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Miss Porter's School

Miss Porter's School
Miss Porter's School, Farmington, Connecticut.jpg
Farmington, Connecticut
United States
Type Independent, boarding
Motto Puellae venerunt. Abíerunt mulieres.
Established 1843
Head of School Katherine G. Windsor
Faculty 52
Grades 912
Gender Girls
Enrollment 325 total
212 boarding
113 day (2014)
Average class size 10
Student to teacher ratio 7:1
Campus 55-acre (220,000 m2) township campus
Color(s) Green and White         
Athletics 18 Interscholastic teams
Mascot none
Average SAT scores 627 Critical Reading
633 Math
642 Writing
Endowment $106 million
Annual tuition $56,700 boarding
$45,660 day[1]

Miss Porter's School is a private college preparatory school for girls located in Farmington, Connecticut. Porter's enrollment for 2017-8 academic year is 313; 200 boarding students, and 113 day students. Known for its nationally and internationally diverse population, Porter's girls come from 21 states, 31 countries (with dual-citizenship and/or residence), and 17 countries (citizenship alone). All told, international students comprised 14% as of the 2017-2018 year[2] Average class size is 10.[2]

Porter's alumnae are referred to as "Ancients," and as of the current year encompass 5,990 women worldwide, 33% of whom support the school through giving, for a total of $7.47 million in donations for the 2017-2018 year alone. Porter's is the second-highest endowed all-girls' school in the country.[3][4] The school has a long-standing tradition of support among its staff and faculty in addition to its Ancients and parents, as the faculty and staff have once again achieved a 100% support rate for the 2017-8 year.



Sarah Porter, the founder of Miss Porter's School

Miss Porter's School was established in 1843 by education reformer Sarah Porter, who recognized the importance of women's education. She was insistent that the school's curriculum include chemistry, physiology, botany, geology, and astronomy in addition to the more traditional Latin, French, German, spelling, reading, arithmetic, trigonometry, history, and geography. Also encouraged were such athletic opportunities as tennis, horseback riding, and in 1867 the school formed its own baseball team, the Tunxises.[5] In 1884, Sarah Porter hired her former student, Mary Elizabeth Dunning Dow, with whom she began to share more of her duties as Head of School. From then until her death in 1900, Miss Porter gradually relinquished her control of the school to Mrs. Dow.

Sarah Porter's will named her nephew, Dr. Robert Porter Keep, as executor of her estate, of which the school was the most valuable asset. Mrs. Dow's compensation for her position as sole Head of School was also specified in the will. As executor, Dr. Keep began extensive repairs and renovations to the school. While Mrs. Dow continued to receive a salary as per Porter's will, she became convinced that Dr. Keep, in diverting the school's income to pay for construction, was enriching his inheritance with funds that were rightfully hers. The conflict escalated and culminated in Mrs. Dow's resignation in 1903. She moved to Briarcliff, New York, taking with her as many as 140 students and 16 faculty members, and began Mrs. Dow's School for Girls, which would come to be known as Briarcliff Junior College only to be absorbed by Pace University in 1977.[6][7][8]

A banner hanging in a themed guest room in the Timothy Cowles House, at Miss Porter's School, gives insight into how Porter's girls lived during the mid 1900s

Dr. Keep announced in July 1903 that the school would reopen in October of that year with his wife, Elizabeth Vashti Hale Keep as Head of School, eleven teachers, and between five and sixteen students in attendance. After Dr. Keep succumbed to pneumonia and died on July 3, 1904, Mrs. Keep continued his legacy of renovation and construction. One of her many legacies was the establishment of a kindergarten for children of her employees.[9] The kindergarten, on Garden Street, is now home to the Village Cooperative Nursery School, and is no longer connected with Miss Porter's School. When Mrs. Keep died of influenza on March 28, 1917, leadership of the school passed to her stepson, Robert Porter Keep, Jr., who moved to Farmington from Andover, Massachusetts where he had been teaching German at Phillips Academy. From 1917 until the school's Centennial, in 1943, he and his wife, RoseAnne Day Keep, remained Heads of School at Miss Porter's.[6][10]

Mr. Keep appointed members to the first Board of Trustees including:

  • Wilmarth S. Lewis, Yale's Horace Walpole scholar
  • Annie Burr Auchincloss Lewis 1920 (Wilmarth Lewis's wife)
  • The Rev. Palfrey Perkins, a senior minister at King's Chapel
  • Lewis Perry, headmaster of Phillips Exeter Academy
  • George H. Richards, a lawyer and Mr. Keep's classmate at Yale

