Exploring Wingra

Hello! Welcome! I am so glad you are here. Whether researching for a future Nest student or looking for a different learning ecosystem for your middle school-aged kid, I can help find the information you are seeking.
To start, I would love to send you a virtual PDF tour to introduce you to the campus and the Wingra philosophy. Please email johanna@wingraschool.org, and I will happily send it your way. Once you have had a chance to look over the PDF tour, please reach out to set up an onsite tour or conversation to talk more about Wingra and answer any questions.
Below is an excerpt from a recent email from Debbie to current Wingra families. It speaks volumes about what we do at Wingra, and I hope it resonates with you as well.
Johanna Schmidt
Director of Enrollment & Marketing
“In 1972, Wingra School’s founders envisioned a progressive school for a better world. Central to that vision was a dedication to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive educational environment. Today, as Wingra enters its 50th year, we continue this journey within the planning, operation, visioning, and programs of our school.
As a progressive institute, we seek to be the school society needs at this very time — to both uplift society and democracy’s strengths and help to address its ails. Our mission compels us to take responsibility for transforming ourselves and our systems with an anti-bias, anti-racist approach. Entering our second half-century, I see Wingra continuing to live the tenets of an evolving progressive education which include active, inquiry-based, and interdisciplinary learning, a deep commitment to social justice, nurturing empathy and compassion, and environmental and global awareness. We know it’s as critical as ever that we sow respect for diversity, pursue equity, and recognize and welcome each person’s unique abilities, interests, needs, and identity. What does this look like in action and how are we creating a culture that enables each person to feel valued and to experience a sense of belonging? Through our institutional actions, we will explore questions such as this in community with you and hold ourselves accountable — in service of a more just, inclusive, and equitable society.”

Join us for an
Open House!

Saturday, Dec. 4


Meet the teachers, learn more about our progressive education program, and tour our historic building.

Can’t make it? Email johanna@wingraschool.org to arrange a personal tour!

Would you like important admission information?  Click here to join our prospective parent email list.

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.

See Wingra’s community of learners in action and email johanna@wingraschool.org to  schedule a tour today!

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.
Emily Ptak-Pressman
Emily Ptak-PressmanWingra Grad 2009
From Wingra I gained the tools to learn, communicate, question, collaborate, create change, and be confident in myself and my community.
Maddy Brazas
Maddy BrazasWingra Grad 2013
The value of the education I received is huge! You don’t just get fed information, you get to understand it!
Lauren Mazur
Lauren MazurWingra Grad 2011
Wingra has taught me the most important lesson of all, how to advocate for myself and navigate for success.
Olivia Dregne
Olivia DregneWingra Grad 2014
When you get to high school you realize the greatest resources are your teachers. At Wingra you learn how to access that resource. We have learned to see teachers as allies. They want us to succeed.
Colin DavisWingra Grad 2009
Wingra gave me a notably wider and different set of academic experiences than many of my peers, which was a substantial advantage.
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.

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 Change.org, and is currently the chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

2021-2022 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 2021

Two-Payment Plan


$8,305 (due June 2021)
$8,305 (due December 2021)

Monthly Plan


$1,390 (due each month)
12 payments: June 2021 through May 2022
*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.

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.

Approximately 25% 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.

How To Apply For Tuition Assistance At Wingra School 2021-2022

Apply for tuition assistance here.

Please also fill out this Tuition Assistance Acknowledgement Form so that you are immediately added to the tuition assistance pool of applicants.
  • 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.