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 over 90 years, the Abbey`s liberal arts curriculum has prepared 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.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked RI School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 360 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $63,050
  • Acceptance rate: 31%
  • Average class size: 13 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31

Top Rankings

Portsmouth Abbey School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Rhode Island for:

School Overview

Student Body

Total Students
360 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
24%
State avg.: 27%
Students by Grade
Portsmouth Abbey School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
50 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
80%
Average Class Size
13 students
Number of AP Courses
16 courses
List of Courses Offered
Average SAT score
1400
Classroom Dress Code
Formal

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 31
Yearly Tuition Cost
% on Financial Aid
37%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$37,500
Acceptance Rate
31%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Steve Pietraszek
Admissions Associate
Allie Skelley
Endowment Size
$45 million

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
33 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Abbey Singers, Amnesty International, campus tour guides, Chess Club, Christian Community Service, Creative Writing Workshop, Cultural Awareness at Portsmouth (CAAP), Debate Club, Future Problem Solvers, Humanities Forum, Jazz Band, literary magazine, Model United Nations, New England Math League, Peer Tutors, Radio Station, Red Key, SADD, Saint Francis de Sales group, Social Committee, Student Athletic Advisory Board, Student Council, student newspaper, student-run snack shop, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Teens Leading Children, The Beacon, The Gregorian, The Raven, TLC, Tuck Shop, WJHD, yearbook

School Notes

  • The aim of Portsmouth Abbey School is to help young men and women grow in knowledge and grace. Grounded in the Catholic faith and 1500-year-old Benedictine intellectual tradition, the School fosters:
  • Part of our mission is to live in a community that values each of its members, and our similarities and differences. This mission enables our students to better understand themselves and the world around them. Our students thrive in this environment and take full advantage of the spiritual, athletic, artistic, and service opportunities that exist on our campus and beyond. Our sense of community is strong, vibrant, and easy to feel, although sometimes challenging to put into words.
  • We celebrate our achievements, and we offer help to those in need in an effort to make this a more gracious community. We invite you to learn more about Portsmouth Abbey School in the following pages and our website, but most importantly please come and see it for yourself.
Profile last updated: 08/03/2021

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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked RI School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 360 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $63,050
  • Acceptance rate: 31%
  • Average class size: 13 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31

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The average private school tuition in Rhode Island is $13,125 for elementary schools and $26,663 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Rhode Island is 74% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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