The school was incorporated as a non-profit institution during the school's Centennial in 1943, with the primary purpose as a college preparatory school rather than its previous reputation as a finishing school for the social elite.[6] Also in 1943, the school ended the tradition of choosing a successive Head of School from the Porter family tree, selecting as its Head Ward L. Johnson and his wife Katharine.[6]


Classes at Porter's are held Monday through Friday, with Wednesday as a half day. Porter's has a student-to-teacher ratio of about 8:1. Porter's utilizes a style of teaching similar to the Harkness Method, wherein students and teachers sit around an oval table for discussion-based humanities courses. STEM courses take place in traditional classrooms and/or labs, while arts are taught in studio.

Students are required to take courses in the arts, computer science, English, ethical leadership, history, modern or classical languages, mathematics, and science.[11] Typically, students take a total of five to six units of credit per semester.[11]

On May 19, 2011, the Online School for Girls announced that Miss Porter's School and School of the Holy Child in Rye, New York had become consortium members.[12] Three Porter's faculty members are currently listed as teachers on the OSG website.[13]

Notable faculty

  • Karl Klauser, music teacher, composer, and Music Department chair, taught at the school from 1855 to 1895.[6][14][15]
  • Head of the Art Department Robert B. Brandegee, an American Impressionist, taught at the school from 1880 to 1903. He was the founder and instructor at the Connecticut League of Art Students in Hartford and a central figure in the local artistic community.[15][16]
  • Miss Porter's School's Associate Director of Admission Tricia Davol was selected as a Cannady Visiting Teacher to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. Ms. Davol, who began her tenure at Porter’s as a Spanish teacher, was one of two educators selected for this program in 2012.[17]

Off-campus study

Recent changes to the Intermission program have added off-campus study options to most students[18]. A student in her third year at Porter's may choose to participate in the following programs:

  • Maine Coast Semester
  • Rocky Mountain Semester
  • School Year Abroad offers students the chance to enhance their foreign language by studying in its native country. Countries include, but are not limited to, China, France, Italy, and Spain.


Tuition and financial aid

Miss Porter's offers need-based financial aid as well as a variety of merit scholarships. The school reports that, for the 2017-8 school year, roughly 34 percent of the student body receives some form of financial aid, with a total of over $3.3 million in aid awarded,[19] although fewer than 2% of the student body receive a full scholarship. 37% of students in 2018 received some form of need-based financial aid.

Oprah Scholars

For many years, five students were awarded full scholarships endowed by the Oprah Winfrey Foundation, which includes tuition, room and board, travel, a laptop, and other miscellaneous expenses. The Oprah Scholar program was discontinued after nearly a decade due to a shift in the Winfrey Foundation's goals and objectives toward education in schools in other countries.

Biographer Kitty Kelley wrote regarding Oprah's connection to the school:

Oprah had been so impressed by the change in her niece after Chrishaunda attended Miss Porter's School that she established the Oprah Winfrey Prep School Scholars, and through the years contributed more than $2 million to scholarships.[20]

On November 12, 2011, Oprah Scholar Ayanna Hall '11 presented Oprah Winfrey with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Governors Awards ceremony in Hollywood, California.[21][22]


As of 2018, the school's endowment was estimated at $113 million.[2] The school is undergoing a capital campaign in 2018 to support a more consolidated campus that harkens back to its original roots. The campus at one time incorporated more than 90 buildings, most of which were in historical districts in Farmington and/or on the National Registry of Historic Buildings. Consolidating the campus supports the school's mission of educating young women for the future, while incorporating its rich past as the school celebrated its 175 year anniversary.[23]

