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The best way to learn about Portsmouth Abbey School is to connect with our faculty, students, parents, and alumni.

 


 

Meet a Tourguide

I love history and my favorite course at the Abbey was AP US History. We learned about so many time periods but the unit on the Civil War was the most interesting to me.

Jack
Brooklyn, NY

Jack

Brooklyn, NY

Favorite Abbey tradition? Broomball is a Raven Cup event that happens every winter in the hockey rink. I always look forward to it because it's so much fun and dorm spirit is always very high.

Favorite teacher? My favorite teacher at the Abbey is Mr. Gittus. I have gotten to know him very well because I had him both as a teacher, a coach, and a houseparent. He’s a great teacher with a passion for the material he teaches like no other. He taught my AP US History last year, and I can’t wait for RI History this year.

AP Art History was my favorite class because it not only taught me about different styles, periods and techniques, but it helped me acquire a new perspective on art.

Christine
Hangzhou, China

Christine

Hangzhou, China

Favorite Abbey moment? When you wake up to other girls on your floor yelling 'snow day'!

Favorite Abbey tradition? My favorite Abbey tradition is Spring Fest. Campus is so beautiful in the springtime and all of the school is outdoors, having fun, eating Del's.

My favorite teacher also happens to be my advisor, Dr. Lavallee. He is very reliable and a great person to discuss any problems with. He even drives to the local coffee shop to pick up treats for our advisory meetings!

Sarah
Tiverton, RI

Sarah

Tiverton, RI

Favorite meal in the dining hall? My day instantly becomes better when I enter the Stillman Dining Hall and see General Tso's chicken and fried rice.

Favorite Abbey moment? Coming to the Abbey as a day student, I already had made local friends who were attending the school, but my favorite Abbey memory was meeting new people. The Abbey presents each student with numerous opportunities to connect with peers through sports, classes, dorms, lunch blocks etc., and I am very glad the school allowed me to form the friendships I have.

Being a captain of the lacrosse team is my biggest point of pride at the Abbey, and the players on the team are my closest friends I’ve ever had. Being able to lead them and set an example for them on and off the field means a lot to me.

Aidan
Charlotte, NC

Aidan

Charlotte, NC

Favorite class? My favorite class at the Abbey is definitely my American Literature class because reading such intricate works from some of the best authors in the world and receiving in depth analysis and break down is such a unique opportunity. It is not only very eye opening but it is also critical for learning how to read and write at a professional level, and will help me for years to come.

Favorite Abbey tradition? All of the house competitions for the Raven Cup are my favorites. They are fun and exciting ways to bring the community and dorms together. It is a great way to promote school pride and allows everyone to come together and celebrate our shared community.

My favorite Abbey moment was winning the EIL championship for ice hockey this past year. Everyone on the team was super pumped and we all worked really hard the whole season and it finally paid off. We went into overtime and then had to go into sudden death and when we scored it was so exciting. It will be something I remember forever!

Laura
Washington, DC

Laura

Washington, DC

Favorite class? My favorite class wass chemistry because we did so many fun labs that made the class so much more interesting. My teacher also was able to explain everything so well, so I was able to understand everything.

Favorite meal in the dining hall? I love when they do breakfast for dinner! It is always a fun surprise and makes my day a lot better.

My favorite moments at the Abbey are on Sunday afternoons when we BBQ with the whole dorm.

Sean
Portsmouth, RI

Sean

Portsmouth, RI

Favorite class/teacher? And why? Mr. Fisher. He challenged me to be a better student and a better person. He engaged with my ideas, allowing me to make an argument for myself. He showed me that learning also takes place outside of the classroom, and that you must be in a constant pursuit of learning.

Favorite meal in the dining hall? BBQ ribs from the dining hall are the best.

Most of my favorite times at the Abbey happen in the dorm where I am surrounded by my friends-turned-family. My favorite moment at the Abbey was the evening before our last day of winter exams my junior year. We were in the home stretch of what was arguably the most difficult semester for Abbey students, and my friends and I ordered Chinese takeout for a last minute study session. I think that meals and struggles are what bring people together the most. In that moment, I felt truly at home with my friends as we crammed information and devoured Chinese food.

Ava
Dartmouth, MA

Ava

Dartmouth, MA

Favorite class? My favorite class at the Abbey (so far) has been AP Biology. In this class we didn’t use a textbook but rather viewed biology through the lens of real scientific studies. We also performed many labs which I love because they provide amazing hands on experience.

Favorite Abbey tradition? My favorite Abbey tradition is the International Student Dinner, which I have attended twice. Beyond the delicious food from around the world, this dinner is a time for genuine connection between people of all corners of the earth. I loved learning about different cultures and supporting my friends as they sang karaoke in their native languages.

Humanities is one of those classes that sticks with you. It's very unique and reminds me of a dinner table setting, where we all gather around the table and feed off of each other's thoughts and questions. This setting allowed me to become closer than ever with my peers and not be afraid to think outside the box. I know that I will remember it for the rest of my life.

Julia
Middletown, RI

Julia

Middletown, RI

Favorite Abbey moment My favorite moment at the Abbey was when I scored my first 3-pointer as a freshman on the Girls Varsity Basketball team. Seeing my big brother, who was a senior at the time, cheering for me was definitely a highlight and proud moment of the both of us.

Favorite meal in the dining hall? "PPP" aka Personal Pan Pizza!

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.

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.