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A NOTE FROM PRIORY’S HEADMASTER

WELCOME

Dear Prospective Parents and Students, Thank you for considering Saint Louis Priory School! As you read through this Viewbook, you will discover what an amazing place Priory is. Not only do our students learn and grow under the guidance of expert faculty, coaches, and spiritual mentors, they foster friendships and become part of a lifelong community I hope you’ll consider paying us a visit soon. We can’t wait to welcome you to Priory.

Father Cuthbert Elliott, O.S.B.

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Mission S T A T E M E N T

The mission of Saint Louis Priory School is to provide a Benedictine, Catholic, college preparatory education of the highest excellence so as to help talented and motivated young men develop their full potential as children of God.


FOR YOUNG MEN WHO ASPIRE TO BE PREPARED FOR A LIFETIME OF EXCELLENCE, PRIORY OFFERS AN OUTSTANDING PREPARATORY EXPERIENCE GUIDED BY DEEPLY ROOTED CATHOLIC, BENEDICTINE VALUES THAT CULTIVATE FAITH-CENTERED, VIRTUOUS, EDUCATED YOUNG MEN. Our unique Benedictine approach to education is designed to develop young men in mind, body and spirit through a rigorous balance of disciplines that challenge the whole person while cultivating a lifelong sense of community.

ALL BOYS GRADES 7-12 400 STUDENTS 150-ACRE CAMPUS STUDENTS FROM 50 DIFFERENT ZIP CODES OVER 30% RECEIVE TUITION ASSISTANCE HEADMASTER: FATHER CUTHBERT ELLIOTT, O.S.B. ASSISTANT HEADMASTER: DR. JARED M. RASHFORD

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Priory History

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Academics at Priory

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Student Life

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Priory Athletics

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Applying to Priory

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Community at Priory

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Campus Map

Student Resources

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HISTORY O F

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SAINT LOUIS PRIORY SCHOOL IS A CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL FOR YOUNG MEN FOUNDED IN 1956.

A group of St. Louis Catholics asked the Benedictine Abbey of Ampleforth in Yorkshire, England, to form an all-boys, college preparatory school that would be competitive enough to send students to the most selective colleges and universities in the U.S. The group had already acquired parcels of land in then-rural Creve Coeur, Missouri, and raised funds to build and finance the school. Originally admission was for only 30 boys who would be entering the ninth grade. After its first year, the school continued to add one grade each year until the school offered grades 7 through 12. Today, the more than two dozen Benedictine monks of Saint Louis Abbey continue the Order’s centuries-old, global tradition of providing a liberal arts education. Honoring a student’s natural abilities while stretching them physically, academically and spiritually leads to self-discovery and enlightenment and creates a foundation for a lifetime of personal growth. Students who enter Priory in the 7th grade graduate six years later prepared for advanced study and

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grounded in the Benedictine principles of love of God and neighbor, and an appreciation for the exchange of ideas. More than 60 years after the school’s founding, its purpose remains consistent with the vision of its founders and has become one of the strongest college preparatory programs in the St. Louis area. The school is a member of the National Catholic Educational Association, the College Board, the National Association of Independent Schools, the Independent Schools Association of the Central States, and the Saint Louis Educational Confederation.


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11 | Computer Science

10 | Theology

12 | Fine Arts

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THE ACADEMIC PROGRAM PRIORY PROVIDES ONE OF THE STRONGEST COLLEGE PREPARATORY PROGRAMS IN THE ST. LOUIS AREA FOR BOYS IN GRADES 7 THROUGH 12.

Our academic program imparts the intellectual skills and habits of inquiry, study, and reflection that are vital to a

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successful future. In the early stages of their Priory experience, students are required to follow a liberal arts course of study involving coursework in nine academic departments. Priory’s curriculum provides the foundation to prepare young men for admission to distinguished colleges and universities, and, perhaps more importantly, it enables them to undertake further studies with success.

