Quick Facts

Meera Viswanathan, Head of School

Founded in 1911


MissionThe 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, respect, confidence, courage, conviction and a love of learning.


    The Ethel Walker School Chapel
  • 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
  • 7:1 student/faculty ratio
  • 12 students per average class
  • Rich offerings in the performing and visual arts,
    including seven musical groups
  • Unique, skill-based course offerings, including:
Equine ScienceAdvanced Spanish: Migration & Identity
Marine ScienceInequality in the US
Arctic StudiesHonors BioChemistry
ForensicsLiterature, Music & Art of the '50s and '60s
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  • 13 interscholastic sports compete in the Founders League
  • 105 years of spirited school traditions

Signature Programs

    Signature programs
  • Lacuna. Two weeks of intensive experiential, cross-disciplinary and inquiry-based learning in non-curricular areas of interest or passion
  • Seminar Series. Public Speaking, Personal Finance, Leadership, Computational Thinking, College & Beyond

Visual Arts and Music

    Visual arts
  • Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Graphic Publication, Photography
  • Two a cappella groups, Bell Choir, Orchestra, African Drumming, Gospel Choir, Rock Band, Choir
  • Dance Workshop, Dance Ensemble
  • Winter Play, Spring Musical


More than 25 clubs including: Robotics, Amnesty International, Baking, Badminton, Justice League, Self Defense, African Drumming and Multicultural Society

Campus Facilities

Campus facilities

Centennial Center - Opened September 2016; 62,000 sq. ft; offers 8 lane swimming pool, 4 squash courts, 3 volleyball courts, 2 basketball courts, 2 dance studios, a fitness room, health and wellness center, and social space.

Other recent enhancements include a 23,000 sq. ft. dorm, completed barn renovations, and more than 3.5 acres of turf fields.

Student Body

    Student Body
  • 251 total enrollment
    • 218 students in the Upper School (57% boarding, 43% day)
    • 33 students in the Middle School
  • 30% students of color
  • 18% international students


  • 38 teaching faculty
  • 73% of faculty & administration hold advanced degrees
  • 47% of faculty & administration live on campus


2017-2018 Academic Year

Middle School$37,700
Upper School Day$44,200
Upper School Boarding$60,650
Upper School International$63,600

All tuition includes a $1200 consolidated fee which includes technology, membership in The Ethel Walker School Parents Association (EWSPA), student activity fees, some athletic fees and most health center fees.

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College Acceptances

Sample of College Acceptances from the Classes of 2011-2016

Our graduates have been accepted at these schools to pursue passions in the following areas:

Liberal Arts Colleges & Universities

Amherst College
Bates College
Boston College
Boston University
Brown University
Bryn Mawr College
Colby College
Colgate University
College of the Holy Cross
College of William and Mary
Connecticut College
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Dickinson College
Duke University
Emory University
Georgetown University
Hamilton College
Harvard College
Kenyon College
Middlebury College
Northwestern University
Oberlin College
Princeton University
Smith College
Tufts University
Union College
University of California, Berkeley
University of North Carolina
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Wake Forest
Washington University
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Yale University


Bucknell University
California Polytechnic State University
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western University
Clarkson University
Emory University
Lehigh University
Pennsylvania State University
Purdue University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Union College
University of Rochester
University of California, Davis
University of California, San Diego
Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Washington University in St. Louis
Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Babson University
Bentley University
Boston College
Boston University
George Washington University
New York University
Northeastern University
Trinity University (Dublin)
University of Aberdeen (Scotland)
University of California, Irvine
University of St. Andrews (UK)
University of Virginia

Art, Dance, & Music

Berklee School of Music
Boston Conservatory
Maryland Institute of Art
Parsons The New School for Design
Pratt Institute
Rhode Island School of Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of Visual Arts, New York
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Southern California
University of the Arts
Wesleyan University


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

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