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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    C
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    D+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Portsmouth High School is a highly rated, public school located in Portsmouth, RI. It has 919 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 52% of students are at least proficient in math and 77% in reading.

Portsmouth High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
77%
Percent Proficient - Math
52%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1230
355 responses
Average ACT
29
49 responses
AP Enrollment
38%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$99,209
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,380
National
$949
Median Home Value
$378,500
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
85%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.20 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.20 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 90 responses
  • Spirit week
    24%
  • Prom
    16%
  • Our homecoming and spirit week are one.
    12%
  • Sporting events
    12%
  • Graduation
    10%
  • Homecoming
    10%
  • Senior Skip Day
    6%

Students

Diversity
C
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
919
Free or Reduced Lunch
10%
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.24 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.24 responses
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.24 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$77,657
Teachers in First/Second Year
1.3%
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.34 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.34 responses
65%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.34 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$17,259/ year
National
$12,239
82%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.38 responses
34%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.38 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.38 responses
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Portsmouth High School is located in a small town in a small state. Most of the student body knows one another as a lot of us have been going to school together since kindergarten. That being said, it can be extremely cliquey. Being located so close to a navy base, we have our fair share of "new kids", however, their experiences can vary greatly. Some say it's the best school and group of friends they've had in all their many moves while others find it extremely hard to break into the close-knit groups. We are definitely a sports-oriented school, having been given the nickname of "Sportsmouth", but there is definitely a lot of great opportunities in the art and music fields as well. We have both a marching band and chorus, with further opportunities in jazz band and vocal ensemble for those who are more dedicated to the craft. A rich curriculum is offered and students have the chance to take both honor and AP level classes.
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My favorite thing about Portsmouth High School were the teachers. The teachers at this school inspired me and tirelessly worked to teach us to the best of their ability. My Algebra II and Pre-Ap Calculus teacher poured everything she had into helping students who did not understand the material. Coming in early in the morning before school, staying after school for hours to help tutor a confused student, she always made sure students had the best resources available to them. My Economics teacher always kept the tone of the class light, holding our attention and keeping us engaged with his insightful stories and quotes from books. The teachers at Portsmouth High School go above and beyond to make the school a positive and accepting environment.
This school actually provides a very nice education, but the administration for the district never seemed to actually care about students. Every decision was based on what would save them money or make them look good to outsiders. This was not due to a lack of resources, but due to administration wanting to appear more talented. I would give PHS 5 stars if their admin tried to make decisions for the students' and teachers' wellbeing, instead of for their own pockets and for their image. The teachers are generally pretty great though. I have been supported very well by all my teachers and I feel very very prepared for entering college.