About WCDS

Wakefield Country Day School (WCDS) is a Preschool through 12th-grade independent school located in serene Huntly, Virginia. We pride ourselves on providing not just a rigorous college-preparatory education with a 100% college acceptance rate, but an education that builds character and prepares students with a toolkit for life.

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

 

 

 

 

A day in the life of
students at WCDS

 

 

 

 

Rappahannock County's
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Latest News

Semester of Finance for all WCDS Seniors

As part of the curriculum expansion for the 2022-2023 school year, Head of School Paul Larner and Katie Hill, Finance, are teaming up to prepare students for life with a new, required elective: Finance. Beginning Fall 2022, all seniors will complete this semester-long course for graduation. We sat with Mr. Larner and Ms. Hill and …

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DiDomenico in a New Role

When it comes to the ins and outs of all things Wakefield Country Day School, it’s safe to say Margaret DiDomenico knows a thing or two. Mrs. DiDomenico(or Mrs. D as many fondly call her) began her teaching career at WCDS after graduating from George Mason University, and 16 years later, she is thrilled to …

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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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Harry Potter Bakesale

At a young age, students learn the importance of giving back and how to be impactful within our local and greater community at large through service projects. Teachers weave community service projects into the daily curriculum, such as the recent Harry Potter Bakesale conducted in Mrs. McCormick’s second-grade class. Each quarter, the second-grade service club …

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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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Open House + Bring-a-Friend to School Day

It’s time for the annual WCDS BRING A FRIEND TO SCHOOL / OPEN HOUSE On President’s Day – Feb. 21st. Come visit campus for a day in the life of a WCDS student. Monday, February 21, 8:30am – 1pm. WCDS Board Member, Dr. Uzziah Harris, will be speaking at a special assembly for Black History …

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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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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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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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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.