Portsmouth Abbey School

285 Cory's Ln, Portsmouth, RI 02871

Founded by Rev. Dom John Hugh Diman and known as the Portsmouth Priory School until 1969, when the monastery of the English Benedictine Congregation that conducts the school was raised to the status of an abbey, Portsmouth Abbey occupies a 500-acre site on Narragansett Bay. The school continues its goal of instilling in students "a genuine appreciation of scholarship, excellence in academic work and a belief in a broad and liberal education." The faculty comprises both monastic and lay members. Portsmouth Abbey's traditional college preparatory curriculum features Advanced Placement courses, and a wide range of electives are available to juniors and seniors. All pupils study Latin in grade 9, while a signature humanities program begins in grade 10. Graduation requirements include four years of Christian doctrine and a senior independent study project. Open conference periods built into each academic day allow students to consult with teachers and attend extra-help sessions. The school requires students to participate in interscholastic sports every season, although drama or community service may be substituted for athletics in one term of grades 9-11 and two terms of grade 12. Sophomores complete a 10-hour service requirement. Portsmouth Abbey schedules cultural expeditions to Boston, MA, and Providence.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeBoarding and Day — Coed Grades 9-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address285 Cory's Ln, Portsmouth, RI 02871
Telephone401-683-2000
Fax401-643-1388
Year Established1926
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
AdministratorDaniel McDonough
Applications DueJanuary
Total Enrollment360
Boarding Students252
Day Students108
Boys180
Girls180
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