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Student Life Overview

Walker’s will be your second home.

Whether you are a boarding or day student, you will be a part of a warm community where you will be accepted and valued for who you are.

At Walker’s, faculty are more than just teachers. They are advisors, coaches, mentors, and your family away from home. Here, all students, whether day or boarding, are part of a vibrant community that lives, studies, eats, and plays together seven days a week. It’s nearly impossible to distinguish who is a boarding student versus a day student as all students are fully engaged in the life of the school.

In between classes, Upper School and Middle School boarding and day students make the most of our facilities on campus, including the library, the Centennial Center social center, fitness center, music rooms, the barn, dance studios, and the basketball and squash courts. In warmer weather, students can be found gathering on the Centennial Lawn behind Beaver Brook or sitting at the picnic tables near the Centennial Center.

After classes, students participate in co-curricular programs then join their friends in Abra’s for dinner. Following dinner our Upper School students spend time together, rehearsing with musical groups and meeting with clubs and affinity groups. Day students are always welcome to join boarders in the Library for study hall following dinner. Residential students can also choose to study in their dorm room. On weeknights following study hall, boarding students gather in their dorm common rooms with residential faculty for games, snacks, celebrations, and camaraderie.  

On weekends, day students are often found spending time with boarding students at brunch, on the fields, and at events both on and off campus.


Boarding School Life

At a boarding school, you are never more than a few steps away from someone who is an integral part of your daily life at Walker’s.

Day School Life

As a day student, you will explore every part of life at Walker’s, including all-school and weekend events, or even staying for dinner in Abra’s.

There’s Always Something to Do at Walker’s

Weekend Life

Our student Head of Weekend Activities works with our Assistant Dean of Students to make sure there are plenty of fun events and outings each weekend. Day and boarding students will always have the opportunity for a full schedule.

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Student Government

Walker’s students have many opportunities to engage in student government positions which promotes the smooth running of student activities, and provides leadership for students as they face challenging issues or concerns.

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Clubs & Affinity Groups

The many student and faculty-led clubs and affinity groups provide students with the opportunity to find their niche community. Students can create their own club with faculty or advisor consent. The possibilities are endless!

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Coffee house on campus
Ice cream party in the dorm
Pep rally
Leadership
Prom
Coffee House

Students have regular opportunities to meet with peers from other schools, including coffee houses, dances, open mic nights and sporting events.

Dorm Life

Our residential faculty living in our dormitories create a healthy — and fun! — family atmosphere. Casual baking, game nights and more make the dorms feel like home and create lasting memories.

Pep Rally

Celebrating school spirit is an important part of life at Walker’s. Regular pep rallies offer a time to come together as a community, compete in fun games and cheer on our teams at the start of the season.

Leadership

At Walker’s, girls lead. Formal and informal opportunities for peer-to-peer leadership are abundant throughout campus life. Upper School student government, the Big 7, offers elected positions where girls can explore what it means to represent constituencies.

Prom

From prom and interschool dances to football games at Avon Old Farms or Salisbury School, Walker’s students get to meet students from many other schools in the area.

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Community Partnerships

Community Partnerships provide students with an opportunity to perform service in the community while acquiring skills.

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Athletics

Students choose from among 12 sports in three seasons along with fitness, outdoor adventure, yoga, and cross training.

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Riding

Riding

Middle and Upper School students participate on IEA teams as well as in rated and non-rated shows throughout the country.

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Arts

Students who have a passion for the arts choose it as their co-curricular or as classes in their daily schedule.

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Meet the Team

Kathleen Pillsbury

Kathleen McNary Pillsbury

Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life

Kathleen McNary Pillsbury

 860-408-4239

B.S., University of Connecticut
M.S.Ed., University of Pennsylvania

Kathleen is a career educator who comes to Walker’s from the Hotchkiss School where she has served as director of student activities, human development instructor, dorm head and as a member of the School’s senior leadership team. Prior to this, Kathleen was at the Dalton School where she was the assistant high school director for student activities, serving as dean of students, senior class academic dean and classroom teacher. Kathleen holds a Master’s in Education in School Leadership with a concentration in Independent School Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences from the University of Connecticut.

Throughout her career, Kathleen has organized and supervised co-curricular activities, overseen orientation, coordinated student diversity conferences, and managed day-to-day student life. In addition to her administrative and classroom duties, Kathleen has been a softball and lacrosse coach.

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Nishette Isaac

Dean of Digital and Library Services/Assistant Dean of Students

Nishette Isaac

 860-408-4324

B.A., Hofstra University
M.S., Fordham University
M.L.S., Pratt Institute

Nishette comes to Walker’s from the Collegiate School in New York where she served as the school’s librarian for the past three years. She earned her B.A. in Anthropology from Hofstra University, her M.S. in Teaching from Fordham University, and her M.L.S. from Pratt Institute. Nishette began her career as a librarian for the New York City Department of Education where she served for four years at PS 305 and PS 256. There, she ran the library while being frequently called upon to perform classroom teaching duties. In 2011, she joined Dalton School as a volunteer librarian and spent the 2012-2013 year as a maternity leave replacement librarian at both Chapin School and Brearley School. Nishette was born in Saint Lucia and moved to the United States when she was 10. She is an active member of the Shelflives Book Club and has served as vice president of the Hudson Valley Librarian Association for the past three years.

Mallory Pasquariello

Administrative Assistant to the Dean's Office

Mallory Pasquariello

 860-408-4237

B.A., Roger Williams University
M.A., University of Leicester

Mallory is a graduate of Roger Williams University with a bachelor’s degree in art history and a triple minor in architecture, business management and English literature. She also has an M.A. in Museum Studies through the distance learning program at the University of Leicester. Previously, Mallory served as teller supervisor and customer service representative for Northwest Community Bank in New Hartford where she has gained a wealth of experience in customer service and organization. Here at Walker’s, Mallory serves as the assistant to the Dean’s Office and is the coordinator of student permissions and attendance in the Upper School. She is also a house faculty member in the New Dorm.

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Middle School Life

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