The Woodside Priory Residential Life Program serves as a “home away from home” for 50 dormers in grades 9-12. Each year, dormers join a rich tradition of boarding at the Priory that dates back to the school’s founding in 1957. The Priory’s boarding program embodies the Benedictine maxim of “all are welcome.” Students from all around the world feel known and loved in our boarding program regardless of their cultural, racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, religious, political, sexual, or gender identity. Dormers are encouraged to show up as their authentic selves and challenged to become their best selves. The dorms are a sacred place where boarding students like to live and where day students, faculty, and alumni frequently visit.
The hallmark of the Priory’s boarding program is its emphasis on student wellbeing. Leveraging research from the exciting new field of positive psychology, Residential Faculty work closely with each boarding student to define, measure, and grow their physical, psychological, academic, and communal wellbeing. Our curriculum is not lip service. We employ data-driven strategies to help students discover their character strengths, make meaning, find flow, develop high-quality connections, self regulate, fail forward, follow their bliss, cultivate gratitude, regularly exercise, prioritize sleep, build resilience, and live balanced lives. After four years in the program, dormers come to recognize the role they play in how they think, feel, and act. Simply put, the boarding program helps students flourish at the level of the head and the heart.