Campus facilities

Academic facilities

  • The Main building, the front door of which is depicted on the school seal, was built in 1830 as the Union Hotel on Main Street. Originally intended to serve patrons of the nearby Farmington Canal, it was rented by Sarah Porter in 1848 until her purchase on April 19, 1866.[24][25] Currently, the building houses the school's dining facility, several administrative offices, and a small dormitory for first year boarding students. In the past, Main has served a variety of purposes; a small dormitory for upper-level boarding students, administrative offices, student lounge space, main dining hall, post office, faculty lounges, and Headmistress's office. For many years it was considered the front door of the school and home of the student body; the school's logo features Main's literal front door. With the expansion of campus particularly the emphasis away from Main and School Streets to the areas near and around Garden Street, Main's use has become primarily administrative in nature.
  • The M. Burch Tracy Ford Library, one of the newer academic facilities on campus, is named for the school's eleventh Head of School and houses over 22,000 volumes, electronic books, magazines, journals, newspapers in addition to a collection of 1,308 academic and entertainment DVDs and videos. The building also houses a computer lab and eight study rooms.[26]
  • Hamilton, previously a dorm, is currently home to the English and History departments. It was named for the Hamilton sisters, primarily Alice and Edith.
The Olin Arts and Science Center
  • The Olin Arts and Science Center is home to the schools Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Visual Arts Departments. Designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes and built in 1976, the Olin Arts and Science Center was endowed by the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Foundation in 1977 to honor three members of the Olin family who have graduated from the school. In 1997, renovations and the construction of an extensive addition to this building, designed by architect Tai Soo Kim, were completed. Preexisting science labs, painting and ceramics studios, computer art labs, photography studio and darkrooms were expanded and modernized. An addition, connected to the existing structure by a glass corridor, are science labs, a greenhouse, and several computer labs. The completion of this project earned the architect an AIA Connecticut Design Citation.[27]
  • The Leila Dilworth Jones '44 Memorial Building was built in 1813 as a warehouse and originally called Cowles' Store. Formerly the school's library, housing iconic long study tables along fireplaces in two large rooms. After the construction of the Ford Library in 2001 and as part of the shift of campus toward Garden Street, the building was broken up into smaller classrooms for use by the school's language department. [10][28]
  • The Nona Evans Room and Hacker Theater is home to the Theater department. It is a contiguous building with the Mellon Gym, and connects through that building to the newer Crisp Athletic Center. It abuts an outdoor stone amphitheater and seating area used for seasonal school meetings and ceremonies, as well as outdoor lounge area. The Nona Evans Room is commonly referred to as the "Nonie."
The Kate Lewis Gym
  • The Kate Lewis Gym, or "KLG," once the gymnasium and later the theater, now houses the Music department and includes a performance hall, faculty and administrative offices, and rehearsal rooms.[25] This building also serves as the rehearsal space for the Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra.[29]

Athletic facilities

  • The Student Recreation Center, designed by Tai Soo Kim[30] and built in 1991, includes the Wean Student Center (a gift of the Raymond John Wean Foundation), Crisp Gymnasium with an elevated running track, a weight and exercise room, an athletic training room, and four previous squash courts which have since been converted into an Erg room, a free weight room, and a climbing wall.
  • The Mellon Gymnasium, designed by Maxwell Moore and built in 1962 as part of the theater-gymnasium complex, was a gift of the Richard King Mellon Foundation. It is home to Varsity Badminton in the fall, JV and Thirds Basketball in the winter, and is the designated indoor practice space for Varsity and JV Softball in the spring. It is also the official home of the Minks, Possums, and Squirrels (now Minks and Possums), intercampus primarily sports rivalries that each New Girl is assigned to during one of the Fall Traditions. Outside of the Gymnasium, there is a statue for each of the previously three (now two) groups.
  • The Gaines Dance Barn, built c. 1930 and remodeled in 1993, is the 3,500-square-foot (330 m2) facility that serves as both rehearsal and performance space for dance groups. In March 1998, the facility was acoustically treated following complications stemming from the 1993 remodel. [31][32]
  • The Pool & Squash Building was designed and built by Stanmar Inc. in 2007.[33] As the newest athletic facility on campus, it contains an eight-lane, 25-yard (23 m) pool and eight international squash courts, and is nicknamed the "Cool House," as a combination of terms "Court" and "Pool House." It also contains multi-function rooms that are frequently used for receptions for Ancients, Trustees, and guests.
  • The Farmington Boat House, a cold storage boathouse on the nearby Farmington River, is home to the Varsity and JV Crew teams of both Miss Porter's and Farmington High School, shared in a unique public-private relationship.[34] The program is equipped with six Vespoli fours, a pair/double and three recreational singles.[35]
  • Lower Kiki's Field is home to Varsity Soccer in the fall and Varsity Lacrosse in the spring. Upper Kiki's Field is home to JV and Thirds Soccer in the fall and JV and Thirds Lacrosse in the spring. The fields were named in memory of Helene Kinnucan Brown '53.
  • The Riding Ring Field at Mountain Road is home to Varsity Field Hockey in the fall and Ultimate in the spring.
  • The Cowbarn Field is home to the Varsity and JV Softball teams in the spring and the JV Field Hockey in the fall.
  • Seven deco-turf tennis courts

