The Teaching and Learning Center provides resources for strategic learning for all students. As students move from the middle school to the high school years, the demands of a rigorous curriculum shift from merely knowing information to synthesizing, analyzing, and manipulating information in increasingly new and complex ways. Strong students recognize the need to develop a strategic approach to their academic life in high school and beyond, and the faculty in the Teaching and Learning Center possess a range of skills geared towards helping students optimize their academic experience at Porter's.
Students generally choose to consult a faculty member in the Teaching and Learning Center for guidance in developing effective and efficient strategies for time management and planning, writing and pre-writing, quantitative skill development, organization, studying, and test-taking. Faculty are available for a quick drop-in meeting, a series of appointments around a particular assignment or subject, or a standing appointment for students seeking ongoing coaching or instruction in a specific strategy. In addition to the faculty working in the Teaching and Learning Center, we offer evening drop-in support through our TLC Fellows program. We have a number of carefully selected student Fellows who are trained to offer support and guidance in writing, math and science, and foreign language.
The Teaching and Learning Center manages the academic accommodations process for students with a diagnosed disability. The School maintains a policy on determining eligibility for academic accommodations at Miss Porter's School, and a policy on applications for accommodations on standardized testing. Families interested in pursuing academic accommodations either at school or for college entrance exams should follow the guidelines laid out in the curriculum guide.