WCDS teachers hold degrees in their chosen fields and enjoy challenging their small, well-disciplined classes with the best of western civilization in the arts, humanities, mathematics, and science. Employing a classical approach to education allows the faculty to move students beyond testing prowess and helps students delve more deeply into larger questions relating to the subjects at hand. Every teacher challenges the students to question, research, write, and speak in a reflective manner, appropriate to their level of development.

Teachers also coach teams, sponsor after school activities and clubs, and give their all to the school. All teachers and staff embrace the school’s mission of personal and academic excellence.


Head of School: Jessica Andrus Lindstrom

1083Mrs. Lindstrom has been the Head of School of WCDS since July 2012. She has almost 40 years of experience in education as teacher, administrator, and writer of curriculum for educational companies. She has taught English, German, theater arts and music in independent schools both in the US and abroad and in 1991 received an Outstanding Teacher Award from the Virginia Association of Independent Schools.Mrs. Lindstrom has served as Director of myriad administrative departments, including Admissions, College Counseling, Curriculum Development, and Alumni Affairs. She has also served as President and Finance Chair on various Boards of Directors. Education: B.A. Smith College; M.A., Indiana University, with additional studies at the University of Hamburg, Germany, and the University of California, Berkeley.


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