Here’s a month-to-month breakdown to guide you through the admissions process.
Below are descriptions of all of the items needed to complete your application. The application and all required supporting documents are to be submitted through SSAT’s Standard Application Online (SAO) by January 15.
Please complete and submit the Standard Application Online (SAO) with your parent(s) and/or guardian(s).
We require a graded essay or paper (with teacher comments) from your current English or History class. The graded paper should not be a creative essay.
We require recommendations from your current math and English teachers. Please have teachers submit their recommendations using SAO.
We require a school recommendation from your principal, head of school, or guidance counselor. Additionally, we require a transcript of your grades from the current academic year and the past 2 years.
Note: If you have attended more than one school, you may need to contact each school to obtain the appropriate transcripts.
Test Optional Policy
At Miss Porter’s School, we believe that there are many ways to define academic success and promise. A study conducted of Porter’s students confirmed that standardized testing is not a complete predictor of academic achievement in the classroom. One’s course of study, grades, and teacher recommendations provide a far more comprehensive assessment of one’s ability than standardized testing. Additionally, championing test-optional practices will allow us to assess applicants’ strengths while promoting equity. It is for these reasons that we will no longer require standardized testing in our admission process.
If a student feels as though standardized test results, whether the SSAT, ISEE, SAT or state-based exams, represent them well and support their academic profile, they are, of course, still welcome to submit them.
While we continue to require applicants whose first language is not English to demonstrate their proficiency in English by submitting either the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo results, we will not require students to submit standardized results from the SSAT, ISEE, or state-based exams.
To apply for need-based financial aid, you must check the appropriate box on the admission application due January 15. For more information about eligibility requirements and application instructions, please visit our financial aid page.
All students applying to Miss Porter’s School must complete an interview. Interviews can be done masked and in-person during one’s visit to campus (as conditions allow) or via Zoom. Students and families who are unable to come to campus will be given a virtual tour of the school prior to their interview. To schedule an in-person and/or virtual visit, please contact the Office of Admission at email@example.com
Generation after generation, our leadership is defined by our ability to articulate how young women think, how young women learn, and why gender matters. Miss Porter’s School, whose mission it is to educate young women to shape a changing world, welcomes applicants who identify as girls.
If a student comes to identify differently while attending Porter’s, the School will offer guidance, recommendations, resources, and support, physically and educationally. Our teachers, administrators, and students are committed to an inclusive community rooted in the inherent worth and dignity of each member. This requires that we work together to create the conditions that allow for belonging.
Please submit your standard application online (SAO).
Chief Enrollment & Student Affairs Officer
Director of Admission
Katie joined Porter’s in March of 2019, after spending 8 years with an
early literacy nonprofit organization in Boston, MA. She received a
B.S. in Journalism from Texas A&M University and a J.D. from Boston
College Law School. Katie has worked in various roles in government
affairs and development throughout her career, and is excited to bring
these skills to the Office of Admission. Katie lives in Farmington
with her husband, Mike, daughter Maddie, son Graham, and 14-year-old
rescue pup, Bauer.
Admission Assistant & Database Coordinator
Associate Director of Admission
Associate Director of Admission for Financial Aid
Ms. Rumsey earned her B.S. in Mathematics and Economics from Haverford College. After graduating from Haverford, she worked at Pomfret School where she taught math, coached cross country and squash, and lived on campus as a dorm parent. While at Pomfret, she earned her master's degree in Mathematics for Educators at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Ms. Rumsey then worked at The Madeira School where she taught math, coached cross country, swimming, and track and field, lived on campus as a house adult, and contributed to student life as a lead advisor and diversity practitioner. More recently, she completed a dual degree Ed.M in Private School Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University and an MBA from
Columbia Business School. Before joining Porter's, Ms. Rumsey worked as a management consultant at Boston Consulting Group, advising large organizations across Strategy, Organization, and Leadership topics across sectors including education and social impact. She has also partnered with the Enrollment, Development, and Business office leaders in schools to
support student experience and drive systematic change in DEI curriculum and programming.
Ms. Rumsey comes to Porter's as the Associate Director of Admission for Financial Aid and Class Dean for the Class of 2024. She lives on campus with her husband, Math Teacher Ian Rumsey, and their two daughters, Noni
Director of International Recruitment, Assistant Dean, Equity & Inclusion
Assistant Director of Admission, Multimedia Designer
Christina, an alumna of Miss Porter’s class of 2013, graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from The College of the Holy Cross in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Co-chair of Psi Chi, the National Honors Society in Psychology, Christina completed an independent study titled “The Self: Created and Discovered,” a narrative thesis reflective of her nuanced experience with her Asian-American identity. Additionally, she minored in studio art with a focus on digital and graphic design and also pursued a concentration in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. In her final year, she studied social and corporate sustainability and is considering pursuing a Master’s degree in that field. Following her graduation from Holy Cross, Christina worked at Miss Porter’s in the Office of Admission as Office Manager, managing visits and also designing both digital and print marketing materials for the Office. In the spring of 2018, she continued her design work as a freelancer from Prague, Czech Republic, where she and her partner moved to teach English to Czech elementary children and adults. Christina rejoined the Office of Admission as the Assistant Director in 2019, and she continues to create marketing materials, as well as admissions web content.