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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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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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Camille Dungy Visits Walker’s

Article by Lizzy Strapp ’21 The Visiting Writer Seminar had the pleasure of hosting author Camille Dungy for a week-long, virtual visit. The Visiting Writer Seminar is a semester-long course…

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Walker’s Senior Earns Girl Scout Gold Award

Jynaiya (Niya) Grizzle ’21 has been a Girl Scout since pre-K and she recently earned the highest award in Girl Scouting – The Girl Scout Gold Award. Girl Scouting builds…

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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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Establishing a New Tradition: Founder’s Day!

Through recent work in our archives, we have discovered that October 3 was the date that The Ethel Walker School first opened, and have decided to establish a new tradition…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fall Team Spotlight: Field Hockey Training Continues Full Speed

Pictured: Captains Kat Mason ’21, Emily French ’22, Ava Calma ’22, and Claire Shemo ’22 Article written by Claire Shemo ‘21 (EWAC Member, Field Hockey Captain) Each week throughout the…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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
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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