Summer in Farmington, summer leadership programs for girls

Summer Leadership Programs for Girls

Girls who attend Summer in Farmington develop the vision, determination, character, and capacity to begin to shape a changing world.

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The Summer in Farmington programs offer girls an opportunity to live on campus for one week or more, learning and collaborating with their peers in an environment that supports their development as future leaders.

In our inclusive and supportive environment, middle school girls are given individualized attention by world class faculty. Joining us in Farmington, Connecticut, on Miss Porter’s School’s beautiful campus, girls will be inspired to let their curiosity and confidence soar as they connect with each other while learning to lead, collaborate, and become informed, bold, resourceful, ethical global citizens.

Summer Programs for Middle School Girls

Our summer programs for middle school girls are designed to provide girls entering grades 6 through 9 the opportunity to experience Porter’s residential community while learning lifelong leadership skills from the leader in girls’ education. 

Girls thrive in our supportive, collaborative environment where curiosity and confidence blossom. They complete their programs with a greater understanding of all they can accomplish as informed, bold, resourceful, ethical global citizens.

Our summer leadership programs for middle school girls offers two sessions per week for three weeks from Sunday, July 7 - Saturday, July 27, 2024

Extended Registration Deadline June 10: Limited space available in SPLI3, Institute for Global Education, STEAM Research, and enrichment programs.

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Programs fill on a first-come, first-served basis. A non-refundable deposit payment must be made to reserve a space at the time of registration in a program by check or credit card. All payments made after June 15 are non-refundable.

The TOEFL and English language proficiency are required for international students.

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Note: you will be taken to our registration website that requires you to create a login to access the Summer in Farmington registration forms.

A limited number of scholarships are available. To be considered for a scholarship, please complete this form by March 1, 2024. Decisions will be communicated by April 1, 2024.

Sarah Porter Leadership Institute (SPLI) Level 1:
Principles and Practice

Sarah Porter Leadership Institute Level 1 offers middle school girls opportunities to learn, practice, and hone the skills necessary to be strong female leaders. Each day, they encounter exciting challenges to facilitate discovery of their personal leadership styles. Activities focus on problem-solving, skill development, teamwork, and trust. Through engaging in service learning at environmental education centers, participating in workshops with guest speakers, and building confidence and a sense of adventure at a ropes course, girls set and exceed their goals and create lifelong connections with one another.


Sunday, July 7 – Saturday, July 13, 2024

COST: $1750 USD

Sarah Porter Leadership Institute (SPLI) Level 2:
Resilience and Risk-taking

Girls gain a more extensive leadership experience in SPLI Level 2, which focuses on resilience and risk-taking. They learn to participate both as team members and as leaders as they resolve conflicts, solve problems, and expand their comfort zones. The program includes off-campus overnight camping, whitewater rafting, service learning in the Hartford area, and a culminating experience on a high ropes course.


Sunday, July 14 – Saturday, July 20, 2024

COST: $1750 USD

Sarah Porter Leadership Institute (SPLI) Level 3:
Leading Well

The Leading Well program introduces middle school girls to a multidimensional understanding of the connection between wellness and leadership, focusing on building self-awareness, confidence, and resilience. The program offers an introduction to fun and creative ways to enhance one’s own well-being through activities like journaling, creative arts, mindful movement, yoga, improv comedy, cooking, gardening, and hiking! Girls reflect on their own leadership journeys as they explore the seven dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, social, environmental, spiritual, financial, and intellectual.

There is no prerequisite required for SPLI 3.

Sunday, July 21 – Saturday, July 27, 2024

COST: $1750 USD

The Institute for Global Education: Issues to Action

At The Institute for Global Education, girls explore complex contemporary issues and come to understand how global communities and challenges are interconnected. Central to the program is a trip to the United Nations in NYC where the girls are given exclusive access to international women leaders and decision-makers and attend a press conference followed by an intimate discussion with a UN official. Upon their return, girls learn about the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals and take on a collaborative project focused on one of those goals. Additional activities include research and communication skill development and a screening of the film Girl Rising. They complete the program with a deeper understanding of global issues and how to take action in their own lives and communities.


Sunday, July 7 – Saturday, July 13, 2024

COST: $1750 USD

Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship:
Idea Lab

Our TIE: Idea Lab allows girls to study and work in the interconnected fields of science and technology, entrepreneurship, and innovation. The program prepares girls to address social issues in a technologically-driven society through human-centered design thinking. They then use Porter’s Innovation Lab (iLab) to prototype solutions to social issues relevant to their lives using computer coding, laser cutting, and 3D printing. They also learn about virtual and augmented reality, explore social entrepreneurship by visiting women-owned businesses, and use technology to provide solutions to complex problems that contribute positively to their lives. Additional activities include presentation and pitch skills, laser tag, and a field trip to the PEZ factory in Orange, CT.


Sunday, July 14 – Saturday, July 20, 2024

COST: $1750 USD

STEAM Research: Science in Our Backyard

Through Science in Our Backyard, girls are empowered to lead in the interdisciplinary field of STEAM (STEM+Art). They participate in exciting interactive activities in technology, design, and art while exploring the natural history of the greater Farmington area, taking almost daily walking trips to the Farmington River banks and local garden plots. Field trips include the Connecticut Science Center, the Institute for American Indian Studies, and Sub Edge Farm, a biodynamic organic farm. Girls ultimately undertake a project applicable to the local community and complete the program with a better understanding of sustainability and impact.


Sunday, July 21 – Saturday, July 27, 2024

COST: $1750 USD

Enrichment Opportunities

international students on a weekend outing

International+ Program

International students participating in all three sessions and seeking cultural immersion and enrichment during Porter’s Summer Programs are encouraged to participate in the International+ Program. The 3-week experience is supplemented with daily check-ins, cultural and English language support, and weekend excursions to Boston and New York.

Sunday, July 7 - Sunday, July 28, 2024

Cost: $2500

Weekend Overnight

Students may elect to remain on campus over the weekend if they are attending multiple weeks of summer programs. Students who choose to stay will be offered laundry services, regular meals, and fun activities on and off campus.

Saturday, July 13 - Sunday July 14, 2024

Saturday, July 20 - Sunday July 21, 2024

Cost: $250

Arts Enrichment

Arts Enrichment will meet five times per week for serious and aspiring artists interested in exploring a variety of media, including painting, drawing, and jewelry making. Over the course of the week, girls will work on individual, self-paced projects that they will take home with them. Missed sessions due to program field trips can be made up during evening blocks on different days.

Cost: $300 per week

girl lifting weights

Strength and Conditioning

Strength and Conditioning will meet three times per week, and girls who choose to participate will train to outrun, outlift, and outperform their opponents on the sports fields in the fall!

Cost: $100 per week

July 7 - 13, 2024

July 14 - 20, 2024

July 21 - 27, 2024

Note: you will be taken to our registration website that requires you to create a login to access the Summer in Farmington registration forms.

Enrichment Opportunities

Sign up for more information about Summer in Farmington and access to the 2025 early bird registration window. You will also be notified about our NEW day program for girls in grades 3-5!

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