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

Suzanne Zylonis

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."

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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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    I am a Wakefield Country Day School student grandmother, actually times two, and, I have been for eight years now. On top of that I live close enough to be able to have attended many school performances, holiday concerts, sports events and best of all, many once a year Grandparents' Days... There is nothing better than being able to visit... read more

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    7/13/2019 Upon joining this school several years ago, I was pleasantly surprised to find such a warm and welcoming community seemingly in the middle of nowhere. Because of its small size, WCDS offers a comfortable, drama-free environment where students can focus on their studies rather than face constant peer pressure and anxiety. Also with this small school and class size comes... read more

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    Katherine Hill

    Wakefield Country Day school provides an enriching academic and social environment for my two daughters. Initially, we found WCDS because of their exciting and diverse summer camps in which the children explored computer coding using legos, and age appropriate play and preparation for Pre-K . In November, we made the decision to transition the girls to WCDS as full-time students.... read more

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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.

  • Richard Avatar

    Neither I nor any of my siblings ever went to a private school. The same is true for my wife, and for our children. I now find myself with four grandchildren at WCDS and I couldn't be happier or more impressed. First, the children love it. They are thriving academically and socially. They are interested in what is going on... read 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.