Wingra School

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!

School Overview

School TypeAlternative School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-8
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1972

Student Body

Total Students109 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 31%
Students by Grade Wingra School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers12 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$16,040
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorChristine Stocke


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.7 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.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
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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!
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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.
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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!
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The school approach is great for my child. I am so glad I found this school in Madison!
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