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On-Campus and Virtual Visits

Imagine yourself at Walker’s.

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

Visit Us On Campus

Prospective students and families have the opportunity to visit campus and to have an in-person tour. Please call the Office of Admission at +1-860-408-4200 to schedule.

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Interviews and Campus Tours

Visits are available Monday-Friday at the times listed below through January 15, 2023. Please schedule your visit at your earliest convenience as popular time slots fill quickly.  

To schedule a tour and interview, please call the Office of Admission at +1-860-408-4200.

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
12:30 p.m.8:30 a.m.9:30 a.m.2:30 p.m.10:00 a.m.
1:15 p.m.2:30 p.m.10:30 a.m.12:45 p.m.
1:30 p.m.

Learn More About Our Campus

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Health Protocols

Please see our current health protocols for visitors here.


Visit Us Virtually

Our full campus experience virtual visit is an opportunity for prospective families to virtually explore our campus with a Cicerone student tour guide. Following the tour, prospective students will have a conversational interview with an Admission officer. The virtual visit will conclude with an opportunity for parents to speak with the Admission officer. To schedule a full campus experience, please call the Office of Admission at +1-860-408-4200 or email admission@ethelwalker.org.

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Meet the Admission 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.

Carolyn Jean Cunningham

Admission Office Manager

Carolyn Jean Cunningham

 860-408-4206

B.A., Keene State College

Carolyn joined the Walker’s community in the fall of 2022, and she now holds the position of Admission Office Manager. Prior to Walker’s, Carolyn lived in Jordan, where she taught instrumental music at King’s Academy and performed as a professional violist. After living abroad for five years, Carolyn is grateful to be back in her home region of New England and to share her return with her husband, Chris.

Elizabeth Wilde Foody

Associate Director of Admission

Elizabeth Wilde Foody

 860-408-4203

B.A., Skidmore College
M.Mus.Ed., The Hartt School, University of Hartford

Elizabeth holds a B.A. in Music with a concentration in Vocal Performance and a Master’s of Music Education from the Hartt School. Previously, she was the Admissions Coordinator at The University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts. Elizabeth has also been employed as Associate Director of Admission and Assistant Director of Financial Aid at Westminster School, Director of Operations at Westminster School, and Associate Director of Alumni Relations at Trinity College. Elizabeth began her career as an elementary music educator, currently sings in two local choirs, and is a certified fitness instructor. Elizabeth and her husband, Paul, have five children and reside in Simsbury.

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Colin R. Griggs

Assistant Director of Admission

Colin R. Griggs

 860-408-4204

B.A., Franklin & Marshall College
M.A., Ohio University

Colin R. Griggs joined the Walker’s community during the summer of 2022, and he comes to Simsbury with more than 15 years of experience working in the New England boarding school community. After spending the first four years of his professional life in Connecticut at Indian Mountain School and Marianapolis, Colin moved to Maine where he spent nine years at Hebron Academy. While at Hebron, Colin coached over 400 athletic contests in soccer, basketball, and tennis and earned more than 200 victories as a head varsity coach. Colin also spent time in the Alumni and Development Office, Dean of Students Office, and as an Assistant Athletic Director among many other positions. During 2019, Colin moved again with his family to High Mowing School where was was both the Director of Athletics and Residential Life and the head coach of the girls’ team for the Black Rock FC Residential Academy. Colin lives in Granby with his wife, Sarah, and their two sons, Raleigh and Henry.

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Amy Paul

Amy Paul P'16, '18

Associate Director of Admission

Amy Paul P'16, '18

 860-408-4207

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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Beaver Brook
Centennial Center
Centennial Lawn (OMR Architects Photography: Robert Benson Photography)
Middle School
Equestrian Center
Ferguson Theatre
Chapel
Library
Steelcase Classroom
Athletic Fields and Courts
Apiary
Walker's Woods
Beaver Brook

Walker’s main academic center, Beaver Brook, houses classrooms, including art studios and the Symington Science Center, Abra’s Dining Hall, large gathering spaces, the school store, and academic, administrative, and faculty offices.

Centennial Center

Opened fall 2016, the Centennial Center includes a double gymnasium, eight-lane pool, four squash courts, two dance studios, a health and wellness center, fitness center, student social center, and community gathering spaces throughout.

Centennial Lawn

Located behind Beaver Brook, The Centennial Lawn includes outdoor patio areas perfect for studying or gathering with friends.

Middle School

Walker’s Middle School houses classrooms, a large social center, maker space and computer lab, and the school’s music and rehearsal spaces.

Equestrian Center

The Equestrian Center, located on Walker’s 175-acre campus, is considered one of the premier equestrian facilities at any school in the country, with the main barn, indoor/outdoor riding rings, individual paddocks, winding trails, and extensive turnouts.

Ferguson Theatre

Ferguson Theatre accommodates 350 people and is the site of dance concerts, several school productions such as the Middle School Play and the Upper School Spring Musical, and many more school performances.

Chapel

Walker’s non-denominational Chapel is the site for all-school meetings and concerts. Its graceful architecture, huge arched windows, and magnificent Aeolian-Skinner Organ make it a centerpiece of Walker’s campus.

Library

The Constance Lavino Bell '48 Library houses a large selection of books and electronic media, as well as an art gallery and the School’s archives. The Counseling Center and additional classrooms are in the Library as well as a student-run cafe.

Galbraith

The School’s former basketball court, dance studio, training room, and workout center were located in Galbraith Gymnasium, until the Centennial Center opened in 2016. Today, Galbraith houses our Steelcase Active Learning Classroom (pictured).

Athletic Fields and Courts

Acres of athletic playing fields include three natural grass fields, four synthetic turf fields, seven tennis courts, and two softball fields for field hockey, lacrosse, softball, and soccer.

Apiary

Walker’s apiary began as a proposal by science students concerned about the damaging effects colony collapse disorder has on the global bee population and agriculture at large. It is located on Walker’s campus and maintained by a parent who is a professional beekeeper.

Walker's Woods

Adjacent to campus, 427 acres of Walker’s Woods are available to students for riding, running, walking, and study of the environment. Several different ecosystems allow for science and environmental study, as well as ample opportunity for hiking and photography.