In one word, busy. Most students wake up around 7, which leaves the perfect amount of time to throw on jeans and a sweater before stopping by the dining hall for a quick bite to eat before class. There are seven periods in each day, with the exception of Wednesday. First period begins at 8:00, but most students enjoy a “sleep-in” once or twice a week, which means they don’t have class until 8:50 or even 9:50. Classes last for 50 minutes, with five minutes for passing. On Mondays and Fridays, the whole school gathers for Morning Meeting in the theater for announcements from faculty and students. On Wednesday morning, students and faculty gather again for a longer assembly period or class meetings. Thursday mornings include an advisor meeting period where advisors and advisees gather as groups and chat about school events, assessments, and upcoming activities. After Morning Meeting, assembly, and advisor meetings students often head to Milk Lunch, a 15 minute free period during which many students grab a snack or coffee in the dining hall or the Daisy Café or take time to change their books in their dorms or at lockers.
Most classes meet four times per week, and because Porter’s runs on a daily block schedule, students have free periods built into their day. Something that is great about Porter’s is the freedom girls have during these designated times. We can take a quick walk to Starbucks, power nap in the dorms, have a meeting with a teacher or a study session in the library. Of course, halfway through each day is lunch. The dining hall is packed with students and faculty waiting for delicious food. We have many options including the salad bar, the action station (which changes every day), and the hot food line. Classes continue after lunch and end at 3:20. Sports teams, theater and dance practice for 2 hours after school beginning at 3:50, and then the girls go to the dining hall. Then campus quiets down as day students usually head home and boarders get ready for study hall. Study hall is from 7:30-9:30, and then girls have free time until “lights out” at 11pm.
Wednesdays are a bit different than the other weekdays. Classes begin at the usual time, but they conclude at 11:55 a.m. After a quick lunch, sports teams prepare for games either on our campus or at other schools in the Founders League.