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 Type||Alternative School|
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||State or regional independent school association
Other school association(s)
|Grades Offered||Grades Kindergarten - 8|
|Total Students||133 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color||18% (WI School Avg.: 23%)|
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||12 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||12:1 (National school 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%|
WHAT WE BELIEVE ABOUT EDUCATION
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 www.wingraschool.org.
Profile last updated: 05/29/2012
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