Back to School

Back to School 2021-2022

Everything you need to start the year at Walker's.

Welcome! We are excited that you are part of the Walker’s community and look forward to starting the new school year in September 2021.

We hope you are able to enjoy some time this summer with family and recharge before we begin school this fall. Please use the Back to School checklists to navigate everything you need to complete in the next several weeks. We also encourage you to spend some time looking through the blocks below to familiarize yourself with any technology updates and other important Walker’s information.

We look forward to welcoming you on campus!

Summer Reading and Assignments

Students, click the buttons below to view the full summer reading list and assignments for summer 2021. The English Department encourages you to read as much as possible this summer — get lost in a book, meet inspiring characters, marvel in the wonders of language, find solace in a story, and find new ways to look at the world.

In addition to the required and additional texts for each grade level, grades 6-12 and all adults will read Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor. This All-School Read will bring us together at the beginning of the year to discuss a wonderful book that offers themes of the Walker’s Capabilities Approach Program. Happy reading!


Summer Reading

Opening Days Schedule

See below for the 2021 registration days and link to the full Opening Days schedule. We will offer a very similar program of welcome on each arrival day, so please feel to join us as you are able, including a Parent Reception on Tuesday, September 7 at 4:30 p.m.

  • The Ethel Walker Athletic Council (EWAC): Thursday, September 2.
  • Preseason Athletes: Friday, September 3.
  • Student Leaders (Big 7 and Proctors): Saturday, September 4.
  • Returning Boarding/International and Returning Day Students: Monday, September 6
  • New Boarding and Day Students: Tuesday, September 7
  • All Middle School Students: Tuesday, September 7
  • International Students: May arrive starting Thursday, September 2

Opening Days

Dress Code

Walker’s dress code has evolved over many decades to represent the styles of the times, while maintaining school traditions. A defined dress code allows us to guide girls to make clothing choices while ensuring their confidence and creating an environment that looks professional and is conducive to learning.


Dress Code Academic Day

Co-Curricular Equipment Requirements

  • Water bottle

For the required swim test:

  • Swim suit
  • Swim cap and goggles if you have them

A good pair of running shoes and a simple sport watch with a timer

  • Speed rope
  • Athletic shoes

Any students who plan to be in one of our fall and winter dance companies should have the following:

  • Pink ballet slippers
  • Black jazz shoes
  • Pink convertible ballet tights
  • Any color/style leotards
  • Hair ties

Dancers should also consider performance items including:

  • Skin colored undergarments
  • Hair nets
  • Makeup

Note: Any students taking dance for a single season in the fall or spring should have dance-type attire, but are not required to purchase anything specific unless they want to.

  • Mouth guard (required for first day of play)
  • Goggles
  • Turf shoes
  • Agility ladder
  • For the first week, players can borrow sticks and shin guards from the coach.

  • ASTM-approved helmet
  • Gloves
  • EIS shirts (can also be ordered through the riding department with Walker’s logo)
  • Breeches
  • Half chaps and paddock boots or dress or field boots
  • Thin tall socks
  • Hair nets

Note: Parents can purchase these items in advance. Alternatively, students will be taken by riding faculty to local tack shops the first week of school to help shop for these items. Families should expect to pay between $225 and $500 total.

All players are required to have the following practice uniform for every training session:

  • Grey Walker’s tee (can be purchased in Diddle’s Depot, our school store)
  • Black shorts (any brand)
  • White soccer socks (any brand)
  • Shin guards
  • Soccer cleats
  • Foam roller

  • Spandex
  • Knee pads*
  • Volleyball shoes

*Knee pads are available for purchase at school

Soccer opening days

Sign up for co-curriculars*:

Middle School | Upper School

*New Students Only

Walker's Words

Our dining hall where all meals are served. Some special events are held here as well.

A weekend activity that provides transportation to local shopping centers, restaurants, and movie theaters.

“BB” for short, Beaver Brook houses most academic classes and is the main building on campus.

This is the main theater on campus. Musicals, plays, concerts, and dance performances take place here.

Our boarding school management system that tracks students, manages leave and attendances, sign-in/outs, and more. The system integrates with Veracross to provide instant access to student locations.

The way we talk about how each girl can reach her full potential, all she can be and do, when cultural, economic, and gender barriers and mindsets are removed.

Our Chapel is non-denominational and is where the entire school gathers for Morning Meeting, Wednesday assemblies, and other special events.

A dorm that typically houses 11th and 12th graders.

Located in the Cluett Dorm, it is a place to hang out and relax.

The school store where you can buy snacks, clothes, and school supplies.

Dogswood Day is a culmination of a year of Suns and Dials activity. The Head of School announces Dogswood Day the evening before; students are given the day off from classes and participate in competitive games, ending with the Suns and Dials tug of war.

This stands for “Dean of Students.”

Short for Ferguson Theatre, this is the main theater on campus. The winter play, guest speakers, and some classes use this space.

This is our smaller theater on campus. The winter play, guest speakers, and some classes use this space.

Morning Meeting typically takes places on Monday and Friday mornings. It is a time for all members of the community to share announcements. We sit by advisor group.

Each fall, the Head of School surprises students with the announcement that Mountain Day will occur the following day. Students and faculty climb a challenging trail up nearby Talcott Mountain to the top, for a view that stretches hundreds of miles.

The newest dorm on campus typically houses 9th and 10th graders. Some special events are held here as well.

Another website that students use. Various classes use the site to post assignments and turn in work.

A dorm that typically houses 9th and 10th graders.

Pronounced “soe-sh,” it is an area in the Centennial Center to hang out with friends and have fun.

These are our spirit groups. There are small contests throughout the year, ending with the biggest competition, Dogswood Day.

Small buses that transport students to sports games, weekend activities, and area drive.

A website that all students use. It provides important information such as classes, assignments, and the directory.

The nicknames used for our Head of School, Dr. Meera Viswanathan and her husband, Dr. Eric Widmer. Read more about Ms. Vis here.

Important Phone Numbers

Main Desk: +1-860-408-4467

Academic Administration (Harrison Shure): +1-860-408-4212

Athletics (Kati Eggert): +1-860-408-4290

Attendance (Mallory Pasquariello): +1-860-408-4237

Counselor (Joan Skelley): +1-860-408-4284

Student Life (Elisa Del Valle): +1-860-408-4287

Middle School (Isabel Ceballos): +1-860-408-4297

Nurse (Joyce McIntyre): +1-860-408-4289

Registrar/Scheduling/Student Records (Susan Riggles): +1-860-408-4235

Social Justice and Inclusion (Elisa Del Valle): +1-860-408-4287

Student Billing (Beth McWilliams): +1-860-408-4241

Technology (IT Helpdesk Support): +1-860-408-4343

Administrator on Duty (AOD):  +1-860-821-3080
(after 3:30 p.m. and weekends)

Cluett Dorm Faculty On Duty: +1-203-707-1154

New Dorm Faculty On Duty: +1-860-266-5861

Smith Dorm Faculty On Duty: +1-860-266-5864