Applying to Woodside Priory (Day)

The act of applying to an independent school is exciting as much as it is daunting. Admission requirements aside, the journey to find a new school asks applicants and their parents and guardians to understand themselves in a multifaceted way and reflect upon the gifts and talents that they would bring to a community. In many ways, the search for an independent school is an exercise in self-reflection and self-evaluation. 

Our admission season formally opens after September 1. To get started, we invite you to create a Ravenna* account and complete your necessary biographical information. Once our application goes live, you will be one of the first to know about the admission process to the 2021-2022 school year. Create your Ravenna account by clicking on the blue button to the right that says, "Create a Ravenna Account." 

If you are interested in applying to our residential (boarding) program, we invite you to read about the application requirements for our boarding program. Do not forget to learn more about our residential program by visiting the boarding section of our website.

Individuality is one of the five Benedictine values we cherish at Woodside Priory. We recognize that every student has gifts to be discovered, nurtured, and treasured. In response, one of the primary goals of Priory’s admissions process is to identify the gifts and talents that each applicant brings. This work requires our admissions committee to identify each applicant’s strengths and areas for continued growth in order to build a community of students whose collective gifts will create a dynamic and mission-aligned educational experience. Through this holistic evaluation approach, we honor each applicant's individuality in celebrating their achievements within their individual context. 

 
*Ravenna is best viewed through a Google Chrome browser.

Application Process for Day Students

List of 6 items.

  • Step 1: Create your Ravenna Account

    Woodside Priory uses an online application platform maintained by Ravenna. Families are strongly encouraged to set-up and update their Ravenna profiles. In order to apply or sign up for any admission event, prospective families must have an active account. Click on the blue button in the upper right that says "Create a Ravenna Account." The admissions season begins with the opening of our application for the next school year in early September.
  • Step 2: Learn about Priory through Virtual Events

    * Please check here often throughout the fall for information on additional events.

    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)

    Affording Priory: For some families, enrolling their child in an independent school represents a significant investment. In this first of a two-part financial aid series, we explore some of the myths that surround the financial aid process. We will also discuss Priory's financial aid program in more detail. In part two of this series, we will delve into the financial aid application and learn about what pieces of information are required for families to complete this detailed application.

    All events require advance registration through Ravenna.
  • Step 3: Complete the Proctored Writing Exercise

    In the 2020-2021 admissions cycle, many independent Peninsula schools will be administering a 15-minute proctored writing exercise for their applicants. More information about this required step is provided in our application checklist on Ravenna.*

    *Final information and sign-ups, including dates, will be available after October 1, 2020 at participating schools.
  • Step 4: Complete your Admission Application in Ravenna

    Once you have created your Ravenna account and signed up for an Admissions Test, you are ready to begin the admission application.  All application steps are completed through Ravenna, including:

    1. Complete the Application Form (biographical information)
    2. Submit your Application Fee ($100 for non-international applicants)
    3. Complete the Parent Supplement (short essay questions completed by parents/guardians)
    4. Complete the Student Supplement (essay questions completed by student applicant)
    5. Email requests for Teacher Recommendations (through Ravenna)
    6. Send Transcript Release forms to your current school
    The priority deadline for the 2021-2022 school year is January 7, 2021.

    If you intend to apply for financial aid, the deadline is also January 7, 2021.  Please visit the Financial Aid page for more information and guidance.
  • Step 5: Sign-Up for an Interview

    The final step of the application process is an interview. At the Priory, our interviews are conducted through a 45-minute group activity and are facilitated by a member of the Priory faculty. An interview is required for all applicants.

    Applicants will be notified to sign up for an interview time slot through Ravenna after the application deadline, typically in late January. 

    For admission to the 2021-2022 school year, we are planning to host interviews online. More details will be provided in December 2020.
  • Optional: ISEE/SSAT Admissions Tests

    We are honoring a family's decision on whether or not they would like to submit entrance exam results this year. Should a family decide to not submit ISEE, SSAT, or HSPT results, the student's application will not be disadvantaged in this year's admissions cycle. 

    For those who would like to submit ISEE, SSAT, or HSPT results, please consult the following information provided:
    • For middle school, most applicants will take the ISEE.
    • For upper school day applicants, we accept the ISEE, SSAT, or HSPT.
    • Students applying to our boarding program will typically take the SSAT.

    Exams may be taken at any of the locations offered by those testing companies and do not have to be administered at the Priory. However, official test scores must be submitted to Woodside Priory School directly from the testing agency. All students must complete the admission test during the current academic year and no later than January 22.
     
     
    ISEE Registration: Registration for the ISEE can be made online directly with the ISEE. Woodside Priory’s ISEE code is 052527
     
    SSAT Registration: Registration for SSAT can be made online directly with the SSAT. Woodside Priory’s SSAT code is 8296.
     
    HSPT Registration: Registration for the HSPT is made directly with Catholic high schools. However, as the Priory will not be hosting the HSPT, students should register at another Catholic high school where the student intends to apply for admission. On the day of the HSPT test, students may add our school code (24) to have scores reported to us. Please note that the HSPT is only applicable to students applying to the Upper School.
     
     

Important Admissions Dates

 
  • September 1, 2020 – Admission application for 2021-2020 released
  • January 7, 2021 - Application due for Day and Boarding programs
  • March 10, 2021 - Boarding Student Decisions released through Ravenna (online)
  • March 19, 2021 - Day Student Decisions released through Ravenna (online)
  • March 26, 2021 - All Enrollment Agreement and Deposits for New Families Due

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