FAQs

Below, please find answers to commonly-asked questions about the admission process and tuition assistance.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions.

What is the application process?

Does Priory offer financial aid or scholarships? Are any of these merit-based?

If you think Priory is the right school for your son, we want to make this possible regardless of your financial limitations. We encourage you to submit an application for tuition assistance. Priory is committed to working with families to help make attending Priory a reality.

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How do I learn more about Priory?

The best way to learn more about Priory is to come and visit us! We offer shadow visits and tours all throughout the year, and our Admissions Open House is on Sunday, November 10th. We find that the single most helpful experience in our families’ decision process is this first-hand experience of visiting Priory.

What is the best time to tour the campus?

We offer tours every day at 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

How do I schedule a school visit?

You can contact any of the Admissions team members to schedule a visit.

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What is the transition into 7th grade like regarding homework, study skills, and organization?

Although this depends on a number of factors, we find that within about six weeks, our students have adjusted from their previous school to the new environment at Priory. We help them along the way with seminar, writing workshop, organization and study skills tutorial, and homework help. Although the hour or so (average) of homework per evening is more than most of our students are used to, we find that they readily respond to the challenge, and that the many supports we provide along the way give them the help they need!

How many new students are admitted to each grade?

We aim for an incoming 7th grade class of 60-65.

Can I apply to Priory for 9th grade?

Absolutely! Although Priory is a 6-year integrated program, for those who are willing to rise to the challenge and fill in the curricular gaps, joining us in 9th grade can be a wonderful option. The application process is essentially the same, although we have our applicants shadow with high school students.

What is the best way to prepare for the SSAT?

The SSAT website offers helpful tutorials for everyone who registers for a test. There is also a premium test review section which we recommend for those who are concerned that their son be extra prepared, especially with test taking strategy.

Do you accept non-Catholic students?

Yes, we do accept qualified non-Catholic and non-Christian students, who go through the same application and selection process. All students will be expected to participate in Theology class and school chaplaincy programming.

Do you accept home-schooled students?

Yes, we accept students from any background who are prepared for success at Priory, and this has included a number of qualified home school students over the years.

What if I’m not sure my son qualifies for admission?

We encourage students to begin the process of application, even if you are not sure whether Priory would be a good fit for your son. The only way to discover this for sure is to visit the school and begin the conversation with our Admissions personnel. If it becomes clear that it would not be a good fit, we are careful to guide families to the right decision in order to avoid serious disappointment if we can.

What schools and geographic areas do Priory students come from?

Priory students are drawn from all over—we have over 100 feeder schools represented among out student body, and 50 different zip codes.

What are the school hours at Priory?

Students can arrive as early as 7 a.m., and there is supervision in the high school lobby until 5:45 p.m. every weekday.

What does it mean to be a Benedictine school, and how does this impact faith formation?

The monks are an integral part of Priory’s identity and the spiritual environment of the place. They have made a unique commitment to Priory and to our families, and the relationship between monks and Priory families is special indeed.

In addition, Priory students receive a superior faith formation, with six years of substantial Theology classes, class retreats, weekly Mass and prayer assemblies, and the lived example of dedicated Christians, both monastic and lay. Although not all the monks on campus are priests, many of the monks (the ones addressed as ‘Father’) are also Roman Catholic priests whose primary pastoral care is for Saint Louis Priory School students and families. 

Are there after-school programs for 7th and 8th grade students?

Although no formal after-school program exists, there is supervised study halls in the high school lobby from 4:30 p.m. when the Junior School day ends until 5:45 p.m. every weekday.

Does Priory provide bus transportation?

We do not provide bus transportation at this time, although we do offer a zip-code/carpool list, and most families are able to arrange either a carpool along with local residents, or for an upper class student to pick up their son to and from school.

What AP classes are offered at Priory?

Although these classes sometimes change from year to year, we currently offer AP US History, AP European History, AP Statistics, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, AP French, AP Spanish, AP Latin, AP American Government & Politics, and AP Computer Science.

What is your philosophy regarding technology?

We treat technology as a good that is to be harnessed for the development and promotion of our students’ learning and knowledge, but we recognize that it has potential at the same time to be a distraction. For this reason, we are not a ‘1 to 1’ school which requires or expects all students to have laptops or tablets, and we have reasonable restrictions placed on the use of smartphones. That being said, we are equipped with numerous computer labs, both mobile and stationary, an online gradebook and communications system (MyPriory), and many of our teachers implement technology into their classroom through the use of Google software, PowerPoint aids in instruction, and online research and assessment projects. We know, however, that nothing replaces the relationship between the teacher, student, and classroom in promoting healthy and integrated learning, and want to make sure that our technology policy does nothing to disrupt, but only enhances that process.
 

What is the athletic program like at Priory?

Athletics at Priory is unique because it is going to be part of the experience for every boy at some level. We know there are certain qualities a boy acquires on the athletic field (such as teamwork, leadership, fortitude, self-discipline, and perseverance) that he cannot find anywhere else.

In the Junior School, every student is expected to participate in a sport for each of the three seasons. This takes place in the afternoon, for about an hour and a half between periods six and seven.

In the High School, we ask every student to participate in a sport (or theater production) for two out of the three seasons each year. Sports for high school students take place at the end of the school day, after 3 p.m.

Can I do sports on an outside team when I attend Priory?

This is certainly possible, if you are very disciplined and prepared to use your time well. However, we generally recommend that this only be done with an awareness that you may not have much free time if your commitment to practice after school is combined with your homework load as a student at Priory. Be careful not to overextend yourself!


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