Other facilities

Counting House
The "Studio"
  • The Colgate Health Center, historically known as the "Edward Whitman House," was built c. 1850 for Erastus and Grace (Cowles) Gay, purchased by Elizabeth V. Keep in 1916, and left to the school upon her death, and thus was nicknamed "Gay Dorm." Previously a dorm, it currently houses the school health center and some faculty housing.[36]
  • Weekend House, built by and for Julius Gay in 1878, was left to the school by his daughter, Florence Gay, upon her death in 1952. The building now houses the school's Alumnae/Development Office. Previously, it had been used for VIPs and ironically, on-campus suspension of boarding students.
  • Counting House, once used to house the school's Music Department, is now the Business Office.
  • The Studio, built in 1885, in honor of Miss Porter by her alumnae, as the school's art studio. Prior to 1885, Miss Porter rented space at 24 Mountain Road for use as the school's studio.[37] Later used to house the school's history department, the Studio building is changed to its current use as faculty housing when the school administration began to shift classrooms to the portion of campus between Main and Garden Streets.[6]
  • School House, built in 1849 for the Farmington Female Seminary, was rented by Sarah Porter until her purchase in 1885. In 1951, it was renovated for sciences by R A. Kimball.[38] After the sciences moved to Olin Hall, School House was used by the Languages department, and then faculty housing. The building currently houses the school's daycare facility.
  • The Timothy Cowles House, more commonly referred to as "Timco," built in 1815 for Major Timothy Cowles and since enlarged (c. 1900), was acquired by the school in 1955.[39] It now serves as faculty housing and houses the school archives.
  • The Horse Barn was used for student horses until 1969. It is currently used as a garage for school maintenance vehicles.
  • The Grist Mill, as it's known to the Farmington community, was acquired by the school in July 2012. Built c. 1640 and located on the east bank of the Farmington River, this 5,600-square-foot facility served its community most recently as the shared home of The Grist Mill Restaurant and Millrace Bookshop establishments.[40] It is currently home to the Admissions Office. [41][42]


West Side

  • Brick House, or "Brick," was built in 1840 for Francis Cowles, purchased in 1901 by the school's trustees.[43] Brick is known as one of the dorms in which Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis resided.
  • Cottage had been for many years a small dorm for mid-class (Old Girl, non-seniors) students, but was adapted in 2008 into a single-family faculty residence. Recently, it was restored once more a small dormitory.
  • Ward House, or "Ward," was built c. 1842 for Susan and Augustus Ward, purchased by Sarah Porter in 1891, and left to the school upon her death.[44] The basement of Ward now houses student lounge space, which had previously been the English department.

East Side

  • Colony House was built c. 1799 for Jonathan Cowles. This three-story Federal style mansion was acquired by the school in 1908, has since undergone several renovations, and is one of two dorms for seniors, with a senior lounge and small kitchen in the connector between it and Humphrey. Its name as "Colony" stemmed from the fact that it was the first offshoot from the mother country, "Main," which historically had been the center of school life until recent years.[25][45] Colony's first floor was home to the Math and Computer Science departments until the expansion of Olin at the start of this century.
  • Humphrey House, built c. 1800 by Gad Cowles as a private residence, is a Federal style building that is the second senior dorm. Named for its inhabitants between the years of 1854 and 1881, namely Milton Humphrey, it was originally purchased and enlarged for the school by Mrs. Elizabeth V. Keep in 1915. Humphrey was the senior dorm for Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis and her life-long friend Nancy Ludlow Tuckerman, who later served as White House Social Secretary during Jackie's time as First Lady.[46][47]
  • Lathrop, built in 1841 as a private residence for Harriet Cowles upon her marriage to Charles Thompson, was acquired by the school in 1889. It serves as one of the three dorms (with Keep and New Place) in the southeast corner of the campus.
  • Keep was built in 1844 for John Edward Cowles and passed down until it was sold to RoseAnne (Day) Keep and her husband and Head of School, Robert Porter-Keep, who left it to the school upon his death in 1967. The house underwent extensive remodeling in its conversion to a dorm in 1968, and continues as a dorm for boarding students today.[48]
  • New Place, built c. 1906, remains the only dormitory designed specifically for that purpose.


Interscholastic sports


Porter's competes in the Founders League with Choate Rosemary Hall, Hotchkiss, Kent, Kingswood-Oxford, Loomis Chaffee, Taft and Westminster schools. At the end of each season, Porter’s competes against the league’s most competitive teams in the New England Championships.[49][50] Porter's traditional rival is The Ethel Walker School.



