I chose Priory because of the faith this school had in me and for the support I knew they would be able to provide me with, academically and emotionally.
The act of applying to a new school is exciting, but it can be daunting as well. This journey asks applicants to understand themselves in new ways, and to reflect upon the gifts and talents they would bring to a new community. In many ways, the search for an independent school is an exercise in self-reflection and self-evaluation.
Our admission season formally opens on 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 2023-2024 school year. Create your Ravenna account by clicking on the blue button to the right that says, "Create a Ravenna Account."
Individuality is one of the five Benedictine values we cherish at Priory; we recognize that every student has gifts to be discovered, nurtured, and treasured. The primary goal of our admissions process is to identify the gifts and talents of each applicant. 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 by celebrating their achievements within their individual context.
*Ravenna is best viewed through a Google Chrome browser.
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.
* 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.
Parent Tours: Join members of the admissions team for an hour-long tour of our campus. You will learn more about academics, athletics, and campus life, and have the opportunity to ask questions about the admissions process.
Student Tours: Applicants can sign up for student-led tours after school. In addition to seeing our campus, you'll be able to truly picture yourself here through conversation with current students.
Open Houses Our Open Houses will begin with a Welcome Address from Head of School Patrick Ruff. Afterwards, families are invited to explore campus at their own pace to learn more about academics, athletics, and campus life.
Open House Dates: Saturday, October 8, 2022 -Middle School: 10:00am - 12:00pm -Upper School: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
The final step of the application process is a group interview. Our interviews take the form of 30-minute group activities and are facilitated by a Priory faculty member. 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 2023-2024 school year, we are planning to host interviews in-person. More details will be provided in December 2022.
Please note: Woodside Priory is at full enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year. We invite prospective families to consider applying for transfer admission for grades 7-11 once our season opens on September 1.
Application deadlines for the 2023-2024 school year are as follows:
September 1, 2022 – Admission application for 2023-2024 school year released
January 12, 2023 - Application due for Day and Boarding programs
March 10, 2023 - Boarding Student Decisions released through Ravenna (online)
March 17, 2023 - Day Student Decisions released through Ravenna (online)
March 24, 2023 - All Enrollment Agreement and Deposits for New Families Due