Founded in 1843, Porter’s excels at preparing young women for college, for leadership and for life. A boarding and day school for students in grades nine through 12, Porter’s offers a challenging academic curriculum and a diverse residential community of scholars, athletes, artists and friends. With 322 students hailing from 23 states and representing 27 countries, Porter’s dynamic approach to education inspires young women to become informed, bold, resourceful and ethical global citizens.
Porter’s mission statement sets high expectations: “We expect our graduates to shape a changing world.” Students enthusiastically accept this challenge with the assistance of faculty members who serve as educators, advisers, coaches and mentors. At Porter's, young women develop high levels of achievement in mathematics, foreign languages, science, history, English, and the arts by being challenged to think independently, ask questions, debate theories and share ideas. Porter’s rigorous academic program, collaborative environment and supportive community prepares students for college and beyond.
Porter’s believes in maintaining a healthy balance between intellectual activity and physical exercise; each student participates daily on a team, in the dance program, or in a sports class. Interscholastic sports are badminton, basketball, crew, cross-country, equestrian, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, skiing, squash, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, Ultimate Frisbee, and volleyball. An extensive number of playing fields and seven DecoTurf tennis courts are available. An athletics/recreation center contains two gyms, an indoor track, a climbing wall, a fitness center, and basketball and volleyball courts. An additional athletic facility with an eight-lane pool and eight international squash courts opened in September 2007. A new boathouse for crew sits on the Farmington River. Equestrian and skiing participants use nearby facilities.
There are many weekend activities both on and off the campus, including concerts, guest lecturers, and drama productions, as well as events with nearby schools. Porter’s location allows students to enjoy the charm of Farmington, while providing easy access to Hartford, New York and Boston for social, cultural, and academic events.