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.
Boarding is offered for students in grades seven through twelve, including Post Graduate students.
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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The Ethel Walker School ranks among the top 5 all-girls schools (out of 21 all-girls schools) for:

Definition of Terms
 | 2021 School Data
The Ethel WalkerBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)7-12, PG9-12
Grades Offered (Day)6-12, PG9-12
School TypeAll-girlsCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19111907
Campus Size175 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment236 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
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
(Shirt with a collar and either tailored pants, fingertip-length shorts, or a skirt from Tommy Hilfiger. Sweaters must be ordered from Walker's Tommy Hilfiger website and include a logo.)
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Student : Teacher Ratio7:17:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1218
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size$24.79 million$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(Middle School 5-Day: $60,834, 7-Day: $65,916)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
($40148 Middle School Day)
Tuition international students$68,866$54,500
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$35,000$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Acceptance Rate

Application DeadlineJan. 15 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsAline Rossiter
Associate Director of AdmissionsElizabeth Greenberg

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1218
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


# Interscholastic Sports Offered1616
SportsAlpine Skiing, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Riding, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations4323
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
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 has a strong reputation in three areas: high academic standards that stretch students and motivate them to direct their own learning, the spirit of our all-girls community, and the individual attention we focus on our students. At Walker`s, girls in our Middle School, Upper School plus our postgraduate program pursue their passions, find their voice, take risks, try new things, and make lifelong friends.
  • The Ethel Walker School accreditations: NEASC, TABS, CAIS
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