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our campus

There is something magical about Miss Porter’s School. Perhaps it’s our history or our location on the bank of the Farmington River. Perhaps it’s the charm and beauty of the village of Farmington. Or perhaps, it’s the community — at once powerful and nourishing, serious and spirited.

our community

At Porter’s, our students belong. They feel a sense of connection to and pride in our community. As a result, they emerge confidently equipped to navigate challenges — and journey forth with a connection to something larger than themselves.

life at porter’s

Boarding and day students form friendships and build a community where everyone is enriched by their differences and shared pursuits.

boarding students

Residential life at Porter’s provides a safe and nurturing environment that promotes character development and personal responsibility. We challenge girls to become their best selves, teaching resilience, independence, and respectful engagement with the world around them.

Our dormitories, which have the look and feel of private residences, contribute to an important sense of home. Additionally, we know students transition to boarding school best when there are adults in their lives who are present and available to provide guidance, just as families do. As such, we have committed to a unique residential model that includes full time House Directors whose primary responsibilities on campus are within our dormitories. Students are also supported by Junior Advisors, who are student leaders appointed to serve as peer counselors in the dormitories. Of course, there is always a healthy dose of fun as well, including snacks, movies, activities, and conversation.

day students

Day students are fully integrated into life at Porter’s. They participate in all activities, traditions, and programs and form strong bonds with boarding students. Day students often return to campus on the weekends for social events, athletic games, performances, club activities, and sleepovers. 

Day students are affiliated with dormitories for traditions, celebrations, and events. They also have a day student space where they can relax, store their belongings, and spend time with friends. Each day student is also offered a locker, which provides a convenient location to store books and sports equipment during the day and overnight. The day student room is often a gathering spot for impromptu dance parties, class meetings, and socializing between classes. And just as the boarders enjoy having the day students in the dorms, the day students welcome boarders into their day student rooms and their homes.

residential life

Our dormitories blend the charm of old New England architecture and design with modern amenities and comforts that create a welcoming environment.

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activities & traditions

When the academic day ends, the recreational opportunities at Porter’s come alive. With over 50 student organizations, various performing groups, countless community service experiences, activities each weekend, and revered traditions, there is something for everyone. 

Our Head of Student Activities works closely with the Office of Student Life to build our weekend activities. Events often include shuttle runs to area malls and shopping centers, movies, museums, and restaurants. We host coed events with Avon Old Farms each weekend and also belong to a consortium of area schools that alternate hosting inter-school events. Porter’s students meet and form friendships with other students within the consortium at events such as socials, performances, carnivals, concerts, and trips to NYC and Boston. There are also many on-campus activities offered on the weekends, including movies, spa nights, game nights, coffee houses, and club sponsored events.

Traditions play a very special role in the community at Porter’s. Handed down from generation to generation, these events foster friendships among students, unite the community, and connect students with the graduates who came before them. Our fall traditions, such as the Welcome Tradition, focus on welcoming New Girls, while the spring traditions, such as Singing in the Garden, provide an opportunity to bid farewell to our seniors and wish them luck and happiness in their future endeavors. Some traditions are timeless and reverent, while others are just plain fun!

student leadership

Leaders aren’t born — they are made. Great leadership arises from character, authenticity, and genuine concern for the needs of others, inspiring action toward a shared vision and values.

All students at Porter’s gain self and social awareness, self-management skills, relationship skills, and decision-making skills. This social-emotional education is woven into advisory and core classes and is the underpinning of the Porter’s Seminar, which focuses on health and wellness, identity development, global competency development, and life skills.

Our elected and selected student leaders, including our Nova Nine, Junior Advisors, Alliance Leaders, and Student Council Representatives, receive additional leadership training to enhance their skills in communication, collaboration, and strategic thinking and planning. Most importantly, they learn the significance of empathy, resilience, and cultural awareness. The end result is a community that encourages and values student voices and empowers young women to take their rightful place as agents of change.

To learn more about our student Alliances and Affinity Groups, see our

Equity & Inclusion page
MEET THE OFFICE of student life
Elizabeth Schmitt

Chief Enrollment & Student Affairs Officer
860-409-3614
lschmitt@missporters.org

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Ana Calciano

Associate Dean of Students
860-409-3673
acalciano@missporters.org

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Joanne Conlogue

Assistant to the Office of Student Life
860-409-3671
jconlogue@missporters.org

Michelle Coster

Assistant Dean of Students
860-409-3688 (office)
mcoster@missporters.org

health & wellness

The Colgate Wellness Center (CWC) is home to our health and counseling centers. The CWC health care team empowers students to care for themselves through the delivery of comprehensive health care focused on both physical and emotional well-being. The progressive wellness model extends beyond the walls of the CWC and includes a holistic approach to education, health promotion, prevention, and personal responsibility.

The leadership team in the CWC offers campus-wide wellness initiatives, student education, and evidenced-based health intervention. The health care and education provided acknowledges the identities of each of our students, and seeks to empower and engage them in their own care, whether through 1:1 appointments, peer support groups, student health advocacy groups, or full community programming.

Our experienced nursing team is on call 24/7. The Medical Director provides patient care and case management weekly, and the school APRN provides clinical care 12-15 hours weekly. The counseling service is staffed by two full-time licensed counselors who are available to all students on a confidential basis. A consulting psychiatrist is also available for consultation.

MEET THE colgate wellness center staff
Georgia Burman

Director of Nursing, Colgate Wellness Center
860-409-3690
gburman@missporters.org

Lauren Melman

Medical Director
860-409-3690
lmelman@missporters.org

Deena Babigian

APRN, Colgate Wellness Center
860-409-3690
dbabigian@missporters.org

Cathie Hillian

Assistant Director of Counseling
860-409-3672
chillian@missporters.org

Susan Ingvertsen

Assistant to the CWC
860-409-3690
singvertsen@missporters.org

Amanda Kice

Director of Counseling
860-409-3689
akice@missporters.org

MEET our House Directors
Meghan Anthony

House Director
860-409-3685
manthony@missporters.org

Lauren Bahre

House Director & Director of Summer Programs
860-409-3679
lbahre@missporters.org

Sydni Bellucci

House Director
860-409-3682
sbellucci@missporters.org

Katie Johnson

House Director
860-409-3684
kjohnson@missporters.org

Heidi Mason

House Director
860-409-3571
hmason@missporters.org

Vanessa Moors

House Director
vmoors@missporters.org

Christine Neville-Smith

House Director, Admission Associate
860-409-3681
cnevsmith@missporters.org

Samantha Tressy

House Director
860-409-3867
stressy@missporters.org

Eartha Tyler

House Director
860-409-3847
etyler@missporters.org

Imagining a future at Porter’s?