Portsmouth Abbey School - Review #1

Read more details about Portsmouth Abbey School on their 2019-20 profile page.
Portsmouth Abbey School
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About the Author:

College EnrolledSaint Johns College
Home Town, State Chicago, IL
Years Attended Boarding School3
Activities During Boarding SchoolN/a

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Portsmouth Abbey is very different in that the community of the school is very close-knit due to its size so you really do get to know everyone there. It’s also catholic so weekly mass as well as dorm mass additionally are to be expected.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I learned to appreciate learning and education in way a lot of my friends are just figuring out in college. The books I read here laid a foundation for me to go on a study all the classics. Portsmouth abbey teaches you how to think intelligently in seminar based discussions that prepares you not only for college but learning how to live a meaningful life at such a young age.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would have encouraged myself to join for sports and activities, the sports teams really do have strong bonds that carry throughout their high careers.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I really liked the teachers the most. Portsmouth Abbey was a difficult place for me to be in high school and the amount that the teachers care is unlike anything else.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Definitely live in Brigids Dorm!

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The academics are interesting here. The classes are very small and there is a period given to students in the schedule in which they are encouraged to meet with teachers outside of class. The academics are definitely intense and serious, it’s not dissimilar from my freshman year college curriculum. Diversity is an issue here.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I did not participate in athletics

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I did not participate in theater, however it can be a substitute for one term of sports and the productions were always extremely well done.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I was a member of several academic and service clubs which were extremely involved within the state of Rhode Island. The academic clubs typically meet once a week to complete additional projects of interest with the supervision of a teacher.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
The dorms were very nice especially compared to most college dorms. You do have study hall and house meeting every night so the dorm is able to bond relatively fasts. The dorm parents of all the dorms are so sweet and really do their best to help you out with anything you might need. Portsmouth abbey is really strict regarding their zero tolerance policy which is something to keep in mind as every year several student get kicked out due to it.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The dining hall is the best. There are always stations open to make sandwiches and luckily there are lots of restaurants and fast food places near by!

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The town of Portsmouth itself is relatively small and quiet. However it’s really not far from Newport which has a really cute Main Street with shops and restaurants
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
The social life is pretty good considering how small the school is. When I was a student it was definitely relatively cliquey which I think is due to the size and location of the Campus.
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