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

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

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

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

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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Language

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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Three Winners Announced in Harvard Global Essay Contest

Earlier this year, Walker’s juniors participated in the Harvard Alumni for Global Women’s Empowerment annual essay contest which invites students to think critically about the status and rights of women. Students…

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Fourteen Walker’s Students Inducted into Cum Laude Society

On Sunday, May 16, 14 Walker’s students were inducted into The Ethel Walker School chapter of the Cum Laude Society, an organization that recognizes academic achievement in secondary schools for…

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Walker’s Welcomes Visiting Writer Carolyn Forché

Article by Claire Garceau The Visiting Writer Seminar at Walker’s is a course where students dive deep into studying a specific author for one semester. During the semester, we get…

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Student Makes Walker’s History as Poetry Out Loud State Champion

Shermya Dover-John ’21 has earned the title of Poetry Out Loud Connecticut State Champion following her virtual performance at the regional competition on February 26. While Walker’s has had several…

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Walker’s Celebrates 109th Commencement

Amidst the waning days of the global pandemic, guests gathered on Sunday, May 30 to celebrate the 109th commencement exercises of The Ethel Walker School. “We didn’t know what the…

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Virtual Reunion Draws Record Reunion Attendance

During the weekend of May 20-23 more than 300 alumnae from around the globe gathered virtually for a “reimagined” Reunion 2021 to participate in more than forty activities.

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Liza Phillips ’17 Named Field Hockey Captain

Walker’s alumna and Nichols College senior Liza Phillips ’17 was named the field hockey program’s co-captain for the 2020-21 campaign. Liza was a tri-sport athlete at Walker’s, where she earned…

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Senior Spotlight: A Dancer’s Journey

Elisa Dey says her time at Walker’s helped her fall in love with dance all over again. Trained in ballet, modern, and improvisation, Dey began dancing at the age of…

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Students Honored with Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Thirteen Walker’s students have received Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7-12 (artandwriting.org). Those earning Gold Keys are…

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Walker’s Musicians Selected to 2021 Northeast Regionals

Walker’s students Katherine Tang ’22 (flute) and Nadine Stetzelberg ’23 (cello) were selected for the Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA) Northern Regional High School Festival. Although there is no live…

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EWAC Welcomes New Members for the 21-22 School Year

In the spring, nine new members of the Walker’s student body were selected to The Ethel Walker Athletic Council (EWAC), a student organization that strives to improve and develop leadership…

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Walker’s Swimmers Receive National Academic Honors

Walker’s 13 Upper School varsity swimmers have been honored as a National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) Silver Level Scholar team with Daphne Peterson ’21 named as an Academic All-American.…

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Four School Records Shattered at Final Virtual Meet

On Thursday, March 18, seniors Claire Shemo ’21 and Daphne Peterson ’21 were recognized at the final swim meet of the season against Hotchkiss. The Walker’s swim team found great…

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Student-Athletes Selected to NFHCA High School Academic Squad

Isabella Bontatibus ’22, McKenzie Connors ’21, Kathryn Mason ’21, and Claire Shemo ’21 were all named to the Keith Waldman – Optimal Performance Associates / National Field Hockey Coaches Association…

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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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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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2020 Fall 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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Fall Team Spotlight: Cross Country Cruises Through Creative Season

Pictured: Seniors Madi Knapp ’21 (captain), Erin Corbett ’21 (captain), Sophia Botero ’21, and Jordana Doshna ’21 Article written by Erin Corbett ’21 Each week throughout the fall, we will highlight…

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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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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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Walker’s Hosts CAIS Commission on Diversity in Independent Schools

On Wednesday, Walker’s hosted members of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) Commission on Diversity in Independent Schools (CODIS), an educators network focused on diversity, as well as training…

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Walker’s Presents The Equity Team Members

Dear Members of The Ethel Walker School Community: I am pleased to inform you that we have selected the members who will be representing the various communities of the school…

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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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By the Book: Christina Fares ’22

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. This chapter features…

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Coach Duran Awarded M.D. Nadal Award for Sportsmanship

This year at Thanksgiving Vespers, the entire Walker’s community had the chance to celebrate Coach Mimi Duran as she accepted the M.D. Nadal Award for Sportsmanship given annually by heads…

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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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Capabilities is in Walker’s DNA

