Who attends Walbridge School?
Walbridge attracts a diverse student population from communities throughout the greater Madison area. There is no ‘typical” Walbridge student. Each student learns differently, so we have designed our educational program to support learning strengths and meet the challenges of each child. Many children in our school have learning challenges (such as ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia, or NLD/NVLD). Others, in their previous schools, were bullied or did not learn well in large classes or feel comfortable in hallways crowded with hundreds of students. Our students have all found a home and safe, supportive learning environment at Walbridge.
Does Walbridge work?
Although our students come to us struggling to thrive in their schools, many of our former students have gone on to become professors, pharmacists, medical professionals, business owners, managers, or teachers. Walbridge is a school where bright students reclaim the self-esteem and self-confidence that they often lost in their prior schooling.
How many students are in each class?
Classes and groups are designed to be as cohesive as possible, with special consideration paid to academic level, age, and the social needs of the students involved. Overall, Walbridge maintains a student/teacher ratio of no more than twelve-to-one in core classes.
What makes Walbridge different?
All 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 customize curriculum to each learning group's abilities and needs, not just their age;
Our teachers have specialized formal education and experience working with students who have learning challenges;
What is the relationship between Walbridge and the surrounding community?
Walbridge works in tandem with other area schools to provide the best possible educational experience for students with learning differences. We provide a vital service to all schools challenged with finding the appropriate educational setting for students to meet their complex individual learning needs. This collaboration is a top priority at Walbridge; as we help facilitate a student’s transition back to their local school when appropriate.
How does Walbridge help students socially?
We understand that social skills, like academic skills, can be taught. Because many learning disabilities make it difficult for students to acquire and maintain friendships, we offer specific classes to help students develop and refine these vital social skills. Many children with learning disabilities feel that they have failed because they do not learn as quickly or as easily as their peers. As a result, their sense of self-worth often suffers. At Walbridge, students experience academic success and this reinforces their self-confidence and developing social skills.
Can my child enter Walbridge mid-year?
Yes. Walbridge accepts new students at any point during the school year, space permitting. Therefore, it is not unusual for students to begin at Walbridge School mid-year. High School students are admitted at the start of the semester (not mid-semester).
Where is Walbridge School located?
Walbridge School is located on the west side of Madison at 7035 Old Sauk Rd, just north of West Towne Mall. We are located on several major Madison Metro bus routes. To contact Walbridge, phone the main office at 608-833-1338.