Life as an international student at a boarding school

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

The new normal: five questions to ask in today’s school search

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

Why should you attend boarding school? A reflection on class retreats

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

Back-to-school tips

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

For parents: An independent school education can be affordable. An intro to financial aid.

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.

Should we visit boarding schools over the summer?

We get questions all the time from prospective students and families wondering if it makes sense to get some boarding school visits done before the school year begins. There are certainly pros and cons to a summer visit, and we’re going to try to give you all the information you need to decide whether or not a summer visit could be beneficial for your family.

Pros: A clear head! You will get to see a boarding school without worrying about getting back home in time for soccer practice or a flute lesson…
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