Upper School
Upper School

Boarding Student Life

As a Walker's boarding student, you are never more than a few steps away from someone who is an integral part of your daily life at Walker's. Many faculty members live nearby in campus homes and apartments, while others are part of the residential experience as housefaculty. A keen commitment to providing a "home away from home" permeates the entire Residential Life program - from a warm and caring environment, to fun activities, to the structure needed to ensure academic success now and in the future. 

Walker's recognizes the importance of providing a living/learning community which ensures student well-being, encourages good study habits and requires respect for everyone living in the dormitories. 

Residential life is a lot of fun! For most boarding students, many of their most memorable times will occur with friends in the dorms. A wide variety of activities keep the residential "fun factor" high:

  • Halloween Hullabaloo
  • Trivia Night
  • Journal Writing
  • Stressbusters Month
  • Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundaes
  • Movie Marathons
  • Game Night

The Day Student Connection

For boarders, day students are a vital link with family life and the wonderful communities surrounding camps. Parents of day students in both the Middle and Upper Schools are active in cheering for teams at home games, welcoming boarders for weekends and holidays, working at special events or hosting coffee hours for new Walker's families. A weekend trip to the theater or a great restaurant with a day student family is always an option. 

One of the most rewarding aspects of residential life are the bonds that develop through shared living with fellow students and housefaculty. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, dormmates connect across cultural boundaries and forge friendships that last a lifetime.


The Ethel Walker School Residential Life Program is designed to provide boarding students with a sense of community and comfort, while offering a challenging, supportive environment in which to live and learn.  This includes maintaining policies and procedures that allow housefaculty and students to feel comfortable with the rules and regulations that are designed to keep students safe and well cared for. Each dormitory houses several housefaculty who are also teachers and coaches on campus. Housefaculty are the "go to" resources for boarding students and provide guidance and resources, as well as manage a safe environment for the students.  

Housefaculty are assisted in the dorms by student proctors and dorm affiliates (faculty members who do not live in the dormitories). The Director of Residential Life oversees every aspect of the boarding community, and establishes house procedures such as off-campus travel permissions, study hall procedures, chores and discipline.

Study Hall 

All boarders have study hall from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Students may study separately in their rooms or, with permission from the housefaculty on duty, with other students or in the library.

Student Proctors

A Proctor is a junior or senior in good academic and social standing, held in high regard by her peers, the faculty, and the administration, and is someone who is expected to uphold the standards and the mission of The Ethel Walker School. Proctors serve as advisors to their peers and liaisons between students and adults to channel problems and concerns to the appropriate resource. Additionally, Proctors assist the Dean of Students, and House Faculty with enforcement of School rules. 

Proctors meet regularly with the Dean of Students, who serves as advisor to the program. They also attend regularly scheduled meetings with House Faculty in their respective dorms. The School Counselor also serves in an advisory capacity to the Proctors.

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