"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.”
"In my freshman year of college it became very clear: I had an advantage over my peers as I was accustomed to balancing homework, sports, travel, and social life thanks to Portsmouth Abbey’s structure. Although I was not a varsity collegiate athlete, I was still able to compete in club and intramural sports, earn scholarships and stipends to travel the world, and graduate magna cum laude with a double major and minor."
Mr. Elliott Moffie
"The Abbey is unique because it is so welcoming. Our kids are all very different, yet they all seem to find a place where they can fit in and have a good experience. Our community really knows how to embrace people."
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.