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Lead your own journey.

Do you believe in the power of girls? We do.

People who know Walker’s will tell you that when girls in grades 6–12 first arrive here, they fall in love with the all-girls environment, the serene beauty of our campus, and the power of learning in our classrooms that elevates academic performance.

Walker’s has a strong reputation in three areas: high academic standards that stretch students and motivate them to direct their own learning, the spirit of our all-girls community, and the individual attention we focus on our students. At Walker’s, girls in our Middle School, Upper School plus our postgraduate year pursue their passions, find their voice, take risks, try new things, and make lifelong friends.

We are often asked what we look for in an applicant and, frankly, there is no one type of girl. Rather, we look for girls who can both be academically successful and contribute to our community through their passions and co-curricular activities. We seek students who want to push themselves to explore new opportunities and enrich the lives of others in their own unique ways.

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Meet with a member of our Admission Team to go over any initial questions and the application process. Schedule time here!

Begin Your Story at Walker’s

UPPER SCHOOL

Our grades nine through 12 Upper School 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 mechanisms of our world.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

As the only private all-girls middle school in central Connecticut, Walker’s Middle School offers a day program for girls in grades six through eight along with a boarding program for girls in grades seven and eight and daily bus service from Greater Hartford.

Our Application Process

Applying to a school should be as easy as possible, and we have a step-by-step checklist to help guide you through the application process. Walker’s accepts applications through Standard Application Online (SAO) and Gateway to Prep Schools. See below to navigate our application requirements and instructions.

We ask all prospective families to complete our online inquiry form which helps us tailor the admission experience to match each student’s situation and unique interests. Submitting the form also prompts one of our admission counselors to reach out to connect and let you know the different next steps to help you get to know Walker’s.

Inquiry form

Schedule a virtual conversation with an Admission Counselor by using the link below where you can indicate whether you would like to have a more casual conversation or complete the admission interview as part of your application. We always welcome you to call or email us directly to discuss your options, as well as the possibility of a modified visit to campus — email us at admission@ethelwalker.org or call us at 860-408-4200.

SSAT
We require the SSAT score report (Secondary School Admission Test) or the PSAT score report (Preliminary SAT) if appropriate. We also accept the following state testing in place of the SSAT: IOWA, ERB’s, or Neuropsychological testing. Please visit the SSAT website for more up-to-date testing information due to COVID-19.

TOEFL
If English is not your native language, you will need to take a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or Duolingo Test for English proficiency and send the score as part of your application.

Candidates for admission to The Ethel Walker School should apply online using the Standard Application Online (SAO) or Gateway to Prep Schools application. The choice of platform has no bearing on admission decisions. The completed application is due by January 15 to ensure a March 10 decision and is comprised of the following:

  • Biographic Information
  • Transcript: Submitted directly by school (including current Fall term or semester grades)
  • Recommendations: Submitted online by current teachers (Required: School Administrator, English Teacher, and Math Teacher; Optional: Personal and Special Interest)
  • Parent Statement
  • Student Essays/Candidate Statement
  • Graded Writing Sample
  • Standardized Tests: See Step 3 above for more information
  • Application Fee: $60 Domestic, $125 International

Once decisions are sent March 10, you may log in to the Veracross portal to check on your application status. Veracross login is required and is provided to you at the time of your inquiry or application. A reminder is also sent to all applicants one week prior to the release of decisions.

Congratulations on your acceptance to Walker’s! All accepted students should plan to join us for Revisit Day. All information regarding Revisit Day is contained in your decision letter. Your enrollment contract is located in the Veracross Admission Portal and is due by April 10.

*Applications received after January 15 will be considered on a space-available basis.

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We look forward to welcoming you on campus in the fall for our scheduled Open House dates. Until then, we hope to meet you during a virtual visit with Walker’s!

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