Residential Life

Residential Life

One of the advantages of living at school is that the day doesn't end when the last bell rings. The campus is your neighborhood, a place where everyone you pass says hello, and everyone very quickly knows your name. Your neighbors are your friends and classmates, but also your houseparents and teachers.

From the moment you arrive on campus your first year, you are a Raven - and Ravens take care of their own. We help each other become the best versions of ourselves by learning from one another. Before long, the friendships you make here will make your new neighborhood feel like home.

Students in Dorm Room

Our House system lies at both the heart of our mission and the boarding school tradition. You and your fellow classmates live, study, and sleep in your House, and together you will continue traditions - and invent new ones - that are the fabric of our School life.


Weekend ActivitiesWorried you won't have time for fun? Anxious that the long winter nights might keep you down? Our Director of Student Activities, Mrs. Cat Caplin '10, makes sure there's plenty to do to keep the fun going.

Weekend events include, but are not limited to:

Themed Tuck Dances
Trivia Contests
Karaoke
Winter Semi-Formal
Prom
Springfest
3-on-3 basketball
Local & regional hikes
Coffeehouses featuring student performances
Iron Chef Competition
NFL Viewing Parties
Gingerbread House Decorating
Best Pizza in Portsmouth Taste-Off
Outdoor Movies
Dodgeball Tournament
Trips to Bowling, Laser Tag, and other local attractions
Board Game Nights
Trips to Newport, Island Cinemas, Providence Place Mall, and Boston

The Portsmouth Abbey Houses

St. Benet's House

Boys' Houses:

St. Hugh’s: Forms III & IV

St. Leonard’s: Forms IV, V, and VI

St. Aelred’s: Forms IV, V, and VI

St. Martin’s:  Forms IV, V, and VI

Girls' Houses:

St. Mary's: Forms III & IV

Manor House: Form IV

St. Brigid’s: Forms IV, V, and VI

St. Benet’s: Forms IV, V, and VI

Mrs. Paula Walter

For questions regarding student life, please contact Mrs. Paula Walter, Dean of Residential Life, by email or at 401.643.1380.