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Day School Life

Day School Life

A day in the life of a Walker’s student.

At Walker’s, day students are just as involved as boarders.

Day students arrive each morning to campus from as close as Simsbury and surrounding towns up to an hour’s drive away. For some, they take bus transportation from West Hartford. Others are dropped off or drive their own vehicles to campus. Once they are here, day students fill the day right up until the time they go home to get some rest and start anew the next morning.

Students come to campus early to have breakfast in Abra’s with friends- which is a great way to ease into the day- and remain through dinner most evenings. Some day students choose to participate in evening study hall at the Constance Lavino Bell Library from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. All Upper School students are encouraged to participate in clubs and affinity groups which meet during lunch, free periods and sometimes during dinner.

Every day student is expected to participate in the after school co-curricular program where students choose their activity including sports, riding, dance, theater, and robotics among others for each of the school seasons. On occasion there is evening programming where students remain at school for dinner then attend a talk by visiting a speaker or evening event.

Day Student FAQs

Many students and families often come to the Admissions team or Dean of Students office, wondering what it’s like to be a day student at Walker’s. If some of your questions aren’t answered from the list below, please contact Kathleen Pillsbury, Dean of Students, at kpillsbury@ethelwalker.org:

Day students are fully engaged in the life of our school. In addition to oftentimes eating three meals per day in our Abra’s Dining Hall, they participate in clubs, organizations, affinity groups, and co-curricular activities. Upper School day students are welcome to stay each evening for study hall on the Constance Lavino Bell Library, and are welcome to join us for all Upper School weekend activities. Likewise, Middle School Day students are welcome to join us for all Middle School weekend activities.

Upper School day students may fully participate in weekend life activities both on and off campus. They will register for a place on a bus to a local event or activity and participate all boarding students. For Middle School students, we host many weekend activities and invite day students to participate in Middle School-specific boarding activities as space allows.

We offer weekday bus transportation to and from school from Bishops Corner in West Hartford to our Simsbury Campus. The bus is scheduled to allow students ample time to enjoy breakfast with friends in the morning and so that students can participate in afternoon activities and co-curriculars. Bus schedules are adjusted when there are all-school meetings or other required events.

Yes, we can help to arrange a call, zoom or email with a current day student. Please contact Jonathan Morales in the Admission Office to make arrangements. He can be reached at 860-406-4467 or by email at jmorales@ethelwalker.org.

 

Clubs and Affinity GroupsAthletics Riding

Daily Bus Transportation

Walker’s offers a daily bus transportation service for day students. The fee for the service is $850 per child per semester (billed at the beginning of each semester, once in September and once in January) or approximately $10 per day. Additional details on the program are below. Please direct any specific questions to Director of Enrollment Management Aline Rossiter at arossiter@ethelwalker.org or 860-408-4202.

  • 7:15 a.m. pick up at Bishops Corner, West Hartford in front of Walgreens with arrival at EWS by approximately 7:45 a.m.
    (Classes begin at 8:15 a.m.)
  • Due to the later start of 9:00 a.m. on Thursdays, pick up on Thursday will be at 8:00 a.m. with arrival at EWS by approximately 8:30 a.m.

  • The vehicle will leave Beaver Brook at 6:00 p.m. with arrival at Walgreens, Bishops Corner, West Hartford by approximately 6:30 p.m.
  • Students not picked up by 6:35 p.m. will return to EWS with the driver for parent/guardian pick-up at Beaver Brook

  • There will be no bus services offered on days when classes are not in session due to regular scheduled days off, weather-related closings or other unplanned school closings.
  • There may be times when the evening drop off schedule is modified to accommodate required events or inclement weather.
  • Notices about special schedules or timing changes will be posted in Walker’s Weekly (email) and on this bus transportation page.