400 students, average of 67 per grade level

7:1 student-to-faculty ratio

76% In 2018, Priory students took a total of 266 AP exams in 15 different subjects, and achieved qualifying scores on more than 87%. » Subjects with 100% qualifying scores: English Language, European History, Calculus BC, French Language, Spanish Language

76% of Priory juniors and seniors sat for at least one AP exam in 2018

$2.6M

» Subjects with more than 90% qualifying scores: US History, Calculus AB, Chemistry, Physics C, Latin

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“The Latin language is inextricably woven into the fabric of our English language and of our English-language literary and intellectual tradition. Something on the order of 60% of our words—and an even greater percentage of our scholarly and professional terminology—come from Latin. The student of Latin, then, acquires from his study a mastery of the medium of our intellectual exchange, a possession that will prove itself invaluable to him regardless of the field of endeavor to which he will ultimately devote his talents.” – Mr. Thomas Carroll, Classical Languages Department Chair

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As students progress through Priory’s program, their opportunities for variety in course selection increase. Some of our students elect to continue their study of the classical languages, while others choose to participate in our computer science program. Each boy continues to develop his craft in our visual or fine arts electives for a minimum of two years in the High School. By the time they are juniors and seniors, most of our students are challenged by Advanced Placement (AP) work in several disciplines. During their senior year, students produce a substantive thesis on a topic of their choice, working independently with a faculty advisor. This thesis project serves as preparation for college-level research and writing.

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Our Junior School and High School directors, department heads and faculty members work with our students to ensure the boys are taking a strong and varied course load, paying careful attention to each student’s total school involvement, athletic and other curricular commitments, and overall combination of classes.


The Academic Program

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Theology—Scripture I : The Old Testament English—Grammar, Writing and Reading Classics—Latin I Math—Beginning Algebra or Algebra I Science—Integrated Science I Computer Science—Intro to Computer Programming Social Studies—Geography Fine Arts—(one each term) Vocal Music, Studio Art, Theatre Arts and Communications Seminar and Writing Workshop

Theology—Church History English—Writing Drama and Novel Classics—Latin III* Modern Languages—French II or Spanish II Math—Geometry* Science—Biology* Social Studies—World History I

Theology—Fundamentals of Catholic Dogmatic Theology English—Short Story, Novel, Drama and Poetry with Writing Modern Languages—French III, Spanish III, or Mandarin I Math—Algebra II or Pre-calculus Science—Chemistry* Social Studies—World History II Seminar

Theology—Fundamentals of Catholic Moral Theology English—Literary Themes Modern Languages—French IV*, Spanish IV*, or Mandarin II Math—AP Calculus BC or AB or Pre-calculus Science—AP Physics or Physics* Social Studies—AP U.S. History or U.S. History Fine Arts—Art History (one term)

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Theology—Scripture II: The New Testament English—Portfolio, Writing and Reading Classics—Latin II* Modern Languages—French I or Spanish I Math—Algebra I or Algebra II Science—Integrated Science II Computer Science—Computer Programming Social Studies—American Government Fine Arts—(one each term) Vocal Music or Studio Art, Medieval Arts, and Theatre Arts

GRADE 9 ELECTIVES: Greek I or Fine Arts (Medieval Arts, Theatre Arts, Studio Art, or Vocal Music)

GRADE 10 ELECTIVES: Latin IV* or Classical Civilization or Greek/Roman Culture or Technology and Business Greek II or Fine Arts (Medieval Arts, Mass Media, & Video Production, Studio Art, or Vocal Music)

GRADE 11 ELECTIVES: AP Latin, Latin V, Introduction to Engineering and Design, Advanced Computer Programming, Introduction to Materials Science, Vocal Music, or Visual and Performing Arts

GRADE 12 ELECTIVES: Theology—Senior Seminar (two electives) English—Thesis I and Electives Senior Honors Thesis (winter) Math—AP Statistics or AP Calculus (AB/BC); or AP Calculus (AB)

(students choose one class each from two of the categories below)

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Modern Languages—AP French, AP Spanish or Spanish VI, or Mandarin III Science—AP Chemistry or AP Biology or Introduction to Neuroscience and Human Genetics Social Studies/Computer Science/Arts—AP American Government & Politics or AP European History or Social Studies Seminar or AP Computer Science

Please note, the academic program at Priory is subject to change. Refer to the School’s website for the most current information. *Course may be offered in honors and regular sets.

