Horizons at The Ethel Walker School

We believe in the power of girls.

Horizons at The Ethel Walker School is the nation's first all-girls Horizons program, and serves underserved students who attend Hartford public schools. Horizons creates the conditions, connections, and community that enable every girl who attends to gain the skills, confidence and motivation to overcome the opportunity gap and realize her potential.

We're in this for the long term. When a girl enters the program in kindergarten, we make a nine-year commitment to prepare her to enter high school with the skills, knowledge and determination she'll need to graduate.

Goals of Horizons at The Ethel Walker School:

  • Prevent declines in school performance by reducing summer learning loss
  • Improve school attendance
  • Improve social and interpersonal skills
  • Raise each girl's educational expectations and aspirations
  • Encourage parents to become involved in their daughter’s education and activities
  • Build self-esteem, resourcefulness, and sound judgment



Horizons at The Ethel Walker School builds brighter futures for girls from underserved families by creating year-round academic, artistic, and athletic opportunities, nurturing potential, and inspiring individual dreams in a safe and supportive community.

  • Provides a six-week, full-day educational enrichment summer session for Hartford public school students with a range of academic abilities
  • Blends exceptional academics with cultural enrichment and swimming instruction
  • Reflects the culture, values and educational standards of The Ethel Walker School



The mission of Horizons at The Ethel Walker School is to help girls in Hartford public schools from low income families improve their educational outcomes. We do this by providing year-round academic and swimming instruction, cultural enrichment opportunities, mentoring and educational guidance in a nurturing community of dedicated professionals and volunteers.



Isabel CeballosIsabel C. Ceballos
Executive Director
(860) 408-4309

Board of Directors

Renee Alexander
Judicial Assistant/Courtroom Deputy
United States District Court

Alex Lunding
Non-Profit Management Consultant

Amy Paul P'16, 18
President Emerita
The Ethel Walker School Parents Association

Amy Wheeler
Associate Head of School
The Ethel Walker School

Eric Widmer



Horizons at The Ethel Walker School is self-funded, deriving 100% of its revenue from generous charitable giving by individuals, foundations, family trusts, community organizations, and corporations. Horizons at The Ethel Walker School neither solicits nor receives public funding. Horizons operates under the 501(c)(3) status of The Ethel Walker School. Horizons receives in-kind contributions from The Ethel Walker School including use of facilities, equipment, and bookkeeping/accounting services, but is financially independent from the School. Make a Donation

Thank you to our generous supporters:
Mortensen Foundation
Farmington Valley YMCA
Salter's Express
Kiefer Swim
Marshall's, Springfield, MA

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