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Wingra School

Private | K-8 & ungraded | 132 students

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $220,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $890.

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2011:
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Posted October 8, 2014

This school works well enough for many children, but high IQ boys with inattentive ADD will NOT do well here. I know a few, including my own son, who were miserable, despite the admininstration's promises. If you child is a truly divergent thinker who marches to his/her own drummer and is not terribly interested in pleasing the teacher and being a follower of group activities, they will not be happy here. We are homeschooling now. They were also not able to meet some of my son's medical needs, which made his time worse there. Quiet kids who get lost in the shuffle of regular school may do fine here. If your kid is gifted in math and science and language, I do not advise you send them here. The staff do not understand gifted kids with learning differences, even though they SWEAR up and down that they do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

This school is perfect for parents looking for an alternative to schools and programs for their gifted child. Children are given challenging work without testing, labelling, or comparing. Wingra is also fantastic for children who are sensitive and creative, or who tend to learn and think in unusual ways. I've seen children enter the school self-conscious, suspicious, angry and frightened and by spring, they're skipping down the hallway, performing in the monthly follies, and authoritatively explaining their projects to an audience of students, parents and teachers. I've never before met children so completely comfortable with themselves as are Wingra students. When my child was crying because he had to go home sick, five children from his class and two from other classes stopped by to ask him what was wrong and offer words of comfort and sympathy. My son (normally a dawdler) never has a problem getting ready for school in the morning since he started at Wingra and a threat of "You're going to be late for school," is enough to get him moving. Over school breaks, he's always asking, "When can I go back to school?"
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2014

Wingra School is a progressive school that truly teaches to the whole child. We have one child who has graduated from Wingra and one still there. The teachers are dedicated, creative, and very competent. They teach concepts in context and make instruction very practical. Students are well-prepared for high school and many high school teachers say Wingra students are creative, higher order thinkers. As an educator who's worked in the public schools for 23 years I can truly say that Wingra students get a wonderful education in a caring, respectful environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2014

I have two children at Wingra and we all love it. At Wingra, my kids are challenged to reach their goals in a supportive and compassionate environment. They are active participants in their education. They have a voice in what they learn and how they learn. What I love about Wingra is that students are really learning about themselves as learners and developing a clear sense of what drives them. This is something, I feel, is often lost when students are working primarily for a test score or a grade. At Wingra, my children at gaining the academic and social skills they need to follow their dreams, be a caring community member. The teachers at Wingra are top-notch professionals. They are dedicated to the students, families and their profession. I am so thankful our family chose Wingra!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2014

Both of our children began going to Wingra School in Kindergarten. What we love most about Wingra is that our children LOVE going to school. The fact that they love school does not mean that learning is easy at Wingra. Students are challenged according to their learning level and abilities, pushing the envelope of their comfort zones. Our kids delve deeply into each subject, discovering how it applies to real life through field trips, hands-on projects, experiential learning and collaboration. What they learn sticks with them because it all feels relevant, applicable, and interesting! Kids are also expected to work in groups, collaborate with their peers, and learn to respect and listen to one another. As a result, our son and daughter have developed excellent leadership skills, empathy and self-confidence. Not only does Wingra nurture our children as learners, but the staff also works with them to be good friends and community members. Finally, what we love about the school is that our kids are allowed to be who they are and, with the help of Wingra, are developing into their best selves. Thanks, Wingra School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2014

Wingra is a small, welcoming community of thoughtful, dedicated, creative educators. My children are taught to be thinkers and doers at Wingra. They are given regular opportunities to express themselves freely, to lead, to follow, to be challenged and to consider many viewpoints. We are so lucky to have Wingra for our kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2014

My children attended Wingra school for all of their elementary and middle school years. Wingra school embodies the principals of social justice. Wingra honors and nutures the unique qualities of every student. Wingra is a safe place to learn and grow. Wingra allows students to explore their interests, express themselves, and even learn from their own mistakes. The kind and caring community of parents is outstanding. The scholarship program allows for students of various economic backgrounds to have access to this amazing program. There is no testing, drilling, or torturing of children--learning activities are engaging and well-planned by a amazingly talented and passionate teaching staff. I feel so lucky to have my children at Wingra School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2013

Our child attended this school for several years. While the teachers do their best to foster a positive and "joyful" learning environment, and the educational component is excellent, we were very disappointed with the treatment our daughter recieved by other children within her class and throughout the school. For a program that favors individualism, it felt as though the children had learned little about courtesy and kindness towards their peers. We have since enrolled her at another school, and our child now comes home happy instead of in tears.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2012

