Portsmouth Abbey School

5.00 5 1 (4 reviews)
Tel: 401-643-1248
285 Cory's Lane
Portsmouth, RI 02871
  • 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 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.

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  • Arcadia University
    At Portsmouth Abbey School, the community is so engrained with basic Benedictine values that are so evident in the vibe of the campus. When yo was around everyone says hi to each other and is. . .
  • Bowdoin College
    One thing that makes us unique from other schools is our religious aspect. We were founded by a Benedictine Catholic monastery that still is active, and it influences campus life. We have mass every Sunday. . .
  • Tufts University
    Portsmouth Abbey is located right alongside Narragansett Bay. The location sets it apart from any other schools because of all the unique opportunities of a bayside campus. On any given warm spring or fall day. . .
  • Ohio State University
    Portsmouth Abbey, located on the gorgeous Rhode Island coast overlooking Narragansett Bay is alone in its communal culture. While other boarding schools offer the same aspects of community, I maintain that Portsmouth Abbey creates a. . .
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Definition of Terms 
2017 School Data
Portsmouth AbbeyBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-127-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationCatholicNon-denominational
Year Founded19261910
Campus Size525 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment360 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1858* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)1660 - 2122-
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesYesNo
Frequency of Saturday ClassesWeeklyWeekly
Classroom Dress CodeFormalCasual
Average Class Size13 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:61:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1917
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes


Endowment Size$44.5 million$18 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant37500$22,844
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo


Application DeadlineJan. 31Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Average Percentile SSAT72%-
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsSteve Pietraszek
Associate Director of AdmissionsWallace Gundy

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1917
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 Offered1815
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations3324
ExtracurricularsChristian Community Service, Cultural Awareness Club, Debate Club, Horseback riding, Model United Nations, New England Math League, Peer Tutors, Red Key, Social Committee, Student Athletic Advisory Board, Student Council, Students Against Destructive, Teens Leading Children, The Beacon, The Gregorian, The Raven, TLC, WJHD

Club or Organization:
Appalachia Service Project, Astronomy Club, Chinese Language & Culture Club, Classics Club, March for Life Group, Movie Club, Saint Gregory's Alms, Scriptorium, Spanish Club

Arts and Music Programs:
A Flats, Abbey Singers, G Sharps, Jazz Club, orchestra, Pro Deo

College Matriculation

Year: 2013 - 201410 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Boston College7
College of the Holy Cross4
Northeastern University4
The George Washington University4
University of Notre Dame4
Carnegie Mellon University3
Brown University2
Princetown University2
University of Pennsylvania2
Harvard University1
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • The aim of Portsmouth Abbey School is to help young men and women grow in knowledge and grace. Grounded in the Catholic faith and 1500-year-old Benedictine intellectual tradition, the School fosters:
  • Reverence-for God and the human person 
  • Respect-for learning and order 
  • Responsibility-for the shared experience of community life
  • Part of our mission is to live in a community that values each of its members our similarities and differences. This enables students to better understand themselves and the world around them. Our students thrive in this environment and can take full advantage of the spiritual, athletic, artistic, and service options that exist on our campus and beyond. This sense of community is strong and vibrant easy to feel although sometimes challenging to put into words.
  • We celebrate our achievements and we offer help to those in need in an effort to make this a more gracious community. We invite you to learn more about Portsmouth Abbey School in the following pages and our website; but most importantly please come and see it for yourself.
  • School accreditations: NEASC, TABS, NAIS
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Christopher Buckley - writer and political satirist; former Managing Editor of Esquire Magazine; chief speech writer for Vice President George H. W. Bush; author of Thank You for Smoking
    • John E. Pepper, Jr. - Chairman of the Walt Disney 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 - actor, writer, executive producter - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
    • William Ruckelshaus - first Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; former FBI director and U.S. Deputy Attorney General
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