Wingra School

718 Gilmore St,
Madison, WI, 53711-0537
     Tel: (608)238-2525
Grades: K - 8 | 133 students

Wingra School is a small, independent day school providing a progressive education for children ages 5-14 in the greater Madison area. The school was founded in 1972 by parents and teachers seeking a high quality educational experience alternative for their own and others' children.

The founders - five women with considerable experience in fields of education and child development- were particulary influenced by a version of progressive education.


Wingra School has always featured a thematic, integrated curriculum and multi-aged classrooms equipped with materials appropriate to children's varied interests and abilities.

School Overview

School Type Alternative School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. State or regional independent school association
Other school association(s)
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten - 8
Year Founded 1972

Student Body

Total Students 133 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 18%
State avg.: 28%
Students by Grade Wingra School Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 12 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 12:1
National avg.: 13:1
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
% on Financial Aid 20%

School Notes:


We are a progressive school.
We see children as individuals and encourage them to be deep thinkers and wonderers who ask questions.

We respect childhood.
We honor the age, developmental stage, interests and capabilities of each of our students, ages 5-14.

We foster self-directed learners.
We believe children are active constructors of their own knowledge and we equip them to participate in learning in authentic, purposeful and meaningful ways.

We plant seeds of positive social change.
We teach tolerance, conflict resolution, appreciation for different points of view, listening skills and advocacy.

We build integrated thematic units of study.
Students experience connections between the sciences, arts, literacy, mathematics and technology.

We invite children to see the whole world as their classroom.
We draw upon the expertise in our community and the abundant resources around us to enrich our program.

We offer a low student to teacher ratio in every multi-age classroom.
Our staff also includes specialists in the areas of art, library, music, physical education, Spanish and technology.

Learn more about our school and philosophy at

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Edgewood High School (0.8 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Madison Jewish Community Day (0.3 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Our Lady Queen Of Peace School (0.7 miles away)
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    0.8 mi | 592 students | Gr. 9-12                      
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    1 mi | 324 students | Gr. PK-8                      

School Reviews

11 months ago
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. My daughters both went to public school for elementary, so we have something to compare. My eldest is now back at our neighborhood public high school and she is thriving academically. She knows how to advocate for what she needs, thanks to Wingra. My youngest is still at Wingra and she loves going to school each day. We are so lucky to have Wingra for our kids!
- Posted by Parent
1 year ago
The school approach is great for my child. I am so glad I found this school in Madison!
- Posted by Parent

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