|Woodside Priory School|
302 Portola Road
|Type||Private, day and boarding school|
|Motto||Ora Et Labora|
(Prayer and Work)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic; Benedictine|
|Patron saint(s)||Saint Benedict|
|Founder||Father Egon Javor, OSB|
|Oversight||Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco|
|Head of school||Tim Molak|
|Faculty||57.8 (on an FTE basis)|
|Student to teacher ratio||6.7|
|Campus size||51 acres (210,000 m2)|
|Color(s)||Black and blue|
|Athletics conference||CCS - Central California Section|
|Accreditation||Western Association of Schools and Colleges|
|Newspaper||The Priory Post|
|Tuition||2018-2019 school year|
|Affiliation||Saint 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 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.