Portsmouth Abbey School

285 Cory's Lane,
Portsmouth, RI 02871
Tel: (401)643-1248
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12 | 347 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...."
Definition of Terms 
2014 School Data
Portsmouth Abbey Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12 7-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Religious Affiliation Catholic Non-denominational
Year Founded 1926 1909
Campus Size 525 acres 120 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 347 students 295 students
% Students of Color 12% 19%
% International Students 19% 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 12 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 59% 67%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $45 million $15 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$52,730 $48,400
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$34,950 $26,800
% Students on Financial Aid 36% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $34,000 $20,074
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No


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 Admissions Meghan Fonts  
Associate Director of Admissions Steve Pietraszek  

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 17 16
Art 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


# 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


Total Extracurricular Organizations 32 24
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
Link to Matriculation Data

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
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Christopher Buckley - Political sairist and author; former managing edior of Esquire Magazine; has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Time, The Atlantic Montly, Smithsonian, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker.
    • John E. Pepper - Former Director of The Walt Disney Company and former CEO and chairman of the executive committee of the Board of Directors of The Procter & Gamble Company.
    • Robert F. Kennedy - U.S. Senator from New York; U.S. Attorney General.
    • Edward M. Kennedy - U.S. Senator from Massachusetts.
    • Peter M. Flanigan - Assistant to President Richard Nixon.
    • Benedict Fitzgerald - American screenwriter - In Cold Blood, Wise Blood; co-wrote Aramaic, Hebrew, and Latin screenplay for The Passion of the Christ.
    • Charlie Day - Writer, actor and executive producer of the television comedy It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia; appeared in the movies Horrible Bosses, Going the Distance, and Pacific Rim; appeared in the tv shows Third Watch, Law&Order, Reno911!, and hosted SNL.
    • William Ruckelshaus - first Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; former FBI director and U.S. Deputy Attorney General.
    • E.J. Dionne - Journalist, political commentator, and op-ed columnist for The Washington Post; Portsmouth's first Rhodes Scholar; University Professor at Georgetown University.
    • Naseemah Mohamed - A 2013 Rhodes Scholar and a 2012 graduate of Harvard University; former president of the Harvard African Student Association and secretary for the Youth Alliance Leadership and Development in Africa group; founded the Ziolonge Arts-Literacy Project.

Nearby Schools:

The nearest boarding school is St. George's School (8 miles away)
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  • NewportSt. George's School
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  • BarringtonSt. Andrew's School
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    BarringtonRI 02806
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  • NarragansettMiddlebridge School
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  • MarionTabor Academy
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  • ThompsonMarianapolis Preparatory School
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