WHY A PORTSMOUTH ABBEY EDUCATION
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
Latin fosters fluency in written language by providing students with an understanding of grammar and syntax.
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.
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.
Students develop 21st century skills while analyzing and discussing everything from Dante to Marx and Descartes to Milton.
Meet a Tourguide
The Abbey has made me independent, spirtual, and a leader. I truly believe the Abbey has made me the best man I can be.
New York, NY
Activities: Football, Wrestling, Baseball, Head Boy, Red Key Head, Model UN, and Prefect
Favorite Abbey tradition? Springfest is the best because it is always sunny and everyone is enjoying themselves outside.
Favorite class and teacher? AP US History with Mr. Gittus was the best because it was very interesting and Mr. Gittus made each class fun.
When I came to the Abbey as a freshman, I saw the upperclassmen who were funny, well mannered, athletic, and hard working. It made me realize who I wanted to be as a person and led me to strive to do so.
Activities: Football, Lacrosse, Spiritual Life, Social Committee, Yoga Club, and Prefect
Favorite Abbey moment? Waking up to a snow covered campus last winter with my roommate, Jose.
Favorite dining hall meal? Brother Benedict's Chicken Curry!
My favorite Abbey memory was playing lacrosse with my teammates for our Stick It To Cancer game. We raised money for The American Cancer Society during Spring Family Weekend. It was a great fundraiser for a cause that we all strongly supported.
Activities: Squash, Lacrosse, Yoga Club, and Prefect
How has the Abbey changed you? The Abbey has made me a more independent person and living at school has taught me how to live with my peers in a community.
Favorite Abbey tradition? My favorite Abbey tradition is broomball. It is so fun to rally together as a house and go to the rink to cheer on your housemates in this friendly competition.
The Abbey has opened up my mind to religion and philosophy. I wouldn't have started seriously contemplating and finding value in those two areas without the classes I took at the Abbey.
North Kingston, RI
Activities: Cross Country, Basketball, Community Service, and Prefect
Favorite class? My favorite class was AP Biology with Dr. Zins. I went into the class not really knowing if I would like it and after taking it, I found Biology to be something I want to study in college.
Favorite meal? Shepard's Pie!
One of my favorite Abbey moments was when my hockey team beat our rival St. George's at home!
Activities: Golf, Hockey, Lacrosse, and Prefect
Favorite class and teacher? My favorite class was AP Art History with Mrs. Micheletti. She was an excellent teacher and made sure everyone in the class is learning the material. It was an extremely interesting course and there was never a dull moment.
Favorite Abbey tradition? My favorite Abbey tradition is the Raven Cup and competitive events that are held throughout the year. These events are great because they help you bond with your housemates.
At the Abbey, I've met so many amazing people from all over the world and they have truly taught me so much.
Activities: Cross Country, Track and Field, Lectio Divina, Yoga Club, and Prefect
Favorite Abbey moment? Every year I look forward to playing soccer and volleyball with my housemates at Springfest.
Favorite class and teacher? Latin 3H with Dr. Zins was my favorite class! She always made sure Latin was interesting and fun to learn.
I have grown a lot in my time at the Abbey. Whether it's classwork, or a leadership position, if I set a goal, I work as hard as I can to see it through.
El Paso, TX
Activities: Basketball, Chemistry Club, Human Rights Club, Culinary Arts Club, Debate Club, and Community Service
Favorite class and teacher? American Literature with Mrs. McDermott-Fazzino was my favorite because it was an open conversation where everyone could speak their opinions. During our discussions we learned how to have others agree with you, disagree with you, or show you a different perspective on a subject.
Favorite meal in the dining hall? BBQ pulled pork sandwich!
Since attending the Abbey, I have become much more independent and I have learned how to manage my time.
Activities: Soccer, Robotics Club, Chemistry Club, and International Student Leader
Favorite class and teacher? My favorite teacher at the Abbey is Mr. Moffie. He has helped me a lot in math and made the subject much more interesting to me.
Favorite meal in the dining hall? I love it when they have waffles!
When I first started at the Abbey, I was intimidated by the idea of going to conference to ask my teachers for help, but as time has gone on I feel comfortable going to my teachers for just about anything.
Activities: Soccer, Squash, Lacrosse, Form VI Class Vice President, Social Committee, Mind and Market Club, Human Rights Club, Sinfonia, and Prefect
Favorite Abbey moment? My favorite Abbey moment was when St. Brigid’s House had our Christmas party before leaving for winter break. This was just a really fun night in the dorm where everyone got to relax and exchange Secret Santa gifts before saying goodbye for a few weeks.
Favorite Abbey tradition? My favorite Abbey tradition is the back-to-school picnic. It is always fun to meet new students and connect with old friends while competing for the first few points in the Ravens Cup contest which starts during this picnic.
WHAT DRIVES YOU?
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.
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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