Porter's expects the following from students in order to be eligible for a Miss Porter's School diploma:
- Completion of unit, course, and program requirements as stated below.
- Attendance on campus during the entire senior year.
- Attainment of passing grades in all courses during the senior year.
Unit Requirements and Course Load
Each student must take at least 4 one-unit courses each semester and at least 9 units each year. The number of units of credit awarded for each course is noted after the course title in the listings beginning on page 9. In general, ½-unit courses meet two periods a week for one semester; 1-unit courses meet four or five periods a week for one semester; and 2-unit courses meet four to six periods a week for two semesters. The standard course load is 5-6 units per semester. A student may take more than 6 units in a semester only with the permission of her advisor and the Academic Office. All schedules are subject to approval by the student’s advisor and the Academic Dean.
- Computer Science: (1.5 units effective beginning with class of 2018)
- 9th grade entry: Computer Principles and Media in 9th grade, Problem Solving through Programming in 10th grade and one additional computer science course; 10th grade entry: Computer Principles and Media in the first year, Problem Solving through Programming in the first or second year; 11th grade entry: Computer Principles and Media
- English: 4 years
- Leadership: All 9th graders and new 10th graders must take Healthy Living in the first year.
- Foundations of Western Civilization in 9th grade
- At least one semester area studies course in 10th grade
- U.S. History or AP U.S. History in 11th or 12th grade
- Some international students may satisfy the U.S. History requirement by taking American Studies.
- Modern and Classical Languages: Completion of the third level of a language at Miss Porter’s School in which the student is not already proficient.
- Mathematics: Completion of mathematics through Junior year, including Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry.
- Science: Physics or Conceptual Physics, Chemistry, and Biology
Note: Credit for requirements completed at schools attended prior to enrolling at Porter's will be determined by the Academic Office. Normally, no credit is awarded for academic work completed over the summer.
- Successful completion of the InterMission program for all years enrolled at Porter’s
- Community Service:
- 9th or 10th grade entry: 20 hours; 11th or 12th grade entry: 10 hours
- Experiential Education:
- Members of the class of 2016 who entered Porter’s in 9th or 10th grade: minimum 80-hour experiential education project