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2018-19 Textbook Orders

Dear Parents,

The Virtual Bookstore at opened for textbook purchasing on Monday, July 23, 2018. After August 5, all orders over $99.00 qualify for $4.95 flat rate shipping from MBS Direct.

Students will be expected to have the correct student edition of all books on the first day of class.


The first step in ordering textbooks is to obtain the list of courses in which your son is enrolled for next year. Please check your son’s course list close to the time in which you order books as changes are still being made to some lists. Course lists will be finalized by July 23.

Please follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the following website in any modern browser:
  2. Enter in your given username and password (the password is case sensitive), and click Login. New families will receive a separate email with their usernames and passwords.
  3. You may be prompted to set up security questions. Please do so if asked.
  4. Once you are logged in you will see a welcome screen with your son’s or sons’ names on the left hand side.  Click on the link that says NetClassroom.
  5. Once you are in NetClassroom, you will see your son’s name on the left hand side.  This is a drop down menu if you have multiple sons here at Priory.  Use this to switch between your sons’ accounts.
  6. At the top of the page you will see a menu of links. To see your son’s classes, click on the ‘[Son’s name] classes’ at the top. On the left side of the page, be sure you have selected the correct year (2018-19) and the Term is set to <All Terms>. On the right side, make sure ‘Marking column’ is set to T1 (first term). There will be a drop down menu in the middle of the page that says ‘View,' and clicking it will show you a list of your son’s classes for the first term of the school year. If your son is in Forms IV, V or VI, repeat the process for T2 and T3.


The next step for returning students is to determine whether you have retained any books from last year. The list of which books you were to keep can be found here.

Then, order your textbooks any time after 8 a.m., Monday, July 24. Please follow these steps:

  1. Click on
  2. Click on “Let’s Get Started.”
  3. Click on the down arrow next to “Your Term.”
  4. Select “2018-2019 School Year.”
  5. Under the heading marked “Site,” check the box(es) next to your son(s) form. (Form I is 7th grade, Form II is 8th, etc.) You may order for more than one form at once.
  6. Scroll down to see a listing of all the courses offered in each form you have selected. Click to select all courses in which your son is enrolled for next year. (If your son is enrolled in a course that is not listed, there are no materials required for that course.) Click on “View Your Materials.”
  7. A complete list of course materials for the courses you have selected will appear. Some courses have important messages that are highlighted in gray boxes; please read them. Above the title of each item is a notice stating whether it is Required or Optional for the course and whether you might have purchased it in previous years. On the right of the screen are your options to buy the item new from MBS Direct, buy it used from MBS Direct, buy digital access (for ebooks and other digital materials) or buy from “Marketplace Sellers” (third-party vendors similar to Amazon). (Important information about Marketplace Sellers is below.) It is not necessary to click “No Thanks” if you choose not to buy the item. As you make selections, click “Add Selected to Cart.”
  8. After making selections, click “Proceed to Checkout.”
  9. Review all the items in your cart and click “Check out now.”
  10. The Login screen will pop up. If you have ordered from MBS Direct before, please enter the email address and password combination you used previously to bring up your account. If you are a new customer, please create an account on the right side of the screen and WRITE DOWN the email/password for safekeeping as you will use that same login combination to order your books year after year and sell them back at the end of each year.
  11. The Shipping & Billing Addresses screen appears. Complete the information and click “Choose Your Shipping Method.”
  12. Select your preferred shipping method(s) and click “Select Payment Option.”
  13. Complete the payment information and click “Enter Student Details.” Enter the first and last name(s) and Priory email address(es) for each student for whom you are buying. For help with Priory email addresses, please email Click “Save” below each son’s information. When you are finished, click “Next Step: Courses.”
  14. Under “Review your courses,” click on the dropdown menu next to the first course. Select the appropriate student’s name. Repeat as needed through the list of courses.
  15. IF your order includes electronic materials, click “Next Step: eContent.” Access to electronic content will be given to the student through an email from MBS Direct. Select the student’s email address you entered previously on the dropdown menu for the eContent item.
  16. Click “Review Your Order.” Review MBS Direct’s Shipping Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy & Terms of Use and click to accept them. Click “Submit Your Order” and sit back and wait for your books to arrive. New and used books ordered from MBS Direct are shipped from its facility in Columbia, Mo., within 24 hours. Electronic content is delivered via email usually within 24 hours. Orders from Marketplace Sellers are shipped in accordance with those vendors’ shipping policies.


