The Wilton School of Cake Decorating and Confectionery Art
General Information

Contact Information

All in-person classes are taught at the Darien, Illinois location only.

General

The Wilton School of Cake Decorating and Confectionery Art is approved to operate by the Private Business and Vocational Schools Division of the Illinois Board of Higher Education. The Wilton School is not accredited by a US Department of Education recognized accrediting body.

As The Wilton School does not offer formal educational programs, evaluate students, provide financial aid, offer placement services, or offer students other opportunities typical of vocational schools or institutions of higher learning, there are no such organizations that accredit or license institutions similar to The Wilton School.

Students are graded on a pass/fail basis based on class attendance. Students will receive a Wilton School Certificate upon completion of each class of 9 hours or longer. The Wilton School offers a wide variety of baking and decorating classes making it easy for everyone to create amazing cakes and sweet treats. We offer beginner and mastery level classes.

The Wilton School is a member of:

  • American Culinary Federation (ACF) – This program is approved for 9+ continuing education hours toward the initial or recertification application for ACF certification. Note: These programs are not endorsed, accredited, or affiliated with ACF or the ACF Certification Program.
  • International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP)
  • Retail Bakers of America (RBA).

School Facilities

Here’s what is waiting for you:

  • State-of-the-art facility with work space for students
  • Main classroom, well-equipped student workstations for decorating
  • Baking classroom, fully-equipped for our wide range of specialty baking courses.
  • Overhead monitors for close-up views of techniques
  • Separate lunchroom

Students receive a special discount on purchases at the adjoining Wilton retail store while enrolled in class.

FOOD ALLERGY WARNING: Food prepared at The Wilton School may contain peanuts, tree nuts, soy, milk, eggs and wheat.

Admission Policy

Students with beginning decorating skills are welcome. To succeed, students will need average hand strength and manual dexterity, along with a good understanding of spoken English. Some more advanced classes require prior decorating experience; please see class descriptions for details.

Students with special needs should contact The Wilton School prior to enrollment regarding any requested accommodations.

Class space is limited, so sign up early. Registration fees and tuition fees must be paid in full at the time of enrollment. Registration fees are non-refundable or transferable to any other class or session. The Wilton School does not provide financial aid. Tuition and registration fees are subject to change.

The Wilton School reserves the right to expel any student, without obligation to refund tuition or fees, for disrupting class, behaving improperly, or impeding other students’ work. In addition, if an instructor determines a student is unable to physically perform the functions needed to participate in a class, the instructor may recommend to the School Director that the student be dropped from class. In that case, if the School Director agrees, a partial tuition reimbursement may be made at The Wilton School’s discretion.

The Wilton School does not provide make-up classes. Students missing a class may make arrangements to attend other regularly-scheduled sessions of the same class, subject to the approval of the School Director, instructor, and class availability.

The Wilton School reserves the right to cancel or change any class.

Cancellation and Refund

A student must notify The Wilton School of cancellation in writing by mail, fax, or email.

A student who cancels at least one business day before the first day of class may request a refund of all paid tuition.

For multi-day classes, students notifying the school of a cancellation after completion of the first day of class will be refunded tuition on a prorated basis for the portion of the class attended.

Registration fees are not refundable or transferrable to any other class or session. Credit and debit card payments will be refunded back to the card used for payment; cash payments will be refunded by check.

The Wilton School reserves the right to cancel classes on notice to the student. Tuition and registration fees collected for classes cancelled by The Wilton School will be refunded on a prorated basis for the portion of the classes attended.

Consumer Information

Reporting Period: July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020

107 students were admitted as of July 1, 2019. An additional 218 students were admitted during the next twelve months (218 new starts, 0 re-enrollments, and 0 transfers).

A total of 325 students were admitted during the reporting period. Of those who enrolled during the reporting period, 0 transferred, 259 completed the course, 29 withdrew, and 37 are still enrolled.

Enrollment Data for Classes 9 Hours and Longer:

Masters Module – 75 students were admitted as of July 1, 2019. An additional 172 students were admitted during the next twelve months (172 new starts, 0 re-enrollments, and 0 transfers). A total of 247 students were admitted during the reporting period. Of those who enrolled during the reporting period, 0 transferred, 202 completed the course, 16 withdrew, and 29 are still enrolled.

