Miss Porter's School

Farmington, Connecticut, USA view map
All Girls, No Religious Affiliation

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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 over 300 students hailing from 24 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.

60 Main Street, Farmington, Connecticut, USA 06032

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Director of Admission: Liz Schmitt
Admissions Phone:860-409-3530Fax:860-409-3531
Email: admission@missporters.org Website: www.porters.org/admission

  • Application Deadline: January 15
  • Application Fee: $50
  • International Application Fee: $100
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: Yes
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  • Founded: 1843
  • Campus Size: 35 acres
  • Grades Offered: 9th-12th
  • Accredited by: NEASC, AISNE
Student Body
Grades 9th-12th
Grades 9th-12th
Girls     204 107 311
Boys     0 0 0
Total     204 107 311

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $50,455
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: $40,245
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 40.00%
  • Average Awarded: $26,520

Department Director: Rachel Countryman

Average Class Size: 11

Full Time Teachers: 40

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 63.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 8/1

Number of AP Courses Offered: 18

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • AP Courses
  • Post Graduate Year
Support Programs
  • College Counseling
  • ESL: Intermediate
  • ESL: Advanced
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Study Skills Assistance
  • Technology Center
  • Experiential Education
  • Creative Writing
  • Asian History
  • European History
  • United States History
  • World History
Foreign Languages:
  • Chinese-Mandarin
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Latin
  • Ethics
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Anatomy
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Marine Biology
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Forensics Neuro -anatomy
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Geometry
  • Statistics
Computer Studies:
  • Computer Applications
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Science
  • Web Design
  • Choral Music
  • Individual Instructions
  • Music History
  • Music Theory
  • Orchestra
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • Art History
  • Dance
  • Drawing
  • Graphic Design
  • Pottery
  • Printmaking
  • Publications
  • Textiles
  • Theater Arts
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
  • Independent Study
  • Personal Finance
  • Semester/Year Off-Campus
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • N/A
AP Courses Available:
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science A
  • Environmental Science
  • European History
  • French Language
  • French Literature
  • Latin Literature
  • Latin: Vergil
  • Music Theory
  • Physics B
  • Psychology
  • Spanish Language
  • Spanish Literature
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • US History

Department Director: Laura Jalinskas

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 8

No. of Girls Dorms: 8


Dress Code: Other

Student Life

Summary: When the class day ends and the sports teams put away their equipment, the co-curricular opportunities at Miss Porter’s School come alive. With 45 clubs, several performing groups, countless community service opportunities, weekend activities, and revered traditions, there is something for everyone.


  • All-weather track
  • Baseball field(s)
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Volleyball court(s)
  • Indoor basketball court(s)
  • Indoor pool
  • Indoor climbing wall

Clubs and Organizations

  • Amnesty International
  • Animal Rights Club
  • Asian Club
  • Community Service
  • Computer Club
  • Debate Club
  • Diversity Club
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Environmental Club
  • Foreign Language Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Honor Council
  • Horseback Riding
  • International Clubs
  • Investment Club
  • Jewish Student Org
  • Literary Magazine
  • Math Club
  • Model UN
  • Newspaper
  • Outing Club
  • Peer Counseling
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Photography
  • Sexualities Club
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Student Publications
  • Student Radio Station
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga
  • Young Democrats
  • Young Republicans

Arts Department Director: Alexa Melonopoulos

Athletics Department Director: Carolyn Polley

  • A Cappella Group
  • Art Club
  • Chamber Choir
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Choral Music
  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • String Ensemble
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater
Interscholastic Sports
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Diving
  • Equestrian
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Horseback Riding
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Recreational Sports
  • Aerobics
  • Dance
  • Fencing
  • Martial Arts
  • Outdoor Education
  • Rock Climbing
  • Snowboarding
  • Squash
  • Swimming

Department Director: Amy Rogers

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 100.00%

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:

Boston University
Brown University
George Washington University
Johns Hopkins University
New York University

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

25th percentile 75th percentile
Critical Reading 570 680
Mathematics 580 700
Writing 580 680

Notable Alumni

Quotes from Alumni

Summary: Porter's Summer Programs are designed to provide girls the opportunity to experience Porter's academic, artistic, athletic and residential curriculum and community. Girls thrive in our supportive and collaborative environment where curiosity and confidence are encouraged, and they complete their programs with a greater understanding of all they can accomplish as informed, bold, resourceful, ethical citizens.

Department Director: Christine Neville-Smith