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Miss Porter's School: Admissions Data and Information

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Miss Porter's School

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The School at a Glance:

  • Acceptance Rate: 47%
  • Location: Farmington, Connecticut
  • Enrollment: 330
  • School Type: Girls, boarding/day school
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Church Affiliation: Non-sectarian
  • Number of faculty: 61
  • Tuition: $41,100 for boarders, $31,850 for day students
  • Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 40%
  • Admissions Deadline: January 15
  • School Website: Miss Porter's School
  • Admissions Office: admission@missporters.org
The school is minutes from Hartford's international airport making it accessible to just about anywhere in the United States and Canada within hours.

A Brief History:

Miss Porter's was founded by a visionary educator, Sarah Porter. She created a school with a homey atmosphere and a rigorous academic curriculum. Young ladies in the late 1800's did not normally study trigonometry, physiology and chemistry. But Miss Porter's pupils did. The result is that Miss Porter's School enjoys a well-deserved reputation as a leader in the education of women.

Academics:

The course offerings at Miss Porter's are extensive. The school also offers 22 AP courses. 70% of its faculty hold advanced degrees.

The school offers academic courses in the following departments:

  • Arts
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • Ethics/Leadership
  • Languages: Modern and Classical
  • Mathematics[
  • Psychology
  • Science

Facilities:

The Crisp Gymnasium has a two lane indoor track suspended around its perimeter. Squash courts, an 8 lane 25 meter pool, tennis courts and a fitness center are just a sample of the athletic facilities which await you at MPS. The school offers riding and has a ski team as befits its northern Connecticut location.

Finances:

Miss Porter's has an endowment of approximately $100 million. Its financial aid program is generous with about 40% of its students receiving some form of financial aid.

Matriculation:

Miss Porter's prepares its graduates, or ancients as old girls' are called, for serious college level work. Most graduates opt for liberal arts colleges but a few attend specialized colleges as well.

Comments:

My niece Katherine went to Miss Porter's. So with that disclaimer out of the way, let me observe that Miss Porter's is, and indeed, has always been, a top school. Not just a top girls' school either. A top school period. You will have to look very hard to find a school which has better academics, better sports and, most importantly, a better sense of concern and compassion for the whole child. This school also knows a thing or two about educating young women. Put it on your list if a single sex school is one of your requirements.
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