The Ethel Walker School

230 Bushy Hill Road
Simsbury, CT 06070
  • 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.

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Definition of Terms 
2018 School Data
The Ethel WalkerBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)9-12, PG9-12
Grades Offered (Day)6-12, PG9-12
School TypeAll-girlsCo-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19111910
Campus Size175 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment236 students313 students
% Students of Color
26%
22%
% International Students
18%
20%
% Students Boarding
60%
66%
Average SAT Score1250* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)1150 - 1375-
Average ACT score26*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Solid-colored shirt with a collar and either tailored pants, fingertip-length shorts, or skirts from either Corey Company or Timmy Hilfiger. Sweaters must be solid-colored without a hood.)
Casual
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:61:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1217
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
88%
70%
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Finances

Endowment Size$24.79 million$18 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$61,200$54,500
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$44,500
($37,250 Middle School)
$30,250
Tuition international students$64,150$48,850
% Students on Financial Aid
56%
37%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$35,000$23,450
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Admission

Application DeadlineJan. 15 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Acceptance Rate
48%
55%
Director of AdmissionsJenny Reynolds P'13, '15

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1217
CoursesAdvanced Biology, Advanced Calculus, Advanced Calculus - 2, Advanced Computer Science, Advanced Economics, Advanced English - Literature and Medicine, Advanced Human Geography, Advanced Latin; Vergil, Advanced Physics, Advanced Psychology, Advanced Spanish, Advanced U.S. History

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered1515
SportsAlpine Skiing, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Riding, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations4324
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Amnesty International, Anime Club, Art for Charity, Asian Club, Astronomy Club, Bee Club, Black Student Union (BSU), CHANGE Club, Cicerone Society, Cooking Club, Daemon Club (Art & Literary Magazine), Dance Club, Debate Club, Film Society, Forte Ensemble, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Gifts from the Heart, Habitat for Humanity, Justice League, LASO (Latin American Student Organization), Middle School Garden Club, Multicultural Society, Pepperpot (Yearbook), Photography Club, Random Acts of Kindness, Robotics Club (The Wirecats), Self Defense and Martial Art Club, Step Club, The Wave Cafe, Walker's Wheelers, Wings (Gender and Sexuality Alliance)

Arts and Music Programs:
African Drumming, Choir, Choristers (Middle School), Gospel Choir, Grapes a cappella, Guitar Society, Harmonious Bells, Orchestra, Voce Felice

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Outdoor Adventure, Personal Fitness, Yoga

College Matriculation

Year: 2003 - 201810 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Boston University29
UConn22
Bates College13
Suffolk University13
Trinity College13
Mount Holyoke College12
New York University12
Northeastern University12
Southern Methodist University10
Skidmore College9
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). 
  • The Ethel Walker School accreditations: NEASC, TABS, CAIS

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