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Summer Program

Imagine yourself enjoying friends you’ve made from around the world; feeling a sense of real accomplishment from having studied things that interest you and will help you in your next year of school; remembering the fun times you had on trips to places like Boston and Martha’s Vineyard; looking forward to improving your new-found skills in sports and other activities you had never tried before. Imagine, too, that you have been challenged to think about life, what it means to be a good person and how to become the person you want to be. And imagine that all these thoughts are enveloped in an experience that from start to finish was fun, challenging, exciting, and never dull for a moment. That’s what the Portsmouth Abbey Summer Program can do for you. Set on 500 beautiful acres on the shores of Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island, with full use of Portsmouth Abbey School’s magnificent facilities, the Summer Program is designed for students rising into grades 7-10 who want to get a look at important material for the coming year, take a class that their home schools might not offer, and are seeking a little adventure that will introduce them to new people, activities and places.

If this sounds like you, whether you are interested in getting a sense of what boarding school is like or just want to have a fantastic summer experience, please contact us, and we can talk about what a month at the Portsmouth Abbey Summer Program can do for you!

A Sampling of Classes Mathematics:

Prealgebra, Algebra 1, Geometry


Literature, Creative Writing, Essay Writing, ESL


Marine Biology, Forensic Science



Test Prep:


Classes you can’t get at home: Robotics Film and Culture Latin for English Public Speaking Song Writing, Music Recording and Performance Digital Photography and Photojournalism Economics Fundamentals of Christian Thought

Looking for something else? Ask and we will see what we can do!

What they say about the classes: – I learned a lot of tricks and tools to help me with my papers. – I really liked her class. It was always interesting and fun all the time – This class was amazing – I think this class will really help me for next year – I feel satisfied because not only have I learned things, but I have learned to work hard at school

Would you recommend Portsmouth to a friend? – My friends should come because it is a college like experience – Yes! The Summer Program is perfect! The place, the trips, the dorms, the activities were great. I loved it! – Yes. I found meeting new people was amazing and I loved all my classes. – I recommend it to anyone who likes to have loads of fun and learn at the same time – I have already told one of my friends to come next summer

2013 Dates: Sunday, June 30–  Saturday, July 27

The Daily Schedule Monday - Friday 8:00  am

Breakfast : start your day with a

delicious hot or cold breakfast

8:30  am

School meeting: Learn about the

day’s events, celebrate achievements

9:00 am – 12:00  pm Classes 12:00  pm


(sample menu selections below)

2:00 – 5:00 pm

Afternoon activities

6:00 pm

Dinner and free time

(sample menu selections below)

7:30 – 9:30 pm

In dorms for study

9:30 – 10:00 pm

Free time in dorms

10:00 pm

In dorms for the night

Saturday afternoons and Sundays are for activities on and off campus and trips around New England.

Tuition for summer 2013: Boarding – $$6250.00; Day – $3600.00 Financial assistance available; discounts for alumni children and siblings

What former students like the most: Interesting classes v Meeting people from all over the world v The teachers and other adults v The trips! What you will love about our Dining Hall: Salad bar from the Abbey's Gardenv New England Clam Chowder v Cheese Ravioli with Marinara Sauce v Fresh Seafood v Marinated Charbroiled Flank Steak v Make your own Deli Sandwich v Make your own Ice Cream Sundae v Pizza

Afternoon Activities From two to five in the afternoons, students participate in a variety of activities of their own choosing. One afternoon per week we all head off to Newport’s worldclass beaches.

Some of our afternoon activities: Marine Biology, Landscape Painting, music, sailing, tennis, squash, golf, equestrian, lacrosse, personal fitness, soccer, recreational sports, laser tag, nature hikes, kayaking, trips to the movies

Some of our weekend trips: Six Flags amusement park, shopping in Providence, Martha’s Vineyard, Mystery Dinner Theater in Boston, Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence

Our campus

Newport, just seven miles away

How to contact us for more information or with questions: Phone:

Call the Summer Program office at 401.643.1225


On the web: Portsmouth Abbey School website; click on “Summer” On Facebook: Check out the Summer Program Facebook Fan Page:

Portsmouth Abbey School

285 Cory ’s Lane


RI 02871

Portsmouth Abbey Summer Program 2013  

Since 1943 the Summer Program has introduced young students to the unique spirit of education that has always been a part of Portsmouth Abbe...

Portsmouth Abbey Summer Program 2013  

Since 1943 the Summer Program has introduced young students to the unique spirit of education that has always been a part of Portsmouth Abbe...