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The best way to see what it would be like to be a Priory student is to experience it firsthand and come to visit during a school day. You can spend a half day on campus, shadowing one of our current students and taking part in assemblies, classes, club periods, lunch, and anything else happening at Priory on the day of your visit. It will also be a chance to meet our students and interact with faculty. Our goal is for students who visit Priory to feel welcome as they engage with our wonderful community of students, teachers, and staff and to learn about the academic, spiritual, athletic and social aspects of our school. You will be in good hands!

Half-day visits are open to current 5th or 6th graders applying to 7th grade and current 7th graders applying to 8th grade. Full-day visits are open to current 8th graders applying to 9th grade, or transfer students. A shadow visit is a required part of our application process and usually takes place in the fall. Students are welcome to visit Priory even before submitting an application.

Planning your Visit Day

Priory welcomes visitors on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. We do not have shadow visits on Thursdays.

Day of the Week Typical Visit Start Time Morning begins with...
Monday 7:45 a.m. Student Council Assembly
Tuesday 7:45 a.m. Tutoria
Wednesday 7:45 a.m. Prayer Assembly
Friday 7:45 a.m. Mass


classroomHalf-day visits will typically end at either 11:45 a.m. or 12:30 p.m., depending on the number of classes the student visits, how many visitors we have on a given day, and whether the student’s admissions interview is scheduled to follow the visit. Here is a link to the 2018-2019 Priory School Calendar. Please note the days we are not in session when planning your visit.

If there is a student at Priory who you would like to be your visit host, just let us know! We will do our best to pair you with the student for your visit.

Dress Code

Our students follow a dress code, but we do not have a uniform. On Fridays or special occasions, Priory students will be in a coat and tie. On all other days, students will be wearing slacks and a collared shirt.


Parents are welcome to schedule a tour or meeting with one of our Admissions team members during the visit, or at another time that works. Tours take about an hour.


We want students and families to have the opportunity to learn as much as possible about Priory during the application process. We conduct an interview with each applicant and his parent or parents. The interview is a chance for us to learn a little more about the student, but also for our families and students to ask questions and discover what Priory has to offer.

Often, students choose to schedule an interview on the same day that they are visiting. The interview is a meeting with the student, his parent or parents, and a Priory faculty or Admissions team member. You are not required to schedule your interview on the same day as the shadow visit, but it can be convenient to do it this way. Interviews take about thirty minutes.

Interview Scheduling

First Day of SchoolOn the day of a shadow visit, the best time to schedule the interview is either at 11:45 p.m. or at 12:30 p.m. We can also schedule a morning interview if necessary to accommodate parent schedules. Please let us know when you complete our visit form or by phone or email if you would like to schedule the interview on the same day as your visit.

Ways to Schedule your Visit

There are three ways to schedule a visit! You may complete this registration form, call the Admissions Office at (314) 434-3690 ext. 101, or contact us by email. We will get back to you as soon as possible to finalize the date. We can’t wait to see you on campus!


If you have questions about visiting, contact our office at 314.434.3690 x101 or by email.

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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

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Chapter 72, 11-12

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Chapter 73, 3

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