About Priory

Saint Louis Priory School is a catholic secondary school for young men founded in 1956

Priory offers an outstanding preparatory experience guided by deeply rooted Catholic, Benedictine values that cultivate faith-centered, virtuous, educated young men. 

Our unique Benedictine approach to education is designed to develop young men in mind, body and spirit through a rigorous balance of disciplines that challenge the whole person while cultivating a lifelong sense of community. 

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The School works cooperatively with the Archdiocese of Saint Louis to help strengthen Catholic education in the area.

Saint Louis Priory School is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS), a member of the International Council Advancing Independent School Accreditation (ICAISA). ISACS has voluntarily submitted to a rigorous and impartial review of its accreditation program and demonstrated its adherence to the Council’s Criteria for Effective Independent School Accreditation Practices. ISACS is commended by ICAISA for the quality of the Association’s accreditation program for its member schools. 


A group of Saint Louis Catholics asked the Benedictine Abbey of Ampleforth in Yorkshire, England to form an all-boys, college preparatory school that would be competitive enough to send students to the most selective colleges and universities in the U.S.

The group had already acquired parcels of land in then-rural Creve Coeur, Missouri, and raised funds to build and finance the school.

Today the Benedictine monks of Saint Louis Abbey continue the Order's centuries-old tradition of providing a liberal arts education.

Students who enter Priory in the 7th grade graduate six years later prepared for advance study and grounded in the Benedictine principles.

More than 60 years after the school's founding, its purpose remains consistent with the vision of its founders. It has become one of the strongest college preparatory programs in the St. Louis area.