Students in their first year at Miss Porter’s School were recently featured as a “Decoder Spotlight” on the educational news service News Decoder‘s website, who notes that Sophie Paris, director of the Institute for Global Education at Porter’s, is leading the school’s efforts to link the educational news service to its curriculum. Science Teacher SarahContinue reading News-Decoder Spotlight: 9th Graders at Miss Porter’s School →
We know that this time of year can be stressful, especially if you are waiting to hear back from independent schools that you applied to. Liz Schmitt, chief enrollment and student affairs officer at Miss Porter’s School, has some advice on navigating these weeks and all of the emotions that come with them. Smile. PositiveContinue reading Waiting for an admission decision? Don’t stress! →
INTERMISSION IS A WINTER TERM THAT TAKES PLACE BETWEEN THE FIRST AND SECOND SEMESTERS EACH JANUARY. The 11th-Grade InterMission Program provides international, school-based immersion experiences for all juniors at no cost to them as part of a year-long Global Citizenship curriculum. Read on as Elizabeth, a current junior, shares her experience. During InterMission, I traveled abroad to SouthContinue reading InterMission Reflection: Elizabeth M. ’19 →
InterMission is a winter term between the first and second semesters each January. Grade 12 InterMission courses provide opportunities for students to explore their own questions about activism, social justice, change-agency, and finding meaningful work. Students visit a city to spend time in apprenticeships, with the goal being to prepare our oldest students to soon fulfillContinue reading InterMission Update: Seniors Interning In D.C.! →
On Wednesday, December 6, Miss Porter’s School students showcased their technology and entrepreneurship skills at Porter’s Pitch Day. During the event, groups of students pitched their mobile apps to a panel of judges comprised of Ancients Ellie Large ’81 and Alexandra Lazowski ’09, Chief Advancement Officer Christine Pina, and Chief Academic Officer Tim Quinn. Students developedContinue reading Porter’s Pitch Day: An Interview with Darlie Kerns ’20 →
As a student, Porter’s was everything I had imagined an all-girls’ boarding school would be. Namely, “community” was the all-encompassing word that characterized this unique educational institution. The small class sizes, a grade with fewer than 80 students, and a student body of just over 300 young women undoubtedly promoted community in a way thatContinue reading An Ancient in Admissions: Guest post by Christina Yu ’13 →
Artist Gabrielle (Gabby) Banks ’15 recently held her first solo show in The Bahamas when her collection, “The Mark of a Woman,” exhibited at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas this summer. Gabby, who has been described as one of The Bahamas’ most exciting emerging artists, is a junior at the Rhode Island School ofContinue reading Miss Porter’s School Ancient Spotlight: Gabrielle Banks ’15 →
On Sunday, November 7, 18 students traveled to the Watkinson School to participate in the SPHERE Student of Color Summit. The Summit was created in recognition of the unique needs and experience of students of color at predominately white independent schools. It provides a collaborative space for students of color to come together in aContinue reading Miss Porter’s students attend SPHERE Student of Color Summit →
Where are you from? New York City What activities do you participate in here at school? JV field hockey, thirds basketball, JV tennis, Head of Concordia (community service club) What are some of the best things about going to an all-girls’ school? An all-girls’ school provides girls with the opportunity to figure out who theyContinue reading Student Spotlight: Georgie H. ’18 →
Post by Kat Simison, Associate Director of Admission at Miss Porter’s School One of the most frequent questions I’m asked in interviews with prospective international students is, “What is the transition like for an international student at Porter’s?” This is my favorite question to answer because I’m proud of the support Porter’s provides for internationalContinue reading Life as an international student at a boarding school →
Written by Porter’s Head of School Katherine G. Windsor, ED.D Having served as head of Miss Porter’s School since 2008, I am often asked for my insights on school leadership and school selection by parents who are seeking the best schools for their children. When I counsel friends and colleagues, I encourage them to askContinue reading The new normal: five questions to ask in today’s school search →
Emily Wogelius ’17 earned the Polly Laughlin Memorial Trophy at Porter’s athletics assembly this past spring. Below is an excerpt from her speech. I feel honored to be receiving this award tonight because athletics have been the highlight of my time here at Porter’s. I have been a tri varsity athlete since my freshman year,Continue reading The power of athletics at an all-girls’ school: Emily Wogelius ’17 →
Guest post by Sarah Quinn, Director of Admission at Miss Porter’s School September is here! It is time for leaf peeping, apple picking, pumpkin flavored everything, and, of course, beginning the high school search process! If you are interested in attending an independent high school in the fall of 2018, you want to start yourContinue reading Applying to independent schools: some advice →
Today is the fourth day of classes at Miss Porter’s School and we are all soaking up the joy of heading back to school. Old Girls have shown up with new haircuts, maybe a few inches taller, while New Girls arrived giddy with anticipation of what’s to come. I feel an incredible sense of excitementContinue reading Why should you attend boarding school? A reflection on class retreats →
Lauren S. ’20, a student from Montclair, NJ, will be starting her sophomore year this September. Having come from a large, public middle school, Lauren found the Miss Porter’s School experience to be new and exciting — from interactive classroom discussions around the table to all the opportunities available to her here. Lauren participates in the Debate Club, Model United Nations, Earth Club, Nature Club, and the Book Club to name just a few, and through these activities and her academic studies, she has developed passions for public speaking, leadership, political science, and computer programming. When she’s not studying, she’s playing to win with the school’s soccer, squash, and track & field teams.
