Priory FAQ


What is the Basic Premise of the Priory System?
Why is Leadership such a major Focus?
Is there research that has been done on Priory Systems?
What are some benefits for students?
What are some benefits for faculty and staff?
What is the role of the Student Priory Coordinator?
What is the role of the Assistant Student Priory Coordinator?
What is the role of the Prior?
What is the role of the Sub-Prior?
What is the role of the Chaplain?
What is the role of the grade level rep? (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior)
What is the role of the Dean?

What is the Basic Premise of the Priory System?
The primary purpose of the Priory System is to further the mission of the school by providing greater pastoral care to all our students while strengthening our sense of community. The system will also enable us to be proactive in the development of each student’s leadership skills.
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Why is Leadership such a major Focus?
Leadership is a key ingredient to the development of a student’s responsibilities. It also helps create awareness to the impact a student can have as he becomes a young man. Through the Priory System students will gain valuable tools and assets that will help empower them to become great leaders and mentors.
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Is there research that has been done on Priory Systems?
There is a wealth of research about the Priory System, here is a small sample. Research has shown that smaller schools: have overall better behavior and less discipline issues (Cotton 1996), communication and attitudes are more positive (Edington and Gardener 1984), encourage better participation in extracurricular activities (Schoggen and Schoggen 1989), and students have a more substantial sense of belonging (Kennedy 2005). Furthermore, when larger schools are organized into smaller units, the same goals can be achieved (Oxley 1994).
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What are some benefits for students?

  • Being a part of a smaller community helps students get acclimated quickly to their new school environment and they experience an immediate sense of belonging.
  • Your son will see a faculty or staff mentor 4 days a week for at least 15 minutes a day four 4 years on a non-academic basis.
  • Students will have a true faculty mentor. It allows students to have an opportunity to interact with students from all grade levels.
  • It allows students to participate in a variety of additional activities that are non-academic and non-athletic.
  • It’s a great way to know more people outside of the classroom setting It can be a source of positive peer-pressure and extra-motivation that can have effects in the classroom Marquee events will bring more fans to athletic events
  • Studies show that schools with Priory systems have happier students and have more school spirit than they did before a priory system was implemented

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What are some benefits for faculty and staff?

  • It gives a rare occasion to interact with students in a non-academic and non-athletic context.
  • It’s a great way to know more students outside the classroom, especially for teachers who only teach one grade level and/or don’t coach.
  • Great source of information for the pulse of the school It can serve as a time to do the “stuff” (voting, distributing, etc.) that we don’t like to do during our teaching time.
  • Students attendance at athletic and fine arts events are likely to increase, therefore generating more school spirit.

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What is the role of the Student Priory Coordinator?
The student priory coordinator is responsible for the atmosphere of care and concern for the entire school as fostered by the Priory System, actively supports the Priors, Chaplin’s and Mentor Teachers with priory activities, and is responsible for the organization of events which involve the entire school. They will coordinate school-wide efforts with the Priors. The Student Priory Coordinator will also represent the student body at school and public functions, while overseeing meetings with the Priors and Priory Coordinator on a consistent basis. The Student Priory Coordinator should demonstrate a commitment to Benedictine through faith, preparation, community, service, spirit and leadership. He should also approach academics with a diligent attitude, and treat all Benedictine students, especially underclassmen, with a sense of pastoral care.
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What is the role of the Assistant Student Priory Coordinator?
The assistant student priory coordinator is responsible for the atmosphere of care and concern for the entire school as fostered by the Priory System, actively supports the Priors, Chaplin’s and Mentor Teachers with priory activities, and is responsible for the organization of events which involve the entire school. They will coordinate school-wide efforts with the priory Chaplin’s and offer support to the Student Priory Coordinators and Priors. The Assistant Student Priory Coordinator will also represent Benedictine at school and public functions, meet with the Priory Coordinator’s weekly and work with the Student Priory Coordinator’s on all Priory events involving the entire school. The Assistant Student Prior Coordinator also should demonstrate a commitment to Benedictine through faith, preparation, community, service, spirit and leadership. He should also approach academics with a diligent attitude, and treat all Benedictine students, especially underclassmen, with a sense of pastoral care.
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What is the role of the Prior?
The Prior is responsible for the atmosphere of care and concern for students within the House and actively supports and works with the Deans and Mentor Teachers in regard to Priory and school activities. The Prior also works and meets consistently with the Student Priory Coordinators to plan and oversee Priory events. The Prior will be asked to meet with the Priory Director, Chaplin, Student Reps, and the Student Priory Coordinators as well. A Prior also demonstrates a commitment to Benedictine through faith, preparation, community, service, spirit and leadership. He should also approach academics with a diligent attitude, and treat all Benedictine students, especially underclassmen, with a sense of pastoral care.
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What is the role of the Sub-Prior?
The Sub-Prior is responsible for the atmosphere of care and concern for students within the House and actively supports and works with the Prior, Deans and Mentor Teachers in regard to Priory and school activities. The Sub- Prior also works and meets consistently with the Prior to plan and oversee Priory events. The Sub-Prior will be asked to meet with the Chaplin, Student Reps, and the Student Priory Coordinators as well. A Prior also demonstrates a commitment to Benedictine through faith, preparation, community, service, spirit and leadership. He should also approach academics with a diligent attitude, and treat all Benedictine students, especially underclassmen, with a sense of pastoral care.
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What is the role of the Chaplain?
The Priory Chaplain will work closely with their Prior, Mentor Teachers, and the Campus Ministry team to create meaningful experiences that foster the growth and development of students’ faith journeys. This includes working with the Assistant Student Coordinator to assist in the organization of convocation, Service Learning and Retreat Programs, as well as creating meaningful experiences within each Priory that allow students to explore their relationship with God.
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What is the role of the grade level rep? (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior)
These students represent their class on all matters pertaining to the Priory System and school-wide initiatives.
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What is the role of the Dean?
The deans are a key role in the priory system. They are the leadership and key spokes person for each deanery. They should work closely with the Mentor teacher and facilitate the deanery time.
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