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Education that Works for Kids who Learn Differently, since 1986

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All of our students get individualized learning plans that reflect their unique strengths and challenges; We use flexible learning groups because everyone is stronger in some subjects than in others; As a small school with fewer than twelve students in each class, Walbridge is a safe and supportive place to learn and grow; We serve students from elementary through high school and tailor curriculum to each student’s abilities and needs, not just their age; Our teachers have specialized formal education and experience working with students who have learning challenges; As a private, non-profit educational institution, we are freed from much of the red tape imposed on public schools so we can let our students’ needs guide what we do. Walbridge School provides students with educational experiences that will increase the likelihood of success in school. Reaching goals of progressive academic achievement, greater independence and a stronger sense of self-worth is emphasized in the development of our educational program. Because the needs of our students differ, it is necessary to offer a number of special options for the children in a highly focused full day program. Organization of Classes: The school is organized into multi-age groupings of students with a goal of a student teacher ratio of no more than 10:1 throughout the school day. Students attend school from 8:00 until 1:30 on Monday and from 8:00 to 3:00 Tuesday through Friday. (A before-school and an after-school program are available.) Children are assigned to learning groups on the basis of their needs, achievements, and abilities. Assignment to a single grade level based on chronological age is de-emphasized. Academic Objectives: An individualized Student Learning Plan (SLP) is developed for each student at Walbridge School. This plan identifies a student’s goals in the academic areas of reading, writing and math as well as learning behaviors and social development. It also outlines the supports and accommodations that will be provided in an effort to ensure success in achieving these goals. (Our academic objectives are guided by the curriculum standards recommended by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and Common Core Curriculum.) Instructional Focus: The curriculum is structured to meet each student’s individual goals: personal, social, and academic. The overall program stresses multi-sensory learning, with a combination of techniques and resources utilized to ensure specific skill development and understanding. A combination of instruction, modification, and accommodation is provided in each of the core academic areas. A broad range of instructional strategies coupled with a sensitivity to individual differences better ensures that children will experience success as our educational staff teaches children in the way they learn best. Standardized Testing: In the spring we administer the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) to track student growth from year to year. This also ensures that we are teaching students standardized grade level content within our individualized learning framework. While most of our students were successful in making the transition to public or private high school, a small number found it difficult to learn in a large educational environment that felt crowded and often chaotic to them, and lacked the level of individual support necessary for their learning. Walbridge School piloted a high school transition program in partnership with the Madison and Middleton School Districts in 2010. This program has evolved into a high school diploma program that offers accredited online academic content as a curricular platform. The high school program remains individualized, and students learn in small groups with the personal atte
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Primary Phone: (608) 833-2197

Phone: (608) 833-2197

Phone: (608) 833-5011

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Near Old Sauk and Gammon Roads on Madison's West side
Tutoring, Physical Education, Orton-Gillingham Based Reading Instruction
Seeking Accreditation with AdvanceEd
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Parking: Lot


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Walbridge is Wonderful!

Our son started at Walbridge in the 3rd grade, 2 grade levels behind in all subjects, severely lacking in self confidence. Within the first semester we saw him realize that he CAN learn. Homework went from a "drag him kicking and screaming" affair to him self-starting assignments on a regular basis. We are extremely grateful to the school and its dedicated teaching staff for changing our family dynamic in a positive way! The school works for a variety of reasons: small class sizes means more individual attention; multiple teaching methods are employed to help reach the children in the way that THEY learn; study skills are taught so that when the students move on they have the tools to continue their education successfully by showing them their learning style so they can be their own self-advocate. An excellent school!


Phone: (608) 833-1338

Address: 7035 Old Sauk Rd, Madison, WI 53717


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