Middle School Summer Day Programs
Our middle school Summer Programs are designed to provide middle school girls (current 5th through 8th graders) with the opportunity to experience the Porter’s academic, artistic, and athletic curriculum. Girls will experience the Porter’s community while learning lifelong leadership skills from the leader in girls’ education. Girls thrive in our supportive and collaborative environment where curiosity and confidence are encouraged, and they complete their programs with greater understanding of all they can accomplish as informed, bold, resourceful, ethical, global citizens.
Middle School Summer Programs Requirements
Programs fill on a first-come first-serve basis. Payment must be made to reserve a space at the time of registration in a program through check or credit card. All payments made after June 15 are non-refundable. Limited scholarships are available. Please apply here.
All Middle School Day Programs will run weekdays from July 19 - 30
Sarah Porter Leadership Institute (SPLI)
July 19 - 23, July 26 - 30
Porter's graduates have the vision, determination, character, and capacity to shape a changing world. The Sarah Porter Leadership Institute (SPLI) offers middle school girls opportunities to learn, practice, and hone the necessary skills to be strong leaders. Each day, girls will encounter exciting challenges to facilitate discovery of their personal leadership styles. Activities focus on problem-solving, skill development, teamwork, and trust. Guest speakers, community service, and a visit to a ropes course provide forums for personal reflection and goal setting. Upon completion of SPLI Level One, girls will gain more extensive leadership experience in Level Two as they learn to participate both as team members and as leaders to resolve conflicts, solve problems, and take risks. Finally, in order to lead well, one must know the strengths of their own mind, body and soul. Our holistic curriculum that teaches middle school girls to be self-aware, empathetic, and globally competent, is incorporated into both weeks of SPLI. Through a series of seminars, workshops, and (virtual) field trips with community leaders, campers are exposed to developmentally appropriate tenets of leadership; diversity, equity, and inclusion; global citizenship; and health and wellness.
The Institute for Policy, Research, and Innovation
July 19 - 23, July 26 - 30
In the Institute for Policy, Research, and Innovation series, campers will experience each of Porter’s signature certificate programs - Global Studies; Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship; and Science Research. The theme for the series will be climate, allowing students to explore the many facets of one of the world’s most pressing issues. Students will develop cross-cultural knowledge and communication skills, as well as the ability to think critically about global environmental change with a deeper understanding of the interconnected and interdependent nature of our world. They will learn about and become social entrepreneurs, utilizing technology and innovation to address climate questions, and provide solutions to these complex problems that can make a positive contribution to the world. Campers in this innovative program will participate in exciting interactive activities, labs, and hands-on research, and they will develop skills such as creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking while being exposed to eye-opening on-site field trips and talks from mentors and successful professionals. Girls who complete the program will have a strong understanding of global issues including climate change and environmental studies, enhanced skills for success, and a completed project that they can discuss in future school applications.