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Ethel Walker School

Private | 6-12 | 239 students

We are best known for warmth as a community.

 
 

Living in Simsbury

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $305,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $970.

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Posted April 28, 2010

I think EWS is nice enough, though in retrospect I would not have chosen to attend here. I like most everything except the academics, which is unfortunate considering this is the quality from which I gauge the school's excellence. Simply put, EWS's culture of academic performance is one of mediocrity. EWS does not assign enough homework nor expect much of its students, with classes going at an absolutely horrifically slow pace. Despite taking 8 classes (the maximum amount allowed) and having one of the most 'difficult' course loads of my grade, I find myself not challenged by the school at all. As a student, I should be complaining how hard school is, not how easy it is! Send your child elsewhere if you wish for strenuous academics.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 8, 2009

It is the best school in CT!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 29, 2008

I went to this school last year and I had the best year of my life! The students there are SO nice and you have so much fun. I made friendships that will last a lifetime! Ethel Walker is truly a wonderful school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 18, 2008

Ethel walker is a great school for my girl! she is learning lots of things and i know it's challenging... She will be ready for college when it comes around!
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 69% 61%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 4%
Black 11% 13%
Hispanic 4% 20%
Two or more races 4% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Colleges most students attend after graduation Amherst
NYU
Dartmouth
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Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Korean
Chinese (Mandarin)
Spanish
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Korean
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Elizabeth C. Speers
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • All girls
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • ABS
  • NAIS
  • NAPSEC
  • NCGS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Independent Study
  • Virtual school
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Korean
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Library
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Sports

Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • squash

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Gardening
  • Yearbook
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Financial aid offered
Yes.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Amherst
NYU
Dartmouth
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230 Bushy Hill Road
Simsbury, CT 06070
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Phone: (860) 658-4467

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