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WHY A PORTSMOUTH ABBEY EDUCATION

Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts

A Liberal Arts curriculum provides:

  • A variety of subjects for a solid foundation
  • Depth of courses to focus on your areas of interest
  • The ability to write, reason, problem solve, and communicate clearly

Why Latin?

Why Latin?

Latin fosters fluency in written language by providing students with an understanding of grammar and syntax.

Physics First

Physics First

It is the science that looks at the most basic aspects of time, space, and matter to understand how and why things move.

Post-AP offerings are available in physics and chemistry as well as three different options for a second year of biology.

Mathematics

Mathematics

A problem-based and Socratic approach allows students to develop critical thinking and logical reasoning skills.

AP and Post-AP offerings are available to ensure that students never exhaust our math curriculum.

Humanities

Humanities

Students develop 21st century skills while analyzing and discussing everything from Dante to Marx and Descartes to Milton.

Meet a Tourguide

Although I'm more of a math person, humanities has been my favorite class so far! All Form IV students take it and it counts for two credits. Humanities combines philosophy, history, literature, and theology into one discussion-based seminar.

Isa
La Libertad, El Salvador

Isa

La Libertad, El Salvador
 

Activities: Soccer, Squash, Tennis, Student Council, and Spiritual Life committee

Favorite Abbey moment? During my Form III year, at the International Student Dinner, all of the Latino students gathered at the front of the dining hall and sang Bailando by Enrique Iglesias.

Favorite meal? Every Sunday after church the dining hall has Sunday brunch. The eggs, french toast, bacon, potatoes, and sausage are all delicious!

My favorite moment at the Abbey so far was beating St. George's in lacrosse at the end of last season.

Charlie
Foxborough, MA

Charlie

Foxborough, MA
 

Activities: Golf, Basketball, Lacrosse and Prefect

Favorite Class? Infectious Disease in my Form V year was the best. I loved the structure of the class because it really got me to learn about current events and the danger of viruses. With COVID, there was a lot of current events to discuss and we learned the importance of credible sources.

Favorite Teacher? My favorite teacher is Dr. Zins. He taught the class Infectious Disease. He is truly passionate about teaching which makes it easy to learn from him. I also got to know him very well because he was my basketball coach.

I love the Raven Cup, especially broomball! It is the best when all of the houses are packed in the rink and everyone shows their house spirit.

Hannah
Vineyard Haven, MA

Hannah

Vineyard Haven, MA
 

Activities: Soccer, Squash, Tennis, Lectio Leader, Peer Tutor, and Prefect

Favorite class? American Literature with Mrs. McDermott-Fazzino was definitely my favorite class so far. I loved how the class was discussion-based, and students could work together to analyze parts of a book and expand on each others ideas.

Favorite Abbey moment? My favorite Abbey moment would be winning our soccer game against Beaver Country Day in the middle of a nor’easter. We were down 2-0 then came back to win 4-2. It was our best team effort and easily the most memorable game in my Abbey career.

My favorite Abbey tradition is the all school performance of the play/musical! It's always really fun having everyone packed in the auditorium, cheering on the actors.

Gwen
Portsmouth, RI

Gwen

Portsmouth, RI
 

Activities: Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, Team 57, Mental Health and Wellness Club and Prefect

Favorite class? My favorite class at the Abbey so far has been AP US History. I love history, so the content of the class intrigued me. What really made me love the class though was Mr. Gittus's teaching style. His passion for what he taught really brought the material to life and made me enjoy it even more.

Favorite meal? The pasta bar is definitely my favorite meal in the dining hall. They serve different kinds of pasta, sauces, meatballs, and garlic bread. I usually get pasta with alfredo sauce and meatballs!

I love getting sandwiches from Maureen at the panini press station in the dining hall! My go to is a hot turkey sandwich with swiss cheese, bacon, spinach, and other greens.

Julia
Middletown, RI

Julia

Middletown, RI
 

Activities: Ice Hockey, Tennis, Abbey Singers, Human Rights Club, Mental Health and Wellness Club, and Prefect

Favorite teacher? My favorite teacher is Ms. Benestad, my Form III Latin teacher and cross country coach. She is not only a wonderful teacher, but an incredible person who cares for the well-being of her students. She is one of the many adult role models for me at the Abbey and my friends and I spend many of our free conference periods hanging out with her in her classroom!

