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About Priory

2500

Graduates


1956

Year Established


405

Students in Grades 7–12


150

Acres of Campus


80

Number of colleges

and universities our

graduates currently attend


58

Faculty including

17 Teaching Monks and

41 Lay Teaching Faculty


50+

Zip Codes in the St. Louis

Metropolitan area represented

in our student body


30

Average ACT


1

PRIORY SCHOOL

Saint Louis Priory School is a Catholic independent day school for boys in grades seven through twelve which offers a nationally recognized accelerated curriculum designed to qualify graduates for admission to distinguished colleges and universities and to prepare them to undertake their continuing studies with success.

OUR MISSION

The Mission of Saint Louis Priory School is to provide a Benedictine, Catholic, college preparatory education of the highest excellence so as to help talented and motivated young men develop their full potential as children of God. Read more...

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS OF A PRIORY EDUCATION

More than 30 Benedictine monks of Saint Louis Abbey continue the Order’s centuries-old, global tradition of providing a liberal arts education. The students who enter Priory graduate six years later ready for advanced study and grounded in the Benedictine principles of love of knowledge and an appreciation for the exchange of ideas. These young men enter the world developed in mind, body and spirit and make a difference through their daily search for God, dignity of work, respect for others, stewardship, peace and moderation.

Though the School accepts a percentage of its students from other faiths (about 15 percent of our students are non-Catholic), it seeks to impart a thorough grounding in the knowledge and practice of the Roman Catholic faith. As a monastery School, Priory places special emphasis on prayer, service to others and the moral development of its students.

The School's curriculum is reflective of the Christian humanism which is the mark of the English Benedictine tradition. It incorporates the best educational practices of our heritage with those of the modern era. We aim to prepare our boys to become wise and intellectually astute, as well as to assume positions of leadership.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? 

• The Benedictine focus on the discussion of knowledge and the exchange of ideas where regular participation in discussions is expected. 

• The Benedictine commitment to community displayed most visibly through our Tutoria program, a mentoring program, in which high school students lead the junior school students in an exploration of the Scriptures through prayer, discussion and shared activities. 

• An ability to synthesize, analyze and critique honed through six years of classical liberal arts course work and a capstone Senior Thesis, an independent project under the direction of a faculty mentor. Most students write an in-depth argumentative paper. Students with a demonstrated ability may elect to do a creative work.

• An appreciation of and respect for all is partially emphasized through study of both a classical and modern language. Four years of Latin language and culture are required as well as five years of modern language. Most languages offered extend beyond the required and allow students to pursue advanced honors or AP level work. Additionally, Priory School welcomes various students from Chile, France, Ireland, The Republic of China (Taiwan) and The People’s Republic of China as part of a cultural exchange.

• The Priory athletic requirement reflects the Benedictine mission to educate the total student, mind, body and spiritAll students are required to participate in a team sport or group activity throughout the year. 

• All juniors and seniors donate at least forty hours of their time to serving the poor and disadvantaged. Many students complete more than 100 hours of service, thus earning the  U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award. 

Learn more about our Benedictine tradition...

GOVERNANCE

List of Administrators 

Although the School is not governed by the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, it works cooperatively with it to help strengthen Catholic education in the area. Saint Louis Priory School is a member of the National Catholic Education Association, the College Board, the National Association of Independent Schools, the Independent Schools Association of the Central States, and the Saint Louis Educational Confederation.

“Listen carefully, my son, to the master’s instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart.”

Prologue, 1

“This is advice from a father who loves you; welcome it, and faithfully put it into practice.”

Prologue, 1

“First of all, every time you begin a good work, you must pray to him most earnestly to bring it to perfection.”

Prologue, 4

“If you desire true and eternal life, keep your tongue free from vicious talk and your lips from all deceit; turn away from evil and do good; let peace be your quest and aim. (Ps 33[34]:13)”

Prologue, 17

“Clothed then with faith and the performance of good works, let us set out on this way, with the Gospel for our guide, that we may deserve to see him who has called us to his kingdom (1 Thess 2:12).”

