6th Grade Program

New Sixth Grade Program for the 2025-26 School Year!

Priory is thrilled to announce that it will begin admitting sixth grade students for the 2025-2026 academic year. The new offering supplements our longstanding and highly regarded formative academic program for boys in grades 7-12.

Headmaster and Priory alumnus Father Cuthbert Elliott, O.S.B., ’02, noted that school leaders have discerned starting a sixth grade since the school’s foundation in 1956. “Recent developments in the academic landscape have prompted our school’s lay and monastic governance to consider the question with renewed focus,” Father Cuthbert says. “Current and legacy school families in particular have urged us to extend our unique approach to formation to the sixth grade.”

The new sixth-grade class is expected to add as many as 20 to 40 additional students to the school. 

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Dr. Bob Shaw
6th Grade Lead Teacher

Meet Our 6th Grade Lead Teacher

With a robust background in curriculum development and extensive middle school teaching and leadership experience, Dr. Bob Shaw holds degrees in Education, Curriculum and Instruction/Teacher Leadership, and STEM Education Enhancement. Recognized as Illinois Technology Teacher of the Year and Science Teacher of the Year in Missouri, Dr. Shaw has earned accolades for servant leadership from organizations like the Boy Scouts of America, Sustainability Institute for Educators, and FIRST Robotics. 

Dr. Shaw has most recently served as a Science Teacher and Curriculum Writer at STEAM Gifted Academy, Ferguson-Florissant. Before that he taught Middle School and High School Science at MICDS for 17 years, serving as Chair of the JK-12 Science Department for 12 of those years. 


Contact Assistant Head of School for Mission Advancement, Lise Riet-Lague, at 314.434.0783 or lrietlague@priory.org

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