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Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA
Co-Ed, Roman Catholic
Portsmouth Abbey School is a Catholic, co-educational boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12. The school is located on a beautiful 525-acre campus along Narragansett Bay, just a few miles from Newport, RI. For almost 90 years the Abbey’s liberal arts curriculum has been preparing students for lives of significance and purpose. This education is grounded in the Western intellectual tradition and teaches students to solve problems, communicate ideas, work together, and innovate. Abbey students select a challenging course load from 85 options that includes 17 AP courses and 14 honors or post AP classes. This rigorous curriculum is balanced by extraordinary afternoon offerings in athletics, drama, music, dance, community service, and equestrian. This co-curricular program gives students the opportunity to be participants rather than spectators in a variety of team, group, and individual endeavors. Once students receive their Abbey diploma they are well prepared to attend some of the best colleges and universities in the country.
285 Cory's LanePortsmouth, Rhode Island, USA
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Summary: At Portsmouth Abbey, you enter a new landscape full of new ideas, new people, new relationships and revelations. Imagine these next four years. What do you see? In what direction do you want to grow? Your high school years reveal so much about your future self, the adult you are becoming. And the place in which you spend those years imbues you with certain enduring qualities. Students undergo a definite transformation during their time at Portsmouth Abbey. And it's a transformation they never forget.
Department Director: Rick Barron
Average Class Size: 13
Full Time Teachers: 50
Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 80.00%
Student/Teacher Ratio: 7/1
Summer Programs Offered: Offered
Academic Schedule: Trimester
Saturday Classes: Most or All
Number of AP Courses Offered: 17
Summary: If you are a student and want your high school experience to be the best imaginable, the Abbey can make your high school years fun, challenging, and meaningful.
Department Director: Paula Walter
Number of Dorms: 8
Average Students Per Dorm: 28
No. of Girls Dorms: 4
No. of Boys Dorms: 4
Dress Code: Formal
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Summary: For Portsmouth Abbey School student-athletes, the rewards of athletics participation are immediate and enduring. Our co-curricular athletics program provides a balance to the academic and spiritual life on campus and helps to promote a sense of community.Students who want to pursue the arts at Portsmouth Abbey have every opportunity to do so. Anchored by a lively drama derpartment and the stunning, sun-lit McGuire Fine Arts Center, Abbey arts uphold the Benedictine tradition of valuing and sharing beauty. Whether you are a singer, an actor, a dancer, a photographer, or a sculptor, you can find your niche at the Abbey and develop your emerging talents over your years here.
Arts Department Director: Jay Bragan
Athletics Department Director: Al Brown
Notable Achievements: Sailing Team is ranked 7th in the country.
Summary: It is the mission of the College Counseling Office at Portsmouth Abbey to guide and support students and their families through the college search and application process. We endeavor to work with students as individuals, to understand who they are beyond the classroom and to help them find a college that will provide a challenging and comfortable environment for them on all levels. True to the Catholic Benedictine tradition of Portsmouth, we treasure the spiritual and intellectual diversity and individualism of our students and understand that their lives will take them in many directions.
Department Director: Corie McDermott-Fazzino
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 1950) 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: Kale Zelden
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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