At Wakefield Country Day School 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. We work closely with families to provide the support and encouragement students need to thrive.


Every day is a good day to visit WCDS!

Please contact the Admissions Office to schedule a tour.


These merit-based scholarships are awarded to students in grades 1-12.  At WCDS we define Merit not only as academic achievement but also as a demonstrated desire of students to become their best selves through the development of their character and their demonstrated natural gifts and talents.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is awarded to deserving new and current preschool–Grade 12 students whose families’ financial situation merits assistance.


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    Marion ORourke
    8/25/2018 - Facebook

    All of the teachers and staff seem truly interested in each student and they make learning seem important and attainable for each student.

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    7/13/2019 Our son has been going to WCDS since preschool and, as an eight grader, he is mature, kind, well spoken, and conscientious about getting his homework and studying done. As his parents, we'd like to take the credit, but we're quite certain WCDS has had a great influence on his character. We're so fortunate to have such a high quality... read more

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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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    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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    James A Wood

    I have been awed! The students at Wakefield Country Day School, from pre-school through the twelfth grade, are truly remarkable. As a grandparent of two WCDS students, now rising third and sixth graders, I have attended many WCDS functions and have had a chance to see many WCDS students of all ages and grades in a variety of situations. Without... read more

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."


Marsha Dowell

540-635-8555 ext. 225
fax: (540) 636-1501 (ATTN: Registrar)

International Program

Each year WCDS 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.

2021-2022 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, ½ credit per team, up to 1 credit per year

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.