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.
Our social-emotional learning (SEL) program consists of a series of progressive, grade-level seminars that expose students to developmentally appropriate tenets of health and wellness, identity and justice, global citizenship and leadership.
Social-Emotional Competencies: 9th and 10th Grade
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.
Porter’s Seminars: 11th and 12th Grade
In 11th and 12th grade, students shift from learning skills to applying them through weekly Porter’s Seminars. In the 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 the senior year, students focus on their lives beyond Farmington and in engage in conversations and experiences that prepare them for college, leadership, and life.