Quick Facts

Meera Viswanathan, Head of School

Founded in 1911

Mission

The Ethel Walker School is an independent, college preparatory, boarding and day school for girls in grades six through 12 plus a postgraduate year. Since 1911, The Ethel Walker School has excelled at preparing students to make a difference in the world. Members of this diverse community are dedicated to scholarship, the arts, athletics, wellness and service. The satisfaction of achievement and joy of friendship are fundamental principles as the School empowers girls to lead with integrity, respect, confidence, courage, conviction and a love of learning.

The Ethel Walker School mission


School

    The Ethel Walker School Chapel
  • Located in Simsbury, CT; 175 acre campus,
    abutting 425 acres of preserved land
  • 20 minutes from Hartford and two hours
    from New York City and Boston
  • Grades 9-12, Upper School Boarding and Day
  • Grades 6-8, Middle School Day only
  • 7:1 student/faculty ratio
  • 12 students per average class
  • Rich offerings in the performing and visual arts,
    including seven musical groups
  • 16 Advanced course offerings: Biology; Physics; Calculus 1 and 2; Computer Science; English 12: Literature and Medicine; Advanced Topics in U.S. History; Economics; Human Geography; Plautus and Terence: Roman Comedy; Catullus, Ovid and Virgil: The Lasting Influence of Mythology in Art and Literature; Virgil's Aeneid; Cicero; Spanish; Mandarin: Independent Study; Psychology
  • 13 interscholastic sports compete in the Founders League
  • 107 years of spirited school traditions

Student Body

    The Ethel Walker School Students
  • 237 total enrollment
    • 201 students in the Upper School (60% boarding, 40% day)
    • 36 students in the Middle School
  • 26% students of color
  • 18% international students

Visual Arts and Music

    The Ethel Walker School visual arts
  • Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Graphic Publication, Photography
  • a Cappella group, Bell Choir, Orchestra, African Drumming, Gospel Choir, Rock Band, Choir
  • Dance Workshop, Dance Ensemble
  • Winter Play, Spring Musical

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Clubs

The Ethel Walker School Robotics (Wirecats)

Walker's offers more than 40 clubs including: Robotics, Amnesty International, Environmental Club, Justice League, Mathletes, Writing Fellows, Poetry Club, African Drumming and Tech Theater.

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Athletics

The Ethel Walker School Centennial Center

  • 13 interscholastic sports competing in the Founders League
  • Centennial Center - Opened September 2016; 62,000 sq. ft; offers 8-lane swimming pool, 4 squash courts, 3 volleyball courts, 2 basketball courts, 2 dance studios, a fitness room, health and wellness center, and social spaces
  • More than 3.5 acres of turf fields
  • Nationally-recognized equestrian program with newly-renovated facility on campus

Equestrian Program

  • The Ethel Walker School Equestrian Program45 horses in the barn
  • 23 School-owned horses
  • 36 riders/season (average)
  • Compete in an average of 18 shows per season
  • 275 ribbons won during a school year (average)
  • 13 Upper School riders on the IEA Team
  • 5 Middle School riders on the IEA Team
  • Compete in an average of 18 shows per season including The Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL

Faculty

    The Ethel Walker School Faculty
  • 38 teaching faculty
  • 84% of faculty & administration hold advanced degrees
  • 55% of faculty & administration live on campus

Tuition

2018-2019 Academic Year

Middle School$37,250
Upper School Day$44,500
Upper School Boarding$61,200
Upper School International$64,150

In addition to tuition, we charge a $1,200 annual fee which includes but is not limited to technology, on-campus meals, membership in The Ethel Walker School Parents Association (EWSPA), student activity fees, and some health center fees, including routine use, and flu shots. For some trips, participating students may be charged.

Riding lessons, private music lessons and private tutoring services have additional costs. Health insurance is available at an additional fee.

College Acceptances

College Acceptances from the Classes of 2011-2018

Our graduates have been accepted at selective and highly-selective colleges:

Albion College
American University
Amherst College
Auburn University
Babson College
Bates College
Baylor University
Bentley University
Berklee College of Music
Boston College
Boston Conservatory
Boston University
Brandeis University
Brown University
Bryn Mawr College
Bucknell University
Carnegie Mellon University
Cazenovia College
Clarkson University
Colby College
Colgate University
College of the Charleston
College of the Holy Cross
College of William and Mary
Connecticut College
Cornell College
Dartmouth College
Duke University
Elon University
Emory University
Fordham University
Franklin and Marshall College
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Gettysburg College
Hamilton College (NY)
Harvard University
Howard University
Ithaca College
Johns Hopkins University
Kansas State University
Lehigh University
Maryland Institute of Art
McGill University (Canada)
Middlebury College
New York University
New York University - Tisch School of the Arts

Northeastern University
Northwestern University
The New School, Parsons School of Design
Pennsylvania State University
Pratt Institute
Princeton University
Purdue University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhode Island School of Design
Rochester Institute of Technology
Savannah College of Art and Design
School of Visual Arts, New York
Skidmore College
Smith College
Southern Methodist University
Swarthmore College
Trinity University (Dublin)
Tufts University
Tulane University
University Centre/Hartpury College (UK)
University of Aberdeen (Scotland)
University of Alabama
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, San Diego
University of Connecticut
University of North Carolina
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania
University of Rochester
University of South Carolina
University of Southern California
University of St. Andrews (UK)
University of the Arts
University of Virginia
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Wake Forest University
Washington University
Washington University of St. Louis
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Yale University