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Preparing young women to make a difference in the world.

We have created a school where girls are bold, joyful, and full-voiced in being themselves.

Walker’s girls have the integrity to pursue excellence, the courage to learn from failure, and the creativity and conviction to pursue their goals. They value community and know how to take action that impacts their world. This is what it means to be a leader. 

We have an extraordinary faculty, beautiful campus facilities, and the vision to offer an education that is truly transformational. I know from my experience as a college professor at Brown University that graduates of all-girls’ schools are more likely than peers from co-ed schools to speak up and pursue their passions with confidence. That is because everything we do is designed to teach girls to take advantage of every opportunity — in their education and in life.

The work we do at Walker’s is a calling. Come visit our campus and meet our students; sit in on a class and explore the arts, athletics, and community initiatives at work in our Centennial Center. I hope that you, too, will be called to join us.”

Meera Viswanathan

Dr. Meera Viswanathan
Head of School

Chapel

About Walkerʼs

For more than 100 years, The Ethel Walker School has been preparing young women to make a difference in the world. At Walker’s, we seek to foster and cherish the joyful development of girls into young women so that they may reach their full potential as astute thinkers and doers in the world. Our grounding values of integrity, respect, confidence, courage, conviction, and love of learning provide a solid framework for personal, ethical, and social growth.

Our grades 6–12 plus postgraduate education serves not only as preparation for college, but for life itself in this century of constant change. Walker’s graduates, whatever field they pursue, are societal engineers, reworking and rewiring the very mechanisms of our world. Our ethos of warm receptivity to new ideas and people, as well as enduring and deep friendships over time, emerges out of Ethel Walker’s philosophy of education and her desire to provide girls with a foundation for lifelong learning and intellectual curiosity.

At Walker’s, girls can be themselves, discover their true passions and purpose, and achieve their best performance in every aspect of life.

Location

Location

  • Located in Simsbury, CT
  • 175-acre campus
  • Two hours from New York City and Boston

234
total enrollment
60%
boarding; 40% day
46
students in the Middle School
26%
students of color
18%
international students

Student Body

  • 234 total enrollment
  • 60% boarding, 40% day
  • 46 students in the Middle School
  • 26% students of color
  • 18% international students

77%
of faculty & administration hold advanced degrees
38
teaching faculty
55%
of faculty & administration live on campus

Faculty

  • 38 teaching faculty
  • 77% of faculty & administration hold advanced degrees
  • 55% of faculty & administration live on campus

Classes, Clubs, and More

Walker’s advanced courses spark genuine excitement about learning, create real-world connections and allow for exploration. Our master faculty design a curriculum that is meaningful, rigorous, and inspiring. A robust offering of advanced courses stretches students to become reflective, analytical thinkers who are motivated to direct their own learning. By designing our own advanced curriculum, we can offer a wider variety of subject areas without the confines of a culminating standardized test. Students, accordingly, are prepared to take AP exams if they so choose.

Student-athletes at Walkerʼs compete in the Founders League, a league comprised of highly selective college preparatory schools, and nationally recognized as one of the most competitive and respected leagues in the country. Walkerʼs interscholastic sports offerings include basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, skiing, soccer, softball, squash, swimming, tennis, and volleyball.

Riding has been part of life at Walker’s since its founding in 1911. The social, emotional, and character-based lessons that come from a passion for equestrian sports are consistent with our School’s history and mission, and our exceptional equestrian program sets Walker’s apart from its private school peers.

Our highly qualified and trained arts faculty are active in their respective disciplines, keeping our programs fresh and relevant. Arts offerings include ceramics, drawing, graphic publication, painting, photography, sculpture, a capella, African drumming, bell choir, choir, gospel choir, orchestra, rock band, dance workshop, dance ensemble, winter play, and spring musical.

Walkerʼs offers a large number of student-organized clubs and organizations, including affinity groups, performing clubs, academic clubs and more. Students who have particular areas of interest can create their own clubs and set up regular meetings and activities.

Middle School

Walker’s Middle School is a private day and boarding school for students in grades six through eight. As the only private all-girls middle school in central Connecticut, we seek to establish four main ideas including a sense of wonder, possibility, and preparedness within a warm, supportive community.

Explore Middle School

Commencement

Where Our Grads Go

Our graduates have been accepted to selective and highly-selective schools. Wherever they end up, Walker’s women stand out in their communities for their ability to be collaborative among diverse groups of people. This makes our alumnae not only admired leaders, but essential citizens in a globalized world.


  • American University
  • Amherst College
  • Arizona State University – Tempe
  • ArtCenter College of Design
  • Babson College
  • Bard College
  • Baylor University
  • Bennington College
  • Bentley University
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • Brown University
  • Bryant University
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Central Michigan University
  • Chapman University
  • Clarkson University
  • College of Charleston
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Connecticut College
  • Delaware State University
  • Denison University
  • DePaul University
  • DeSales University
  • Dickinson College
  • Drexel University
  • Eastern Connecticut State University
  • Elon University
  • Endicott College
  • Fairfield University
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Fordham University
  • George Mason University
  • Gettysburg College
  • Hamilton College
  • Hartpury University
  • Harvard College
  • Haverford College
  • High Point University
  • Hobart William Smith Colleges
  • Howard University
  • Iona College
  • Ithaca College
  • James Madison University
  • Jefferson (Philadelphia U. & Thomas Jefferson U.)
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Johnson & Wales University – Providence
  • Juniata College


  • Keene State College
  • Kenyon College
  • Lasell University
  • Lehigh University
  • Lynn University
  • Marist College
  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy
  • McGill University
  • Meredith College
  • Merrimack College
  • Miami University – Oxford
  • Michigan State University
  • Middlebury College
  • Montclair State University
  • Muhlenberg College
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • New York University
  • Nichols College
  • North Carolina State University at Raleigh
  • Northeastern University
  • Northwestern University
  • Oberlin College
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Pace University – New York
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Pitzer College
  • Providence College
  • Purdue University – Main Campus
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Rollins College
  • Rutgers University – Newark
  • Sacred Heart University
  • Saint Michael’s College
  • Salve Regina University
  • San Diego State University
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Scripps College
  • Sewanee: The University of the South
  • Siena College
  • Simmons University
  • Skidmore College
  • Smith College
  • Southern Illinois University – Carbondale
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Springfield College
  • St. Lawrence University
  • State University of New York at New Paltz
  • Stonehill College
  • SUNY at Purchase College
  • Swarthmore College


  • Syracuse University
  • Temple University
  • Texas Christian University
  • The American University of Paris
  • The College of New Jersey
  • The New School – All Divisions
  • The University of Alabama
  • The University of Tampa
  • Trinity College
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • Tufts University
  • Tulane University of Louisiana
  • Union College – Schenectady
  • University at Albany – SUNY
  • University at Buffalo – SUNY
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of California – Berkeley
  • University of California – Los Angeles
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Denver
  • University of Hartford
  • University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign
  • University of Maryland – College Park
  • University of Massachusetts – Amherst
  • University of Miami
  • University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
  • University of Nevada – Las Vegas
  • University of New Hampshire – Main Campus
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Richmond
  • University of Rochester
  • University of South Carolina – Columbia
  • University of Sussex
  • University of Vermont
  • University of Washington, Seattle
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Vassar College
  • Villanova University
  • Wake Forest University
  • Washington College
  • Washington University in St Louis
  • Wellesley College
  • Western Connecticut State University
  • Westmont College
  • Wheaton College – Massachusetts
  • William and Mary
  • Wofford College
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Xavier University