Portsmouth Abbey School

285 Cory's Lane
Portsmouth, RI 02871
Tel: (401)643-1248
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12 | 360 students
"Portsmouth Abbey School is a coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12.
Founded in 1926 by the English Benedictine community, the school is located on a 525-acre campus along the picturesque shores of Rhode Islands Narragansett Bay...."

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2014 School Data
Portsmouth Abbey Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Religious Affiliation Catholic Non-denominational
Year Founded 1926 1910
Campus Size 525 acres 125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 360 students 295 students
% Students of Color 12% 19%
% International Students 18% 20%
% Students Boarding 70% 68%
Average SAT Score 1853 * National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1660 - 2100 -
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes Yes No
Frequency of Saturday Classes Weekly Weekly
Classroom Dress Code Formal Casual
Average Class Size 13 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:7 1:7
# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 17 16
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 58% 66%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $45 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$54,630 $48,520
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$35,860 $27,240
% Students on Financial Aid 36% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $38,000 $20,250
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No

Admission

Application Deadline Jan. 31 Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application No No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 65% -
Acceptance Rate 39% 57%
Director of AdmissionsSteve Pietraszek
Associate Director of AdmissionsWallace Gundy

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 17 16
CoursesArt History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science A, English Language and Composition, European History, French Language and Culture, Latin, Music Theory, Physics C, Spanish Language and Culture, Spanish Literature and Culture, Statistics, United States History, World History

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered 17 14
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Wrestling

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 32 23
ExtracurricularsA Flats, girls' a capella group, Abbey Singers, Appalachia Service Project, Astronomy Club, Chinese Culture Club, Christian Community Service, Classics Club, Cultural Awareness at Portsmouth, CAAP, Debate Club, G Sharps, boys' a capella group, Horseback riding, Jazz Ensemble, March for Life Group, Model United Nations, Movie Club, New England Math League, Peer Tutors, Ping Pong Club, Pro Deo, orchestra, Radio station, WJHD, Red Key, campus tour guides, Saint Gregory's Alms, Scriptorium, scholarly journal, Social Committee, Spanish Club,

College Matriculation

Year: 2013-2014 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Boston College 7
College of the Holy Cross 4
Northeastern University 4
The George Washington University 4
University of Notre Dame 4
Carnegie Mellon University 3
Brown University 2
Princetown University 2
University of Pennsylvania 2
Harvard University 1

School Notes:

  • Portsmouth Abbey School is a coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12. Founded in 1926 by the English Benedictine community, the school is located on a 525-acre campus along the picturesque shores of Rhode Islands Narragansett Bay.
  • The Portsmouth Abbey education is grounded in the Western intellectual tradition, from ancient Greece and Rome and continuing into this century. This classical curriculum is balanced by a focus on spirituality, athletics, the arts and fun.
  • The school's mission encompasses the importance of reverence for God and the human person, respect for learning and order, and responsibility for the shared experience of community life.
  • Portsmouth Abbey School is located on 525 acres on the beautiful shores of Narragansett Bay. On the school's grounds is the world class Carnegie Abbey Club Golf Course.
  • School accreditations: NEASC, TABS, NAIS

Nearby Schools:

The nearest boarding school is St. George's School (8 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Newport, RI
    PO Box 1910
    NewportRI 02840
    401-842-6600
    8 mi | Gr. 9-12 | 365 students
  • Barrington, RI
    63 Federal Road
    BarringtonRI 02806
    401-246-1230
    10.6 mi | Gr. 6-12 | 225 students
  • Narragansett, RI
    333 Ocean Road
    NarragansettRI 02882
    401-788-0800
    16.1 mi | Gr. 7-12 | 53 students
  • Marion, MA
    66 Front Street
    MarionMA 02738
    (508)291-8300
    27.1 mi | Gr. 9-12 | 514 students
  • Rockland,
    8720 County Road 17 Rockland, Ontario, K4K 1T2
    Rockland 
    877-244-9199
    37.3 mi | Gr. 9-12 | 100 students
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