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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.



How will you unlock your future?

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, if taking (read about our test-optional policy below).
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.


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 or 860-409-3530.



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, personally 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.

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

Jeannie Rumsey

Associate Director of Admission for Financial Aid

Kat Simison

Director of International Recruitment; Assistant Dean, Equity & Inclusion

Christina Yu

Assistant Director of Admission, Multimedia Designer


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