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What it means to be a Raven

Headmaster Dan McDonough 2014
As you browse our website, or visit our campus, you will note our beautiful location and our rich offerings. I hope you will also get a sense of our community life and the value we place upon it as an equal part of our 3 Rs: Reverence, Respect, and Responsibility

Mr. Daniel McDonough
Headmaster

Daniel McDonough

Headmaster

"As my family and I begin our 32nd year at Portsmouth, it's easy to look back and realize how quickly the School became not just a job, but a home. 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." 

Bonin Laureen Teaching in RLH
Every day is different in the classroom. The beauty of teaching literature is that it raises an unbelievable array of topics, which allows for varied discussions that reveal the students’ skills, but also who they are.

Mrs. Laureen Bonin
English Department

Mrs. Laureen Bonin

English Department

"Every day is different in the classroom. The beauty of teaching literature is that it raises an unbelievable array of topics, which allows for varied discussions that reveal the students’ skills, but also who they are.  Over the years of teaching English I, Creative Writing, and Fifth Form English, or house parenting in St. Mary’s and St. Brigid’s, or advising The Raven, The Beacon, and the Culinary Arts Club, or just plain old advising Advisees, I have met really terrific students who made my job incredibly fun. I’m thrilled that I still keep in touch with so many through photos and comments (thanks Facebook), and I have been proud of them for the lives they are leading beyond the Abbey. It began with the Word and continues with the Word."

 

Lavallee Dr. Marc
It is perhaps my greatest pleasure to teach at a school founded on the Benedictine values and spirituality of hospitality, prayer, community, openness, inclusiveness.

Dr. Marc Lavallee
Humanities and Christian Doctrine Departments

Dr. Marc Lavallee

Humanities & Christian Doctrine Departments

"It is perhaps my greatest pleasure to teach at a school founded on the Benedictine values and spirituality of hospitality, prayer, community, openness, inclusiveness.  I hope that students, faculty, staff, administration, monastic community, and I myself continue to be formed by and held accountable to these values."

 

 

 

Genevieve Gralton
My experience at Portsmouth Abbey was instrumental in shaping who I am today. The rigorous academics prepared me for a very different academic system in the UK.

Genevieve Gralton
Class of 2009

Genevieve Gralton

Class of 2009

"My experience at Portsmouth Abbey was instrumental in shaping who I am today. The rigorous academics prepared me for a very different academic system in the UK. Outside of studies, my passion for running was born at the Abbey (however, my "runs" are more like leisurely jogs, not the hill sprints in the rain, next to the bay that Mr. McDonough would have us endure). Most importantly, at Portsmouth Abbey, I learned a strong sense of self and the value of true friendship."

McCarthy Susan at Smartboard
Before I began teaching at Portsmouth Abbey, I was a chemical engineer at the North Carolina Division of Air Quality.

Mrs. Susan McCarthy
Mathematics and Science Departments

Mrs. Susan McCarthy

Departments of Mathematics and Science

"Before I began teaching at Portsmouth Abbey, I was a chemical engineer at the North Carolina Division of Air Quality. Now while teaching AP Statistics, I try to bring in real-world applications into the classroom as much as possible even if it doesn’t relate to chemical engineering or the environment. The students really get into the real-life applications, and the quality of their work is amazing."

525 Acres on Campus

360 Total Students

1.2 Miles of Coastline

25Varsity Teams

7:1 Student:Teacher Ratio

80%Faculty With Advanced Degrees

6Annual Study Abroad Trips

3Plays Performed Each Year

6Visual Arts Courses

75Courses Offered

The Aim of Portsmouth Abbey

Helping young men and women grow in knowledge and grace.

Grounded in the Catholic faith and 1,500-year-old Benedictine intellectual tradition, we foster:

  • Reverence for God and the human person
  • Respect for learning and order 
  • Responsibility for the shared experience of community life

About Portsmouth Abbey

For 90 years, our liberal arts curriculum has been preparing students for lives of significance and purpose.

Part of our mission is to live in a community that values each of its members. This enables students to better understand themselves and the world around them. We celebrate our achievements and we offer help to those in need in an effort to make this a more gracious community.

Securing our Academic Future

New Science Building Dedicated

This year, Portsmouth Abbey School dedicated our new state-of-the-art science education facility. The new building features seven laboratories & seven classrooms, a multi-purpose seminar room, a two-story commons and a student project lab for independent work in areas such as robotics, hydroponics, autonomous gliders, and more.

The Abbey Social