"As my family and I begin our 32nd year at Portsmouth, it's easy to look back and realize how quickly the School became not just a job, but a home. It's the same feeling a great number of our students have, as the School becomes their home away from home, sometimes to their surprise. As someone who left Portsmouth after three years, and then returned "for one more year" 28 years ago, I can say with assurance that Portsmouth has a way of growing on you."
Mrs. Corie McDermott-Fazzino
“Communities don't just happen; rather, they require individuals to engage honestly and fully in the experience, and our students understand that. As a houseparent, I often observed genuine care and kindness between roommates. As a varsity coach, I am always impressed by how my squash players strike a balance between competitiveness during ladder play and supportiveness as teammates. As an English teacher, I am impressed with how my students embrace seminar discussion and work together to understand the literature. Maybe I'm biased, but I don't think any school does community quite like the Abbey.”
2nd Lieutenant Trevor Kenahan
"Portsmouth Abbey shaped me in three major ways: communication, critical thinking, and work ethic. As a Marine Corps Officer, a large part of what we do is planning missions and briefing our Marines. This process requires a great deal of critical analysis during the planning phase as well as confidence when briefing our plan to a platoon of Marines. Doing recitations over the years helped me build my confidence in this regard (I still have some of the poems committed to memory to this day). Secondly, the Abbey’s focus on exegesis has greatly helped me during the planning process in the Marine Corps as I am able to better analyze mission situations. The structure and discipline required at the Abbey instilled habits in me that made me the person I am today."
Mrs. Susan McCarthy
"As they arrive to the classroom, my Algebra 2 students want to be the first one to claim a homework problem to present on the board. The students are willing to take academic risks and put themselves out there while solving the problems, and this makes all of the students in the classroom learn so much faster. In my AP Statistics classes, they really get into the real-life applications, and the quality of their work is amazing."
Grounded in the Catholic faith and 1,500-year-old Benedictine intellectual tradition, we foster:
- Reverence for God and the human person
- Respect for learning and order
- Responsibility for the shared experience of community life
Part of our mission is to live in a community that values each of its members. This enables students to better understand themselves and the world around them. We celebrate our achievements and we offer help to those in need in an effort to make this a more gracious community.
Our newest capital campaign features an astounding state-of-the-art science education facility. The new building will feature seven laboratories & seven classrooms, a multi-purpose seminar room, a multi-story commons, and more.