|Admission to Porter's is selective. Applicants are accepted to grades nine through 12 on the basis of demonstrated intellectual curiosity, academic achievement, community involvement and extracurricular activity, and leadership. These are determined by school records, teacher recommendations, test results, personal essays, and an interview. Porter's also actively seeks to enroll students from a variety of backgrounds, whose unique perspectives and experiences enrich life at the school. |
Online applications are encouraged. Please proceed to the Porter’s online application by clicking on the link to the right. We also accept online applications from SSAT, TABS, and A Better Chance. If you require a paper copy of the Porter’s admission application, please contact the Admission Office firstname.lastname@example.org.
We appreciate your efforts to complete all of the requirements for your application by the January 15 application deadline. Admission decisions will be made available online and by mail on March 10 if your admission file has been completed by January 15. Applications submitted after January 15 will be given consideration if space permits. We look forward to considering your application.
Upon applying for admission, students are considered for prestigious Trustee Scholarships. Scholarship recipients generally demonstrate strong academic achievement in addition to significant accomplishments in the arts, athletics, leadership, service, or global citizenship. While additional materials are not required, we encourage students to submit any information that will assist the admission committee in evaluating the student’s talents and contributions to their community.
Students with a passion for fine and performing arts are especially encouraged to submit samples of their work in the following forms to the Admission Office.
– Contact Director of Dance Alexa Melonopoulos at email@example.com
to arrange an audition or submit a video recording of a class and a prepared piece.
– Contact Director of Music John Eells at firstname.lastname@example.org
for an audition or you may submit both audio and video performances to the Admission Office.
Painting / Drawing
– Submit a portfolio containing a minimum of 10 pieces. Portfolio may include, but is not limited to, prints, collages, or computer graphics. Work may be presented in slides, but there must be a minimum of three actual paintings or drawings in the portfolio. For more information contact Director of the Visual Arts Department Grier Torrence at email@example.com
– Submit a portfolio containing a minimum of 10 pieces. Portfolio may be in slide format or photographs. For more information contact photography teacher Sophia Paris at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Submit a portfolio (photographs or slides) of a minimum of ten pieces. For more information contact pottery teacher Susan Reeder Moss at email@example.com
– Contact Director of Theater Eric Ort at firstname.lastname@example.org
for an audition or to submit a video recording consisting of a two to three minute monologue. In addition, you may submit a resume of related experience and awards to the Admission Office.
- Students with special talents in athletics are welcome to contact Director of Athletics Carolyn Polley at 860-409-3710 or email@example.com
to discuss their sport(s) of interest and experience. In addition, students may submit a resume of related experience and awards to the Admission Office.
Sarah Porter Scholarships
Porter's offers special scholarships to New Girls entering grades nine or 10, who are daughters or granddaughter's of Porter's graduates. Sarah Porter Scholarships are designed to recognize the importance of Porter’s legacies and to enhance the traditions of Miss Porter’s School. To apply, please complete and submit the Sarah Porter Scholarship Application
by January 15.
Trustee and Sarah Porter Scholarship recipients will be notified by mail on March 10. For more information about need-based financial aid at Porter’s visit www.porters.org/financialaid
Please contact Senior Associate Director of Admission and Director of Financial Aid Kim Mount at 860-409-3618 or firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have questions about merit-based scholarships or need-based aid at Porter's.
|Chinese Applicants - Important Deadline Information|
For students from China inquiring or submitting an application for admission for fall 2013 after January 15, 2013, please read.
For the past two years Porter’s has had a pre-application process in place for students from China. As the number of qualified applicants continues to greatly exceed the number of available spaces, it is important to us to have a system in place that is fair to all families.
As our application deadline has passed, we will be accepting applications for students from China on a rolling basis. We will first read and evaluate any applications we received prior to January 16.
For students who inquire and submit applications after January 15, we will read those applications after we have had a chance to evaluate those in the first round. For students submitting an application after January 15, please note that we may not be able to issue a decision by March 10 if we have not had a chance to evaluate your application by then.
Additionally, we will not be able to grant an on-campus or Skype interview for second round applicants until we have had a chance to carefully review your materials. Our office will be in touch with applicants with whom we wish to follow up.
Families are always welcome to visit campus, but we will likely not be able to grant the interview part of the campus visit if you were not able to submit your materials for review prior to January 15.
|Graded Paper |
Please provide a copy of a graded essay or paper (with teacher comments) that you have written during the current academic year for either an English or History class. Please do not submit poems, short stories, or other creative pieces. You will be given the opportunity to upload a document when completing the Porter’s online application.
|Teacher Recommendations |
Please give these forms to your current math and English teacher early in the process with a stamped envelope addressed to the Admission office and ask them to mail the recommendation forms to us by the January 15 application deadline.
|School Recommendations and Transcript |
The school recommendation form should be given to your Principal, Head of School or Guidance Counselor with a request that it be completed and returned to the Admission Office by January 15. Your transcript should include your grades from the last two years as well as your most current grades for the present academic year. If you have attended more than one school in recent years, you may need to contact each school to obtain the appropriate transcripts.
|Standardized Tests |
Miss Porter's School accepts only original standardized test scores submitted by the testing agency.
The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) is required to complete an application for students entering grades 9 or 10. Students entering grade 11 may submit results from the SSAT or the PSAT. If you are applying for grade 12, please send us PSAT or SAT results. Information concerning the tests is available at your school or from the Admission Office. You may register for the SSAT online through http://www.ssat.org
. We recommend that standardized testing be completed by mid-January in order to have fulfilled all requirements by the deadline. Be sure to have your scores sent to Miss Porter's School (SSAT code - #5122).
In lieu of the SSAT, Porter's will accept the ISEE Test. You may register for the ISEE online through http://www.erbtest.org.
Be sure to have your scores sent to Miss Porter's School (ISEE code- #070210)
Additionally, if English is not your first language, we request that you take the TOEFL iBT (internet based test): Test of English as a Foreign Language (www.ets.org/toefl/
). Please request that your TOEFL test results be sent to Porter’s directly; Porter’s TOEFL code is 8606. For students applying for grade 9, we are looking for an overall score of at least 90 and for incoming 10th and 11th graders we are looking for an overall score of 100.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required if English is not the primary language you speak at home or at school. The Porter's TOEFL code is 8606.
An interview with a Porter's admission officer is required. If you have not had one, please call the Admission Office to arrange a campus visit and interview. If you are unable to visit our campus, we will be happy to arrange a Skype or phone interview.
Please submit a recent photo of yourself to the Office of Admission. You will be given the opportunity to upload a photo when completing the Porter’s online application. This photo is optional, but encouraged.
|Financial Aid |
You must indicate on the admission application that your family will be applying for need-based financial aid. Please visit www.porters.org/financialaid
for eligibility requirements and application instructions. Financial aid applications are due by January 15.