Baking Module – 3 students were admitted as of July 1, 2019. An additional 6 students were admitted during the next twelve months (6 new starts, 0 re-enrollments, and 0 transfers). A total of 9 students were admitted during the reporting period. Of those who enrolled during the reporting period, 0 transferred, 8 completed the course, 0 withdrew, and 1 are still enrolled.

Advanced Cake Decorating Module – 15 students were admitted as of July 1, 2019. An additional 6 students were admitted during the next twelve months (6 new starts, 0 re-enrollments, and 0 transfers). A total of 21 students were admitted during the reporting period. Of those who enrolled during the reporting period, 0 transferred, 13 completed the course, 8 withdrew, and 0 are still enrolled.

General Decorating Module – 14 students were admitted as of July 1, 2019. An additional 34 students were admitted during the next twelve months (34 new starts, 0 re-enrollments, and 0 transfers). A total of 48 students were admitted during the reporting period. Of those who enrolled during the reporting period, 0 transferred, 36 completed the course, 5 withdrew, and 7 are still enrolled.

The Wilton School does not offer placement services, collect placement information, or track students after they have completed courses. The Wilton School does not have information regarding numbers of students who obtained employment, placed in their field of study, placed in a related field, placed out of their field, are not available for placement, or are not employed.

The Wilton School does not have information regarding an average starting salary for students who completed their course.

The Wilton School courses are not covered by State licensing examinations or professional certification examinations.

The Wilton School does not guarantee the transferability of credits to another school, college, or university. Credits or coursework are not likely to transfer; any decision on the comparability, appropriateness and applicability of credit and whether credit should be accepted is the decision of the receiving institution.

Grievances

The Wilton School will attempt to resolve any grievances you may have, but any complaints that cannot be resolved with the School Director may be filed with The Illinois Board of Higher Education.

COMPLAINTS AGAINST THIS SCHOOL MAY BE REGISTERED WITH THE ILLINOIS BOARD OF HIGHER EDUCATION.

Student complaints must be submitted in writing to the Board. Information regarding the complaint process may be submitted online through the IBHE website (www.ibhe.org) and submitted online to the IBHE complaint system (http://complaints.ibhe.org/). Additional information regarding the complaint process can be obtained by contacting the Board at:

Illinois Board of Higher Education
Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools
1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 333
Springfield IL 62701

Phone Number: 217-782-2551
Fax Number: 217-782-8548

Frequently asked questions:

Q: How do I register for classes?

A: The easiest way to register is online at school.wilton.com. You may also call the school coordinator at 630-810-2888.

Q: Can I still attend classes if I am from a different country?

A: Absolutely! However, students coming from some foreign countries may be required to obtain a visa to attend classes. Each student is responsible for applying for and obtaining his/her own visa. Before registration, contact the school coordinator at wiltonschool@wilton.com to request a letter of invitation, which may be helpful when applying for a visa.

Note: Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic and in an effort to protect our employees, students, and community, The Wilton School is currently limiting all classes to Illinois residents only, who have not traveled outside the state within 14 days prior to their class date. If you have any questions about this restriction, please contact us at wiltonschool@wilton.com or by calling 630-810-2888.

Q: Is the registration fee included in the tuition and do I have to pay it each time?

A: No, the registration fee is not included in the tuition. Registration fees and tuition are separate charges. Yes, there is a registration fee for each class. Registration fees are non-refundable and may not be transferred to any other class or session.

Q: Can I pay my tuition and registration fees in installments?

A: No. All fees must be paid at the time of registration.

Q: If I take several classes, will I get a discount?

A: Only if you enroll in the Master Series and purchase the Master Bundle. The Master Bundle offers a 30% discount on tuition only. The Master Series consists of five classes: Master Piping, Master Gum Paste, Master Fondant, Master Baking, and Master Sugar Art.

Q: Do I need to purchase or bring any supplies to class?

A: No. All supplies and tools are provided for your use. However, you may wish to bring an apron to keep your clothes clean.

Q: What is the minimum age to take classes at the school?

A: The age requirements for each class are listed in the course catalog. Children must be at least 10 years old to enroll in a basic kids’ class, and 13-17 years old to enroll in a teen class. The minimum age for adult classes is 14 years old unless otherwise noted.

Q: Does the school provide transportation and lodging?

A: No. Students are responsible for their own transportation and lodging.

Additional questions? Email: wiltonschool@wilton.com