Application Process

Admission to Porter's is selective. Applicants are accepted to grades nine through 12 on the basis of demonstrated intellectual curiosity, academic achievement, community involvement and extracurricular activity, and leadership. These are determined by school records, teacher recommendations, test results, personal essays, and an interview. Porter's also actively seeks to enroll students from a variety of backgrounds, whose unique perspectives and experiences enrich life at the school.

The Admission team has created an independent school admission timeline to help guide you through the application process. This step by step guide can be accessed on the  Admission Timeline  page. 

If you are an international student, please read the 
Information for International Students page for answers to frequently asked questions.

Application Checklist


Below are descriptions of all of the items needed to complete your application. The application and all required supporting documents are to be submitted through SSAT’s Standard Application Online (SAO) by January 15.​

Application for admission


Please complete and submit the Standard Application Online (SAO) with your parent(s) or guardian(s).

Graded paper

We require a graded essay or paper (with teacher comments) from your current English or History class. The graded paper should not be a creative essay.

Teacher recommendations (English and math)


We require recommendations from your current math and English teachers. Please have teachers submit their recommendations using SAO.

School recommendations and transcripts


We require a school recommendation from your principal, head of school, or guidance counselor. Additionally, we require a transcript of your grades from the current academic year and the past 2 years. Note: If you have attended more than one school, you may need to contact each school to obtain the appropriate transcripts.

Standardized tests (optional)

At Miss Porter’s School, we believe that there are many ways to define academic success and promise. A study conducted of Porter’s students confirmed that standardized testing is not a complete predictor of academic achievement in the classroom. One’s course of study, grades, and teacher recommendations provide a far more comprehensive assessment of one’s ability than standardized testing. Additionally, championing test-optional practices will allow us to assess applicants’ strengths while promoting equity. It is for these reasons that we will no longer require standardized testing in our admission process. 

If a student feels as though standardized test results, whether the SSAT, ISEE, SAT or state-based exams, represent them well and support their academic profile, they are, of course, still welcome to submit them.

While we continue to require applicants whose first language is not English to demonstrate their proficiency in English by submitting either the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo results, we will not require students to submit standardized results from the SSAT, ISEE, or state-based exams.



Interviews can be done masked and in-person during one’s visit to campus (as conditions allow) or via Zoom. Students and families who are unable to come to campus will be given a virtual tour of the school prior to their interview. To schedule an in-person and/or virtual visit, please contact the Office of Admission at or 860-409-3530.

Financial aid


To apply for need-based financial aid, you must check the appropriate box on the admission application due January 15. For more information about eligibility requirements and application instructions, please visit our financial aid page.