Priory's Benedictine tradition makes community life central to a student's experience on campus. The entire Priory community gathers together three times per week for Student Council Assembly, Prayer Assembly, and Mass. These gatherings ensure that the entire Priory campus feels that larger sense of community, and Priory's structure also allows every student to be a part of several smaller communities. It is in these smaller groups that friendships form and connections to the school are strengthened.
Our students develop relationships across grade levels through our advisory system and our weekly Tutoria program, which brings high school students into the junior school to pray and play with the younger boys. We want new students to come to Priory, get a sense of those relationships, and feel welcomed into the life of the community.
Athletics are an integral part of both our community and our curriculum. One thing we often hear from our alumni is that the requirement to participate in athletics was a huge part of building brotherhood and camaraderie with their classmates. The athletic program is designed to help each student discover his God-given talents, provide an environment in which both the individual and the team can develop those talents to the fullest extent, and foster a competitive spirit in each student that is guided by the principles of respect and integrity. Each student participates in team sports throughout his six years at Priory, often stepping outside of his comfort zone to try new things and find new talents.
While the academic classrooms and athletic fields are places where communities naturally take shape, Priory also makes time for students to participate in extracurricular clubs and organizations. From the nation's only high school medieval arts guild to robotics and drones to the Sodality, there is something for every student. Priory encourages students to get involved, and create new clubs or organizations to support their interests. These extracurricular activities allow our students to work with their peers as they pursue passions and interests that extend beyond the classroom.
Another building block of the Priory student experience is community service, with juniors and seniors completing at least 40 hours each year as a requirement for graduation. Beyond the requirement, there are service opportunities throughout the year sponsored by clubs and organizations and by Chaplaincy, and even regular events like "dress down days" (when the dress code is waived) take on a service orientation to raise money for community organizations. Many students go above and beyond the required hours, with a high percentage each year earning Presidential Service Award recognition.
Student life would be lacking without resources for student support. Building on the weekly Masses and prayer opportunities, the Chaplaincy Department exists to provide for each student's spiritual needs. Each grade level has a chaplain assigned from the monastery, and participates in an annual retreat as a group. The sacraments and other prayer opportunities are offered throughout the week as well. Our school counselor has an office in the high school, and works with the administration to develop student programming that provides emotional support as our students learn and grow.
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