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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 Porter's 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.
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
  • Submit admission and financial aid applications by January 15.
  • The admission committee reviews completed applications.
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) 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.

 

Unfortunately, at this time of physical distancing, we are not allowing admissions visitors to campus in an effort to maintain the health and well-being of our community. We encourage you to schedule a virtual visit, which will include a virtual tour of campus and an interview with an admissions officer. To schedule a virtual visit, please email us at admission@missporters.org or call at 860-409-3530.

 
Upcoming Admission Events
Dec 05

Engagement Session: Book Group 1

December 5 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am EST
Dec 08

Open House: Porter’s Preview

December 8 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am EST
Jan 21

Engagement Session: Book Group 2

January 21, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST

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
860-409-3614
lschmitt@missporters.org

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Sarah Quinn

Director of Admission
860-409-3613
squinn@missporters.org

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Katie Ahearn

Admission Office Coordinator
860-409-3617
kahearn@missporters.org

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Gretchen Bilodeau

Admission Assistant & Database Coordinator
860-409-3611
gbilodeau@missporters.org

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Ann Fromherz

Associate Director of Admission
860-409-3610
afromherz@missporters.org

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Jeannie Rumsey

Associate Director of Admission for Financial Aid
860-409-3618
jrumsey@missporters.org

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Kat Simison

Associate Director of Admission for International Recruitment, Assistant Dean, Equity & Inclusion
860-409-3612
ksimison@missporters.org

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Christina Yu

Assistant Director of Admission
860-409-3616
cyu@missporters.org

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