Miss Porter's School

60 Main St, Farmington, CT 06032

Sarah Porter, sister of onetime Yale president Noah Porter, founded this school that bears her name. The school's 19th-century curriculum emphasized traditional values and service to others, offering a curriculum that included Latin, French and German languages, plus reading, spelling, arithmetic, trigonometry, history and geography. Because Sarah Porter believed in women receiving educations equal to those available to men, the program also featured chemistry, physiology, botany, geology and astronomy, as well as arts and music instruction. After Sarah Porter's death in 1900, management of the school remained in the hands of her nephew, Robert Porter Keep, and his wife. From 1917 to 1943, under the leadership of Robert Porter Keep, Jr., the school increasingly emphasized college preparation. Miss Porter's was incorporated as a nonprofit institution in 1943. Today, the school conducts a rigorous liberal arts curriculum that emphasizes collaboration, connections among disciplines, and both critical and creative thinking. Honors and Advanced Placement courses are offered in all departments, and many electives are also available. Campus art studios provide girls with opportunities in photography, painting, sculpture, printmaking, jewelry making and graphic design. Athletics are an area of emphasis: Girls must play a sport each season and must also pass a swimming test prior to graduation. Students at all levels can engage in independent study. Juniors may spend a school year abroad. All girls complete an experiential education requirement: an intensive, focused experience for at least 80 hours in successive weeks of summer, winter or spring break. Options include professional internships, community service projects and cultural and language immersion. Girls entering as freshmen or sophomores perform 20 hours of cumulative community service; those entering as juniors or seniors contribute 10 hours during their time at Porter's.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeBoarding and Day — Girls Grades 9-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsGirls
Full Address60 Main St, Farmington, CT 06032
Telephone860-409-3530
Fax860-409-3531
Year Established1843
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorKatherine G. Windsor
Applications DueJanuary
Total Enrollment306
Boarding Students196
Day Students110
Girls306
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