- What is the application process?
- Does Priory offer financial aid or scholarships? Are any of these merit-based?
- How do I learn more about Priory?
- What is the best time to tour the campus?
- How do I schedule a school visit?
- What is the transition into 7th grade like regarding homework, study skills, and organization?
- How many new students are admitted to each grade?
- Can I apply to Priory for 9th grade?
- What is the best way to prepare for the SSAT?
- Do you accept non-Catholic students?
- Do you accept home-schooled students?
- What if I’m not sure my son qualifies for admission?
- What schools and geographic areas do Priory students come from?
- What are the school hours at Priory?
- What does it mean to be a Benedictine school, and how does this impact faith formation?
- Are there after-school programs for 7th and 8th grade students?
- Does Priory provide bus transportation?
- What AP classes are offered at Priory?
- What is your philosophy regarding technology?
- What is the athletic program like at Priory?
- Can I do sports on an outside team when I attend Priory?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!