They leave the Abbey prepared for the academic rigor of colleges and universities thanks to our small class sizes, passionate teachers, and engaging content.
In most disciplines you are able to ask really interesting and creative questions. What I love most about science is that there is an infrastructure in place that allows you to actually find out the answers to those questions via experiments. The scientific method is an extraordinarily powerful framework to understand our world and I love investigating it with my students.
Dr. Stephen Zins Head of the Science Department
We encourage our students to ask big questions: Who am I? What is my place in this world? Where am I going? How do I know? Our independent academic and co-curricular programming encourages students to develop reverence for God and the human person, respect for learning and order, and a sense of responsibility for the shared experience of community life, as we prepare our students to engage in successful college careers and in the world beyond formal education.
Over the course of four years at Portsmouth Abbey, 70% of students experience life beyond Cory’s Lane by immersing themselves in another culture.
As part of our liberal arts curriculum, we have kept artistic endeavor alive and thriving at the Abbey.
We also offer the opportunity to partake in one of our many ensembles of different musical styles.
Performing in front of a large audience can have a profound impact on a student. It is an exhilarating experience that builds self-esteem and confidence, and helps students in future leadership, artistic, or public speaking situations
Mr. Jay Bragan Head of Performing Arts
With opportunities for painting, drawing, ceramics, art history, and photography, the possibilities are endless.
Our athletics programs offer lessons in sportsmanship, cooperation, resilience, sacrifice, and leadership.
Our diverse athletics offerings provide boys and girls equal opportunities in a variety of team and individual sports.
At the Abbey, I learned what it truly meant to be a teammate. Squash is an individual, ladder sport but we always treated each other with respect and cheered each other on.
Claire Davidson ‘16#1 ranked squash player at Tufts University
Once you become part of the Raven community, you will have a lifelong home.
Students live, study, and sleep in eight individual Houses alongside faculty Houseparents and their families.
The spiritual life of our School is rooted in the Benedictine ideal of a community life of work and prayer (“ora et labora”). Our spiritual life programs seek to provide spiritual growth centered in intellectual development.
Our students naturally grow into strong leaders over time here at the Abbey, empowered by the characteristics true to our mission of reverence, respect, and responsibility.
Grounded in the Catholic faith and 1500-year-old Benedictine intellectual tradition, the school fosters:
Reverence for God and the human person
Respect for learning and order
Responsibility for the shared experience of community life
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.
More than ever, the Abbey stands tall as a unique and greatly needed respite in a fast-paced world that is losing contact with the anchoring and guiding principles that provide our backbone of focus and purpose.
We remain rooted in this great history while looking forward to the future.