Exploring Wingra

Welcome to Wingra School! We are eager to share our warm and embracing school community with you and help you imagine your child learning and growing here.
At Wingra, students and adults explore what it means to truly be in community with one another while learning to thoughtfully listen to others’ perspectives, to see and seek connections, to critically analyze, to collaborate, to create, and to take risks. Our research-based approach prepares the whole child for the whole world.
We want to give you every opportunity to look deeply at our classrooms, to meet our leadership team and teachers, and to make sure you have an authentic sense of our progressive mission. We’ll work closely with you as you embark on this important process of finding a school for your child and a community for your family.
Thank you for considering Wingra. We look forward to meeting your family soon.

Christine Stocke
Director of Enrollment

Open House

Join us for conversations with teachers, students, parents and staff while experiencing our classrooms on a tour of our historic building.

We have two Open Houses each school year. Open House dates for 2018-2019 are December 1 and January 27, both from 10am-12pm.

RSVP Appreciated

See Wingra’s community of learners in action and schedule a tour today!

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What do our graduates have to say about their experience at Wingra?

Ilana Rosen
Ilana RosenWingra Grad 1998
Wingra taught me unrelenting compassion for others, critical thinking skills, and to value education and learning.
Ethan Witkovsky
Ethan WitkovskyWingra Grad 1998
Wingra School was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I would not be where I am today without the care, education, and values that I internalized during my time at Wingra.
Lily Sasse
Lily SasseWingra Grad 2000
Wingra was idyllic in many ways – little to no bullying, unconstrained learning environment, and encouragement from peers and teachers.
Mihkail Kazi
Mihkail KaziWingra Grad 2008
A Wingra education both advances your creative skills and your imagination. It helps you see problems from different angles that your peers do not see.
Anna ThalWingra Grad 2009
With my Wingra education I have tried to learn and understand everything taught to me instead of just memorizing to pass the test. This mindset makes class more interesting and helps you a lot more in the long run.

Admissions Process at Wingra

We are honored you are considering Wingra for your family. We are excited to share our school, community, and educational philosophy with you. Through this process, we will get to know each other and identify how Wingra can meet your educational goals.

Wingra School had an absolute impact on who I am. It takes a lot of early encouragement to feel confident enough to take creative risks in comedy. It’s hard to imagine that I would have found affirmation for such a nonstandard focus anywhere else—and it’s hard to imagine a school that values the particular talents and interests of individual children more than Wingra. — Ben Wikler, former Wingra student who wrote for The Onion, was the Executive Vice President of, and is currently the Washington Director for

2018-2019 Tuition

Wingra is an independent school and our tuition-based model provides us the independence to create curricula, schedules, and assessment practices that honor development of the whole child. Your tuition payment is an investment in, and a gift to, the future.

Wingra School offers three payment plan options to better accommodate our families and the range of economic resources available to them.

One-Payment Plan


Due June 2018

Two-Payment Plan


$7,828 (due June 2018)
$7,828 (due December 2018)

Monthly Plan


$1,312 (due each month)
12 payments: June 2018 through May 2019
*plus annual TADS processing fee of $45 for each household

Are there additional costs? An annual activity fee of $75–$150 is due at the beginning of the year. Optional pizza and hot lunch are offered two days each week. Our Extended Day Program is offered daily at an additional cost (daily Early Care at 7:45 is free!).

Wingra School continues to bewonderfulfor my child. The teachers have always beenavailable and encouragingto me as well. I am, as alwaysthoroughly gratefulfor the assistance awarded to us. – Current Wingra parent

Tuition Assistance

Joyce Perkins
Former Wingra School Director

Wingra School is committed to a tuition assistance program that ensures families of all economic means can afford a Wingra education. To fulfill this commitment, we offer needs-based tuition assistance.

Named after a former Wingra School Director, the Joyce Perkins Tuition Assistance Fund has provided more than $2.8 million in tuition assistance over the last 30 years. The Wingra community has contributed generously over the years to continually increase the amount of assistance available.

Awards range from partial to half of tuition, and approximately 20% of our families currently receive assistance. Applications for Tuition Assistance are due by March 15 of the year preceding enrollment. A committee reviews applications and sends out tuition assistance offers in April.

Download the How-To Sheet.

You can set up your Tuition Assistance account here.
If you’ve already set up an account, you can log with this link.
  • Families new to Wingra need to submit an Application for Enrollment prior to applying for Tuition Assistance. Both processes may occur concurrently and enrollment may be accepted contingent on tuition assistance awards in April without penalty.

  • Assistance is awarded to all Wingra families on an annual basis; families re-apply for tuition assistance each year.

  • Prior year tax documents are requested as part of the tuition assistance application. Please plan to complete your taxes early to help expedite the process.

  • Questions about tuition assistance? Please contact Bonnie Schey, Business Manager, by email or at (608) 238-2525.

Would you like to learn more?

Please email with any questions or to schedule a tour. She’d love to hear from you.

Community Involvement

Are you a local business in need of a performance space? A local artist, musician, or gardner who enjoys collaboration? Email with any ideas. It’s important to stay connected.