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THEOLOGY AT PRIORY THEOLOGY AT PRIORY IS MEANT TO HELP STUDENTS CONSIDER SOME OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT QUESTIONS: WHO IS GOD? HOW HAS HE REVEALED HIMSELF TO HUMANITY? FOR WHAT IS A HUMAN BEING MADE? HOW DO WE TREAT OUR NEIGHBOR? WE OFFER THEOLOGY—WHICH LITERALLY MEANS THE “STUDY OF GOD”—BECAUSE SEEKING UNDERSTANDING REGARDING THESE QUESTIONS IS IMPORTANT FOR EVERYONE. As a Benedictine and Catholic school, we believe the full answers are found in Jesus Christ, who is “the way, the truth, and the life,” (John 14:6) and we seek to offer this knowledge drawing on the rich tradition of the Church’s faith and life and invite our boys to consider how what it has to say is relevant today.

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We find that our students, whether Christian or of another tradition, enjoy engaging with these questions in class and growing at their own pace in knowledge and love of God.


“Success looks, and is, different for every student who comes through my door. For some students success is strong grades, and for others it’s punctuality, learning how to organize their materials, developing stronger communication skills… or all of the above! The students who succeed in my classes are those who work with me to identify what it is they are trying to achieve. And together, both as individuals and as a class, we build a community that demands commitment toward mastery of the material and mastery over making good choices that positively affect the students’ overall academic and social experience.” – Mr. Justin Orlando ’99, Science Department Chair

” COMPUTER SCIENCE MOST CAREERS TODAY REQUIRE, OR AT LEAST BENEFIT FROM, A STRONG UNDERSTANDING OF TECHNOLOGY. THE PRIMARY GOAL OF PRIORY’S COMPUTER SCIENCE PROGRAM IS TO INTRODUCE STUDENTS TO TECHNOLOGY AND DEMONSTRATE HOW IT CAN ENRICH THEIR LIVES. We believe that the various technologies we explore through our program have the potential for significant and positive impacts on our students’ lives and in the world around them.

diverse technologies, develop technology-related startup companies, explore and build virtual-reality worlds, create applications, and investigate other advanced technology topics.

Our program begins in the Junior School, as we introduce the students to programming, develop competency in practical usage of Google applications, and discuss digital citizenship. In the High School, students can explore

Throughout the program, we infuse entrepreneurship principles in all our classes as we teach students how to solve complex problems, speak and present publicly, and work in teams.

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FINE ARTS WE HOPE TO INSTILL IN ALL OF OUR STUDENTS AN APPRECIATION OF THE ARTS THAT CONTINUES INTO ADULTHOOD THROUGH A VARIETY OF VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS COURSES: STUDIO ART, THEATRE/COMMUNICATION ART, MEDIEVAL ART, AND VOCAL MUSIC. Students present a winter musical and a spring drama or comedy each year in the High School, with female roles played by students from other local schools. The Spring Choral Concert is a favorite of vocal music students in both the Junior School and the High School.

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Other opportunities for our students to share their talents regularly arise, such as photography or design work for The Record (school newspaper) or The Shield (school yearbook).


“The Priory theatre program has given me so many opportunities that you just don’t get in a traditional classroom setting. The winter musical and spring play allow students to try out performing arts, singing, character study, public speaking, choreography, accents, line delivery, movement, scene blocking, and many more theatre skills either recreationally or as a possible profession. But most of all, the theatre program is yet another tightly knit family at Priory that will change your life.” – Robbie Frei, Class of 2018

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STAINED GLASS AND MEDIEVAL ARTS Priory is the only high school in the country with a Medieval Arts Guild, known officially as “The Guild of Saint Columkille.” All students learn the history and beauty of the Medieval Arts, including the art of calligraphy— a mainstay at Priory since the school’s founding. Interested students may progress through the Guild system, learning the ancient art forms of stained glass, mosaics, banners and illuminated manuscripts from upperclassmen, until they achieve the status of Master in the Guild. Each Master has earned the right to have his personal coat of arms permanently sealed on the Craftsman Table.

