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.

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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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Gods and Goddesses of Grade Three

Gods & Goddesses of Grade Three In Mrs. Fairhurst’s 3rd-grade class, WCDS students continue their study of Ancient Civilizations. Students begin the school year studying Ancient Greece, including the beginning of Democracy, the great philosophers, and the conflicts of Athens and Sparta (later in the year, everyone in the class will be assigned to team …

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Prost, WCDS!

Prost, WCDS! You know it was a good time when a first-grade student had the opportunity to dunk the Head of School. “Next year, it will be far more expensive to dunk me!” commented Mr. Paul Larner. Over 450 guests from surrounding counties attended Wakefield Country Day School’s 2nd Oktoberfest. Some came for the band, …

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Congratulations, Lincoln Day ’22

WCDS is pleased to announce senior Lincoln Day ’22 has been named a “Commended Student” in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. Lincoln is being recognized for his exceptional academic promise. He placed among the top 50,000 students who entered the 2022 competition by taking the 2020 PSAT qualifying test. Congratulations, Lincoln!

WCDS Launches Polo Program

Wakefield Country Day School (WCDS) is pleased to announce plans to establish a WCDS Polo Team in conjunction with Liberty Hall Equestrian Center in Rixeyville VA. The program will be led by Daniel and Sarah Coleman of Liberty Hall. Dan is a former member of the US Polo Association Board (USPA) of Governors, a professional …

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Making Waves in the Comic Book Industry: An Interview with Damian and Adrian Wassel of Vault Comics

It wasn’t too long ago when Adrian Wassel ’10 attended Wakefield Country Day School, where his older brother, Damien Wassel F’07-’10 taught in between his Master’s and Doctorate programs. Time stops for no one, and these brothers have made the most of the last decade. Read on to learn how two brothers from Fauquier County …

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WCDS Welcomes New Faculty

Please join us in welcoming our new faculty members for the 2021-2022 school year beginning in August. Each brings a wealth of teaching experience and energy to their new roles at WCDS and we are excited to have them on board!

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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Welby Griffin Keeps International Travel Alive through Students’ Stomachs

Welby Griffin Keeps International Travel Alive through Students’ Stomachs International travel is an integral part of the Wakefield Country Day School experience. From trips to historical sites during lower school years to European excursions in middle and upper school, WCDS students graduate with the global perspective necessary to succeed in a 21st century world. Across our …

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Paul F. Larner to Continue to Lead Wakefield Country Day School in Huntly into 2022

Paul F. Larner to Continue to Lead Wakefield Country Day School in Huntly into 2022 Wakefield Country Day School’s (WCDS’) Board of Trustees announced that Paul F. Larner has agreed to stay on as Head of School for the 2021-2022 school year.  Mr. Larner, former Board Chair of WCDS, assumed the role of Interim Head …

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Colleges and Universities Our Graduates Attend


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Invested towards new computers and upgrading and supporting the technology infrastructure within the school
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Students in 7th grade and above experience foreign travel to various destinations
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WCDS offers bus transportation to surrounding counties
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Families in need of assistance receive scholarships and/or financial aid.