Admissions

International Applicants

Come live and study at the only boarding school in Silicon Valley.
Founded by Hungarian monks in the 1950's, Priory has been an international school from its very beginning. Students from all over the world have lived and studied here on campus for over a half-century in one of the most exciting areas on the planet. 

As the only boarding school in Silicon Valley, students at Priory find the best of both worlds - our 50-acre campus feels like a rural oasis, yet Priory is easily accessible, situated only 30 minutes from San Francisco International Airport. Our campus is surrounded by mountains, horse farms, trails, and nearby beaches, yet we are only 10 minutes away from Stanford University and world-class restaurants and shopping in Palo Alto, and only 40 minutes away from the beautiful city of San Francisco. And if you are interested in technology, Priory sits in the very heart of Silicon Valley, the epicenter of the world's technology industry - the campus is less than 30 minutes from the headquarters of companies like Facebook, Apple, Google, and more.  

For more information about our boarding program, please go to http://www.prioryca.org/Page/Boarding.  

Below, you'll find information about how to apply as an international student. Please note that the international application process is different from non-international students, so please follow these instructions below. 

International Student Application Process

List of 7 items.

  • International Campus Tours

    Beginning August 22nd, we offer one hour campus tours to international families during the school year on most Tuesdays at 1 PM. To sign up, please follow the directions below:

    1.   Create a Ravenna account - click on the blue "Create a Ravenna Account" button on the right side of this page and follow the directions to create a login and password. (Please use your primary email address when creating your account. All communications from us will be with the email address you use to create the account.)
    2.   Go to "Explore & Apply to a School"
    3.   Select "Regional Schools"
    4.   Select "San Francisco Bay Area"
    5.   Select "Woodside Priory School"
    6.   Select "Explore"
    7.   Select "Student"
    8.   Select “Fall 2018” to "Entry into School For"
    9.   Select "NO" to "Have you attended school in the United States for a minimum of the past three years" 
    10. Select “Continue with the exploration process”
    11. Go to step “International Campus Tour”
    12. Select “Register for an Event” at bottom of step
    13. Select preferred date
    14. Provide information requested to register
     
  • Applying

    • International Students should apply online through our admissions software, Ravenna.  Applications can be started on September 1, 2018. You can create a Ravenna account at any time before then though by clicking on the blue "Create a Ravenna Account" button on the right-hand side.    
    • The application deadline is January 11th, 2018, and the application fee for international students is $125.
    • Applicants from Mainland China must also register with Vericant, our affiliate in China, for a preliminary interview.  For more information, click below in the "Interview" section.
  • Visiting during the school year

    International applicants who wish to visit campus have two options.  Both require prospective students to create a Ravenna account:

    • From late August to early January, we offer weekly tours for international families once a week. The times and more details will be posted online in July 2018. To sign up, please create your Ravenna account and start the application process for Priory.  You will then see an option to register for the International Campus Tour under the Application Steps.  Note that we do not offer tours after January 11th.
    • For international families who will be in the area on October 21 or November 18, 2018, you may register for one of our Open Houses through your Ravenna account.
  • Testing

    Test of English as a Foreign Language ("TOEFL")
    • If English is not your native language, applicants must take the TOEFL and have the official score report sent to Priory.  The Priory’s testing code is 2055. Successful applicants generally score a 95 or above. 
    • The TOEFL may be taken after the application deadline, but we must receive the score report by January 31, 2018.   
    • You may find information about registering for the TOEFL at their website at www.ets.org/toefl.  Please note that the Priory does not accept the SLEP or the Junior TOEFL in place of the TOEFL.
    SSAT
    • Take the SSAT and have the official score report sent to Priory.  The Priory’s testing code is 8296.  Successful applicants generally score on average around 2100 or above.
    • The SSAT may be taken after the application deadline, but we must receive the score report by January 31, 2018.  
    • You may find information about the SSAT at their website - http://www.SSAT.org.

    Applicants from Mainland China are required to set up an interview with Vericant, our affiliate in China, in order to be considered for admission.  Visit their website to register with them at https://students.vericant.com/. Once an applicant submits the Application Form (the first part of the application containing biographical information) and the Application Fee in Ravenna, Vericant will send his/her video to Priory to watch.
  • Interviews

    • Select applicants will be contacted for interviews with Priory faculty in February.  Interviews will be done online by Skype or Facetime. 
    • Applicants from Mainland China are required to set up an interview with Vericant, our affiliate in China, in order to be considered for admission.  Visit their website to register with them at https://students.vericant.com/.  Once an applicant submits the Application Form (the first part of the application containing biographical information) and the Application Fee in Ravenna, Vericant will send his/her video to Priory to watch. Select applicants may be contacted for additional interviews by Priory faculty in February.  Interviews will be done online by skype or Facetime.
  • Admissions Decisions Timetable

    The Priory admission decisions will be published in Ravenna on March 10, 2018.  Accepted applicants will have until April 10th to decide whether to enroll.  During that time, our Admissions Office can answer any of your questions.  Students who are placed in the Wait Pool may be chosen for admission throughout the spring and summer months.
  • Immigration for non-citizens

    Woodside Priory School is authorized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to issue I-20 documentation for international students seeking an F1 Student Visa.  The I-20 is issued following acceptance by the Priory and payment of the Enrollment Deposit.

FAQ's

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  • Can international students apply as day students?

    International students are only eligible to apply as boarding students.
  • Do you have age requirements?

    Students applying for entry into the 9th grade cannot turn 16 before January 1, 2019 (for 10th grade, 17; and 11th grade, 18).
  • Do you offer homestay programs?

    No, we do not offer homestay programs. All international students live in the dorms.
  • Do you take mid-year applications?

    We do not take mid-year applicants. Students may only apply to begin school in the Fall at the start of the school year.
  • How does Priory define international students?

    Priory defines international students as anyone who either needs an I-20 form or whose parents reside overseas. If a family does not need an I-20 and lives here in the U.S., we still consider the applicant international unless you are in at least your third year at a U.S. school when you apply.
  • What countries do students apply from?

    In recent years, we have had applicants from Austria, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Panama, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  • What grades can international students apply for?

    International students are eligible to apply for grades 9, 10, and 11. Note that we take more students in 9th grade than in 10th or 11th. We do not take 12th grade applicants.


Important Dates for International Applicants

  • January 11, 2018 - Applications are due
  • January 31, 2018 - TOEFL and SSAT must be taken by this deadline
  • March 10, 2018 - Admissions Decisions are released online through your Ravenna account
  • April 10, 2018 - Last day for international applicants to enroll


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