Portsmouth Abbey School

285 Cory's Lane
Portsmouth, RI 02871
Tel: (401)643-1248
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12 | 360 students
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Portsmouth Abbey School is a Catholic, co-educational boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12.
The school is located on a beautiful 525-acre campus along Narragansett Bay, just a few miles from Newport, RI. 
Definition of Terms 
2015 School Data
Portsmouth Abbey Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12 11-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Religious Affiliation Catholic Non-denominational
Year Founded 1926 1910
Campus Size 525 acres 121 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 360 students 300 students
% Students of Color 15% 20%
% International Students 16% 20%
% Students Boarding 70% 67%
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 80% 67%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $45 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$54,630 $49,500
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$35,860 $28,400
% Students on Financial Aid 36% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $38,000 $21,000
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No


Application Deadline Jan. 31 Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application No No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 66% -
Acceptance Rate 37% 56%
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


# 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

School Notes:

  • Portsmouth Abbey School is a Catholic, co-educational boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12. The school is located on a beautiful 525-acre campus along Narragansett Bay, just a few miles from Newport, RI. For almost 90 years the Abbey’s liberal arts curriculum has been preparing students for lives of significance and purpose. This education is grounded in the Western intellectual tradition and teaches students to solve problems, communicate ideas, work together, and innovate. Abbey students select a challenging course load from 85 options that includes 17 AP courses and 14 honors or post AP classes. This rigorous curriculum is balanced by extraordinary afternoon offerings in athletics, drama, music, dance, community service, and equestrian. This co-curricular program gives students the opportunity to be participants rather than spectators in a variety of team, group, and individual endeavors. Once students receive their Abbey diploma they are well prepared to attend some of the best colleges and universities in the country.  
  • School accreditations: NEASC, TABS, NAIS

Nearby Schools:

The nearest boarding school is St. George's School (8 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • 8 mi | Gr. 9-12 | 365 studentsPO Box 1910
    NewportRI 02840
  • 10.6 mi | Gr. 6-12 | 225 students63 Federal Road
    BarringtonRI 02806
  • 16.1 mi | Gr. 7-12 | 53 students333 Ocean Road
    NarragansettRI 02882
  • 27.1 mi | Gr. 9-12 | 514 students66 Front Street
    MarionMA 02738
  • 37.3 mi | Gr. 9-12 | 100 students8720 County Road 17 Rockland, Ontario, K4K 1T2
    Rockland K4K 1T2
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