Motivated to Learn! My daughter loves Wingra School. Each morning she is motivated to get to school. Each afternoon she's excited to talk about the new thing she discovered or a new perspective on a familiar topic. I am happy to send her to Wingra School and know that her teachers, all the teachers (and staff), are engaged in the learning process of each child. I have seen my young child relish learning math; get excited about scientific inquiry; and request that she read to me. Without a doubt, Wingra School was the right choice for our family and we have had a wonderful learning experience there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2012

Wingra is a wonderful learning community. The students and teachers are so engaged in the learning process. We have 2 children at Wingra and they are both thriving. The teachers are really invested in each child's academic and emotional growth. Wingra is a fantastic and joyful place to learn and grow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2012

This school is a great school academically because they teach you how to think independently and think about a certain object in a different way than you would have ever thought about. You have the independence of learning but also have a teacher help you but you don't have to stress about the subject at all. Socially the school needs more help in. A lot of the students are supportive of each other and care about each other but some of the students talk behind each others back and for some people thats really hurtful. I think the teachers need to step in more to prevent that from happening. Overall, this school is a great school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 19, 2011

Our son loves school! Never has he expressed anything negative about Wingra. (He's in his 4th year.) What impressed me upon my first visits to Wingra was the true spirit of joy in the halls and classrooms. The kids feel confident and comfortable at their school. They each have an investment in themselves developed by the self-direction, communication and involvement in learning offered by the Wingra environment . The teachers are first-rate, continuing to learn about education, esp.Progressive Education, as they guide their students through the wonder of learning. I echo the comments and ratings offered by other parents of Wingra students listed in prior reviews. Wingra is turning out enthusiastic students with a confidence more rare than common in the youth of today. We appreciate that students are not "going for the grade", but instead understand concepts, research and methods to solve problems. It's a small school with limited funds, space, and facilities, limiting things like specialized sciences and athletics as compared to other schools. But small isn't always a drawback; we all know each other, we're like family. But best of all; the kids are learning!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2010

There is such a deep committment to nurtering the children encouraging creativity, community service and spirit, de-emphasis on competitioin and testing, recognition that each child is a unique and special individual, no grading, just teaching, observing, interacting, evaluating the children as whole people.


Posted September 2, 2010

Wingra is fantastic! Our kids love every day there. Best teachers in Madison by far! Don't be discouraged by the tuition - there is financial aid. Wonderful art, music, and PE teachers. Hot lunch program needs more choice - catered in. Weird foods. Should get Milios or Subway. Basically no homework! Director of Ed. is SUPERB. Interesting parents from all over Madison and surrounding areas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2010

I so wanted Wingra to work out for my son. I believe in the values of the school and appreciate the approach they take to education, but they are not able to handle any kids with any sort of learning disability. My son started 1st grade at Wingra and it was immediately apparent that the teachers thought him dumb and/or spoiled. After three months of complete failure we had to pull him out of Wingra and he is now prospering at MMSD where they can provide some special education supports. I understand they don't have the funding to support special education, but it really bothers me that the attitude was that my son was a problem rather than just not a good fit. His self esteem suffered drastically because of the attitude the teachers had towards him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2009

Dedicated teachers, progressive education, dedicated administration


Posted November 7, 2009

The teachers are all so very kind and skillful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

Wingra is one amazing school! Our daughter is excited to go to school every day...she, and each & every person there is valued as an individual, supported & nurtured as they grow into amazing people ~ with all of their creativity & enthusiasm for growth strengthened thru-out the wingra journey! Wingra is a school where each individual really feels like family ~ and participates like family too! (:
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

Wingra allows ever student to grow and learn, the teachers are the best trained teachers in the city when it comes to assessing children and their developmental levels.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

Wingra is a fantastic school and promotes every child to thrive in their own unique way! I really wish I had the opportunity attend when I was younger!
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White, not Hispanic 87% 74%
Multiracial 8% 2%
Hispanic 3% 10%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Black, not Hispanic 1% 10%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0% 1%
Asian N/A 4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Rock band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:45 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:45 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:45 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Paul Brahce
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Associations
  • NCACS
Fax number
  • (608) 238-6316

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Multi-aged
  • Progressive Education
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • University of Wisconsin
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Rock band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School colors
  • Blue
School mascot
  • Wingra Duck
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$13000 - $14000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Application fee
Yes. $100.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Madison Metropolitan School District
Edgewood High School
Middleton High School
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718 Gilmore St
Madison, WI 53711
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Phone: (608) 238-2525

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