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Medieval Arts students created the Emerson stained glass windows in the High School lobby—the Millennial Window and the Jubilee Window.

6,620 Jubilee Window pieces of glass Total pieces of glass: 13,769

Millennial Window pieces of glass

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THE ATHLETICS EXPERIENCE PARTICIPATION IN SPORTS IS AN INTEGRAL COMPONENT OF THE OVERALL EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF EACH STUDENT AT PRIORY. Our athletic program spans 7th through 12th grade and: »» Provides a recreational and competitive outlet for students »» Exposes young athletes to a variety of different sports »» Helps students reach their full physical and mental potential »» Fosters a bond of teamwork and friendship among the athletes »» Educates students with a foundation in respect and good sportsmanship

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»» Encourages the development of leadership, commitment, cooperation and self-discipline »» Brings together students, faculty, parents and alumni in an atmosphere that makes the Priory community stronger »» Builds school spirit


“All of the teams I have played for have different players, so I’ve developed relationships with almost everyone in my class and other grades through sports. The coaches are not just coaches to me anymore —they are more than that. They are all people I trust, and I know [they] will always have my back no matter what happens. The best experience for me was winning State in soccer. All of the work we put in throughout the season finally paid off, and it is something I will never forget.” – Jack Taul, Class of 2019

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The Junior School Athletic Program (7th and 8th grade) The Junior School program is organized into three seasons, with different sports offered each season. At the beginning of each season the students are given the opportunity to choose a sport.

FALL SEASON

Junior School athletic teams practice during the regular school day. This gives the Junior School program full use of the athletic facilities and the opportunity to have many of the same coaches who work in the High School program.

WINTER SEASON

SPRING SEASON

CROSS COUNTRY

BASKETBALL

BASEBALL

FOOTBALL

WRESTLING

TRACK AND FIELD

WINTER SOCCER*

LACROSSE TENNIS (EIGHTH GRADE)

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The High School Athletic Program

FALL SEASON

WINTER SEASON

SPRING SEASON

CROSS COUNTRY

BASKETBALL

BASEBALL

FOOTBALL

WRESTLING

GOLF

SOCCER

HOCKEY

LACROSSE

WINTER SOCCER*

RUGBY TENNIS TRACK AND FIELD ULTIMATE FRISBEE

* Winter Soccer is an intramural sport.

2017-2018 PRIORY ATHLETIC TEAM HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: Priory Soccer: 2017 State Champions

Priory Golf: 2018 State Champions

Priory Hockey: 20-1 regular season record

Priory Ultimate Frisbee: 2nd in State

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Community A T

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Each year, recent Priory graduates return to campus during the holiday to share their college experience with Priory’s juniors and seniors.

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BENEDICTINE TRADITION PRIORY’S BENEDICTINE TRADITION MAKES COMMUNITY LIFE CENTRAL TO A STUDENT’S EXPERIENCE ON CAMPUS. THE ENTIRE PRIORY COMMUNITY GATHERS THREE TIMES EACH WEEK FOR STUDENT COUNCIL ASSEMBLY, PRAYER ASSEMBLY, AND MASS. These gatherings ensure that the entire campus feels a 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. While the academic classrooms and athletic fields are places where these communities naturally take shape, Priory also makes time for students to participate in clubs, organizations and service opportunities. These extracurricular activities allow students

to work with their peers as they pursue interests that extend beyond the classroom. Our students also develop relationships across grade levels through our Advisory system and weekly Tutoria program, which brings High School students into the Junior School to pray and spend time with the younger boys. Our goal is for new students to connect with upperclassmen as mentors and feel welcomed into the life of the Priory community.

CHAPLAINCY UNDERTAKES THE SPIRITUAL, MORAL AND SACRAMENTAL FORMATION OF THE STUDENTS, WHICH INCLUDES ORGANIZING SCHOOL MASSES, PRAYER ASSEMBLIES, RECONCILIATION, COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS AND ANNUAL RETREATS. Students have many opportunities to be involved in Chaplaincy—in our liturgies as readers, servers, or musicians; as speakers in our prayer assemblies; as leaders of the Spiritual Student Council; or being involved in one of the many religious and service clubs.

