Student Life
Dear Families,

Student Life at Porter's is enriching and exciting. With 45 clubs, several performing groups, countless community service opportunities, new activities each weekend, and revered traditions, there is truly something for everyone. Explore this section of our website to learn more about Student Life at Porter's, or feel free to contact me if you have any questions! 

Warmly,

Laura Jalinskas, Dean of Students

Activities

When the class day ends and the sports teams put away their equipment, the co-curricular opportunities at Miss Porter’s School come alive. With 45 clubs, several performing groups, countless community service opportunities, new activities each weekend, and revered traditions, there is something for everyone. Activities for the upcoming weekend are posted each Tuesday, and students may sign up online. Students are invited to suggest different activities, and the Student Head of Activities works closely with the Associate Dean of Students to make sure there are opportunities everyone can enjoy each weekend.

The school shuttle runs several times each weekend, providing transportation to area malls, movies, bookstores, museums, and restaurants. There are also many on-campus activities offered on the weekends, such as swimming and use of the fitness center, spa nights, game nights, coffee houses and club meetings and events. Additionally, Porter’s belongs to a consortium of 11 area schools, which alternate hosting inter-school events on Saturday evenings. Porter’s students meet and form friendships with other students within the consortium at events such as dances, performances, ski trips, carnivals, trips to Six Flags, and concerts.

Weekend Activities Consortium

List of 4 events.

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Advisor System

Each New Girl is assigned an advisor who is a full-time member of the faculty or staff. The advisor provides academic and personal support for his or her advisee and is available to the student and her parents for informal counseling. Advisors meet weekly with their advisee group, during which time students form bonds with fellow advisees and discuss a range of topics from academics or sports to social issues or upcoming dances. The advisor often offers snacks, along with encouragement, humor, and sage advice to his or her group during these weekly meetings. Advisors also develop comfortable relationships with their advisees by meeting with them individually on a regular basis. Advisors celebrate their advisees’ successes and offer guidance for academic and personal issues during these meetings. 

Dean of Students Office

List of 4 members.

  • Laura Jalinskas 

    Dean of Students
    860-409-3675
  • Vera Polacek 

    Associate Dean of Students
    860-409-3673
  • Christine Neville-Smith 

    House Director - Humphrey Dorm
    860-409-3681
  • Joanne  Conlogue  

    Assistant to the Dean of Students
    860-409-3671
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