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Portsmouth Abbey School

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Portsmouth Abbey School

At a glance

Location Portsmouth, RI
USA
Tuition $54,630
Grades 9-12 Students Receiving Aid 36%
Student Body Coed Total Aid Awarded $4,000,000
Student/Faculty Ratio 7:1 Endowment $44,500,000
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Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate 37%

Total Enrollment

Total Enrollment 360

Average Class Size

Average Class Size 13

Sports & Extracurriculars

Sports & Extracurriculars 29*
Average SAT Score (Math) 611
Average SAT Score (Verbal) 627
Learning Support Program?
Number of AP Programs 13
ESL Offered?
IB Program Offered?

Overview

Region Providence RI Area
Program Emphasis Boarding School
College Prep
Day School
All Grades 9-12
Boarding Grades 9-12
Grade Divisions Secondary
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Student Body Coed
Established 1926
Dress Code Semi-formal
School Setting Suburban
Campus Size (Acres) 525
Head of School Daniel McDonough
Endowment $44,500,000

History

Originally called Portsmouth Priory, the School officially opened with 18 students in September of 1926 and was one of three institutions founded by Father Hugh Diman, along with the Diman School (now St. George's) and Diman Vocational School of Fall River.

Of the 27 buildings that comprise our 500-acre campus, 14 have been designed by the renowned modernist architect Pietro Belluschi who was part of the "Bauhaus" movement and head of urban planning and architecture at MIT. Portsmouth Abbey's Church of St. Gregory the Great is considered the most important piece of conservative modernist architecture in Rhode Island.

Portsmouth Abbey School takes pride in its notable alumni including statesmen such as the former U.S. Senator from Illinois Peter Fitzgerald and former U.S. Assistant Attorney General William Ruckelshaus; educators Fr. Jonathan De Felice, O.S.B. '65, Naseemah Mohamed '08; professors Michael J. Mauboussin '82 and Michael Putnam; authors John Gregory Dunne, Christopher Buckley '70 and E J. Dionne '69; artists such as writer/actor Charlie Day '96, LED sculptor Leo Villareal ’86, painter and community leader Matt D'Arrigo ‘90, and renowned abstract expressionist Alfonso Ossorio; and business leaders Terry McGuirk, John Pepper '56, Bill Haney '80, Jim Farley '81 and Angus Davis '96. Learn more...

The School embraced coeducation for boarding and day students in 1991 and in 1998 recommitted itself to the Western intellectual tradition that is founded in teachings that date back to ancient Greece.

Today, Portsmouth Abbey School continues to flourish as the nation's leading coeducational Catholic Benedictine boarding school for 350 students in grades 9 through 12. Unique in its English Benedictine tradition, the School offers a challenging academic curriculum rich in mathematics and science and built upon a signature humanities program.

Additional features are our 43 athletics teams (26 varsity), diverse community service programs, many off-campus enrichment opportunities, a state-of-the-art squash and fitness center, a brand new multi-sport synthetic turf field and world-class golf, sailing and equestrian facilities. Given the school's small size, students have the opportunity to become leaders and active members of the community.

Academics

Full Time Faculty 60
Part Time Faculty 10
% of Faculty with Advanced Degrees 71%
Faculty with doctorate 6
Faculty with masters 37
Student/Faculty ratio 7:1
Average Class Size 13
A Sampling of Courses Offered
Algebra
American History
Art
Art History
Bible
Biology
Calculus
Ceramics
Chemistry
Chinese
Chorus
Classics
Computer Math
Computer Science
Creative Writing
Electives
English
Environmental Science
Equestrian Sports
European History
Fine Arts
French
Geometry
Greek
Health
History
Humanities
Latin
Marine Biology
Mathematics
Music
Music Theory
Philosophy
Photography
Physics
Pre-calculus
Religion
Science
Spanish
Studio Art
Study Skills
World History
A.P. Courses Offered
Art History
Biology
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
Chemistry
English Literature
French Literature
Latin Literature
Music Theory
Physics C
Spanish Literature
Statistics
US History

Student Enrollment

Total Enrollment 360
Boys 192
Girls 168
% Boys/Girls 53%/47%
Boarding Students 252
Day Students 108
International
Canada
China
Dominican Republic
El Salvador
Germany
Guatemala
Italy
Korea
Mexico
Other (Trinidad and Tobago)
Saudi Arabia
Spain
United States
Arizona
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Dist. of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Mississippi
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Texas
Vermont
Virginia
Majority of students come from Northeast
% of Students of Color 13%
% of International Students 18%

Admission

E-mail admissions@portsmouthabbey.org
Web Address www.portsmouthabbey.org
Director of Admission Steven Pietraszek
Admission Application Apply to Portsmouth Abbey School
Application Required Yes
Application Fee Amount 50
Application Deadline(s) January 31st
Financial Aid Deadline(s) January 31st
Financial Aid Awarded $4,000,000
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid 36%
Acceptance Rate 37%
Total Applicants 500
Admissions Selectivity Selective
Admissions Yield 51%
Admission Tests Accepted
Other (PSAT)
SSAT
Day Student Tuition $35,860
Boarding Student Tuition $54,630
International Student Tuition $54,630

College Placement Office

Average SAT I Scores (Math) 611
Average SAT I Scores (Verbal) 627
Average SAT I Scores (Writing) 614
Dedicated College Placement Office Yes
Recent College Matriculations Amherst College, Boston College, Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, College of the Holy Cross, Columbia University, Cornell University, Emory University, Duke University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, New York University, Princeton University, United States Military Academy,United States Naval Academy, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, Williams College, Northwestern University
% of Graduates Who Attend College 100%

Athletics & Extra-Curricular Activities

Athletics
baseball
basketball
cross-country
equestrian
field hockey
football
golf
ice hockey
soccer
softball
squash
swimming
tennis
track and field
wrestling
Recreational Sports
dance
equestrian
Extra-Curricular Activities
A Capella
Choir
Community Service Program
Debate Club
Honor Council
Literary Magazine
Model UN
Newspaper
Radio Station
Student Government
Tour Guides
Yearbook

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Contact Info

Phone 401-643-1248
Address 285 Cory's Lane - Portsmouth, RI 02871 USA
Website www.portsmouthabbey.org 
Email admissions@portsmouthabbey.org 
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