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 helps prepare students with a toolkit for life.

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Latest News

A Gem in Our Midst

April 26, 2021

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

March 28, 2021

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

March 16, 2021

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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Meet Mr. Looney

March 10, 2021

WCDS Welcomes Mr. Looney to Music Program   Mr. Looney began his music education journey shortly after he started talking, taking lessons in violin and piano, and singing in his church’s children’s choir. As soon as he took up the trumpet in the fifth grade, he decided that he wanted to be a professional musician. …

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WCDS Faculty Receive Round 2 of COVID-19 Vaccine

February 21, 2021

With Governor Northam’s announcement K-12 teachers were included in the 1B group of essential workers, all WCDS Faculty were able to receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Having received the first dose in mid-January, WCDS organized its second vaccination within a three-hour window while keeping our school in session. “Staying open with some 25 …

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WCDS Steps up for Food Pantry

December 28, 2020

WCDS student Yancy Argueta helps to unload the 1,000-pounds of donated food. Courtesy of Peter McMahon, WCDS 2021, Yearbook Editor-in-Chief The Rappahannock Food Pantry is one of the many organizations the Wakefield Country Day School Leo Club partners with throughout the year. Collecting almost 1,000 pounds of food again this year, Leo Club President Owen Schuster helped …

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WCDS Talent Show ‘Under the Stars’

November 19, 2020

Some annual traditions are worth contorting yourself for and the Annual WCDS Talent Show is clearly one of them. Each year students in preschool through high school are invited to showcase their talents in one of the most beloved evenings on the school calendar. The marquee fundraiser for the biannual 7th & 8th grade British …

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WCDS hones athletes’ skills amid COVID

November 19, 2020

Nothing stops the drive of an athlete to outdo their last best-performance. This sentiment is shared by the players on Wakefield Country Day School sports teams, even during this wholly unorthodox year. When schools were shuttered in the spring, WCDS coaches continued meeting with their players via Zoom to continue to hone players’ skills, keep …

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Meet Taylor Stynes

November 13, 2020

Welcome Ms. Stynes You may have spotted Ms. Stynes on the front lawn reading a book to our youngest students under a tree at the end of the day. Ms. Stynes joined WCDS with experience ranging from Headstart in Culpeper to The Goddard School in Gainesville, as well as the Langley Children’s Center in McLean. …

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Welcome Ms. Pardo

October 29, 2020

Welcome to WCDS, Ms. Pardo!   Ms. Adela Pardo joined WCDS this Fall and teaches Spanish to Middle and Upper School students. Her education spans from Mexico City, where she studied Education for two years at Universidad Panamericana before transferring to Christendom College in Front Royal, to complete her Liberal Arts degree. She brings a …

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Colleges and Universities Our Graduates Attend

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