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open doors to your future

In 1843, educating young women was unconventional, even a bit radical. Today, we strive to be unconventional. At Porter’s, you’ll be empowered to design a program of study specific to meet your needs and strengthen your interests. Your classmates, teachers, and community will both encourage you and challenge you. After graduation, you will join a global network of graduates — Ancients — who are shaping a changing world. To learn more about how Porters can help you shape your future and the world, please fill out our inquiry form or begin your application.

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admission timeline 

Here’s a month-to-month breakdown to guide you through the admissions process.

January – June
  • Consider registering for a Porter’s Summer Program or Porter’s Leads event.
June – August
  • Continue researching schools that are of interest to you.
  • Visit the websites of schools that you have identified.
  • Submit inquiry forms to the schools that are of the most interest to you.
september – october
  • Attend secondary school fairs in your area.
  • Schedule interviews and campus visits.
  • Visit websites regularly for school updates.
  • Register for standardized testing:
    • Applicants for the 9th or 10th grade should register to take the SSAT or the ISEE. To have your scores automatically sent to Miss Porter’s School, please use our school code of 5122 for the SSAT and 070210 for ISEE.
    • Applicants for 11th grade may submit PSAT results or register for the SSAT.
    • Applicants for the 12th grade should submit PSAT or SAT results.
november – december
  • Request recommendation letters and school transcripts from teachers and school administrators.
  • Complete the Standard Application Online (SAO) and include Porter’s as one of your chosen schools. 
  • Familiarize yourself with Financial Aid application deadlines for January. Complete the PFS form to submit to SSS in mid-November.
January – february
  • Admission and financial aid applications due by January 15.
  • The admission committee reviews completed applications and makes admission decisions.
march – april
  • Admission and financial aid decisions are available online.
  • Revisit schools to which you were admitted by attending a Revisit Day program or scheduling a shadow day.
  • Enroll in the school of your choice by April 10 by submitting the online enrollment contract and enrollment deposit.
  • Decline offers from other schools by April 10.
application checklist

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) or guardian(s).

Please provide a copy of a graded essay or paper (with teacher comments) that you have written during the current academic year for either an English or History class. Please do not submit poems, short stories, or other creative pieces. You will be given the opportunity to upload a document when completing the SAO.

Please request that your current math and English teacher complete and submit the SAO teacher recommendation forms to us by the January 15 application deadline.

The school recommendation should be sent to your Principal, Head of School or Guidance Counselor with a request that it be completed and returned to the Admission Office by January 15. Your transcript should include your grades from the last two years as well as your most current grades for the present academic year. If you have attended more than one school in recent years, you may need to contact each school to obtain the appropriate transcripts.

Porter’s accepts only original standardized test scores submitted by the testing agency.

The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) or the ISEE is required to complete an application for students entering grades 9 or 10. Students entering grade 11 may submit results from the SSAT, SAT, or the PSAT. If you are applying for grade 12, please send us your PSAT or SAT results. Information concerning your PSAT or SAT tests should be available at your school. We recommend registering early to take the standardized test in the fall. SSAT is offered one day a month at many locations. You may register for the SSAT online through We recommend that standardized testing be completed by mid-January in order to have fulfilled all requirements by the January 15 deadline. Be sure to have your scores sent to Miss Porter’s School (SSAT code – #5122). In lieu of the SSAT, Porter’s will accept the ISEE Test. You may register for the ISEE online through Be sure to have your scores sent to Miss Porter’s School (ISEE code- #070210)

Additionally, if English is not the primary language you speak at home or school, we request that you take the TOEFL iBT (internet based test): Test of English as a Foreign Language. Be sure your official TOEFL scores are sent to Miss Porter’s School (TOEFL code- # 8606). For students applying for grade 9, we are looking for a minimum overall score 90, and for incoming 10th and 11th graders we are looking for a minimum overall score of 100.

If applying for financial aid, you must indicate on the admission application that your family will be applying for need-based financial aid. Please visit for eligibility requirements and application instructions. Financial aid applications are due by January 15.

Please contact our Admission Office either by phone or by email to schedule a campus visit which will include your interview. If you are unable to visit campus, we will be happy to arrange a Zoom or phone interview.

Please upload a .jpg of a recent headshot photo of yourself in the SAO application or email it to the Office of Admission at This photo is optional but encouraged.

Upcoming Admissions Events
Tue 18

Coffee with Kate (for parents)

August 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

Ready to apply?

Please submit your standard application online (SAO).

Want to know more about tuition and financial aid?

meet the Admissions office
Elizabeth Schmitt

Chief Enrollment & Student Affairs Officer

Sarah Quinn

Director of Admission

Katie Ahearn

Admission Office Coordinator

Gretchen Bilodeau

Admission Assistant & Database Coordinator

Ann Fromherz

Associate Director of Admission

Kathryn Simison

Associate Director of Admission for International Recruitment, Assistant Dean, Equity & Inclusion

Christina Yu

Assistant Director of Admission


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