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For generations, young women have come to The Ethel Walker School to discover their capabilities in a community that cherishes learning and curiosity. At Walker’s, girls in grades 6–12 grow in their confidence and sense of higher purpose. They flourish, with each girl knowing that she will become the person she is meant to be.

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At-a-Glance

7:1
Student/Faculty Ratio
77%
of our teaching faculty hold advanced degrees
26%
students of color
18%
international students
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Middle School

Academics

Each day starts with the promise of learning.

Intellectual life at Walker’s is structured to leave room for exploration — and joy. Our master faculty expertly design the curriculum to be meaningful, challenging and inspiring. A robust offering of courses stretch students to become reflective, analytical thinkers who are motivated to direct their own learning.

In their quest to master content, Walker’s students pose challenging questions to test norms and disrupt the gendered mindset that informs traditional methods of teaching. Walker’s girls are the intellectual leaders and stewards of their own education.

English

My favorite class is English because it challenges me the most. Each novel is a lesson for me to know more about the world.

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Science

Hands-on activities enable us to see in action what we’re learning. Open discussions allow everyone’s voices to be heard.

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Arts

By taking arts classes at Walker’s, I have grown to realize how to express myself through art and create a work of beauty.

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Middle School

All of my teachers are so excited about what they’re doing and show us how much they like to teach us.

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History

No matter what topic we cover in History, I’m always able to make parallels with the changes I can make in the world.

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Math

One of my favorite classes is math. Math is a great resource for my future — I aspire to become a neonatologist.

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World Languages

Walker’s has immersive language classes that have allowed me to become more fluent and a more outspoken student.

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News & Events

What’s Happening at Walker’s

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Walker’s Begins 110th Academic Year

Following a busy summer preparing for a safe return to campus, Walker’s opened its doors last week to new and returning families for its 110th academic year.  Over the course…

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Students Win Harvard Alumni Writing Contest

Jenessa Lu ’21 and Madi Knapp ’21 have won the 2020 Harvard Alumni for Global Women’s Empowerment Writing Contest. Their winning essays will will be published in a hard-cover volume of…

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Honoring Juneteenth

Happy Juneteenth! Though the Emancipation Proclamation was proclaimed by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1st, 1863, for various reasons that declaration did not reach all parts of the country at…

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Walker’s Celebrates Faculty and Staff Service Awards

On Tuesday, June 9, the Walker’s community gathered virtually to honor members of the community who have reached milestones of service at Walker’s. Remarks were given by Head of School…

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2020 Faculty and Staff Frenchie Award Winners Named

Each spring, members of the faculty and staff select two individuals to receive The Frenchie Award named in honor of a former member of Walker’s staff, Frenchie Kahawaiolaa. This award…

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Alum Spotlight: Caroline Smith ’19

Alumna Caroline Smith reflects on her participation in Walker’s athletics and how it has shaped her college experience at Haverford College, PA. Caroline has recently completed her freshman year playing…

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Alum Spotlight: Mariah Dunn ’19

Alumna Mariah Dunn ’19 reflects on her participation in Walker’s athletics and how it has shaped her college experience at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, CT. While at Walker’s,…

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Alum Spotlight: Mary McNally ’17

Alumna Mary McNally ’17 reflects on her participation in Walker’s athletics and how it has shaped her college experience at Siena College (NY).  Mary is a captain and three-sport athlete,…

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Alum Spotlight: Liza Phillips ’17

Alumna Liza Philips '17 reflects on her participation in Walker's athletics and how it has shaped her college experience at Nichols College in Dudley, MA.

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Prizes Awarded to Upper School Students

On Saturday, June 6, the Walker’s community gathered virtually to celebrate the awarding of prizes to students in the Upper School. In her opening remarks, Head of School Dr. Meera…

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Students Receive National Arts Awards

Four Walker's students will receive awards at the 29th Annual National Arts Awards Reception and Ceremony.

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Walker’s Presents Winter Dance Concert

The Walker's annual Winter Dance Concert showcased many forms of globally inspired and student-choreographed dances.

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Bui Named Varsity Volleyball Head Coach

Jonathan Bui joins the Walker’s coaching staff as the head varsity coach for the 2020 season. Coach Bui comes to Walker’s with 10 years of coaching experience, including currently at…

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Winter Athletic Awards Announced

Read more for the winter squash, basketball, skiing and swimming awards given to noted players during the winter sports award ceremonies this year.

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Eight Athletes Named NEPSAC All-League

It was a successful winter for our athletes as several players were recognized as All-League competitors within the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) and Founders League.

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Fall Co-Curriculars Update

On July 15, the heads of school and athletic directors of the Founders League met to make a decision and craft a statement regarding fall interscholastic competition.

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Walker’s Runner Receives All-League Honors

Madi Knapp '21 had a top 15 finish in the varsity race which earned her All-League Honors for the second season in a row.

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Cross Country Runner Shatters Course Record

On Saturday, October 26, Madi Knapp '21 set a Pomfret School cross country course record and helped Walker's cross country team win first place against Marianapolis, Rectory and host school,

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Student Winner in Senator Chris Murphy’s MLK Day Essay Contest

Kristen St. Louis ’21 was one of 15 winners in Senator Chris Murphy’s 4th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Essay Contest. This year, Murphy received close to 1,500 entries from elementary,…

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By the Book: Ellie Lardner ’23

The New York Times has a weekly installment called "By the Book" which is a series of questions and answers about the reading habits of notable writers. Walker's tenth chapter

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By the Book: Victoria Llanos ’21

The New York Times has a weekly installment called "By the Book" which is a series of questions and answers about the reading habits of notable writers. Walker's ninth chapter

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Spring Athletic Awards Announced

Read more for the spring softball, golf, tennis and lacrosse awards given to noted players during the spring sports award ceremonies this year. Congratulations to all athletes on a great

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Spring Athletic Awards Announced

Read more for the spring softball, golf, tennis and lacrosse awards given to noted players during the spring sports award ceremonies this year.

