Our Advanced Interdisciplinary Seminar (AIS) courses for 11th and 12th graders provide rich experiences and cultivate exceptional thinkers by supplementing and balancing our extensive Advanced Placement (AP) offerings. AIS courses combine the intellectual rigor of AP courses with interdisciplinary, experiential, and project-based learning that push the students beyond what is required by most AP courses by forcing them to think more deeply, to ask questions, to evaluate information, and to make connections between related topics.
The AIS Capstone is a full-year course during 12th grade that challenges students in their last year at Porter’s to develop, research, practice, and present their learning in response to a timeless questions or a pressing problem in a field of their own choosing. In our Mission, we ask students to “shape a changing world,” and the AIS Capstone encapsulates that principle, as students will shape their own experience and begin to shape a changing world through their work before they even graduate. This course is designed to be the most rigorous and challenging academic experience at Porter’s.
Students will begin designing and proposing their essential inquiry question(s) in the spring of their junior year as part of an application process for the course.
The AIS Capstone is required for students hoping to earn a certificate from the Institute for Global Education or the Institute for Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship.
In order to prepare our graduates to shape a changing world, we must raise them within a positive social context where they learn to be self-aware, empathetic, and globally competent adults. Porter’s graduates must have a holistic sense of self and the world to flourish and lead locally, globally, and for a lifetime, which they learn by exposure to health and wellness, identity and justice, global citizenship and leadership.
Through weekly classes, 9th and 10th graders focus on understanding and developing five critical social-emotional competencies: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and decision-making. It is through the development of these competencies that students learn to manage their emotions, set and achieve goals, demonstrate empathy for others, form healthy relationships, and make responsible decisions.
In 11th and 12th grade, students shift from learning skills to applying them through weekly Porter’s Seminars. In junior year, students explore their intersecting identities and enhance their understanding of diverse perspectives within a global context. The foundation of this exploration is rooted in the development of empathy, resilience, connectedness, and agency. In senior year, students focus on their lives beyond Farmington and engage in conversations and experiences that prepare them for college, leadership, and life.
Porter’s offers a variety of remote course offerings, available to students all over the world. Come and see how you can learn to shape a changing world from wherever you are.
Porter’s students enjoy myriad opportunities to deepen their education with specialized programs designed to maximize their ambition and intellectual gifts. Check out our Interdisciplinary Institutes, below: