Admissions

Learn about Priory

Our Campus

The vistas our founders once enjoyed are not so different today: the golden California hills rolling that surround us are still dotted by tall pine trees. Watching the sunset over the hills that separate us from the Pacific Ocean is a treat that our monks and boarding students enjoy daily at dinner. Surrounded by the quiet town of Portola Valley, we are minutes away from the innovative communities and technology hubs that give our valley its name.
 
Our campus hosts exhibitions from local and national artists at Kriewall-Hael Gallery, watch our student artists perform in our Rothrock Performance Hall, celebrate daily mass at our Chapel, or compete athletically on our fields and athletic facilities. Whether you are on campus for an event hosted by the Admission Office, we welcome you to imagine yourself a student as you wander through the halls and pathways. Don't forget to experience our interactive map to see a bird-eye's view of our gorgeous 50-acre campus! 

Visiting Virtually


Woodside Priory School partners with Ravenna Solutions to house our online application. In fact, along with many private schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, Ravenna serves as a convenient location for Bay Area families to start their school search.

There are two ways to learn more about Priory (and other schools) through Ravenna. If you are just browsing, click on the white [EXPLORE] button to indicate interest in a school.

If you are ready to apply to a school, click on the green [APPLY] button to get started.

All Priory admissions event invitations are managed in Ravenna. If you are interested in attending a Preview or Spotlight event, you must create a Ravenna account. To create your Ravenna account, click here to get started!


Get to Know Us


The distinctive qualities that define the Woodside Priory community emerge when the kindness and generosity of our students are combined with the care, expertise, and mentorship of our faculty. They share their gifts and talents with each other daily. While Priory's campus is closed to non-essential visitors, we invite you to check out our virtual map to see our 50 acres virtually!

Priory Welcome*
Applying to independent schools can seem like a laundry list of actions and requirements. At Priory, our application process invites applicants and their families to reflect on their gifts and explore whether we are the ideal place for learning and thriving. At our online Welcome, we introduce prospective families to Woodside Priory's mission and philosophy and walk through our application requirements. We provide tips for using the school search as an exercise in balance and meaning, two philosophies that guide us at the Priory. 

Priory Preview*

At our Priory Preview, we host participants through a webinar where families will hear from our Head of School and other key administrators. As a college preparatory school, the focus of our Preview is to showcase how we prepare our students not only for college but, most importantly, for a world in need of their gifts. 

Priory Spotlights*
Balance is often found in the activities that round out our days in class. From the arts to athletics, we invite prospective parents to learn about these signature programs from faculty and coaches that guide and mentor our students. 

* Recordings of our signature events from the 2020-21 year are available on-demand.

Upcoming Admissions Events

PRIORY WELCOME–Intro to the Admissions Process*
TBA

PRIORY PREVIEW - Open House*
October & December 2021, Dates and Times TBA

AFFORDING PRIORY - Financial Aid Info Night*
TBA

PRIORY SPOTLIGHTS – A Deeper Look Into Our Community*
Perform. Arts, TBA
MS Athletics, TBA
US Athletics, TBA
Parent Fireside Chat, TBA

Can't wait? Watch our events from Fall 2021 on-demand at your convenience!

ADMISSION INTERVIEWS FOR DAY APPLICANTS+
Middle School: TBA
Upper School: TBA

+Participation required. Registration through Ravenna only.

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