Priory is forming young men of character who understand the values of the Gospel and are equipped to live and flourish in this world and the next.

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student R E S O U R C E S

24 | 2018 College Acceptances

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26 | The Advisory System


COLLEGE COUNSELING OUR COLLEGE COUNSELORS HAVE MORE THAN 20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH STUDENTS AND FAMILIES ON THE COLLEGE APPLICATION AND DECISION-MAKING PROCESS.

In 9th grade, Priory’s college counselors offer group presentations to students and parents, and in 10th grade they begin working with students in a small classroom setting to guide them as they approach the college process. By junior year, our college counselors have met with each student and parent at least once to discuss the student’s college plans.

our students, and we organize regular programming designed to encourage students to think about majors and careers. The Priory College Counseling office provides the highest level of support to families during this important time. Expert advocacy combined with our amazing students yields outstanding results.

Each year more than 100 colleges and universities visit Priory to speak with

32 Average ACT Score for Priory’s Class of 2018

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CLASS OF 2018

List of College Acceptances

Graduates from the Class of 2018 were admitted into at least one of the following colleges and universities. Bold indicates at least one student matriculated.

The University of Alabama Arizona State University

The Catholic University of America

Franciscan University of Steubenville

Auburn University

University of Chicago

Augustana College

University of Cincinnati

Georgia Institute of Technology

Baylor University

Colgate University

Gettysburg College

Benedictine College (2)

University of Colorado at Boulder

Gustavus Adolphus College

Creighton University

Harvard University

University of Dallas

High Point University

Dartmouth College

College of the Holy Cross

Miami University, Oxford (2)

University of Dayton

Hope College

University of Miami

Denison University

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Michigan

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

DePauw University

University of California, Los Angeles (3)

Indiana University at Bloomington (4)

Drake University

University of Kansas

Drury University

University of Kentucky

Emory University

Kettering University

Bentley University Boston College (3) Bradley University California Institute of Technology

Case Western Reserve University

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DePaul University

Knox College Loyola Marymount University Loyola University Chicago (4) Marquette University University of Maryland, College Park

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Missouri University of Science and Technology University of Missouri Columbia


University University of of Missouri Missouri St. St. Louis Louis North Carolina Carolina State State North University University Northeastern Northeastern University University Northwestern Northwestern University University University of of University Notre Notre Dame Dame (4) (4) Ohio Wesleyan Wesleyan University University Ohio The The University University of of Oklahoma Oklahoma Oxford College College of of Emory Oxford Emory University University University of of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania University

Purdue Purdue University University Regis University University Regis Rhodes Rhodes College College University of of Richmond Richmond University Rochester Rochester Institute Institute of of Technology Technology University University of of Rochester Rochester Rockhurst Rockhurst University University Rose-Hulman Institute Institute Rose-Hulman of of Technology Technology Saint Saint Louis Louis University University (3) (3) Samford Samford University University University of of San San Diego Diego University

Pitzer Pitzer College College University University of of Portland Portland

University University of of San San Francisco Francisco Santa Clara Clara University University Santa

Princeton Princeton University University Providence College College Providence

University Southern University ofofSouthern California (3) California

Southern Southern Methodist Methodist University University Spring Hill Hill College College Spring St. St. Ambrose Ambrose University University St. Olaf College St. Olaf College Stanford Stanford University University Temple University Temple University Texas Texas A&M A&M University University Texas Christian Christian Texas University University The The University University of of Texas, Texas, Austin Austin The Ohio Ohio State State University University The Trinity Trinity College College Truman State State University Truman University (4) (4) Tulane Tulane University University University University of of Tulsa Tulsa (4) (4)

Vanderbilt Vanderbilt University University Villanova University University Villanova University University of of Virginia Virginia Wabash College College Wabash Wake Wake Forest Forest University University Washington and Washington and Lee Lee University University Washington University University Washington in in St. St. Louis Louis (3) (3) Wesleyan Wesleyan University University Wheaton Wheaton College, College, Illinois Illinois College of William College of William and and Mary Mary (2) (2) University of of Wisconsin, Wisconsin, University Madison Madison The The College College of of Wooster Wooster Xavier Xavier University University Yale University University Yale

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THE ADVISORY SYSTEM EACH STUDENT JOINS AN ADVISORY GROUP, LED BY A FACULTY MEMBER, ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. In the Junior School, Advisors remain with the same students for 7th and 8th grade. Advisory groups meet in the mornings on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and eat lunch together on Thursdays.