Favorite Abbey tradition? My favorite tradition is the opening of school Tuck (student center) dance. All the students dress up according to a theme and it is a super fun way to spend a weekend with your friends. Plus, you get to meet the new students!

All the teachers here truly want to teach and that helps me fully commit to learning and makes the classroom a very engaging place.

Anna
Cary, NC

Anna

Cary, NC
 

Activities: Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Softball, Mental Health and Wellness Club, Team 57, Model UN, Lectio, Peer Tutor, and Prefect

Favorite Abbey moment? During my Form IV year my hockey team won the EIL Championship. It was such an amazing way to end the season.

Favorite class? Biology is a passion of mine, and the lab format of the class was a perfect way to explore the subject more. Our teacher, Dr. Zins, placed the emphasis on discovery and growth of knowledge. He didn’t limit our experiments to a set result but allowed us to design our own experiments and arrive at our own results.

The competitive spirit during Raven Cup events is always super high and these events always bring the community together.

Mason
Portsmouth, RI

Mason

Portsmouth, RI
 

Activities: Soccer, Basketball, Lacrosse, Model UN, Prefect, and Head Boy

Favorite meal? I always look forward to chicken and rice on Wednesdays.

Favorite Abbey tradition? Here at the Abbey we have a tradition of leadership. I place great value in the leadership that I received as a younger student and I feel very proud to be a leader in our community now.

When I was a new student my first experience on campus was preseason soccer. I had never felt welcomed so quickly. When I made the team everyone was so excited for me and it felt like we had been friends forever.

Zina
Lagos, Nigeria

Zina

Lagos, Nigeria
 

Activities: Soccer, Track, Chemistry Club, Lectio, Mental Health and Wellness Club, and Prefect

Favorite teacher? My favorite teacher at the Abbey is Ms. Hall. She was my Spanish teacher and she made learning a new language so fun and easy to understand. She always made sure we were following along and always challenged us with fun games to help us understand better. She always made time available if we ever needed it for extra help.

Favorite meal in the dining hall? I love the fried rice and General Tso's chicken!

Every fall during preseason, the football team holds a talent show. It is a really great bonding experience and an opportunity to learn more about your teammates.

Darrell
Worcester, MA

Darrell

Worcester, MA
 

Activities: Football, Wrestling, Track, Chemistry Club, Haney Fellow and Human Rights Club

Favorite teacher? My favorite teacher would have to be Mr. Chenoweth. He is a great mentor, has a great sense of humor, and always has wisdom to impart.

Favorite meal in the dining hall? Brother Benedict's tandoori chicken and shrimp curry is delicious.

My favorite time of year on campus is the end of Spring Term. I love how everyone plays games on the quad or takes a walk to the bay before dinner.

Frankie
Miami, FL

Frankie

Miami, FL
 

Activities: Football, Wrestling, Lacrosse, Student Council, Mind and Marketing Club, Model UN, and Prefect

Favorite class? Humanities during my Form IV year was my favorite class so far. Although the class has a demanding workload, I feel I benefited greatly from taking it.

Favorite teacher? This is a difficult question for me because there are so many teachers that I have built a good relationship with, but if I had to choose one, it would be Mr. St. Thomas. He was my head houseparent in St. Aelred's and taught me American Literature in Form V. Mr. St. Thomas has an impressive ability to help me and others develop our own opinions and identity in the classroom, in addition to his nurturing personality in the house.

WHAT DRIVES YOU?

Athletics

Athletics

With 43 teams to choose from, every student can find a place to shine.

Being a part of a team gives you the chance to build friendships, hone skills, and earn leadership positions on campus. Take your skills to the next level or learn something new; athletics at the Abbey gives everyone a chance to win.

Arts

Arts

Our arts programs, which include visual arts, music, and theater serve as catalysts for you to take risks, make connections with other academic courses and to cultivate new interests.

With state-of-the-art technology and equipment available, you will find something to pique your interest and set your creativity in motion.

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