Apply to Priory Day (6-12)

Steph S., Class of 2023

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, searching for an independent school is an exercise in self-reflection and self-evaluation. 
Our admission season formally opens on September 5th. We invite you to create a Ravenna account and complete your biographical information to get started. Once our application goes live, you will be one of the first to know about the admission process for the 2024-2025 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 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 skills 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 context. 
*Ravenna is best viewed through a Google Chrome browser.

Application Process for Day Students

List of 5 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. Prospective families must have an active account to apply or sign up for any admission event. 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 On-Campus Events

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

    We encourage prospective families to attend events to help them understand whether Priory fits 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 picture yourself here through conversations with current students. 

    Open Houses
    Our Open Houses will begin with a Welcome Address from Head of School Patrick Ruff. Afterward, families are invited to explore the campus at their own pace to learn more about academics, athletics, and campus life. 

    Open House Dates:
    Saturday, October 28, 2023
    -Middle School: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    -Upper School: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Saturday, December 9, 2023
    -Middle School: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    -Upper School: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    All events require advance registration through Ravenna.
  • Step 3: Complete the Online Essay

    While we do not accept traditional standardized testing, we do require an online proctored writing sample.

    Several Bay Area schools have coordinated to allow students who apply to any of these schools to only have to do the writing sample once. 

    You can access the registration page on your Ravenna profile.
  • Step 4: Complete your Admission Application in Ravenna

    Once you have created your Ravenna account, you are ready to begin your application.  All requirements are completed through Ravenna, including:
    1. Complete the Application Form (biographical information)
    2. Submit your Application Fee
    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 2024-2025 school year is January 12, 2024.

    If you intend to apply for financial aid, the deadline is also January 12, 2024.  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 a group interview. Our interviews are 30-minute group activities 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 2024-2025 school year, we plan to host in-person interviews. More details will be provided in December 2023.

Important Admissions Dates

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

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