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
The Lucile Thieriot Walker ’31 Teaching Chair
Sophie Paris graduated from Colgate University with an Honors degree in Studio Art, with a concentration in Photography. Sophie is a Photojournalist, who worked for clients including the United Nations, Bill Gates Foundation, Yele Haiti, UNDP, Corbis, New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Miami Herald, Newsweek, Getty, AP and Reuters from 1998 to 2012. Sophie also traveled with Hillary Clinton during her primary run for US President as her personal photographer from 2007-2008, after which she attended the One Year Full-Time Certificate program studying Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the International Center of Photography in NYC. In 2004, the UN sent Sophie to Haiti to photograph the political insecurity, within days her love for Haiti was ignited, and she decided to make her home in a seaside fishing village where she lived until moving to Farmington in 2012 to join Porter’s faculty. Sophie’s Haiti work has been widely exhibited in Haiti, New York City, and Geneva and it has been published in several books.
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.