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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Sports
    B+
Address
285 Corys Lane
Portsmouth, RI 02871
Telephone
(401) 643-1248

Applying

Application Deadline
January 31
Application Fee
$55
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
SSAT

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$39,810
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Boarding (Tuition + Boarding)
$63,050
Received Financial Aid
37%
Average Financial Aid
From Portsmouth Abbey School

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 over 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 78 options that includes 19 AP courses. 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. Graduates are well prepared to attend some of the best colleges and universities in the country.

Portsmouth Abbey School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1320
116 responses
Average ACT
29
34 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
89%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.9 responses
Poll
67%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.9 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 15 responses
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  • Raven Cup
    33%
  • School dances & The TUCK house
    33%
  • Coffee House
    13%
  • Parents Weekend
    13%
  • Portsmouth Institute
    7%

    Boarding

    Students Boarding
    70%
    Boarding Days Per Week
    7-day
    Top Countries
    China, Guatemala, Korea, Republic of, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago
    International Boarding Students
    16%

    Students

    Diversity
    A
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    360
    80%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.10 responses
    70%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.10 responses
    70%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.10 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    6:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    92%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.13 responses
    Poll
    92%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.13 responses
    Poll
    100%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.13 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Boys Athletic Participation
    100%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.7 responses
    86%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.7 responses
    100%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.7 responses

    Portsmouth Abbey School Reviews

    67 reviews
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    The academics here are Aplus. The required readings are classic, futuristic, push the envelope, and one of the best curriculums found at preparatory schools. The teachers are involved, accessible and ready and willing to help you get ahead. The campus is beautiful, 500 acres and next to Narragansett Bay. The Benedictine community is very active and many teach classes. The students here are friendly and welcoming, there are many dorm challenge activities such as The Ravens Cup, Community Service, and sports competitions. Family involvement is highly encouraged. This is a top boarding and day school.
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    Incredible school. Best choice in my life to go there. Everything about it is amazing. I would highly recommend. It’s. a challenging, competitive environment that is perfect for students willing to work hard. The sports are amazing, the clubs are wonderful and the teachers are great at their job. I would consider it the #1 Boarding school in Rhode Island. Absolutely incredible. It’s a safe environment and you make long lasting friendships. Betty is so sweet and your friends make the experience. The dorms and clean, the dining hall is great. It is absolutely wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. It’s amazing. Brromball, raven cup, and tick dances are fun social experiments. The weekend activities make allow the boarders and day students to have fun filled weekends. The science building is an amazing space for aspiring scientists. The theater program is great for any actor and the plays and musicals are enticing and the audience.
    My older brother attended the Portsmouth Abbey School, and he would always talk about how great it was, and how the people there were some of his closest friends. I never heeded the words of my older brother until the end of my 8th grade year. I did not want to go at first, but something clicked inside my head and I realized I needed to attend the school. I applied with barely anytime left in the application process, but I was still let in. It was different being at a smaller school, same faces all the time, but that made the bondage of friends and teachers all the more meaningful. The Abbey taught me key things for college and life. The school taught me time management, how to speak with adults, public speaking, and how to be a leader and role model.