Our school-wide theme for the 2020-2021 year feels like a natural way for me to introduce you and your family to Portledge School. Over the twenty-or-so years I have been at Portledge, this has seemingly always been an unspoken mantra for our school and our community. Portledge has always been a school where the strength of the community is an asset. It is genuine, it is real, and it is visible. It feels appropriate that this year’s theme is so rooted in the school’s ethos, and this year it is particularly meaningful as a segue into learning about our school.
Portledge is, and forever will be, a place where the ties between the children, their connection to the school, and the relationships they build with their teachers, mentors, role models, coaches, and advisors are at the core of who we are. Portledge is inclusive, friendly, happy, optimistic, caring, and personal. Portledge is for all kids who want to work hard, do their best, and live our Portledge Pillars of Kindness, Purpose, Honor, and Respect on a daily basis. Portledge is an exceptional community because it is a place where people truly care for one another and support each other to do their absolute best. This simple but uncommon tenet is at the heart of who we are; it is central to how Portledge empowers every student to strive for personal excellence. Students are known, they are cared for, they are welcomed, and they are valued. The resulting experience is transformational - personally, artistically, athletically, and academically.
In a time where true leadership is increasingly essential to operate in this new educational paradigm, the highly capable Portledge School team of teachers and administrators is truly Portledge Strong: energetic, dynamic, flexible, tenacious, best-practice focused, with student and faculty safety at the heart of all matters. Portledge School has responded to the challenges of 2020; they have galvanized our school, we are stronger for it and we are proud of how we are evolving to meet the new demands being placed on the educational landscape. Our hallmark flexibility and growth mindset were ready for this moment, and we are proud of what we have created for our students and community in the face of previously unimaginable changes to classroom education.
Portledge is strong, and for the sixth time in ten years, we opened in September 2020 with record enrollment. A true measure of any independent school’s strength is its enrollment, and for Portledge the results speak volumes.
Stay safe, stay healthy, stay strong, and stay in touch! We can’t wait to welcome you to Portledge!
Director of Admissions