In the High School, Advisory groups consist of 10-12 students from different grade levels. Boys remain with their Advisory group until graduation, and the Advisor is the primary guide and mentor for the student.

“There is a kind of personal comfort, personal security, personal stability that is required to sit down and actually be productive. Priory provides that through the relationships you have with your teachers and the relationships you have with peers. It also provides that by nourishing not just the emotional or academic side of the individual, but also the spiritual and the physical through sports.” – Cesar Azrak, Class of 2015, currently at Duke University

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PRIORY STUDENT LIFE PRIORY’S CLUBS AND STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS ARE A GREAT WAY TO MAKE NEW FRIENDS, LEARN OR EXPAND SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE, AND EXPLORE LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES. From the nation’s only high school Medieval Arts guild, to robotics, to the faith-based Sodality, there is something for every student. Priory encourages

Beekeeping Board Games Business & Entrepreneurship Chess Classics Coding Cooking Curling Club Diversity Fantasy Sports The Guild of Saint Columkille Ignotus Society Investment Mock Trial Model UN Music

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students to take a leadership role in starting new clubs and organizations on campus for the benefit of all our students.

Pop Tart Club The Record (Student Newspaper) Respect Life Robotics Scholar Bowl Sodality Priory Spirit Spiritual STUCO Student Ambassadors Student Council Student Honor Court Tutoria Video Game Women’s Studies Yearbook

30+ 30+ Clubs and Organizations in the High School


WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE IN A CLUB AT PRIORY? HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF CLUBS IN ACTION: ROBOTICS The Robotics team is made up of students from Priory and Visitation Academy, and serves as a positive outlet for students to explore their passions (mechanical, control systems, programming, systems design, gameplay strategy, business, fundraising, outreach, and art).

MOCK TRIAL In 2018, for the third year in a row, Priory’s Mock Trial team placed 1st in the St. Louis region, winning all six possible ballots. The team advanced to State, placing 3rd for the third time in three years.

SCHOLAR BOWL

LAUS TIBI DOMINE, THE LATIN PHRASE BENEATH THE PRIORY SHIELD, MEANS “PRAISE TO YOU LORD.”

Scholar Bowl teams are quizzed on wide ranging topics including history, literature, math, science, music, art and current events.

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OUR GRADUATES ARE READY..

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The Class of 2018 had 16 National Merit Semifinalists, 25% of the class, and the highest percentage of any school in Missouri

65 members of the Class of 2018 were accepted to 108 different institutions and are attending 37 different colleges and universities

40% 40% of the Class of 2018 are attending a Tier 1* most selective institution *Tier 1 as defined by the Barron’s “2015 Profile of American Colleges”

“While Priory’s academics are certainly a selling point in preparing a young man for college, I think it is its influence on how to operate as a self-aware human being that sets Priory apart. Priory has given me the tools to succeed in any environment that I might find myself in, even if I struggle at the onset.” – Andrew Rhodes, Class of 2012

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APPLYING TO PRIORY THE BEST PLACE TO START IS BY SETTING UP A CAMPUS TOUR AND VISIT! WE INVITE YOU TO SCHEDULE YOUR VISIT TO PRIORY BY CONTACTING OUR ADMISSIONS OFFICE. WE HAVE OUTLINED THE ADMISSIONS PROCESS AND TIMELINE BELOW. Priory offers a six-year program beginning in 7th grade, and we encourage families considering Priory to apply during their son’s 5th or 6th grade year. We do welcome applicants at all grade levels, including 9th grade, when we have space in a given class. The application process for all grades begins in the fall. Priory offers two types of admission to 7th grade: Early Decision and Regular Decision.

