Academic Programs and Requirements
Off-Campus Academic Programs
| Graduation Requirements |
Porter's expects the following from students in order to be eligible for a Miss Porter's School diploma:
Unit Requirements and Course Load
- 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.
Each student must take at least 4 one-unit courses each semester and earn at least 9 units each year. 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 Porter's 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.
- Computer Science:
- Students who enter Porter's in 9th or 10th grade: Foundations of Computer Principles and Media in the first year and one additional computer science course.
- Students who enter Porter's in 11th grade: one computer science course
- Ethical Leadership: Ethical Leadership Seminar in 10th grade
- Foundations of Western Civilization in 9th grade
- A 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 in a language in which the student is not already proficient.
- Mathematics: Completion of mathematics through Junior year, including Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry.
- Science: 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.
- Community Service:
- Students who enter Porter's in 9th or 10th grade: 20 hours
- Students who enter Porter's in 11th or 12th grade: 10 hours
- Experiential Education:
- Students who enter Porter's in 9th or 10th grade: minimum 80-hour experiential education project (Note: this requirement does not apply to the class of 2017)