Upper School
Upper School

Quick Facts 2014-2015

Elizabeth C. Speers, Head of School

Founded in 1911

Mission Statement

The Ethel Walker School is an independent, college preparatory, boarding and day school for girls in grades six through 12. Since 1911, The Ethel Walker School has excelled at preparing students to make a difference in the world. Members of this diverse community are dedicated to scholarship, the arts, athletics, wellness, and service. The satisfaction of achievement and joy of friendship are fundamental principles as the School empowers girls to lead with integrity, confidence, courage, and conviction.

The School

  • Located in Simsbury, CT; 175 acre campus, abutting 425 acres of preserved land
  • 20 minutes from Hartford and two hours from New York City and Boston
  • Grades 9-12, Upper School Boarding and Day
  • Grades 6-8, Middle School Day only
  • 5 to 1 student/faculty ratio
  • 12 students per average class
  • Rich offerings in the performing and visual arts, including seven musical groups
  • Unique, skill-based courses:
    • Advanced Topics in Mathematics
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Equine Science
    • Creative Writing
    • Advanced Spanish: Migration and Identity
    • Inequality in the United States
    • Art and Science of Advertising
    • Film Studies
    • Arctic Studies
    • Forensics
  • 20% of Upper School students are tour guides
  • Over $13 million recently invested in campus improvements, including a new 23,000 square foot dormitory, athletic fields, and renovations to the equestrian center, library, and chapel
  • 13 interscholastic sports compete in the Founders League and CISAC
  • 103 years of spirited school traditions

Student Body

  • 254 total enrollment
    • 221 students in the Upper School (61% boarding, 39% day)
    • 33 students in the Middle School
  • 15 countries and 16 states and Puerto Rico represented
  • 30% students of color
  • 19% international students


  • 50 teaching faculty
  • 66% of faculty and administration hold advanced degrees
  • 55% of faculty and administration live on campus
  • 31% of faculty have been at Walker's for over 10 years


  • $36,200 Middle School
  • $41,000 Upper School Day
  • $56,450 Upper School Boarding
  • $59,400 International
Tuition covers all required expenses such as technology fees, publications, educational enrichment, on-campus meals, I.D. cards and routine Health Center use. Read more

Sample of College Acceptances from the Classes of 2010-2014

Graduates have been accepted at these schools to study in the following fields:


Bucknell University
Carnegie Mellon
Case Western University
Drexel University
Emory University
Pennsylvania State University
George Washington University
Johns Hopkins University
Lehigh University
Rochester Institute of Technology
University of Rochester
University of California, Davis
Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Washington University in St. Louis
Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Babson University
Bentley University
Boston College
Boston University
Bryant University
George Washington University
New York University
University of California, Irvine
University of Wisconsin

Liberal Arts Colleges & Universities

Amherst College
Bates College
Brown University
Colby College
Colgate University
Colorado College
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Duke University
Emory University
Georgetown University
Hamilton College
Harvard College
Kenyon College
Middlebury College
Princeton University
Rice University
Smith College
St. Lawrence University
Trinity College
Tufts University
Union College
University of Miami
University of Pennsylvania
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Wake Forest University
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Yale University

Art, Dance, & Music

Art Institute of Seattle
Berklee School of Music
Maryland Institute of Art
University of the Arts
Parsons The New School for Design
Pratt Institute
Rhode Island School of Design
Savannah College of Art and Design
School of the Art institute of Chicago
School of Visual Art
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Southern California


Albion College
Auburn University
University of Alabama
Cazenovia College
College of Charleston
Kansas State University
Skidmore College
South Dakota State
Southern Methodist University
University of Kentucky

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