The Porter Plan - Boarding Students
|Residential Life at Miss Porter's School provides a safe and nurturing environment that promotes character development and personal responsibility. We challenge girls to become their best selves, teaching resilience, independence and respectful engagement wit the world around them.|
At Porter’s, we know students transition to boarding school best when there are adults in their lives who are present and available to provide guidance, just as families do. As such, our Porter Plan is one of the distinguishing features of our school. The Porter Plan requires that our house directors’ primary responsibilities on campus are within our dormitories. This requirement ensures that they are able to concentrate on building strong, interactive bonds with each student in their dorm without the additional responsibilities of teaching or coaching.
Our dormitories that have the look and feel of private homes as they are former residences. Our house directors are on duty each evening, and they are available to their students throughout the day. Their doors are always open, and they often invite students into their apartments for snacks, movies, and group discussions.
Porter's unique residential life program teaches students essential social skills, such as communication, compromise and cultural awareness, and students are empowered by assuming responsibility for the choices they make in structuring their own lives in a residential environment.
|Porter’s values its day students and the contributions they bring to our community. Day students are fully integrated into the life of the school, participate in all activities and programs and form strong bonds with boarders. Day students often return to campus on the weekends for social events, athletic games, performances and club activities. All day students are affiliated with a dormitory in which they participate in traditions, celebrate birthdays, attend wellness meetings, hang-out in the common rooms and spend weekend nights with their friends. |
Each grade level of day students is assigned a room in a dormitory. This room is truly their home base in which to relax, store their belongings, and decorate the walls to personalize the space. Each day student is also assigned a locker and key in a room adjoining her day room. This provides a convenient location to store books and sports equipment during the day and overnight. The day student rooms are often gathering spots for impromptu dance parties, class meetings, and general socializing between classes. Just as the boarders enjoy having the day students in the dorm common rooms, the day students welcome boarders into their day rooms.
Day students hold many leadership positions, including two representatives elected to Student Council. The Day Student Advisor (DSA) is the appointed faculty member responsible for overseeing the day student rooms, as well as being attentive and responsive to the needs of the day student community and individuals within it. The DSA works closely with the day student Junior Advisors.
Day and boarding students can be found together anywhere, at any time, throughout the campus, building friendships and a community whose members are enriched by the relationships they form with each other. The day students’ experience at Porter’s is enhanced by the cultural diversity of our boarding population, and our boarders are supported by friendships with day students and their families who cheer for them on the sidelines, invite them for home-cooked meals and welcome them into their homes.
Porter's residential expectations govern behavior in the dormitory and equip students for success later in life by teaching skills that foster both independence and effective community living.
House directors are responsible for holding students accountable for these expectations, ensuring that students understand the impact their behaviors and decisions have on themselves and their dorm community. House Directors also actively monitor the emotional and physical well being of their students so that they can be proactive in expressing concern for a student. They work with students individually to teach them to be assertive, empathic communicators, who are able to express their own feelings while respecting the feelings of others, particularly in relation to roommate negotiations and other social situations in the dormitory. House Directors create a dorm environment based on mutual support and understanding, kindness, acceptance, honesty, and respect for other people, including their beliefs, opinions, and belongings.
Junior Advisors are the student leaders appointed in the spring preceding their junior year, to serve as peer counselors and mediators in the underclass dormitories.
Two Junior Advisors live in each underclass dormitory, providing assistance to House Directors and peer support to students. They help New Girls adjust to life at school, act as liaisons between the House Director and students, help enforce dormitory expectations, mediate roommate conflicts, serve as role models, and provide guidance and support to all the girls on their floor. They are responsible for teaching eight wellness meetings throughout the year, which help New Girls in their transition to school. Junior Advisors also add some lighthearted fun to dorm life by delivering baked goodies after study hall, organizing dorm runs to local restaurants, and facilitating ice-breakers, games, and activities throughout the week. The Junior Advisor position is a well-respected leadership position at Porter’s.
Porter’s students live in several spacious and comfortable houses located centrally on campus.
Most dorms house between 20 – 40 students; two are senior dorms, two are ninth grade dorms, and five house students of mixed grade levels. New students are assigned roommates based on grade level and common interests, while returning students may choose their roommates.
Each dormitory holds a dorm meeting once a week to review upcoming calendar events, discuss issues relevant to boarding life, raise concerns, play games, or simply enjoy a group snack.
Students enjoy these opportunities to gather as a community and connect with friends at the end of a full day. Dorm meetings usually occur at check-in in the evening, so the tone of the meetings is lively and fun -- a relaxing reprieve after study hall.
|Day Students and Dorms|
All day students are affiliated with a dormitory in which they participate in traditions, celebrate birthdays, attend wellness meetings, hang-out in the common rooms and spend weekend nights with their friends.
House directors assist in building relationships between boarding and day students affiliated with their dorms during activities and events.