By Ned Edwards, Director of Walker’s Capabilities Approach Program “The moment came when I wanted more freedom of expression and action, and the opportunity to create something of my own…I…

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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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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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Four Walker’s Seniors Sign Commitment Letters

Clockwise from top left: Daphne Peterson ’21 and Athletic Director/Swim Coach Kati Eggert, Head of School Meera Viswanathan and Olivia Webster ’21, Jordana Doshna ’21 and Abby Grimaldi ’21 with…

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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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Noël Grisanti, Latin teacher, on Teaching Language Online

For Noël Grisanti, the sudden pivot to online teaching was one marked by lots of flexibility. She was in the middle of teaching Latin grammar and Roman love poetry when…

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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 Debate Team Qualifies for Championship Tournament

Walker’s Middle School Debate Team had another successful tournament on Saturday, April 24. The motion was “This House, as the United States Federal and State governments, would require standardized testing…

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Middle School Debate Team Excels in Second Tournament of the Year

Walker’s Middle School Debate Team had its second tournament of the year on February 27. The motion was, “This House would ban law enforcement from genetic genealogy searches of consumer databases.”…

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By the Book: Eva Mazzola ’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. This chapter features…

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Walker’s Equestrians Earn Top Ribbons in Wellington

Several members of Walker’s equestrian team traveled to Wellington, Florida to compete in the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), one of the world’s most prestigious equestrian events.  As a result of…

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Madison Olvert ’21 Places Second in National Horse Show

Madison Olvert ’21 Places Second in The 2020 Hamel Foundation National Horse Show 3’3” Equitation Championship Madison “Maddie” Olvert ’21 had an impressive finish as Reserve Champion this past weekend…

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Outbreak: New Public Health Course Takes COVID as Its Subject

Over the summer, while Science Department Chair Dr. Suzanne Piela was mostly in lockdown, she began mapping out how to translate what was happening with the global pandemic into her

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Kyla Birk ’23 Skis to Second Place Finish

Kyla Birk ’23 joined her teammates in keeping Walker’s skiing on the podium this winter with her second place win in the U16 age group while competing on February 7…

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Alex Faucher ’23 Races to the Podium

Alex Faucher ’23 continues to keep Walker’s skiing on the map this winter. Competing in the Seibert U16 Cup at the Berkshire East Mountain Resort in Massachusetts on Sunday, January…

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Walker’s Skier Sweeps Two First Place Finishes

In the first race of the winter season, Anneliese Sonju ’21, four-year member of the Walker’s varsity ski program and captain of the 2020-2021 team, claimed first place overall in…

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Lizzy Strapp ’21 in USA Maccabi Soccer Training Video

Photo by Emmy Vitali ’20 This past August, Lizzy Strapp ’21 was a coach at the Connecticut Olympic Development Soccer Camp. Lizzy’s positive attributes as a leader and soccer player…

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Liv Webster ’21 Named All-State in Soccer

Olivia (Liv) Webster ’21 was one of just over a dozen independent school student-athletes to receive the All-State Award honor by the Connecticut Girls Soccer Coaches Association. Each season, upwards…

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Fall Team Spotlight: JV Soccer is Stronger Than Ever

Pictured: Alizeh Mohsin ’21, Ku Paw ’22, Vané Lois ’21, Allison Wall ’22, and Patricia Sackor-Blamah ’22 Article written by Allison Wall ’22 and Alexia Grech ’23 Each week throughout…

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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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Watch Video: A Look at Opening Days 2020

As we conclude our fifth week of classes since the start of this unprecedented school year, please enjoy this video message from Head of School Dr. Meera Viswanathan about opening days and the…

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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 Spotlight: Jenessa Lu’s Curious Lens on Life

Jenessa Lu’s talent for storytelling has many roots but one important one may be her willingness to look at life from different perspectives. She started exploring her craft early on…

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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 Team Spotlight: Varsity Volleyball Sees Strong Results

Pictured: 2020 varsity volleyball team Article written by Sarah Shaw ’23 Each week throughout the fall, we will highlight one of our nine teams that normally have a very traditional…

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Fall Team Spotlight: JV Volleyball Sets Strategic Season

Pictured: Captains and seniors Olivia Dargis ’22, Kate Weiss ’21, and Kayla Sudol ’23 Article written by Jordana Donshna ’21, EWAC Member Each week throughout the fall, we will highlight…

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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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Our Campus

A campus built
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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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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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