Ethel Walker

Back to School 2022-2023

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 2022.

We hope you are able to enjoy some time this summer with family and recharge before we begin school this fall! Please check back often to find new and important information.

We look forward to welcoming you to campus!

Summer Reading and Assignments

Students, click the button below to view the full summer reading list and assignments for summer 2022. Walker’s 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.

The all-school theme for this year is “Forging the Way.” In addition to the required and additional texts for each grade level, students in grades 6-12 will choose one of 10 books that highlights girls or women who have been pathfinders and have forged the way for others. We will come together in the fall to discuss these inspiring books. Happy reading!


Summer Reading

Opening Days Schedule

We cannot wait to have you here! Please see below for registration and move-in days and visit the Opening Days schedule for more information. Be sure to check back often as details will be added throughout the summer.

Student Leaders: Wednesday, August 31
Preseason Athletes: Thursday, September 1
All New & Returning Students: Saturday, September 3

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

  • 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

Note: 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:

  • Gray 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

  • Spandex
  • Knee pads (can be purchased through the Athletic Department)
  • Volleyball shoes

Soccer opening days

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.

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 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.

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

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 “soh-sh” and short for “social center,” 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: +1-860-408-4290

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

Counselor: +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: +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