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Portsmouth Abbey School

Portsmouth Abbey School is a coeducational private Catholic boarding traditional school for students in grades 9 through 12.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Suburban


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"Portsmouth Abbey School is a coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12. Founded in 1926 by the English Benedictine community, the school is located on a 550-acre campus along the picturesque shores of Rhode Islands Narragansett Bay...." Portsmouth Abbey School is a coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12. Founded in 1926 by the English Benedictine community, the school is located on a 550-acre campus along the picturesque shores of Rhode Islands Narragansett Bay.The Portsmouth Abbey education is grounded in the Western intellectual tradition, from ancient Greece and Rome and continuing into this century. This classical curriculum is balanced by a focus on spirituality, athletics, the arts and fun.The school's mission encompasses the importance of reverence for God and the human person, respect for learning and order, and responsibility for the shared experience of community life.Portsmouth Abbey School is located on 550 acres on the beautiful shores of Narragansett Bay. On the school's grounds is the world class Carnegie Abbey Club Golf Course.Portsmouth Abbey School Graduate Receives Top Honor in State for Advanced Placement Scholarship. Saturday, May 17, 2003, the entire student body, members of the Board of Regents and special guests attended a ground breaking ceremony at Portsmouth Abbey School to celebrate the start of construction on a new 16,800 square foot, $3.9 million dollar state-of-the-art Squash and Fitness Center. The new Center was completed in 2004.The Reverend Hugh Diman Merit Scholarships The Reverend Hugh Diman Scholarships honor the founder and first headmaster of the School. The Diman Scholarship is a prestigious merit-based scholarship grant. One is awarded each year to a boarding student entering grade nine. The recipient receives a full scholarship equaling the annual tuition, room, and board. All Diman Scholarships are renewed each year of the student's career at Portsmouth, subject to a satisfactory assessment by the Merit Scholarship Committee. To be eligible to apply for the scholarship, candidates must meet the following requirements: Superior results on the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT) which should be taken by January 31. Outstanding academic achievement, as demonstrated through current school transcripts and teacher recommendations. Enthusiastic endorsement from the candidate's Headmaster, Principal, or Guidance Counselor. Abbey Scholars Boarding and Day candidates in all Forms are eligible to be selected as Abbey Scholars. As many as ten highly qualified students each year will be awarded merit scholarships. Scholarships for boarding students are awarded in the amount of $7,000. Day students receive $5,000 scholarships. Abbey Scholars are not precluded from obtaining additional financial assistance should the family qualify for financial aid.





Grades Cost Term
High School $48,850 Annual

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  (401) 683-2000
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Entrance Requirements

  • SSAT and the average admitted student scores in the 72th percentile.



Test Scores

1640 25th percentile score for the SAT Composite

1990 75th percentile score for the SAT Composite

1807 Average score for the SAT Composite

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 361
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
9 97
10 71
11 91
12 102

Portsmouth Abbey School's relatively even enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing Portsmouth Abbey School's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 8 : 1
Average Class Size 12
Gender 52% Male / 48% Female
Dress Code Formal
Percent Boarding 70%
Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 74%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 2%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 4%
Asian 16%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%


  • Amnesty International
  • Chess Club
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Student Council

Associations & Memberships

Other school associations

The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

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