Award Year: 2021

Mary G. Porter Traditional School

15311 Forest Grove Drive
Woodbridge, VA, 22191-3979

(703) 580-6501

Mrs. Kaitlyn Engelmeier-Foor, Principal at time of Nomination

Choice School

Prince William County Public School District

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Porter Traditional School students will be lifelong learners and responsible decision makers. They will be eager, equipped to utilize information resources, and empowered with critical thinking skills to become effective problem solvers. Porter students will become active and valued citizens in their respective 21st century communities.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 43%
  • White: 19%
  • Hispanic: 11%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 23%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 2%
Porter students, learning and overcoming challenges 1st through 8th grade!

Porter students, learning and overcoming challenges 1st through 8th grade!

"Porter Traditional is safe and caring community where learning is active and exciting." This, and the rest of the Porter Traditional Creed, can be heard each morning throughout the hallways as students and staff recite their commitment to learning and achieving their personal best each day. "As a member of the Porter Family, I am intelligent, responsible, and a hard-working active learner. At Porter, our learning never ends." At Porter Traditional School we are committed to providing authentic learning experiences that allow students to explore and challenge themselves with everyday problems that align with the curriculum. We are committed to providing opportunities that allow our diverse population to be exposed to the most up-to-date technology; because as we know, we are preparing our students for careers that do not even exist yet.

Porter has over 35 documented languages represented in our school; we thrive on celebrating our diverse community. We provide opportunities so that all Porter families feel welcome; we embrace our diversity through events such as Multicultural Night that showcases authentic cultural artifacts, food, and dress. This successful and wildly popular event culminates in a runway show featuring all our community cultures!

Porter Traditional maintains "traditions" that promote virtual alignment and commitment to the learning environment, including uniforms, parent volunteer hours, high expectations of attendance and behavior, as well as academic traditions including Thinking Maps and Integration across content areas. Through differentiation of instruction and open and frequent communication with parents, we support and encourage students in meeting their potential. Our high expectations and belief that "It takes a village to raise a child" provides students the supports they need to feel successful and achieve their personal best.