In 2012, the Varsity Basketball team placed fourth in the New England Championship.


In 1997, the Crew Team ranked 1st in the New England Championships.[51] In 2009, the Varsity Crew Team placed fourth in the New England Championships.[51]


In 2012, the Varsity Squash team placed fourth in New England Championships. Following the 2014 NEISA Team Championships, Varsity Squash ranked 8th out of 16 teams in Division A of the New England Interscholastic Squash Association (NEISA).[52] Participation in the 2014 NEISA Individual Championships earned the team 74 points and 6th Place overall.[53]


In 2010, the Varsity Volleyball team defeated Convent of the Sacred Heart to become the 2010 New England School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Class B Champions.[54]

Student life

Extracurricular activities

Porter's offers a variety of different extracurricular clubs and organizations, of varying degrees of commitment and function in a given school year. Concordia, which is the school's social service club, helps students coordinate community service opportunities in order to satisfy the graduation requirement..

The Perilhettes is the senior a cappella group. Throughout the year, the group regularly posts videos from its performances, as recorded by fans, on YouTube.[55] Each year, the Perilhettes record their repertoire for sale in The Ivy. In recent years, the Perilhettes have competed in Kingswood-Oxford's Wyvern Invitational A Cappella Festival[56] and Choate's Acapelooza, winning awards at each. The school's yearbook contains other voluntary humorous "groups" that that generally existed for yearbook photos only. One such group, Perilhoonies is a voluntary "spoof" group of seniors who tried out for and but not tapped for Perilhettes. Miracle on Main Street was another such group of four-year seniors who arranged with campus police to (briefly) have their group photo taken in the middle of Main Street, back when most students arrived in their sophomore or junior years and four-year seniors were the exception rather than the norm of today.

Residential life

Approximately 75% of Porter's girls live in dormitories, all but one of which are former Farmington private residences left to the school. Each dormitory has a house director who lives in a private suite or apartment in the dorm, often with his/her family. One of the school's distinguishing features is that house directors' primary responsibilities are within residential houses. Each dormitory, with the exception of the two senior dorms, has two Junior Advisors who serve as peer counselors and mediators.[57]

All student residences are equipped with the TellEmotion Polar Bear Program, technology developed at Dartmouth College,[58] in order to encourage conscientious consumption among students. Each display features an animated polar bear at various degrees of comfort or distress depending on the building's current energy consumption. Additionally, students can monitor their dorm's progress and even compare it to that of other dorms using the software's graphical analysis feature.

Student publications

  • Salmagundy is the school's student-run monthly newspaper, founded October 27, 1945. Salmagundy is now both an online and paper publication.[59]
  • The school's journal for scholarly writing, Chautauqua, sharing its name with the US adult education movement, offers publication examples of student research across a variety of academic disciplines.
  • The school's yearbook, Daeges Eage, literally translates from Old English to "eye of the day," from which the modern word "daisy" is derived.
  • Haggis/Baggis, the school's magazine for literature and fine arts, features student poems, short stories, photographs, and artwork. Since it was first published in 1967,[60] the magazine has received numerous awards and recognitions.[61] The Spring 1984 issue featured writing by a number of outside authors, who had been asked to share their visions for the year 2020 in tribute to Eric Blair's 1984. Among the guest writers were Anne Bernays, Ray Bradbury, Art Buchwald, then Vice President George H. W. Bush, Anthony Hecht, Edward Hoagland, William Manchester, Richard L. Strout, as well as artwork d by Jamie Wyeth.[62]
  • The Language Literary Magazine is a yearly publication which showcases writings by foreign language students, including essays, poems, commentaries, and dialogues.


School seal

The school's traditional seal depicts the front door of Main, with the school's motto etched to each side. Historically, the front door of Main was considered something of a sacred portal, through which only guests of the Head of School were allowed to pass regularly. At the time, students were only permitted passage through the doorway upon their first arrival at the school and during graduation exercises. Upon receiving their diplomas, the recessional led the graduating class through Main and out into world. This tradition is reflected in the image of front door of Main on the school seal and the school motto etched to either side of the entrance way: Puellae venerunt. Abíerunt mulieres. (Latin for "They came as girls. They left as women.") Today, the door is used regularly by all members of the community and the motto is taken as reference to each girl's introduction to and graduation from the school.

