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Walbridge School

Private | 3-9 | 28 students


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Posted January 17, 2014

Walbridge is Madison's hidden gem of a school. Our daughter has thrived in its small, caring environment and its affirmative academic community. Yet it's a mistake to think of Walbridge only as a "special ed" school. Most of its students attend because they have struggled in traditional schools, but those struggles have not been solely academic or developmental. Fundamentally, Walbridge challenges the norms that govern the rest of schooling: why should kids be grouped by age? Why does it make sense to put kids in with hundreds of other students? Walbridge is a multi-grade community of learners and offers each student work that is truly tailored to their individual needs and abilities. Many schools make similar claims, but Walbridge means it.
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Posted July 2, 2013

I recommend Walbridge School. My daughter was a struggling reader when she started at Walbridge four years ago. She did not want to go to school and was not able to do her own homework. With small class size and the individualized support that my daughter has received at Walbridge, she now reads for pleasure, does her homework on her own, and is happy to go to school. We appreciate and highly recommend the entire staff at Walbridge School
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Posted October 3, 2009

Small classes; lots of individual attention; fantastic, creative teachers. Walbridge is a school where students who learn differently have a chance to find their strengths and talents in a very supportive, nourishing learning environment. Most of the teachers have been teaching at Walbridge for over 10 years -- very dedicated. Staff turn-around is not an issue, making the curriculum and learning atmosphere very strong.
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Posted February 6, 2009

I am both a current parent and an alumi parent. Our oldest made a smooth transition to high school thanks to the staff of Walbridge. A Walbridge teacher attended an IEP meeting prior to the start of Freshman year to help his new teachers understand what did and did not work for him. His younger brother is in his fifth year at Walbridge. He continues to make progress thanks to the staff who take the time to tailor the lesson plans to his needs. Without this, and the one on one tutoring available, he (and me) would have had a horrible experience in the public school system. Class sizes of one teacher per eight kids is a blessing.
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Posted February 17, 2008

Our son is in his second year of school at Walbridge, and we are very pleased with his progress. Even more so, we are relieved to see that he is getting back to the happy child he was before realizing that learning was more difficult for him than most other children - before he compared himself to others and 'came up short'. In the Walbridge environment he is given more of the individual instruction he needs and he realizes that he is not alone in his learning difficulties. He has become a great helper to younger students because of it! It is so gratifying to see his face light up when he realizes that he CAN be successful at once difficult tasks. Thanks Walbridge and its dedicated staff!
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Posted August 14, 2007

Walbridge is an exceptional school that has done wonders with my son. It is very refreshing to finally be part of a school that truly cares about my child and listens to our concerns. The teachers and staff work very hard to acheive the goals set for my child in his Individual Education Plan, while instilling self-confidence and a positive attitude that makes him excited about learning. Prior to attending Walbridge, my son did not enjoy school and it was a struggle to get him to do his homework, but now he does his homework without any prompting. We are excited about his second year at Walbridge
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Posted May 17, 2007

Walbridge is an independent school on the West side of Madison. They serve the needs of children with various learning styles who benefit from low student teacher ratio as well as a specialized curriculum. They offer quality OT and Speech therapy on site. They have a wonderful art program as well as PE classes offered at MadTown Twisters. They have a new computer lab generously donated by a Walbridge Family. The students take the usual local field trips and have visits from Mad Science Program. The Board of Directors have hired a new Head of School for school year 2007-2008, Al Arnold. Mr. Arnold brings leadership as well as cutting edge curriculum to this private school. Tuition is expensive, but scholarships and funding is available to those who qualify. This is truly a wonderful school where learning happens on may levels.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White, not Hispanic 85% 74%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 5% 1%
Black, not Hispanic 5% 10%
Hispanic 5% 10%
Asian N/A 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 4%
Multiracial 0% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Nancy Donahue
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  • Nonsectarian
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  • (608) 833-2197


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7035 Old Sauk Road
Madison, WI 53717
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