Priory recognizes that the cost of textbooks is a concern for many families and works to hold down costs while keeping our students up-to-date with high-quality, challenging educational material. Through MBS Direct, we offer choices of new and used textbooks and lower-cost digital versions of some books, as well as access to the third-party Marketplace.

The Marketplace option offers cost savings up to 95 percent, but MBS Direct shipping promotions and customer service guarantee do not apply to those vendors.

If you choose the New or Used offer from MBS Direct (not the Marketplace offer), you will be guaranteed to receive the correct student edition in new or like new condition. In case of questions or problems, you will speak with a live, helpful person at their toll-free customer service center located in mid-Missouri. The 24/7 number is 800-325-3252.

Student editions of textbooks are the only editions allowed at Saint Louis Priory School. Specifically, teacher’s editions of texts are not allowed. They are a violation of Saint Louis Priory School’s Honor Code. If you order through the Marketplace or other third-party vendor, check carefully once the order arrives that you have received a student edition. Confirm that the ISBN number on the inside of the book matches what you ordered. Some third-party vendors sell teachers’ editions in place of student editions, often taping over the words “Instructor’s Edition” or “Teacher’s Edition” on the front cover and altering, defacing or covering over the ISBN on the back cover to fool the unsuspecting buyer.

Marketplace Sellers have their own shipping timelines listed with the vendors’ information. Make sure you can get the order in time before buying. Most books will be needed on the first day of school — August 23, 2018.

Disputes with Marketplace Sellers must be handled with the vendors directly. MBS Direct and Saint Louis Priory School will not be able to help.

A word about hand-me-down textbooks: As expected, some textbooks are changing this year, moving either to entirely new texts or updated editions of previous books. Please wait until the Virtual Bookstore opens on July 23 to check which editions will be used this year before committing to buy or borrow books from older students. The ISBN of the book you are buying/borrowing must match the one on the Virtual Bookstore to ensure you have the correct book.

In addition, some titles must be purchased new to ensure receipt of all required components, such as online access codes, unused workbooks, etc. If the material is offered for sale as New only, without a Used option, please do not buy or borrow a used copy of the book as your son will not have everything he needs for the course. 


Every year many textbooks with no owners’ names find their way to the Priory lost and found. As soon as you receive this year’s books, please put your son’s name inside the front cover.

If you plan to sell your books back at the end of the school year, do not write on the edges of the books. His name on the inside front cover is sufficient to locate the rightful owner and will not affect your ability to sell back to MBS Direct.

MBS Direct will not buy back books missing covers or pages, with broken spines or with excessive highlighting or margin notes. Stretchy book covers can help protect your investment.

MBS Direct highlights the amount of money you are guaranteed to receive if you sell back the book in good condition at the end of the school year. The Guaranteed Buyback offer appears below the photo of each book. Guaranteed Buyback covers books purchased new or used from MBS Direct. Marketplace Sellers do not offer buyback.


  • If you have questions regarding your son’s courses, please contact Mrs. Stasia Frentzel, Priory’s Registrar, at or 314-434-3690, ext. 142.
  • If you have questions regarding NetClassroom, login credentials and student email addresses, please contact the Priory Help Desk at
  • If you have questions regarding ordering textbooks, please contact Mrs. Hilda Willman, Priory’s Campus Store Manager, at or 314-434-3690, ext. 140 or MBS Direct at 1-800-325-3252 or

Enjoy your summer! See you at Rebel Roundup on August 20!

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