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Advanced Placement Courses

Advanced Placement (AP) courses provide high school students the opportunity to experience college-level rigor in certain areas of study. A student who demonstrates both a high level of achievement and a passion in a certain subject area should consider taking an AP course. The student should discuss the course with her advisor and college counselor, and her enrollment in each AP course must be approved by the appropriate academic department. Students should consult the College Board’s website (www.apcentral.collegeboard.com) for information on offerings and requirements.

Each student enrolled in an AP course is required to take the AP exam in order to complete the course work. The three-hour exams are graded on a five-point scale. More than one thousand colleges and universities collaborate with secondary schools in the AP program. Many grant advanced placement and/or credit to students presenting AP grades of 4 or higher; however, policies vary from college to college.

Miss Porter’s School offers courses that prepare students for the following Advanced Placement exams:

Art History
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
Chinese Language & Culture
Computer Science A
English Language & Composition
English Literature & Composition
Environmental Science
European History
French Language & Culture
Music Theory
Physics 2
Physics C
Spanish Language & Culture
Spanish Literature & Culture
Studio Art: Drawing
United States History

Off-Campus Programs

Each year, several Porter's juniors spend one or two semesters studying in academic programs elsewhere in the country or abroad. Academic credits earned in these programs are transferred to Porter's. (Note, however, that the Miss Porter's School transcript and GPA reflect only those grades earned at Porter's; for each student who attends one of these programs, a separate transcript will be attached to the Porter's transcript.) Information and applications are available from the Academic Office and should be completed and filed by 10th graders in February for the following academic year. Students on social or academic probation may not participate in these programs.

Maine Coast Semester

A program of academic and experiential education run by the Chewonki Foundation in Wiscasset, Maine, the Maine Coast Semester provides a rigorous academic program closely tied to the curricula of its 12 member schools (including Porter's, Taft, Deerfield Academy and Phillips Academy). The program provides an opportunity for students to be a part of a small, dynamic, co-educational community that encourages a spirit of cooperation and a sense of responsibility for the self, the community, and the larger environment. Students have hands-on experience in farming, woodlot management, carpentry and construction. They study environmental issues and meet the challenge of wilderness experiences. 
Rocky Mountain Semester
Located at the High Mountain Institute in Leadville, Colorado, Rocky Mountain Semester incorporates an interdisciplinary, experiential approach to traditional subjects along with intense environmental opportunities, including 50 days living and traveling in the wilderness. Through study of the relationship of humans to the natural world, using literature and science, RMS offers high school students a unique opportunity to look at the environment from different perspectives. 
School Year Abroad
Students interested in a year of study in China, France, Italy, or Spain may apply to the School Year Abroad program, which offers intensive exposure to the language and culture of another country without interrupting progress toward graduation and college. Each program provides living arrangements with host families.

Online School for Girls

In 2011, Miss Porter’s School became a member of Online School for Girls, the world’s first single-gender online school and the world’s first online independent school. Founded in the winter of 2009 by four independent girls’ schools – Harpeth Hall School (Nashville, TN), Holton-Arms School (Bethesda, MD), Laurel School (Cleveland, OH), and Westover School (Middlebury, CT) – OSG is now a consortium of more than 60 schools whose mission is to provide an exceptional all-girls educational experience by connecting girls worldwide through relevant and engaging coursework in a dynamic online learning community. 

In 2016, Online School for Girls formed an umbrella organization, One Schoolhouse, to better reflect the work and to expand opportunities for students and educators at girls' schools and independent schools around the world. Online School for Girls expands on the personalized approaches used in all classes, by adding what great girls’ schools do to create effective single-gender girls’ environments: connecting the girls to each other; requiring meaningful collaboration; encouraging expressions of creativity; and, having the girls apply what they learn to real-world problems. Thus, our girls’ courses add four pillars to our personalized learning approach: Connection, Collaboration, Creativity, and Application.

For the 2016-2017 academic year, up to 20 students will be selected to take a year-long course through Online School for Girls (the course list can be found in our Curriculum Guide). The academic team will consider each application, weighing the student’s course load and proven ability to complete work independently. If the application is approved, Porter’s will register the student in the course and pay her tuition. Due to the strength of our partnership with OSG, these courses are included in the Porter’s GPA and appear on the Porter’s transcript. OSG courses are electives, that is, they may not be used to replace a graduation requirement.

Please go to www.onlineschoolforgirls.org for more information about OSG including sample lessons from OSG courses.

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