The Ethel Walker School

230 Bushy Hill Road
Simsbury, CT 06070
Tel: 860-408-4200
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  • The Ethel Walker School is an independent, college preparatory, boarding and day school for girls in grades six through 12 plus a postgraduate year.
  • Since 1911, The Ethel Walker School has excelled at preparing students to make a difference in the world.
  • Members of this diverse community are dedicated to scholarship, the arts, athletics, wellness, and service.
  • The satisfaction of achievement and joy of friendship are fundamental principles as the School empowers girls to lead with integrity, respect, confidence, courage, conviction and a love of learning.
Definition of Terms 
2017 School Data
The Ethel WalkerBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)9-12, PG7-12
Grades Offered (Day)6-12, PG5-12
School TypeAll-girlsCo-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19111910
Campus Size175 acres110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment252 students300 students
% Students of Color
30%
20%
% International Students
18%
20%
% Students Boarding
57%
68%
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:71:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1117
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
82%
70%
Summer Program OfferedYesYes

Finances

Endowment Size$15.9 million$17 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$61,200$53,300
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$44,500
($37,250 Middle School)
$28,560
Tuition international students$64,150$47,500
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Admission

Application DeadlineJan. 15 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Acceptance Rate
41%
55%
Director of AdmissionsJenny Reynolds P'13, '15

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered1514
SportsAlpine Skiing, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Riding, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations3823
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
African Drumming, Amnesty International, Anime Club, Art for Charity, Asian Club, Astronomy Club, Bee Club, Black Student Union (BSU), CHANGE Club, Choristers (Middle School), Cicerone Society, Cooking Club, Daemon Club (Art & Literary Magazine), Dance Club, Debate Club, Film Society, Forte Ensemble, Gifts from the Heart, Gospel Choir, Grapes a cappella, Guitar Society, Habitat for Humanity, Harmonious Bells, Justice League, LASO (Latin American Student Organization), Middle School Garden Club, Multicultural Society, Orchestra, Pepperpot (Yearbook), Photography Club, Random Acts of Kindness, Robotics Club (The Wirecats), Self Defense and Martial Art Club, Step Club, The Wave Cafe, Voce Felice, Walker's Wheelers, Wings (Gender and Sexuality Alliance)

College Matriculation

Year: 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Walker's welcomes girls in grades 6-12, blending the strengths and advantages of boarding and day schools to create a vibrant learning community (boarding grades 9-12, day grades 6-12). 
  • School accreditations: NEASC, TABS, CAIS
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