Prologue, 21

“If we wish to dwell in the tent of this kingdom, we will never arrive unless we run there by doing good deeds.”

Prologue, 22

“What is not possible to us by nature, let us ask the Lord to supply by the help of his grace.”

Prologue, 41

“Therefore, we intend to establish a school for the Lord’s service.”

Prologue, 45

“The good of all concerned, however, may prompt us to a little strictness in order to amend faults and to safeguard love.”

Prologue, 47

“The reason why we have said all should be called for counsel is that the Lord often reveals what is better to the younger.”

Chapter 3, 3

“Your way of acting should be different from the world’s way; the love of Christ must come before all else.”

Chapter 4, 20-21

“Never give a hollow greeting of peace or turn away when someone needs your love.” –Chapter 4, 25-26

“Bind yourself to no oath lest it prove false, but speak the truth with heart and tongue.”

Chapter 4, 27-28

“Place your hope in God alone.”

Chapter 4, 41

“Respect the elders and love the young.”

Chapter 4, 70-71

“Pray for your enemies out of love for Christ. “

Chapter 4, 72

“If you have a dispute with someone, make peace with him before the sun goes down.”

Chapter 4, 73

“The first step of humility is unhesitating obedience, which comes naturally to those who cherish Christ above all.”

Chapter 5, 1-2

“Speaking and teaching are the master’s task; the disciple is to be silent and listen.”

Chapter 6, 6

“The first step of humility, then, is that a man keeps the fear of God always before his eyes (PS 35[36]:2) and never forgets it.”

Chapter 7, 10

“Let us consider, then, how we ought to behave in the presence of God and his angels, and let us stand to sing the psalms in such a way that our minds are in harmony with our voices.”

Chapter 19, 6-7

“On arising for the Work of God, they will quietly encourage each other, for the sleepy like to make excuses.”

Chapter 22, 8

“Every age and level of understanding should receive appropriate treatment.”

Chapter 30, 1

“Above all, let him be humble. If goods are not available to meet a request, he will offer a kind word in reply, for it is written: A kind word is better than the best gift (Sir 18:17).”

Chapter 31, 13-14

“Let all the rest serve one another in love.”

Chapter 35, 6

“Indeed, nothing is to be preferred to the Work of God.”

Chapter 43, 3

“Idleness is the enemy of the soul. Therefore, the brothers should have specified periods for manual labor as well as for prayerful reading.”

Chapter 48, 1

“The life of a monk ought to be a continuous Lent.”

Chapter 49, 1

“All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Matt 25:35).”

Chapter 53, 1

“Proper honor must be shown to all, especially to those who share our faith (Gal 6:10) and to pilgrims.”

Chapter 53, 2

“(B)ecause wherever we may be, we are in the service of the same Lord and doing battle for the same King.”

Chapter 61, 10

They should each try to be the first to show respect to the other (Rom 12:10).”

Chapter 63, 17

“We wish this rule to be read often in the community, so that none of the brothers can offer the excuse of ignorance.”

Chapter 66, 8

“Trusting in God’s help, he must in love obey.”

Chapter 68, 5

Never to do another what you do not want done to yourself (Tob 4:16).”

Chapter 70, 7

“No one is to pursue what he judges better for himself, but instead, what he judges better for someone else.”

Chapter 72, 7

“Let them prefer nothing whatever to Christ, and may he bring us all together to everlasting life.”

Chapter 72, 11-12

“What page, what passage of the inspired books of the Old and New Testaments is not the truest of guides for human life?”

Chapter 73, 3

“What book of the holy catholic Fathers does not resoundingly summon us along the true way to reach the Creator?”

Chapter 73, 4

 

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Saint Louis Priory School

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St. Louis, MO 63141
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