Today, a new simpler logo graces most official school publications, strategically omitting the word "Miss" in a recent effort by communications officials to combat the school's common misperception as a finishing school. Over the years, the school has been referred to by various nicknames, which is frequently a discussion among the different classes at Reunion in the fall. Among the nicknames include "Porter's," "Farmington," "MPS," and "Miss Porter's."

School colors

School colors include green, white, and black. Old Girl colors are grey and yellow and New Girls are traditionally not allowed to wear the combination until after they have become Old Girls; that is, until after they have received their class rings. Each of the school's three intramural athletic rivalries ⎯ Minks, Possums, and Squirrels ⎯ is represented by one of the school's three official colors.

Notable alumnae

In popular culture

  • In the Law & Order episode "Shangri-La," during a conversation about the conduct of students at a New York City public school, a character points out that the school is not "Miss Porter's Finishing School for Young Ladies."
  • In the movie The Skulls, the lead female, Chloe, attended Miss Porter's before attending Yale.
  • In the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, when Buffy's mother thinks it would be best to send Buffy away to school, she picks up an application to Miss Porter's.[96]
  • In the television show The Nanny, in Mr. Sheffield's office, Fran suggests Gracie attend a summer program at Miss Porter's.
  • In the musical Rent, one of the leads, Harvard-educated lawyer Joanne Jefferson, attended and learned to tango with the French ambassador's daughter in her dorm room at Miss Porter's.[97]
  • In the novel Betrayed by P. C. and Kristin Cast, Zoey finds Miss Porter's after researching different "private preparatory schools" to find examples of good student councils to model her own new Dark Daughters' council after.[98]
  • In the novel The Debutantes by June Flaum Singer, the four main characters met at Miss Porter's.
  • In the novel The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry, a main character is sent to Miss Porter's.
  • In the novel A Portion for Foxes, by Jane McIlvaine McClary, Miss Porter's (as "Farmington") is mentioned as a typical school for young women in the book's social setting.
  • The novel The New Girls, by Beth Gutcheon, is set in a school called Miss Pratt's based on Miss Porter's.[99]
  • In the film Metropolitan, the character Jane Clark tells Tom Townsend that she, Audrey Rouget, and Serena Slocumb had all attended Miss Porter's (referred to as "Farmington."_
  • In the film Mona Lisa Smile, as Katherine Watson is studying Joan Brandwyn's file, a cutaway shot of it reveals that she attended Miss Porter's School, but incorrectly locates it in Lower Merion, PA.[100]
  • Sally Draper, from the AMC series Mad Men, completes an interview and overnight stay at Miss Porter's in the sixth-season episode entitled "The Quality of Mercy."[101] Subsequent episodes highlight Sally's adventures at school.[102]
  • In the pilot episode of Orange Is the New Black, Piper's grandmother quietly tells Cal, "I once kissed Mary Straley when I was at Miss Porter's school, but it wasn't for me."
  • In the film Prince of Tides, Nick Nolte's character mocks a woman by saying she did not go to "Miss Porter's Finishing School for Girls."

Other academic programs

Center for the Study of Girls' and Boys' Lives

Porter's has joined Greenwich Academy, The Haverford School, The Lawrenceville School, Riverdale Country School, The Dwight-Englewood School, The Shipley School, University School, and Georgetown Day School in the consortium of independent schools known as the Center for the Study of Girls' and Boys' Lives, which in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania conducts research, encourages public discussion, and advocates on behalf single-sex education.[103]

Penn Master's in Teaching Residency Program

In partnership with the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education, Porter's has joined Deerfield Academy, The Hotchkiss School, The Lawrenceville School, The Loomis Chaffee School, Milton Academy, Northfield Mount Hermon, St. Paul's School, and The Taft School to design and oversee the Penn Residency Master's in Teaching Program. As part of the program, Porter's offers a Master of Science in Education internship program for aspiring teachers.[104]

Summer programs

The summer programs, offered to girls entering grades 7 through 9, provide access to most of Porter's facilities and staff:

  • The Sarah Porter Leadership Institute Level I offers girls the opportunity to "learn, practice and hone" their problem solving, quick thinking, teamwork and trust skills.
  • The Sarah Porter Leadership Institute Level II gives those who have attended Level I of the program the opportunity to further develop their leadership skills. This program includes an off campus camping and rafting trip, which test the skills and responsibilities that come with those activities
  • The Porter's Junior Model U.N. is "designed to teach students about civics, current events, effective communication, and global perspective through engaging and interactive lessons and exercises." The program concludes with a two-day Model UN-style conference on campus.[105]


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