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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B-
  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 879 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 11 to 1. According to state test scores, 25% of students are at least proficient in math and 43% in reading.
Address
120 Education Lane
Portsmouth, RI 02871
Telephone
(401) 683-2124

Portsmouth High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
43%
Percent Proficient - Math
25%
Average Graduation Rate
89%
Average SAT
1200
222 responses
Average ACT
28
32 responses
AP Enrollment
39%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    B+
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Cost of Living
    C
  4. Good for Families
    A
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$86,051
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,214
National
$949
Median Home Value
$357,800
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
93%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.15 responses
Poll
73%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.15 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 71 responses
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  • Spirit week
    25%
  • Prom
    18%
  • Our homecoming and spirit week are one.
    13%
  • Graduation
    11%
  • Homecoming
    11%
  • Sporting events
    11%
  • 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
879
Free or Reduced Lunch
13%
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.19 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.19 responses
95%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.19 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
11:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$87,390
Teachers in First/Second Year
1.2%
62%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.29 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.29 responses
66%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.29 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$15,949/ year
National
$12,239
79%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.33 responses
33%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.33 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.33 responses
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My experience at Portsmouth High School had its ups and downs. I never faced bullying during my time, but I did face a lot of stress. Our academic programs are rigorous, and the teachers are subpar when catering to the specific learning needs of children - making it difficult to absorb plentiful information in an honors course. School spirit has definitely gone down over the years, so I would love to see that come back. The student council isn't one to boost spirit but rather boost their resume. We have a ton of activities throughout the year that garnishes student participation, so I do always enjoy those. However the student population is very white, there isn't much diversity amongst them.
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Portsmouth High School is rated one of the best high schools in the state, and for good reason. The teachers know what they're doing and are for the most part kind and respectful of the students. Administration care about the students in their school and it is a very safe environment. My only qualm is that the rules change almost from year to year, mostly regarding phone policies and other minor not education-related instances. Overall, my almost 4 years at the school have been pleasant, and I'm glad I was able to experience high school in the Portsmouth district.
Portsmouth High School is filled with faculty members and teachers that truly care about the students. Each child is given an opportunity to reach their fullest potentials. The teachers have a strong curriculum they follow and make sure that every child succeeds. As a senior, I’ve seen what this school has offered each student, and I’m proud to be a student at PHS. One thing I would truly like to see change, is that just as much money and attention goes to the arts program as sports. As a lover of the arts (theater and drawing) I see how our theater is falling apart and we are scraping the bottles of paint at the end of the year.