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! 

Getting Started on Ravenna

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 tour or Open House, you must create a Ravenna account. To create your Ravenna account, click here to get started!

Visiting 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 (Application) Overviews*
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. Our online Overview introduces prospective families to Woodside Priory's mission and philosophy and walks parents 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 Open Houses*

There is simply no other way to experience Priory than to walk our campus and take in the sights. Our Open Houses this year are built on a model of flexibility and individuality, where families can “choose their own adventure”. There will be stations set up around campus where you and your student can learn more about academics, social life, athletics, performing arts, and more. You’ll meet our current students and talk with our faculty, staff, and parents. Most importantly, you’ll get a better idea of how you and your family might fit into the wider Priory community. 

How to register for an Open House:
1. Sign into Ravenna (create a Ravenna account if needed).
2. Go to the application landing page for Woodside Priory School.
3. Under "Additional Steps" select "Priory Open Houses & Fireside" in the drop-down menu.
4. Click "Register for event" for the Open House desired.
5. Check off the parent(s) attending and add any additional attendees.

Registration is required to attend an Open House. Registration will remain open until the event has been filled. Please reach out directly to if you are unable to register.

Priory Parent Tours*
The school search is a complicated exercise that requires parents and guardians to think holistically about their child's growth and development. Join a member of the admissions team as we lead parents on a tour of campus. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and see a bit of a campus in action. Weekly tours are scheduled by division (e.g. middle school vs. upper school, boarding and day inclusive).

*Registration for all signature events is required. Please visit your Ravenna account to register for an event. Per county mandate, masks are required to be worn at all times while on campus. 

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

Upcoming Admissions Events

Selected Fridays throughout the Fall per division

Middle School
October 16, 2021, 10:00 - 11:30 AM
December 4, 2021, 12:00 - 1:30 PM

Upper School, including Boarding
October 16, 2021, 12:00 - 1:30 PM
December 4, 2021, 10:00 - 11:30 AM

Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 7:00 PM (online)

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

Middle School: January 24, 2022, January 25, 2022
Upper School: January 31, 2022, February 1, 2022

*Registration completed through Ravenna
+Participation required. Registration through Ravenna only.

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