WCDS at a Glance

MISSION

To develop each student’s character and intellect to the student’s fullest potential, encouraging scholarship, diligence, and self-discipline as well as respect for and service to others within a curriculum that emphasizes learning in the classical tradition.

PHILOSOPHY

The motto of WCDS is Virtus et Sapientia (virtue and wisdom). We believe that a school should be a place for serious scholarly inquiry, dedicated to the pursuit of truth leading to personal and academic excellence. We pride ourselves on offering an education designed to produce students who possess strong critical thinking and analytical skills; who write well and are well versed in public speaking; who are computer literate, and are motivated by a high sense of ethical responsibility. WCDS also takes seriously the dictum mens sana in corpore sano (a sound mind in a sound body) and believes that physical fitness is integral to a student’s intellectual life as are visual and performing arts.

TECHNOLOGY UPGRADE
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Invested in 2016-2017 towards new computers and upgrading and supporting the technology infrastructure within the school
TRAVEL ABROAD
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7th and 8th grade students travel to England
ENGLISH
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Students take two classes of English per day- reading, writing, vocabulary, and grammar.
SCHOLARSHIP & FINANCIAL AID
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Families in need of assistance receive scholarships and/or financial aid.

Above and Beyond the Others

Academic Teams

Students compete in 10 academic teams  at the local, regional, state, and/or national level, including:

  • American Math
  • Cyber Patriots
  • Envirothon
  • History Bowl
  • Latin Certamina
  • Mock Trial
Academic Competitions

Athletics

Students compete on up to 18 athletic  varsity, junior varsity and/or middle school level teams, including:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Lacrosse
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Athletic Teams

Drama and Music

 Students collectively perform in       8 - 10 drama and music productions per year.

Music Performaces

Weekly Assembly Programs

Students take part in 25 Assembly Programs per year, sharing talents and scholastic expertise and celebrating holiday traditions.

Perform and Speak Publicly

Learning Outside the Classroom

Collectively students take 50 field trips a year to parks, cities, museums, theaters, historical landmarks, and more.

Learning outside the classroom

International Student Program

Each year up to 24 international students study on campus and live with host families. Recent countries represented include: China, Germany, Guatemala, India, Japan, Panama, Rwanda, Thailand, and Vietnam.

International Students

STUDENTS

MENTORS

Older students mentor younger students with Language Ambassador, Reading Buddy and Bus Buddy programs

PERFECT SCORES

Consistently WCDS students earn perfect scores on National Latin and Foreign Language exams

CHARACTER EDUCATION

Character education is at the core of the school. Integrated into classes, discussions, and projects are honor, respect, humility, perseverance, wisdom, citizenship, responsibility, charity and courage

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM

International students are integrated fully into all school programs both academic, extra-curricular, and athletic. They are members of student government and earn awards and scholarships alongside their American peers.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR

All students in preschool – 7th grade have instruction in art, music, computer, Spanish, PE/Fitness, library and study skills.

Student Teacher Ratio

 

Student / Teacher Ratio 11:1

SENIORS

COLLEGE
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Unbroken 4-year college acceptance
THESIS PROJECT
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Research, write, present, and defend theses and complete projects
INTERNSHIPS
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Complete internships
MERIT SCHOLORSHIPS
$
Earned annually in merit scholarshpis for colleges and universities.
Graduates

WCDS Graduates have Successful Careers

Business Men and Women          Diplomats          Artists          Bankers          Attorneys          Physicians          Entrepreneurs          Computer Analysts          Pilots          Writers          Teachers          Professors          Publishers          CEOs of High Tech Companies          Officers in the Armed Forces          Men and Women of the Clergy

EDUCATORS

DEGREES
%
Hold BA, AB, and/or BS degrees; 39% hold MA degrees; 7% have earned doctorates. Three teachers are current candidates for MA degrees.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
%
Participate annually in professional development exercises, classes, training, and/or seminars.

Teachers plan trips abroad during School Breaks to enhance classroom learning. Recent destinations include:

  • Argentina
  • England
  • France
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Spain
Dedicated Teachers Travel Abroad