Leaders Learn Here
At Miss Porter’s School, the world is welcomed and invited in. We value diverse perspectives and individual voices. Our academic, extra-curricular, residential and professional programs foster the productive exchange of ideas and encourage personal growth. As we learn about ourselves and each other, we strengthen our community of students and their families, faculty, staff, administrators, Ancients and trustees.

Student Life
One of the greatest elements of a Porter’s education is that our students are encouraged to appreciate uniqueness in themselves and in others. Our commitment to learning extends well beyond the pages of the books that we read or the problems that we solve. It includes equally a commitment to learning about ourselves and the others with whom we live and learn. The many voices that make up our conversations inside and outside of the classroom offer daily exposure to global perspectives in a way that mere textbooks and lesson plans cannot.  

At Porter's, diversity encompasses a spectrum of racial and ethnic ancestry, culture, socioeconomics, religion, primary language, sexual orientation, country of origin, interests, talents, and abilities. A diverse and inclusive community strengthens our school and all who are part of it (students, faculty, staff, administrators, and board of trustees).

By sharing what they bring to this community and learning from others whose gifts to the community are different from their own, our students are esteemed and enriched. As our students are empowered to be their true selves, they learn to discover the bonds they share in common with others rather than their differences. This ability will strengthen their experience at Porter’s and in their travels henceforth.

Sincerely,
 
Dr. Kate Windsor         Susan Martell
Head of School            Director of Equity and Inclusion

Policies

  • Non-Discrimination in Admission

    Miss Porter's School is committed to diversity in its student body and admits qualified students without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, or any other class protected by relevant law. Mutual respect is a basic value at Porter's, and we will not tolerate discrimination or harassment against any individual on the basis of protected class status.

    We administer all our policies, including those related to admission, financial aid, and educational, athletic, and extracurricular activities, in a manner designed to give each student equal access to all of our programs and activities. When necessary, qualified students will receive reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to educational opportunities, programs, and activities in the most integrated setting appropriate.
  • Sexual Harassment

    This policy is intended to educate students, faculty, and staff about the nature of sexual harassment; to encourage members of the Porter's community to discuss offensive conduct early to prevent such behavior and to stop it from escalating; and to eliminate any harassing behavior that may already exist.

    Miss Porter's School is a community in which all members have rights to feel safe and respected, and to live, work and learn in an environment that is free from sexual harassment. Inappropriate behavior of a sexual nature can undermine these rights. It is the policy of Porter's that no member of the school may sexually harass another.

    Sexual harassment encompasses behavior that is subtle and ambiguous as well as that which is direct and overt. It may involve peers, but it is especially serious when it involves a relationship of authority. Under no circumstances will a sexual relationship between an adult member of the community (someone over 18 not in the status of a student) and a Porter's student be construed as consensual.

    In determining whether behavior deemed offensive by the individual to whom it is directed constitutes sexual harassment and, if so, the severity of the harassment and the school's response, the range of the circumstances will be considered. Circumstances may include the nature, frequency, intensity, location, context, and duration of the alleged offensive conduct. Perpetrators as well as victims of sexual harassment can be male or female, students, faculty, spouses or staff. Those who engage in sexual harassment will be subject to discipline up to and including dismissal.

    No one should be inhibited from making a complaint of what he or she considers to be harassment for fear of reprisal. Therefore, any form of threat or retaliation against anyone who in good faith makes a complaint of sexual harassment is itself a violation of this policy and is cause for discipline.

    Violation of this policy, whether intended or not, will not be tolerated. The procedures that Porter's follows are designed to ensure that incidents of sexual harassment will be investigated promptly, and that corrective actions will be taken immediately.

    (excerpted from full Sexual Harassment Policy)
  • Non-Discrimination in Hiring

    Miss Porter's School provides equal employment opportunities for employees and job applicants without regard to their race, creed, color, religion or national origin, age, gender, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation or marital status.
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Contact Us

For more information on diversity at Miss Porter's School, contact Susan Martell, Director of Equity and Inclusion
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Miss Porter's School
60 Main Street   |    Farmington, CT 06032  |   Telephone: 860-409-3500  |  Since 1843
A BOARDING AND DAY SCHOOL FOR GIRLS GRADES NINE THROUGH 12