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Woodside Priory

Private | 6-12 | 350 students


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Posted January 16, 2014

Accommodations such as extra time are taken seriously. The school helps apply for extra time on the SATs A Study Hall class is available as an elective. The teachers are available for students. That being said this is a competitive college prep school. No extra time for homework. No reduction of homework. No help with assistive technology. No Educational Specialist. Two years of a foreign langue required, three preferred . All in all I would say the school does not embrace students with learning differences, but it does respect them. Student must be high functioning and willing to work hard.
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Posted January 16, 2014

The Priory is a very good school. The teachers are well trained and care about the students. The facilities are good and getting to great. The college counseling is poor and the new head does not seem up to her job. The advisor program is a joke among the students, as if the advisors actually had time to advise an individual student or even time to get to know a student very well. If your student runs into a problem with something in this very small school, the a teacher or counselor will not reach out to help. The student must always advocate for himself.
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Posted May 14, 2013

The Woodside Priory is the only school I have seen on the Peninsula that combines academic rigor with true social-emotional learning in an expansive and welcoming environment. It lives its 5 Benedictine values daily in a host of ways and not only tolerates but celebrates its broad range of stellar students. No matter what a student is interested in, Priory, despite its small size, offers an experience in that area. The students there are every bit as accomplished as those elsewhere -- they're just not as stressed out! I highly recommend it.
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Posted February 13, 2011

Priory is an excellent co-ed college prep school for grade 6-12. The school lives the Benedictine values of spirituality, hospitality, integrity, individuality and community. These manifests themselves in small class sizes with teachers and administrative staff that truly care about the students and their personal and academic development, a welcoming and supportive student body, a nurturing safe environment, and an overriding tradition of caring. The parent community is very active. While academics are rigorous, the school is all about helping each student find their unique gifts and passions. The Priory arts and athletics programs are well funded and the choir and instrumental programs are fantastic. This school is a gem!
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Posted April 6, 2010

Priory is an amazing community. We have been very happy with the academics and extracurriculars. The athletic program is outstanding. It is inclusive but at the same time very competitive. They have added several new sports including football and lacrosse. The performing arts program is growing and gets better every yrear. The faculty and administration is incredible and the campus is incomparable.
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Posted April 6, 2010

We have been really happy with the school overall. We have experienced the middle school and high school and can say that the quality of education is superb. If you want your child to have a values based education, Priory is the right school for you. The athletic program is outstanding and the performing arts program continues to grow. The academics are rigorous and the community is phenomenal.
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Posted March 7, 2010

Father Martin, the superior, adds a very nice energy to the place. The community is nurturing and welcoming that goes to the staff, faculty and the families. Academics are good and in general with good faculty they know their students well and will accommodate your child to challenge their abilities. Performing Arts, very good with dedicated staff. Studio Arts very good. College Counseling needs revamping Administration needs revamping Athletics substandard; middle school is much better run. If your child is athletically inclined, think twice before enrolling your child here. There are sports offerings but very limited; the athletic director would promise that your kid could play more than one sports a season; they often cancel programs. If you are a big benefactor and want your kid to play his/er sport, then be willing to dole out money to give support; otherwise, do not expect much from the athletics program or the director. Often families move their kids after 8th grade for this big reason.
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Posted December 26, 2008

It is great to be a member of the Priory faculty. Our students are awesome, the parent community is very supportive and my colleagues on the faculty and staff are the best.
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Posted February 19, 2008

WPS is an excellent school. The teachers are amazing and a lot of them on campus so they are right there to help you. They have amazing after school clubs and the sports teams are wonderful. I'm jealous of my daughter because its like the high school I've always wanted to go to.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 21, 2005

My daughter is entering her junior year. I have been very happy with the academic and social environment. While WPS is a Benedictine school, non-Christian families should feel very welcomed here (which isn't always true at the other Catholic high schools.) I have been very pleased with the intellectual content of the theological instruction. There is a good level of support for children with learning disabilities, and each child is challenged. Also I feel that the stress on values is important in the contemporary climate. I can't speak to athletics as my daughter doesn't compete in school. The arts and music opportunities are great.
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Posted March 12, 2005

This is a great school, which we plan to apply to. We know many Alumni and they attended colleges such as Harvard, Stanford, USC, Yale, and many more top schools.
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Posted January 16, 2005

Wonderful serene college prep school in the Benedictine traditon. Extensive AP offerings and as many national merit scholars as the largest private schools in the area. Small class sizes with teachers and staff that truly care about the students and their personal and academic development. When kids today are facing so many pressures, it is nice to know that they are attending a school with a nuturing safe environment, an overriding tradition of caring, and a very active parent community.
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White 82%
Hispanic 5%
Black 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 0%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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302 Portola Road
Portola Valley, CA 94028
Phone: (650) 851-8221


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