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Applying to Priory

The deadline to apply to Priory for Fall 2019 admission or Fall 2020 early decision admission is Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019.

We encourage interested families to reach out to our Admissions Office early in the process with any questions or concerns about applying. We love to meet potential students and would be happy to talk with you about Priory, and to host your son for a day!


Application Checklist

  1. Register with SSAT to take the Secondary School Admission Test
    • Most students take this test in the fall or winter during their application year. Students should take the test no later than January 5, 2019 in order to be considered in our first round of decisions. The deadline to register for the Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019 administration of the SSAT is Dec. 15, 2018.
    • Priory is hosting an SSAT administration on January 5, 2019. You can find other test dates and locations at
  2. Complete the Standard Application Online (
    • Request a copy of your son’s academic record from his current school
    • Request a teacher recommendation from a teacher who can speak to your son’s strengths
    • If you would prefer a paper application, just reach out to our office and we will get one to you. It is our goal to make the application process as easy as possible for our families.
    • Please note that if your son is a current 5th grade student applying for our Early Decision admissions program, you should choose “Fall 2019” in the drop down menu when you begin the application, even though he would not start at Priory until Fall 2020. We will know he is an Early Decision applicant because of his grade. Thank you!
    • The deadline to fill out the application is Jan. 15, 2019.
  3. Complete the FACTS Grant & Aid application if you are applying for tuition assistance. The deadline to fill out the FACTS application is Jan. 15, 2019.
  4. Schedule a half-day visit and interview at Priory. We can do the interview (with parents present) on the same day or a different day as the student’s shadow visit. Call us at (314) 434-3690 x101 or email to schedule.

Admissions Timeline

Come in for a tour – any time! We would love to meet you and show you around our campus before you start the application process. We welcome visitors throughout the year.

Visit/Interview slots open September 17, 2018. Just pick a date and e-mail or call our office at (314) 434-3690 ext. 101 to schedule your son’s visit.

SSAT Administration at Priory: Saturday, January 5, 2019

Application and FACTS Grant & Aid Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Decision notification date: Friday, March 15, 2019

Enrollment Contract return deadline: Friday, April 5, 2019

When should your son apply to Priory?

Priory begins in 7th grade. We have a six-year program and encourage families considering Priory to apply during their son’s 5th or 6th grade year. We do welcome applicants at all grade levels, including 9th grade, when we have space in a given class. We encourage you to inquire with the Admissions Office about admission into 8th through 12th grade and we will walk you through the process.

Priory offers two types of admission to incoming 7th graders, Early Decision and Regular Decision.

Early Decision Program – for Fifth Grade boys

Priory offers the Early Decision Program for families who have investigated options early and have decided that Priory is a good fit for their son. Early Decision applicants go through the application process and if admitted, receive offers of enrollment during fifth grade for seventh grade entry. The application requirements and the timeline are the same as our Regular Decision applicants. We ask students admitted during the Early Decision program to make a tuition deposit that will be applied to the student’s first year tuition, and admission is contingent upon successful completion of the student’s sixth grade year and a continued record of good citizenship.

To maintain spots in the class for students applying during sixth grade, we accept only a portion of our entering class through the Early Decision program. As always, we seek to identify and attract the most highly qualified boys to Priory. If we review an early decision applicant and believe he may be a good fit for Priory but that he needs additional development before we can make a final decision, we may defer that applicant and encourage him to go through the regular decision process during his sixth grade year.

Regular Decision – For Sixth Grade boys

Our regular decision applicants typically visit Priory for a shadow day in the fall of 6th grade, and complete the application process in January. Admissions and financial aid decisions will be sent in March, and we will ask admitted students who plan to enroll at Priory for seventh grade to submit a $750 tuition deposit by April 7.

What happens next?

We love having the opportunity to get to know our incoming students better and to give our students a chance to meet each other before school begins. Keep an eye out for summer opportunities at Priory as well as August social opportunities for incoming families!

If you have questions about the application process, please reach out to us!

Priory Admissions Office
(314) 434-3690
500 South Mason Road
St. Louis, Missouri 63141

Priory Admissions Staff

Bobby McCormack –

“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

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“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

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Chapter 22, 8

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

Chapter 30, 1

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Chapter 31, 13-14

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Chapter 48, 1

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Chapter 49, 1

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Chapter 53, 1

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Chapter 61, 10

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

Chapter 63, 17

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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

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Chapter 72, 7

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Chapter 73, 3

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Saint Louis Priory School

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St. Louis, MO 63141
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