Wingra School is a small, independent day school providing a child-centered, progressive education for children ages 5 to 14 in the greater Madison area. Each day, Wingra`s nurturing and professional teachers invite students to learn deeply, think creatively, and act compassionately.
Wingra provides an education for the world that is and the world that could be.  Schedule a visit today!

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • School Type: Alternative School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-8
  • Students: 109 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $16,040
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-8
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
109 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 31%
Students by Grade
Wingra School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

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

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director
Christine Stocke


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
7 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
from Running to Pokemon., Rotating Offerings of Clubs on a Variety of Interests, Take Apart Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Band Program, Choir, Grad Senior Choir, Rock & Jazz Band

School Notes

  •  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 are located across from the UW-Arboretum hiking trails, blocks from Lake Wingra and also from Madison Metropolitan Bus Routes and the Southwest Communter Bike Path.
  • 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

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (4 reviews)
The best Madison has to offer! Wingra is an incredible place for learning, growth, belonging, and community. I have two children, one who attended another local private school. Children really get what they need at Wingra... they are known by teachers and students of all grades and levels, there is plenty of outside time, wonderful arts and music and deep learning that stays with them for life. By and large, Wingra grads go on the ace high school. Some say the traditional high school learning is "easier" because they were taught to think and be accountable for their work at Wingra. My children love Wingra and they are truly happy and comfortable with themselves and others. The parent and staff community is wonderful. Go have a look!
- Posted by
It was important to me I found a school that took my five-year-old seriously. A place that listened to his interests and passions and then challenged him to pursue those in depth. A place that didn't explain to him all the rules and tell him how to get a good grade but encouraged him to stop and think and explore and learn for himself. Wingra has done all of that. He's excited to be there every day.
- Posted by
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
The school approach is great for my child. I am so glad I found this school in Madison!
- Posted by

Endorse Wingra School. Endorsements should be a few sentences in length. Please include any comments on:

  • Quality of academic programs, teachers, and facilities
  • Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities
  • Academic or athletic awards
Endorse this school:

Recent Articles

Books Set In Private Schools
Books Set In Private Schools
Enjoy a range of subject matter from recollections to murder mysteries, all set in private schools here at home and abroad.
Keep Ransomware Out of Your School
Keep Ransomware Out of Your School
Small organizations like private schools are just as vulnerable to ransomware attacks as large organizations are. Here's how to deal with ransomware in your school.
Endow A Teaching Position
Endow A Teaching Position
Endowing a teaching position accomplishes many things for the private school that gave you the foundation for your adult life.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • School Type: Alternative School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-8
  • Students: 109 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $16,040
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Request Information

Did You Know?

The average private school tuition in Madison, WI is $6,832 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).

Related School Videos

Quick Links