About WCDS

Wakefield Country Day School (WCDS) is a Preschool through 12th-grade independent school located in serene Huntly, Virginia. Our curriculum is rooted both in the classical tradition and the cutting-edge, focusing on the 21st-century educational values of writing, public speaking, critical thinking, STEM, and foreign language fluency. All WCDS scholars participate in athletics, fine and performing arts, and their education culminates in a year-long senior thesis project. Additionally, teachers place a strong emphasis on ethical responsibility, inclusivity, honorable conduct, and leadership within our community and beyond.

We pride ourselves on providing not just a rigorous college-preparatory education, but an education that builds character and prepares students with a toolkit for life.

We are accredited by the Virginia Independent School Association and ranked #12 in the entire State of Virginia by Niche for Best Private Schools (K-12). We are consistently ranked as one of the top private schools in the state by Virginia Living Magazine.

 

 

Learn about what makes a
WCDS education unique

 

 

 

 

A glance into Wakefield Country Day School's
classical, sequential curriculum

 

 

 

 

A day in the life of
students at WCDS

 

 

 

 

April 22, 23 and 24
A once in a lifetime weekend celebration

 

 

Latest News

A Gem in Our Midst

A Gem in Our Midst In countless ways, the pandemic has impacted the lives of everyone – students perhaps most of all. A little more than a year ago, parents never imagined most children would be thrust into attending school either partially or full-time on a computer. This learning model continued for much of the …

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Happy Birthday to Us!

Dear Friends of WCDS: Happy Birthday to us! Wakefield is turning a half-century old and today we launch our 50th Anniversary Campaign to fund the future of our beloved school for the next 50 years! Without the generosity of our donors, we wouldn’t be able to provide the excellent education at the incredible value that …

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It’s for the cats!

The holidays are a favorite time of year for our students to get involved in the community and give back. For a community service project, first graders did chores to earn money and bought items for RappCats, a cat shelter in Flint Hill. They gathered many supplies such as dry food, canned food, toys, and …

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Virginia Junior Classical League Convention 2021

On November 14th, 33 students attended the Virginia Junior Classical League Convention in Richmond VA. The hybrid event brought together nearly 1,000 Latin students who competed on a variety of contests, including academic tests as well as oral events such as storytelling and recitation.  As usual, WCDS students shone, second only to Thomas Jefferson High …

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Upper School Studio Art Tour in Rappahannock County

The WCDS Upper School Student Art class went on their very own Rappahannock Art Tour, led by local artist and WCDS art teacher Kerrie Mullany. The adventure began at acclaimed local artist Nol Putnam’s studio, who lives 5 miles north of WCDS. Nol is a blacksmith who many years ago did the decorative iron doors …

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Turkey Trot 5K

Many families, Alum and Faculty, and Staff ran in this year’s WCDS Turkey Trot 5k, and it was a blast! Thank you to those who came out to support a good cause, WCDS Athletics and a big thank you to Taylor Stynes and Rebekka Korte for putting this event on, as well as the pie …

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Performing on the “Big Stage” for the First Time…

Preschool, Prekindergarten, and Kindergarten students dressed in full Halloween attire for the traditional early education fall performance! For many students, this was their first time on the big main stage at Wakefield, and they were outstanding! Throughout the week leading up to the big day, students practiced on the main stage to get comfortable with …

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RappTrails T-Shirt Contest Winners

Each year RappTrails hosts a t-shirt design contest for students in Rappahannock County, where the winning design is featured on the event t-shirt for the Annual Community Walk and Ride. Students are invited to create a piece of artwork that shows what they love about walking and biking in our beautiful county. This contest is …

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Scholastic Bowl

The Scholastic Bowl A deluge of rain poured down on Monday, but it paled in comparison to the deluge of correct answers given by our Scholastic Bowl team during its inaugural scrimmage this week. The event, held at Rappahannock County High School, paired the WCDS team against Luray High School. Led by our stalwart team …

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WCDS Welcomes the World!

Gutentag! Hola! Ciao! XieXie! Hello! Wakefield Country Day School is known for welcoming students from several surrounding counties, including Rappahannock, Fauquier, Prince William, Culpeper and Warren. This year, WCDS also welcomes a dozen high school students from Germany, Italy, China and Spain — as well as DC and NYC! Several of these students will complete …

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Colleges and Universities Our Graduates Attend


INTERNSHIPS
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Seniors take part in internship program with local businesses
TRAVEL ABROAD
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Students in 7th grade and above experience foreign travel to various destinations
BUS TRANSPORTATION
WCDS offers bus transportation to surrounding counties
SCHOLARSHIP & FINANCIAL AID
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Families in need of assistance receive scholarships and/or financial aid.