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.
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.
Above and Beyond the Others
Students compete in 10 academic teams at the local, regional, state, and/or national level, including:
- American Math
- Cyber Patriots
- History Bowl
- Latin Certamina
- Mock Trial
Students compete on up to 18 athletic varsity, junior varsity and/or middle school level teams, including:
- Cross Country
Drama and Music
Students collectively perform in 8 - 10 drama and music productions per year.
Weekly Assembly Programs
Students take part in 25 Assembly Programs per year, sharing talents and scholastic expertise and celebrating holiday traditions.
Learning Outside the Classroom
Collectively students take 50 field trips a year to parks, cities, museums, theaters, historical landmarks, and more.
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.
Older students mentor younger students with Language Ambassador, Reading Buddy and Bus Buddy programs
Consistently WCDS students earn perfect scores on National Latin and Foreign Language exams
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 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.
All students in preschool – 7th grade have instruction in art, music, computer, Spanish, PE/Fitness, library and study skills.
Student / Teacher Ratio 11:1
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
Teachers plan trips abroad during School Breaks to enhance classroom learning. Recent destinations include: