Statement of Purpose

The Institute for Global Education

Are you curious about the world? Do you want to grow as a global citizen?

Miss Porter’s School is a global community with our students, faculty, and staff representing more than 30 countries which creates our unique and diverse environment. Becoming a global citizen begins with you. We all share in the responsibility to develop a deep awareness of our role within a broader global context while acknowledging the interconnectedness of our world. Porter’s students are taught to challenge their assumptions, cultivate an empathetic imagination, and recognize others’ perspectives as compassionate citizens of the world. 

Examining one’s identity and its influence on personal viewpoints is a pivotal element of the Porter’s journey! We engage deeply in the history, cultural traditions and current events as a worldwide community. This allows us all to gain a profound understanding of what it means to be an ethical global citizen. . .

one who shapes a changing world.

Addressing pressing problems in the world

Grade 11 Global Experience

Grade 11 students engage in a full trimester course of global inquiry with an international travel experience. Students participate in one of three experiences abroad, each with a focus on a regionally relevant pressing problem.

Students witness firsthand the implications of these issues and how theoretical in-class concepts translate into practical real-world experiences. 

Students are exposed to different global challenges, cultural contexts, and effective solutions.

The Student Perspective
MPS AIS Germany

AIS Global Experience: Germany

Follow along as students from AIS Global Experience: Germany reflect on their time in Berlin.
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AIS Global Experience: France

Highlights from the 2024 AIS Global Experience: France trip abroad in the students' own words.

AIS Global Experience: Costa Rica

The student perspective of the AIS Global Intensive international travel experience to Costa Rica, where...
Certificate in Global Studies

Porter’s signature Certificate in Global Studies is a unique path through which students develop cross-cultural knowledge and communication skills to think critically about global change. 

With a focus on the intersections of these global dynamics — interdependence and interconnection — students explore various aspects of global affairs. They engage with relevant and real-world issues like cultural diversity, economic interdependence, geopolitical trends, and international social trends.

Earning the Certificate in Global Studies

Four years sequential  study of one  language

Grade 11 AIS Global Studies intensive course

Participate in two PCGL Global Seminar Series

Grade 12 AIS Capstone

Submit and complete a globally focused project

Compile a digital portfolio of documented academic and co-curricular work.

Complete two co-curricular activities

Porter's Center for Global Leadership

How can I live a life of impact? How do I become a good global citizen?

Porter’s Center for Global Leadership’s (PCGL) mission is to provide access to innovative programming, skill development, and networking opportunities for girls and women of all ages and in all places that allow them to lead lives of purpose and impact on a global stage.

Meet the Faculty
Santiago Enrique

Director, IGE, Teacher - Languages, Spanish

Jennifer Dillon

Teacher - Humanities

Tessa Hailu

Teacher - Arts, Dance

Cate Rigoulot

Teacher - Science

Oscar Rollan

Teacher - Languages, Spanish

Emily Surprenant

Director of Summer Programs; House Director; Teacher - AIS Global

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