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Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA view map
Co-Ed, Roman Catholic
285 Cory's Lane, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA
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Department Director: Kale Zelden
Average Class Size: 13
Full Time Teachers: 48
Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 58.00%
Student/Teacher Ratio: 7/1
Saturday Classes: Yes
Summer Programs Offered: Offered
Number of AP Courses Offered: 17
Department Director: Aileen Baker
Number of Dorms: 8
Average Students Per Dorm: 28
No. of Girls Dorms: 4
No. of Boys Dorms: 4
Television in each Common Room
Dress Code: Formal
Clubs and Organizations
Arts Department Director: Jay Bragan
Athletics Department Director: Al Brown
Department Director: Mary McDonald
Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 100.00%
Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:
Middle Percentile of SAT Scores
Christopher Buckley (Class of 1970) American political satirist, son of William F. Buckley Jr.. Graduated Yale, Skull and Bones member. Once managing editor of Esquire magazine, later chief speechwriter to Vice President George H. W. Bush. Author of Thank You for Smoking (Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2006), The White House Mess, and Florence of Arabia.
Terrence F. McGuirk (Class of 1969) Former Vice Chairman of Turner Broadcasting; longtime right hand man of Ted Turner; Currently managing remaining sports teams owned by Time Warner – including Atlanta Braves.
John Pepper (Class of 1956) Former Chairman, CEO and President Proctor & Gamble Corp.; Currently Vice president for Administration & Finance at Yale University
John Gregory Dunne (Class of ) Novelist, screenwriter, and literary critic. Husband of Joan Didion, younger brother of Dominick Dunne
Peter M. Flanigan (Class of 1941) former Chief Domestics Policy advisor to President Nixon
Benedict Fitzgerald (Class of 1967) American screenwriter. Son of Latin and Greek translator Robert Fitzgerald. Co-wrote the Aramaic, Hebrew, and Latin screenplay for The Passion of the Christ (2004) with Mel Gibson. Also Truman Capote's In Cold Blood (1996) and Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood (1979).
E. J. Dionne (Class of 1969) author, political commentator, Washington Post columnist, Fellow at the Brookings Institute
Hugh Tovar (Class of 1941) Director of Special Ops for the CIA during the Vietnam War
Charlie Day (Class of 1994) Actor, known for the role of Charlie Kelly on FX's network It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, for which he is also a writer and executive producer.
Robert Merrick (Class of 1989) Silver medalist in sailing at the 2000 Olympics
Summary: The Portsmouth Abbey Summer Program will provide your child with a month full of fun experiences, new friends, and academic skills, all while living on our beautiful campus on the shores of Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island.
Beyond traditional courses that emphasize reading, writing and public speaking, students may participate in hands-on enrichment activities including Environmental and Marine Sciences and Landscape Painting. Whether in seminars, exploring marine environments, or trying new painting techniques, students will explore subjects with instructors who are passionate about what they do and who will share that enthusiasm with your child.
Sail a boat in Newport...visit Rhode Island's world-class beaches...walk the historic Freedom Trail in Boston...meet students from around the world...feast on a real New England clambake in Martha's Vineyard...and ride the roller coaster at Six Flags...all while discovering the joy of learning in the classroom and through enrichment activities.
At the Abbey's Summer Program, learning has never been so much fun!
Department Director: Tim Seeley
June 28, 2015 to July 25, 2015
Whether in seminars, exploring marine environments, sailing a boat in Newport, walking the historic Freedom Trail in Boston, or feasting on a real New England clam bake in Martha's Vineyard, participants will delve into subjects and activities with instructors who are passionate about what they do.
Registration Deadline: June 01, 2015
Financial Aid Available: Yes
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