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Admission Overview

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, high 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.

Begin Your Story at Walker’s

UPPER SCHOOL

Our grades nine through 12 high 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.

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There are many ways for prospective students and parents to experience our campus, including open houses, our full campus experience, and virtual visits.

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Our Community is Remarkable

Chris Semk teaching

Faculty

One of the most wonderful things about language teaching is improvisation. Almost anything can become a reason to communicate.

Meet Dr. Chris Semk
Meera with students

Head of School

Walker’s beckoned me in a way that few schools have ever done. I found its ethos, energy, and devotion to learning irresistible.

Meet Ms. Vis
AvaS+horse

Students

Being a member of the riding team has been a completely different experience than any other team that I have been apart of.

Meet Ava S. '21
Lauren Nicholson

Alumnae

Walker’s is a community that inspires boldness by regularly providing opportunities for its students to step beyond their comfort zones.

Learn more about Alumnae

Meet the Team

Ethel Walker

Pamela Safford '81

Assistant Head for Admission and Enrollment

Pamela Safford '81

B.A., Carleton College
M.S., University of Pennsylvania

Pamela holds a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Carleton College and an M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania. Previously, she was the Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid at The Country School in New Canaan. Pamela has also been employed as Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Deerfield Academy; Associate Head for Communications, Enrollment and Planning at Concord Academy; and Director of Admission at Northfield Mount Hermon School. Pamela is a founding trustee and former chair of the board for the Association of Independent School Admission Professionals (AISAP) and she currently serves on the board of the Enrollment Management Association (EMA). Committed to supporting professional development among her peers, Pamela regularly presents at various national conferences including IECA, NAIS, SSATB, and TABS.

Suzanne Buenaventura

Suzanne Buenaventura

Director of International Enrollment

Amy Paul

Amy Paul P'16, '18

Associate Director of Admission

Amy Paul P'16, '18

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B.A., Syracuse University
J.D., Boston University

Amy received her Bachelor of Arts from Syracuse University and her Juris Doctor from Boston University. She worked as an attorney in a general practice in Hartford for several years before taking a position as a full-time parent caring for her three children. She is committed to volunteering in her community, served as co-board chair of Horizons at The Ethel Walker School, is involved in local politics, and serves on a mental health board. Amy was the president of The Ethel Walker School Parent Association and served on the School’s board of trustees when her daughters Georgia ’16, and Holly ’18 were students at Walker’s. Her work in the Admission Office has been a seamless transition due to her deep affection for Walker’s and her involvement over the years. Amy lives in Avon with her family.

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Abi Robinson

Admission Associate

Abi Robinson

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B.A., University of Connecticut

Abi joined the Admission Team in October of 2020 after working in Walker’s External Affairs Office as a Web Migration Specialist on the development of Walker’s new website. Abi graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2018, where she studied Communication and was able to spend a semester studying abroad in Florence, Italy. Prior to coming to Walker’s, Abi worked at UConn in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences planning and promoting events, curating social media pages, and editing departmental web pages.

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