• Portsmouth Abbey School

    Portsmouth, RI

    Portsmouth Abbey School is a private coed school in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Portsmouth is a large suburb in Newport County. Newport County is home to 10 private schools, including Portsmouth Abbey School. In terms of religious orientation, Portsmouth Abbey School is a Roman Catholic school.The academic school years lasts 180 calendar days and each day students spend 7 hours in class. In 2011, 100% of the graduating senior class went on to 4-year colleges.43.5 full-time equivalent teachers are on staff to educate the student… More

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    361 Students
    49 Teachers
  • St. Andrew’s School

    Barrington, RI

    St. Andrew's School is a private boarding and day school. The 100-acre campus is located in Barrington, Rhode Island and has been listed as one of the top 20 boarding schools in the country. It was founded in 1893 by the Reverend William Merrick Chapin, and was originally an orphanage during its first 72 years of existence. The school houses an average of 225 students in grades 3-12. With a faculty ratio of 5:1 and class sizes of no more then 12 students, Saint… More

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    218 Students
    42 Teachers
  • St. George’s School

    Newport, RI

    Overlooking the vast Atlantic Ocean, St. George's School sits outside Newport, Rhode Island. This wonderful coeducational boarding and day school offers a world-renowned education for high school students. Their students come from a variety of different states throughout the nation. St. George's School also has a number of international students in over 23 countries, making the student incredibly diverse and dynamic. St. George's School has a beautiful campus consisting of a number of historical buildings. Their library has over 30,000 books, making it one… More

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    360 Students
    66 Teachers

What's Up in Rhode island

boarding schools

As public education in the United States continues to stagnate, many parents are turning to alternatives to prepare the children for the world and give them a learning experience worth all the effort. One of these alternatives is boarding schools. These are schools that believe that education exists outside of textbooks and chalkboards, extending to the full breadth of life that all children must prep for. Thus, children board in these schools – hence, “boarding” – living and studying during the school year with fellow students and possibly faculty like a full university. Boarding schools are definitely small segment schools in the United States, though prestigious, with a relatively limited amount of options throughout. That story holds out in RI. A small state, it has an equally small number of boarding schools available for prospective students. However, the diminutive nature leads to a uniqueness that makes the state a great place for excellent education for children.


St. Andrew’s School in Rhode Island is a perfect example of this as the school is renowned for not adhering to the “one size fits all” banner flying over many American schools, instead of seeking to ensure that students have a full breadth of options to explore in their curriculum that is tailored to their specific needs. Founded in 1893, St. Andrew’s is a small school in a small state, allowing its students to dive into their particular interests and build expertise in diverse fields like environmental science, technical theater, and writing. This is the magic of small class sizes.


The most prestigious boarding school in Rhode Island, however, sits in Portsmouth. Flashing back to the founding of the state, when Roger Williams settled on a site called Providence, Rhode Island – “Having a sense of God’s merciful providence unto me in my distress” – this school called Portsmouth Abbey is grounded in the Catholic faith. The Portsmouth Abbey School seeks to foster what they call the “Three Rs”: Reverence, Respect and Responsibility. The first speaks to reverence for God, whom the school teaches is at the center of learning – the search for meaning in a human world. The second is respect; respect for the long tradition of an integrated progression of education that develops mind, body and soul, all. The third focuses on responsibility toward the community, which can be properly taught within the order of living and learning in a campus atmosphere. That is, boarding school.