Miss Porter’s students attend SPHERE Student of Color Summit

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

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

Student Spotlight: Lauren S. ’20. “Because of the opportunities Porter’s offers, I was able to find my voice.”

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.”

Student Spotlight: Alexandra P. ’20 placed in the top 20 at the USA Triathlon Youth Junior National Championships.

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.

Student Spotlight: Cydney H. ’18. “Lean into discomfort — reach out of your comfort zone. You don’t learn anything from being comfortable.”

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.”

Student Spotlight: Yeda M. ’19. “Miss Porter’s School is a welcoming and open community that respects individuality…”

Yeda is rising junior from Seoul, South Korea. She loves the opportunities available to her at Miss Porter’s School, which have allowed her to pursue a number of passions — from teaming up with Matthew Poage, her math teacher, on Web Applications Programming and developing games, to serving as layout editor for Salmagundy, the school newspaper. A member of the Varsity cross country and track & field teams, Yeda can often be seen running along campus paths and Farmington’s trails, enjoying the beautiful scenery and taking in the fresh air. We recently chatted with Yeda to talk about life as a student at Miss Porter’s School:

What are some of the best things about going to an all-girls’ school? Going to an all-girls’ school has enabled me to…Continue reading Student Spotlight: Yeda M. ’19. “Miss Porter’s School is a welcoming and open community that respects individuality…”