Woodside Priory School
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Woodside Priory School
Woodside Priory School
302 Portola Road


United States
Coordinates37°22?32?N 122°12?46?W / 37.37556°N 122.21278°W / 37.37556; -122.21278Coordinates: 37°22?32?N 122°12?46?W / 37.37556°N 122.21278°W / 37.37556; -122.21278
TypePrivate, day and boarding school
MottoOra Et Labora
(Prayer and Work)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic; Benedictine
Patron saint(s)Saint Benedict
Established1957; 63 years ago (1957)
FounderFather Egon Javor, OSB
OversightRoman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco
Head of schoolTim Molak
Faculty57.8 (on an FTE basis)[1]
Enrollment385[1] (2015-16)
Student to teacher ratio6.7[1]
Campus size51 acres (210,000 m2)
Campus typeRural/suburban
Color(s)Black and blue         
Athletics conferenceCCS - Central California Section
Team namePanthers
AccreditationWestern Association of Schools and Colleges[2]
NewspaperThe Priory Post
Tuition2018-2019 school year
$46,100 (day)
$71,300 (boarding)
AffiliationSaint Anselm Abbey; Goffstown, NH

Woodside Priory School (commonly known as The Priory) is an independent, co-educational, Benedictine Catholic, college-preparatory, day and boarding school in Portola Valley, California, United States. It is located within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco and is thirty minutes from San Francisco to the north and San Jose to the south.


The 2008 graduation procession was led by Brother Edward Englund (1942-2014).

The Priory was founded in 1957 by a group of seven Hungarian Benedictine Monks from Saint Martin's Archabbey in Pannonhalma, Hungary. In 1974, the monks affiliated with Saint Anselm Abbey in Goffstown, New Hampshire.

The school began on an 18-acre (73,000 m2) ranch and over the years has expanded significantly to the point that the campus now encompasses some 50 acres (200,000 m2). Originally the school was made up entirely of all-male boarders, but over the years the ratio of boarders to day students changed, and today the boarding school accounts for a smaller percentage of the upper school student body. In the early 1990s, the school began admitting females to the day program, with the first coed senior class graduating in 1995. The Priory's boarding program was expanded to include girls in 2004.

The Priory was granted a seven-year accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Western Catholic Education Association in June, 2012.


The Priory offers football, track and field, basketball, soccer, volleyball, cross country, equestrian, swimming, golf, baseball, water polo, lacrosse, and tennis. In 2000, the girls' volleyball team won the state championship for Division V.

The school competes in Central Coast Section (CCS) post-season competition.


  1. ^ a b c "WOODSIDE PRIORY SCHOOL". Private School Universe Survey. National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ WASC-ACS. "WASC-Accrediting Commission for Schools". Retrieved .

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