Miss Porter’s School is committed to creating a global community. Our current student body represents 29 countries by citizenship, dual-citizenship, and students living abroad. By engaging more deeply in the history, cultural traditions, and current events of communities both locally and globally, students and faculty explore their cultural identities, develop empathy for and trust in their peers and colleagues with different cultural perspectives, and gain a more profound understanding of what it means to be a global citizen.
The Certificate in Global Studies is a path through which students develop cross-cultural knowledge and communication skills, as well as the ability to think critically about global change with a deeper understanding of the interconnected and interdependent nature of our world. They focus on and address real world issues that are relevant to them, culminating in a 12th grade Capstone project.
Students are required to continue their sequential study of one language for all four years of high school, except that students who reach the AIS level of their language before 12th grade may start a new language sequence in lieu of a second year of AIS in their initial language.
Director, Institute for Global Education
Sophie Paris is the Director of the Institute for Global Education and the Director of Porter’s Global at Miss Porter’s School. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree with High Honors in Art and Art History from Colgate University, Sophie began a fourteen year career as a Photojournalist for the United Nations, Bill Gates Foundation, Clinton Foundation, newspapers, and the wire services. Fun fact: Sophie also served as Hillary Clinton’s photographer during her first primary run for President. In 2004, the UN sent Sophie to Haiti to photograph the political insecurity, within days her love for Haiti was ignited and she made it her home until moving to Connecticut in 2012 to join the Miss Porter’s School faculty.
Sophie developed and implemented innovative global initiatives at Miss Porter’s including implementing a Global Citizenship curriculum and establishing partnerships with a network of over thirteen leading international institutions around the world to facilitate authentic connection and collaboration for faculty and students and school-to-school exchanges. After launching a Global Studies Certificate diploma designation three years ago, Sophie is currently focused on how to bring girls together from around the world to experience authentic connections online and to feel empowered to make change through exploring relevant and global issues they are facing through the Porter’s Global programs.
She lives with her husband, 10 year old son, Luka, and dog, Rosie, on campus. Her favorite hobbies are reading, doing yoga and fishing with her son. Combining her experience working in the field for the UN and her love for teaching and learning on a global scale, Sophie brings her passions to her various roles at Miss Porter’s School.
Dean of Equity & Community Life
Amanda Friedman serves as the Dean of Equity & Community Life, and believes that fighting for more love, more connection, and more justice in this world means fighting for our collective humanity. What does it mean to belong? How do we learn and grow from our mistakes? In what ways do identity, perspective, and experience shape our view of the world and ourselves? These questions, and her journey to find the answers, build the foundation of what inspires Amanda as an educator. Along these lines, what she enjoys most about Porter's is the spirit of curiosity threaded through all aspects of school life. One interesting fact about Amanda is that she loves theater!
Porter’s partners with leading educational institutions around the world. Our global network connects students and faculty to their peers, allowing for an exchange of teaching and learning within diverse geographical contexts.
Johannesburg, South Africa
From 2011-2016 Porter’s welcomed an ALA graduate each year as a postgraduate student. Since InterMission 2016, 91 Porter’s students and 13 faculty have visited ALA, where our scholars study the history of racial division in South Africa and Entrepreneurial Leadership; live in school dormitories with students from more than 40 countries in Africa; and visit the townships of Soweto and Munsieville.
Since InterMission 2017, 64 Porter’s students and eight faculty have joined the Kichijo community for two weeks of homestays, Japanese language instruction, extracurricular activities, and connecting with Ancients. Through exchange programming at Joshigakun High School, our students were able to make additional connections with their peers in Japan.