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.