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 2017-2018 academic year, a limited number of 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 for 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.