Since its founding in 1991, The Ethel Walker Middle School has been a special place for girls.
Because of its small size, students in The Ethel Walker Middle School are able to cultivate a meaningful sense of belonging while establishing a solid educational foundation that takes them through high school and beyond. Girls thrive in an environment that affords them a sense of agency and a platform where they further develop their voice and learn how to use it effectively to have a say in their own education. As the only all-girls independent middle school in central Connecticut for grades six through eight, local families travel from as far away as New Haven and Litchfield Counties, and the towns of Glastonbury, Hebron, Tolland among others to be part of the Walker’s Middle School community. Weekday bus transportation is offered from West Hartford.
A five and seven-day boarding program is available for students in grades seven and eight making it possible for girls from across the globe to be part of the Walker’s Middle School community. Weekend and evening programming is tailored to the developmental stage of middle school girls and it is managed under the supervision of Walker’s on-campus residential faculty.
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Head of Walker’s Middle School Isabel Ceballos possesses a powerful vision for girls’ education by combining her passions for achieving academic excellence and culturally responsive teaching. Her ability to connect with both students and parents as an outstanding teacher and administrator allows her to view education as a collaborative partnership. Ms. Ceballos believes that the middle school years are not ones to be faced alone and if there is anything that her students have taught her, it is how important friendships — particularly those developed in middle school — really are. She believes that “True friendships welcome you with open arms. They wear tutus and face paint with you on important spirit days. They will give you room to be your unapologetic self.” Prior to her appointment in Fall 2019, Ms. Ceballos was a Spanish teacher in Walker’s World Languages program and the former executive director of Horizons at The Ethel Walker School, the nation’s first all-girls program serving students in grades pre-k through fifth grade.