Busy! Most students wake up around 7, which gives you time to get dressed and grab a bite to eat in the dining hall before class starts at 8:00. On Mondays and Fridays, the whole school gathers for Morning Meeting in the theaters for announcements from faculty and students. Thursday mornings include an advisory period where advisors and advisees gather to chat. Each class lasts for 50 minutes, and you get 5 minutes of passing time in between. Most classes meet four times per week and students have free periods built into their day. We can use this time to walk to Starbucks, power nap in the dorms, or meet with a teacher! Of course, halfway through each day is lunch. We have many options, which helps. You can always find something you like. Classes continue after lunch and end at 3:20. Our afternoon program begins at 3:50, which includes sports practices, activities, theater, and dance. After, we all go to dinner! After dinner, campus quiets down, and we get ready for study hall, which is from 7:30 until 9:30. After that, we get some free time until lights out at 11!
The weekends are so fun! Farmington is a suburb of Hartford, so there’s actually a lot going on. Many students walk to nearby cafes and restaurants or take school-provided shuttles to get to other locations. Within a 10-minute drive, there is an all-boys school with which we share events, a shopping mall, several movie theaters, and downtown West Hartford, which has great restaurants, shops, theaters, and fro-yo shops! Of course, we also have activities on campus every weekend, including concerts, community service activities, movie nights, baking, and more! We also find down time. Netflix, sleep, and just hanging out.
Living on campus is a blast! The dorms are all historic and beautiful, each structured differently than the next. Some are larger than others, but each has its own “feel.” Each dorm room comes with basic furniture - a desk and desk chair, bed, and dresser - but many students bring comfy chairs, desk lamps, decorations, and other items to make their rooms their own. Each dorm has its own House Director who lives in and runs the dorm. House Directors work with Junior Advisors (student residence assistants) to attend to the concerns of the girls in each dorm, ensuring that students learn to live with girls from all over the world. There is a huge support system in the dorms and it’s so much fun to board!
The experience of being a day student is not largely different from that of a boarding student, except that day students go home at night. It's really the best of both worlds. On campus, day students have large rooms in Ward dormitory that include conference tables, couches, and study spaces for day students in each grade. Although there are designated spaces for day students on campus, many day students go into the dorms and hang out in the dining hall during free periods, just like boarders. Day students take part in all parts of campus life -traditions, activities, even study hall if they want.
For us, it’s Revisit Day, when accepted students come back to campus to ultimately make their decision to attend Porter’s! It marks the beginning of springtime in Farmington and the campus buzzes with excitement. There are so many things students get pumped up for, though, including fall traditions like Little Meeting and the Welcome Tradition. Additionally, Porter’s has a surprise day off once or twice a year called Mountain Day. On the first Mountain Day, all of the New Girls climb to the nearby Hueblein Tower! We also all love the little things, like fresh-baked cookies in the dining hall, and the momentous occasions we share, like our friends’ acceptances to college.
Porter’s dress code is pretty relaxed. Sweatpants are not allowed, but other than that, as long as you are dressed appropriately, there is plenty of freedom. Some Porter’s wardrobe staples include rain boots, college sweatshirts, and your favorite pair of jeans. Two or three times a month, students must dress in Little d (no jeans) or in Big D (skirt or dress). These occasions include when there is a speaker coming to campus, Reunion Weekend, or when parents and grandparents are visiting.
Miss Porter's School 60 Main Street | Farmington, CT 06032 | Telephone: 860-409-3500 | Since 1843
A BOARDING AND DAY SCHOOL FOR GIRLS GRADES NINE THROUGH 12