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Graduation Requirements
Porter's expects the following from students in order to be eligible for a Miss Porter's School diploma:
  • Completion of unit, course, and program requirements as stated below.
  • Attendance on campus during the entire senior year.
  • Attainment of passing grades in all courses during the senior year.
Unit Requirements and Course Load
Each student must take at least 4 one-unit courses each semester and at least 9 units each year. The number of units of credit awarded for each course is noted after the course title in the listings beginning on page 9. In general, ½-unit courses meet two periods a week for one semester; 1-unit courses meet four or five periods a week for one semester; and 2-unit courses meet four to six periods a week for two semesters. The standard course load is 5-6 units per semester. A student may take more than 6 units in a semester only with the permission of her advisor and the Academic Office. All schedules are subject to approval by the student’s advisor and the Academic Dean.

Course Requirements
  • Arts: 2 units
  • Computer Science: (1.5 units effective beginning with class of 2018)
    • 9th grade entry: Computer Principles and Media in 9th grade, Problem Solving through Programming in 10th grade and one additional computer science course; 10th grade entry: Computer Principles and Media in the first year, Problem Solving through Programming in the first or second year; 11th grade entry: Computer Principles and Media
  • English: 4 years

  • Leadership: All 9th graders and new 10th graders must take Healthy Living in the first year.
  • History:
    • Foundations of Western Civilization in 9th grade
    • At least one semester area studies course in 10th grade
    • U.S. History or AP U.S. History in 11th or 12th grade
    • Some international students may satisfy the U.S. History requirement by taking American Studies.
  • Modern and Classical Languages: Completion of the third level of a language at Miss Porter’s School in which the student is not already proficient.
  • Mathematics: Completion of mathematics through Junior year, including Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry.
  • Science: Physics or Conceptual Physics, Chemistry, and Biology

Note: Credit for requirements completed at schools attended prior to enrolling at Porter's will be determined by the Academic Office. Normally, no credit is awarded for academic work completed over the summer.

Program Requirements

  • InterMission:
    • Successful completion of the InterMission program for all years enrolled at Porter’s
  • Community Service:
    • 9th or 10th grade entry: 20 hours; 11th or 12th grade entry: 10 hours
  • Experiential Education:
    • Members of the class of 2016 who entered Porter’s in 9th or 10th grade: minimum 80-hour experiential education project
If a student’s particular academic interest is not included within the regular course offerings, an independent study course, developed by the student with the help of a faculty sponsor, can be designed to meet this interest. In recent years, Independents have covered such diverse topics as micro- and macro-economics and comparative government and politics in preparation for the AP exam, the teaching of writing, glaze chemistry, Italian language and culture, graphic design, and political ethics.

Students at all levels are eligible to propose an Independent. Each proposal must be carefully planned with the sponsoring teacher and the student’s advisor. Available online, applications are due by the end of the first week of school for fall semester Independents and before the last week of the  fall semester Reading Day for spring semester Independents. An Independent cannot comprise the same material covered by a course already offered at Porter’s, and it may not be taken in place of a graduation requirement. A student may take no more than two Independents in a semester.


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