What passions have you developed while at Porter’s? I have developed passions for leadership, public speaking, political science, and computer programming…Continue reading Student Spotlight: Lauren S. ’20. “Because of the opportunities Porter’s offers, I was able to find my voice.” →
Summer will soon be coming to an end and some of you may already be starting to pack up for school. In a couple weeks, campus will once again be busy with activity as students return. To help you get ready and make the best of the new academic year, here are some back-to-school tips from Miss Porter’s School:
Get organized. Use a personal planner and develop daily to-do lists. Keep your notebooks, folders, laptops, and backpacks tidy. Keep your work area free of distractions.
Stay healthy. Be sure to get enough sleep and eat a balanced diet. Also find time to do something fun or restful every day.
Get involved. Discover things that you enjoy, such as sports, clubs, arts, or service organizations. It’s a great way to meet people, develop passions, and have fun!Continue reading Back-to-school tips →
Rising 10th-grader and runner Alexandra P. ’20 placed in the top 20 at 18th place in the USA Triathlon Youth Junior National Championships at Voice of America Park in Ohio earlier this month, moving up in the ranks from her 45th place finish last year. Alexandra competed in the Youth Elite Female class, ages 13-15, after having qualified for this year’s Nationals when she finished in the top 16 at the East Coast Triathlon Festival in Richmond, Virginia earlier in May.
A dedicated athlete, in addition to participating in triathlons around the country, Alexandra is on the cross country, swimming, and track & field teams at Miss Porter’s School, and is an accomplished high honors student. It takes unwavering determination, strength, and all-around toughness to train and compete in sports, while balancing her academics and other priorities. We chatted with Alexandria recently to see where she gets her inspiration…Continue reading Student Spotlight: Alexandra P. ’20 placed in the top 20 at the USA Triathlon Youth Junior National Championships. →
For many families considering independent school options, the question of affordability can be a daunting one. While private or independent secondary schools do not have access to federal financial aid resources like college and universities do, most (if not all) secondary schools have need or merit-based financial aid programs designed to help families meet school costs. These programs are funded by schools often through their operating budgets and/or through endowment funds.
Financial aid at the secondary school level can come in the form of need-based grants or merit-based scholarships…Continue reading For parents: An independent school education can be affordable. An intro to financial aid. →
Cydney is from San Antonio, Texas and will be starting her senior year at Miss Porter’s School this fall. She is an active student who loves trying new things and participates in theater, the Model United Nations, Concordia, Watu Wazuri, the Black Latina Alliance, and the photography club. Cydney is also an Event Guide for the Admission Office. She understands the importance of volunteering and every Monday, helps third-graders with their reading at the Noah Wallace School. We recently caught up with Cydney to chat about life at Porter’s:
What are some of the best things about going to an all-girls’ school? When I was younger, I struggled with confidence, and I was often nervous if what I said was “right” or “wrong.” Being at Miss Porter’s School, I found the confidence in myself and I can share and express my own opinions…Continue reading Student Spotlight: Cydney H. ’18. “Lean into discomfort — reach out of your comfort zone. You don’t learn anything from being comfortable.” →
“Servant” and “leader” are two words that usually don’t go together, but a true leader cares about the needs of others first. Servant leadership is a philosophy that supports people who choose to serve first and then lead as a way of expanding service to individuals and institutions. The term was first coined by Robert K. Greenleaf, a writer, teacher, and founder of the Center for Servant Leadership who, after a long and successful career in corporate management development at AT&T, dedicated his personal work to the concept of servant leadership:
“A servant-leader focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong… The servant-leader shares power, puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible.”Continue reading Leading through community service →