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Middle School Overview

Building Confidence,
Capabilities, and Community

Since its founding in 1991, The Ethel Walker Middle School has been a special place for girls.

20
Minutes from Hartford
12
Average Class Size
175
Acre Campus
2
Hours from Boston and New York
6
Countries of Citizenship

Because of its small size, students in The Ethel Walker Middle School are able to cultivate a meaningful sense of belonging while establishing a solid educational foundation that takes them through high school and beyond. Girls thrive in an environment that affords them a sense of agency and a platform where they further develop their voice and learn how to use it effectively to have a say in their own education. As the only all-girls independent middle school in central Connecticut for grades six through eight, local families travel from as far away as New Haven and Litchfield Counties, and the towns of Glastonbury, Hebron, Tolland among others to be part of the Walker’s Middle School community. Weekday bus transportation is offered from West Hartford.

A five and seven-day boarding program is available for students in grades seven and eight making it possible for girls from across the globe to be part of the Walker’s Middle School community. Weekend and evening programming is tailored to the developmental stage of middle school girls and it is managed under the supervision of Walker’s on-campus residential faculty.

Middle School Core Values

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Middle School Students
Wonder

The ability to be fascinated — allows intellectual development to reach new levels. At Walker’s, a sense of wonder is at the heart of our middle school experience.

Possibility

What if? One of the most valuable questions we teach girls to ask. It means they are rethinking what is possible. By teaching traditional content in non-traditional ways, we dare students to imagine.

Preparedness

Walker’s Middle School prepares students to engage in the world by fostering the development of the skills necessary to solve any problem they may encounter.

Community

In an environment free from the pressures and preoccupations that often exist in co-ed schools, Walker’s fosters a sense of belonging and sisterhood where girls can be themselves.

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Meet Our Head of Middle School

Head of Walker’s Middle School Isabel Ceballos possesses a powerful vision for girls’ education by combining her passions for achieving academic excellence and culturally responsive teaching. Her ability to connect with both students and parents as an outstanding teacher and administrator allows her to view education as a collaborative partnership. Ms. Ceballos believes that the middle school years are not ones to be faced alone and if there is anything that her students have taught her, it is how important friendships — particularly those developed in middle school — really are. She believes that “True friendships welcome you with open arms. They wear tutus and face paint with you on important spirit days. They will give you room to be your unapologetic self.” Prior to her appointment in Fall 2019, Ms. Ceballos was a Spanish teacher in Walker’s World Languages program and the former executive director of Horizons at The Ethel Walker School, the nation’s first all-girls program serving students in grades pre-k through fifth grade.

Explore Our Middle School

Middle School Academics

Academics

Designing curriculum for middle school girls means intentionally disrupting standards and educational practices.

Middle School Academics
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Athletics

Middle School athletes play at the level they can achieve.

Middle School Athletics

Arts

Theater, dance, visual arts, and music offered during the school day along with additional ways to feed your creative talents.

Middle School Arts

Student Life

Whether you’re a day student or a boarder, Walker’s will become your home.

Middle School Life