WCDS Board of Directors have set aside $100,000 in funding for merit-based and financial need-based scholarship awards.  Review application below for more details.


For Merit-based Scholarships

Apply Now (download application)

Apply Online Here

For Financial Need-based Scholarships

Apply Online Here


Note: All applicants need to have completed the application for admission prior to or in conjunction with applying for scholarships.

Admissions Office

Director of Admissions

Lisa Cieplak

direct line: (540) 635-8555 ext. 227
fax: (540) 636-1501 (ATTN: Admissions)


"Please call me directly or complete the inquiry form on this page. I look forward to hearing from you and having the opportunity to introduce you to our outstanding school and learning environment."

Reading at Wakefield


Every day is a good day to visit WCDS.

Please contact the Admissions Office to schedule a personal tour.  Tours are available during school days and evenings and weekends by appointment.

During the school year, Wednesdays are especially good for visits if you are able to join us for our Weekly Assembly at 10:10 a.m.


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    Lyla Nutt

    Although our son is only in Kindergarten, we are so impressed by all the things we didn't know we wanted him to know that he is learning at Wakefield Country Day School. We find him opening the door for others in public and looking adults in the eye when greeting them.  We knew the education would be wonderful, but knowledge can... read more

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    Candace Clough
    5/06/2019 - Facebook

    Wakefield Countrydayschool builds character

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    Michael Sean Williams
    10/02/2018 - Facebook

    I was a visitor today, as a driver for our school’s middle school soccer team. The students were well behaved, very polite, worked as a team, and all parents / staff we encountered were very gracious and kind. I look forward to my next visit.

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    Tearyn Loving
    7/27/2017 - Google

    We could not be more pleased with or enthusiastic about Wakefield Country Day School. Last fall WCDS embraced our then 3-year old and he has thrived in an environment that he feels safe in, is loved, and has so many friends of all ages. The school's new Summer Bridge program was exactly what our now 4-year old needed... read more

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    Heidi Marcum Tickal
    9/19/2018 - Facebook

    WCDS is the most amazing school! My children are thriving there in a bully-free, friendly, academic environment. They are learning multiple languages (Spanish starting in Pre-k), going on incredible trips, having interactive science experiments, class collaboration, interdisciplinary learning, and so much more!


At WCDS, we seek students and families who embrace our mission with its equal emphasis on character and intellectual development. We are a close-knit community where families are welcomed and involved.

WCDS provides a rich and engaging classical education. Students who desire and can commit to a challenging curriculum will succeed here. We work closely with families to provide the support and encouragement students need to succeed.

Each year WCDS also admits International Students who are proficient in English and ready for the academic challenges they will face. They are fully integrated into the community, and most live with WCDS host families.

2019-2020 Tuition Rates

Transcript Request Form

All applicants for grades 2 and above must sign and provide this transcript request to their current school.  For home schooled families, please work directly with the Admissions Office to determine information requirements.

Lt Cowherd Scholarship

This scholarship has been established in honor of a WCDS alumnus, Army Second Lieutenant Leonard M. Cowherd, III, who died May 16, 2004 in Karbala, Iraq, while in the service of his country.

Financial Aid

WCDS partners with families to make our outstanding educational program available to any student who can benefit from it. 100% of families with demonstrated need receive assistance via scholarships or financial aid. Of those families who are offered financial aid, most accept their financial aid award and enroll their children, as they determine that the award offered is sufficient to meet their needs.

If families believe they cannot afford paying full tuition, they are encouraged to apply for tuition assistance through FAST (FINANCIAL AID FOR SCHOOL TUITION) powered by Independent School Management. Please note, however, that no family at WCDS receives full tuition assistance. All families are expected to pay something toward their children's education

Advanced Classical Diploma: 32 Credits

8:  Credits of English ~ Literature, Composition, Vocabulary, Grammar

5:  Credits of Mathematics ~ Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Calculus or Statistics

4:  Credits of Science ~ Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and an AP Science

4:  Credits of History ~ World History, U.S. History, U.S. Government, and either European History or Comparative Government

6:  Credits of Modern Foreign Language ~normally French or Spanish AND  Ancient Language ~ Latin IA, Latin IB, Latin II, Latin III

Students may earn a minimum of 3 in each or 2 in one and 4 in the other.

1:  Credit of Fine Arts ~ Art History, Art Media, or Studio Art

1:  Credit of Electives ~ Religion, Philosophy, Greek, or an additional Fine Art

3:  Credits of PE/Varsity Team ~ Credits may be earned by playing or managing a sports team, or participating in an academic or drama team with a competition/performance component; ½ credit per team, up to 1 credit per y

Classical Diploma: 28 Credits
International Diploma: 28 Credits
Bus routes Fauquier, Warren, Culpeper, Prince William, Loudon

Bus routes currently serve families in eight counties:

Frederick, Warren, Page, Fauquier, Rappahannock, Culpeper, Shenandoah, and Prince William.

Current bus stops include locations in Winchester, Front Royal, Bentonville, Chester Gap, Luray, Culpeper, Woodville, Boston, Sperryville, Washington, VA, Gainesville, Warrenton, Amissville, Marshall, Orlean, Huntly and Flint Hill.

Bus stops adjusted to meet family needs.