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Spotlight On Our Scholar-Athlete Program

Our signature Scholar-Athlete Program recognizes students who excel at the highest levels, both athletically and academically. These athletes balance a rigorous class schedule with practice and competition nearly every day,

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Photo Album: Lacuna 2020

Lacuna 2020 wrapped up this week, with Middle and Upper School students delving into a variety of classes outside the typical curriculum.

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Middle School Students Explore Art and History

While the eighth graders took midterm exams this week, sixth and seventh grade students enjoyed field trips to the Pequot Museum, Old State House, Wadsworth Atheneum and Peabody Museum.

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December 14 Middle School Debate Results

Our Middle School debate team had a great first debate of the year on December 14 at Smith Middle School in Glastonbury.

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Alum Spotlight: Maisie Smith ’19

Alumna Maisie Smith '19 reflects on her participation in Walker's athletics and how it has shaped her college experience at Haverford College, PA. Maisie recently completed her freshman year there

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Chloe Miller of Avon Honored with US Lacrosse Award

Chloe Miller '19 of Avon has been selected as the 2019 US Lacrosse Jackie Pitts award winner for the State of Connecticut for her lacrosse involvement and contributions to the

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Students Excel in National Latin Exams

Nine Walker's students received commendations in the 2019 National Latin Exam, an annual test given to Latin students from around the world.

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Middle School Student Achieves Her Dream of Flying

Eighth grade student Valarie Lawson ’25 shares her experience of flying a plane for the first time, inspired by her aunt, pilot Patricia White: “I have several cousins who are…

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Walker’s Celebrates Eighth Grade Promotion

On Friday, June 5, the community gathered virtually to celebrate the promotion of the eighth grade class of The Ethel Walker Middle School. In her opening remarks, Head of School…

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Walker’s Equestrians Excel in Florida Horse Shows

Several Walker's equestrians traveled to Florida earlier this year to compete in the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), Gulf Coast Winter Classic Series and HITS Ocala, some of the most prestigious

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By the Book: Dr. Emma Mitchell

The New York Times has a weekly installment called "By the Book" which is a series of questions and answers about the reading habits of notable writers. Walker's seventh chapter

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Ski Team Wins Brigham League Race

Walker's saw impressive finishes on Wednesday, January 16 against Brigham Ski League schools at Ski Sundown, finishing as the top team among the seven teams competing.

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Soccer Seeded Sixth in New England Tournament

Walker's varsity soccer team earned the #6 seed in the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Class C Tournament.

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Walker’s Soccer Team Trained by Melanie Michaud

In addition to implementing this routine, Coach Smith also was pleased to bring Melanie Michaud, who works with college, professional and Olympic athletes as a strength and conditioning coach for

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Swim Team Earns Scholar Recognition

Walker’s twelve varsity Upper School swimmers have been honored as a National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) Bronze Level Scholar team. The NISCA/SwimOutlet.com Scholar Team Award recognizes teams achieving high…

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Senior Swimmers Named Academic All-Americans

Letian (“Jane”) Li ‘20 and Emily (“Emmy”) Vitali ‘20 have been named Academic All-Americans by the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA). In order to be a recipient of this…

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Jordana Doshna: Flying Solo

Jordana Doshna ’21 has a unique view on the world, literally. She recently received her pilot’s license to fly solo and spends any chance she can soaring thousands of feet…

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Fall Athletic Awards Announced

Read more for the fall field hockey, soccer, cross country and volleyball awards given to noted players during the fall sports award ceremonies this year.

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Our Campus

A campus built
on community.

Located in the heart of New England, our stunning 175-acre campus sits amidst farms and meadows abutting 427 acres of preserved land. From the gold of autumn to the white of winter snow until the green of spring awakens, each change of season reinvigorates the lives of all in the Walker’s community. We invite you to visit to tour our campus, sit in on our classes, meet current students and faculty, and talk with us about beginning your journey at Walker’s.

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Student Life
Day School Life
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Middle School Life
Boarding School Life

Boarding students take pride in demonstrating their independence while surrounded by friends and faculty who come to feel like family. Weeknights after study hall, dormmates often play board games and enjoy home-baked treats.

Day School Life

Day students enjoy the full array of campus activities, arriving for breakfast and staying through dinner, for a full day of classes, co-curriculars and bonding with friends. Popular gathering places include the social centers, library, the quad and Abra's Dining Hall.

Weekend Life

Both day and boarding students participate in the Weekend Life program, including travel to diversity and leadership conferences and to hear speakers at universities in the area. We host cultural celebrations and invite peer schools to join us for events on our campus.

Middle School Life

Whether waking up on campus or arriving at school at 7:30 a.m. to enjoy breakfast with friends before the first class of the day, Walker’s Middle School students’ days are filled with activities that are both developmental and fun.

Treasured traditions handed down from generation to generation are a cornerstone of Walker’s history and the student experience … many originating with Ethel Walker herself! Participating in these traditions deepens the meaning of being here, creates lifelong relationships with alumnae and builds a connection to the school.

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