycle. Please note that the ISEE and SSAT may have options to take either exam from the comfort of one’s home. If a student chooses to sit the SSAT or ISEE home versions, they are welcome–but not required–to submit their results to us. However, should a family decide to forego sending scores to Woodside Priory, their child’s application will not be disadvantaged in the admissions process. 
     
    • Should an applicant take the upper version of the SSAT and would like to share their results with Woodside Priory, please arrange for official results to be sent by the SSAT directly. Woodside Priory’s testing code is 8296.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Can international students apply as day students?

    Woodside Priory School sponsors F-1 Student Visas and issues I-20s to international students who are students in our boarding program only. 

    Priory does not issue Form I-20s or support F-1 Student Visas for students in our day programs (e.g., middle and upper school).
  • Does Woodside Priory offer a homestay programs?

    No, all students requiring a legal authorization to study in the United States (through Form I-20) must be students in our boarding program. (An F-1 student visa is required for entry into the United States to study and issued after successful completion of Form I-20.)
  • Does your program have age requirements?

    Students applying for entry into grade 9 must not turn 16 years of age before January 1 of grade 9. (In grade 10, the student must not turn 17 years of age before January 1 of grade 10, and in grade 11, the student must not turn 18 years of age before January 1 of grade 11).
  • Do you accept students to start mid-year?

    Our application process only invites students to apply for the start of our academic year (August intake). We do not accept mid-year transfers for our boarding (or day) program.
  • Which countries do students apply from?

    A western boarding experience is distinctive from other boarding schools on the US eastern seaboard. In recent years, we have had applicants from over 20 countries worldwide including Austria, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Panama, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, and Vietnam.

Important Dates for Boarding Applicants

  • January 7, 2021 - Applications Due via SAO or Ravenna
  • January 7, 2021 - Deadline for English proficiency tests
  • January 29, 2021 - Last date to take any the SSAT for Priory consideration (optional)
  • March 10, 2021 - Admissions Decisions are released online through your Ravenna account
  • March 26, 2021 - Admission Response Deadline
"I love the teachers at Priory. They are always willing to stay after school to answer students' individual questions. I see them not only as teachers but also as friends who I can talk to whenever I need help."

- Alumnus, Class of 2018, Taiwan 
 
"From the very beginning of my time at Priory, I have always felt welcome both at the Priory dorms and at the school. With the help of the Residential Faculty members, prefects and teachers I adapted to my new school and living environment easily. The students at Priory were kind, open and communicative. After a short time, Priory felt like home."

- Student, Class of 2017, Germany


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