Throughout the winter, the Office of Admission hosts a number of events for prospective students and families. These events provide visitors an opportunity to learn more about Miss Porter’s School. Information Sessions include a campus tour, panel, and an interview; these sessions are limited to 10 families per event in order to provide a more intimate and personal experience. Open Houses are larger events which include panels, class visits, and an opportunity to meet members of the school community. Interviews at Open Houses are limited to individuals from out of state and should be scheduled with the Office of Admission.
Our next admission event is an Information Session in January. Click here for more details.
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.
Generation after generation, our leadership is defined by our ability to articulate how young women think, how young women learn, and why gender matters. At Miss Porter’s School, we provide students with a uniquely empowering learning environment and our mission and program focus on girls and women and the experiences needed for our graduates to shape a changing world.
In the admission process, we welcome applicants who identify as girls. While enrolled, some students come to openly identify with different gender identities, and the School is committed to an inclusive community rooted in the inherent worth and dignity of each member. This requires that our teachers, administrators, and students work together to create the conditions that allow for belonging as our understanding of gender expands and deepens over time.
Please submit your standard application online (SAO).
Chief Enrollment & Student Affairs Officer
Director of Admission
Assistant 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
(She/Her) Maya graduated from Miss Porter’s School and attended Spelman College where she earned her degree in the Department of Comparative Women’s Studies with a minor in education. While at both institutions, Maya was heavily involved in leadership, serving as the second head of school her senior year, and president of Future Business Leaders of Spelman for two years. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and continues to volunteer and help the community through that esteemed organization. After graduating, she began her career recruiting at HubSpot, a tech company based in Cambridge, Mass. Maya returned to Porter’s in the summer of 2022, and now lives on campus with her sweet dog Houston. She is serving as an Associate Director of Admission and the Communications Liaison for the Admission office.
Director of International Recruitment; Equity & Inclusion Associate
Kat came to Porter’s in 2015 after an early career of supporting international education both in the U.S. and in Spain, where she lived for five years prior to joining our community. Kat graduated from Holy Cross in 2011 with a double major in Spanish and International Studies and received her M.B.A from the University of Hartford in 2020. Kat is very passionate about advocating for and encouraging agency among international students as they enrich the Porter's community and supporting international families during their time at Porter's. Kat lives on campus with her husband, Pablo, daughter, Alba, and dog, Teddy, and she additionally serves as an Faculty Advisor, Assistant Dean of Equity & Inclusion, and International Student Advisor.