EARLY DECISION PROGRAM FOR 5TH GRADE BOYS Priory offers the Early Decision program for families who have investigated options early and decided that Priory is the best fit for their son. Early Decision applicants go through the admissions process and, if admitted, receive offers of enrollment during 5th grade for 7th grade entry. The requirements and the timeline are the same as for our Regular Decision applicants. We typically fill half of our class through our Early Decision program. The advantage of Early Decision is that your son knows he has a spot at Priory. He will begin to feel a part of the Priory 34 PRIORY | www.priory.org

community early, and he will have the benefits of spending time on campus, building camaraderie with future classmates, and feeling confident that he is prepared when when his 7th grade year begins.

REGULAR DECISION PROGRAM FOR 6TH GRADE BOYS Our Regular Decision applicants typically visit Priory for a day and begin the application process in the fall of 6th grade. We work closely with families throughout the application process and want prospective students to have an early opportunity to get to know our school.


Priory Application Checklist and Timeline 1

SCHEDULE A VISIT AND ADMISSIONS INTERVIEW Contact the Priory Admissions Office to schedule an interview and a half-day visit for your son so he can experience what it would feel like to be a student at Priory!

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REGISTER WITH SSAT Register with SSAT to take the Secondary School Admission Test. Most students take this test in the fall or winter during their application year. Students should take the test no later than January 5, 2019, in order to be considered in our first round of decisions. Priory is hosting an SSAT administration on January 5, 2019. You can find other test dates and locations at SSAT.org.

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COMPLETE THE STANDARD APPLICATION Priory uses the Standard Application Online (SAO) through SSAT.org. As you are completing the SAO, you will be able to electronically request a copy of your son’s academic transcript from his school/s and a letter of recommendation from one of his teachers. If your son’s school does not accept requests for transcripts or letters of recommendation electronically, please let us know and we will work with you to find a solution

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COMPLETE THE FACTS GRANT & AID APPLICATION Complete the FACTS Grant & Aid Application if you are applying for Tuition Assistance. This application is available on the Priory website, Priory.org.

ONGOING

JANUARY 15, 2019

Tours, visits and interviews

MARCH 15, 2019

Application and FACTS Grant & Aid Application deadline

Decision notification date

APRIL 5, 2019

Enrollment Contract return deadline

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, PLEASE REACH OUT TO US. Priory Admissions Office Tuition Assistance Questions Mrs. Laurie Krieger

314.434.3690 x101 admission@priory.org

500 South Mason Road St. Louis, MO 63141

314.434.3690 x316

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AFFORDING PRIORY CHOOSING PRIORY IS A FINANCIAL COMMITMENT AND AN INVESTMENT IN YOUR SON’S FUTURE

Our goal is to make a Priory education accessible to all qualified students who can best benefit from Priory’s long tradition of providing a Benedictine, Catholic, college preparatory education of the highest excellence. Choosing Priory is a financial commitment and an investment in your

son’s future. In the 2018-19 school year, Priory is providing more than $1.9 million in tuition assistance to more than 30 percent of our families. Priory is committed to recruiting bright and talented students. Candidates at the top of our applicant pool will be considered for academic scholarships.

TUITION AND COST OF ATTENDANCE

2018–19 Tuition, grades 7-12

$24,125

Lunch

$1,100

Textbooks*

$400 - $600 per year

Students typically incur other limited costs during the school year for items such as sports equipment, uniforms and advanced placement test fees. *This is an estimate. Textbook costs will vary from year to year depending on the course schedule.

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SUPPORT PRIORY BY PARTICIPATING IN THE PRIORY FUND The Priory Fund supports many important aspects of Priory’s commitment to provide our students with the academic and spiritual foundation that leads them to fulfill their potential, including: »» Curricular enhancements »» Technology and robotics »» Athletics »» Fine Arts »» Need-based tuition assistance »» Faculty development

Priory’s commitment to tuition assistance in the 2018-19 school year

1.9M+

97% 97% of Priory faculty participate in the Priory Fund

More than $1.9 million in need-based tuition assistance given to students

30%+

$2,500

More than 30% of Priory students receive assistance

Award range: from $2,500 to full tuition

From $2,500 to full tuition

$14K Average award: $14,000

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