Mary G. Porter Traditional School

School of Choice

Why should your child attend at Mary G. Porter Traditional School?

Mary G. Porter Traditional School is a safe, friendly, and caring community where learning is active and exciting. The Porter staff and students have adopted a school wide set of goals, beliefs and practices that are reflected in our traditions. Porter is a school like no other with it being the "School of Excellence" 8 years in a row!

Our History

Porter Traditional School opened its doors to students on September 7, 2004.

We are proud that our school is named after a local educator, Mary G. Porter, who began her career as a first grade teacher in a three-room elementary school in Dumfries, Virginia.

About Mary G. Porter Traditional School

Porter has grades 1st-8th and with a total of 628 students. Students at Porter are required to wear uniforms. They may choose from a variety of uniform options to determine their outfit for any given day. Our school colors are red, white & blue. Porter Traditional School is a specialty school in Prince William County. The foundation of the "School of Choice" includes rigorous academic instruction, strong performance expectations, high behavioral standards, good attendance, uniform expectations, and consistent parental involvement. The goal of our school is to provide an educational setting that meets the educational needs of all students, regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity or religious point of view.

Application Process

Any student living in eastern Prince William County is eligible to apply to attend Mary G. Porter. Parent's must complete an application for each student and must submit it by a specified deadline. Also, some grades may have to take a test that is included with the application. All complete applications for each year are placed in a pool from which a random list of applicants is generated. Names are then taken in order from the list for each grade level as openings become available. Applications are received by Porter, and the selection process is handled by PWCS and Porter administrative personnel.

Mary G. Porter Traditional School's Administration Team

Darci Whitehead, Principal

Kaitlyn Engelmeier, Assistant Principal

Michele Tluchowski, Secretary

Pat Lewandowski, Secretary

Deb Miller, Bookkeeper

Molly Pruski, Professional School Counselor

Where To Locate Us

Porter is located on Forest Grove Drive in Woodbridge. From Route 1, go East on Rippon Blvd and take the first right on to Forest Grove Drive. Make your first left to PorterTraditional School.


8:35 - Breakfast Begins
8:40 - Doors Open

8:50 - Tardy Bell

3:30 - Dismissal

Porter Traditional Vision Statement:

Porter Traditional students will become life-long learners and responsible decision makers in the 21st century. They will be equipped and empowered to utilize critical thinking skills and multiple resources to be effective problem solvers. Porter students will be valuable assets and important citizens within their community.

The Porter Star Qualities are 10 personal qualities that the Porter community practices throughout their day


Porter Creed

Porter Traditional School is a safe, friendly,
and caring community where learning is active and exciting.
We, the Porter staff, are enthusiastic, professional, caring and committed to working together to provide the best learning experience
for our school community.
I am a member of the Porter family.
I am an intelligent, responsible and hard-working active learner.
At Porter, our learning never ends.