To develop each student’s character and intellect to the student’s fullest potential, encouraging scholarship, diligence, and self-discipline as well as respect for and service to others within a curriculum that emphasizes learning in the classical tradition.
The motto of WCDS is Virtus et Sapientia (virtue and wisdom). We believe that a school should be a place for serious scholarly inquiry, dedicated to the pursuit of truth leading to personal and academic excellence. We pride ourselves on offering an education designed to produce students who possess strong critical thinking and analytical skills; who write well and are well versed in public speaking; who are computer literate, and are motivated by a high sense of ethical responsibility. WCDS also takes seriously the dictum mens sana in corpore sano (a sound mind in a sound body) and believes that physical fitness is integral to a student’s intellectual life as are visual and performing arts.
Older students mentor younger students with Language Ambassador, Reading Buddy and Bus Buddy programs
Consistently WCDS students earn perfect scores on National Latin and Foreign Language exams
Character education is at the core of the school. Integrated into classes, discussions, and projects are honor, respect, humility, perseverance, wisdom, citizenship, responsibility, charity and courage
International students are integrated fully into all school programs both academic, extra-curricular, and athletic. They are members of student government and earn awards and scholarships alongside their American peers.
All students in preschool – 7th grade have instruction in art, music, computer, Spanish, PE/Fitness, library and study skills.
Above and Beyond the Others
Students compete in 10 academic teams at the local, regional, state, and/or national level, including:
- American Math
- Cyber Patriots
- History Bowl
- Latin Certamina
- Mock Trial
Students compete on up to 18 athletic varsity, junior varsity and/or middle school level teams, including:
- Cross Country
Drama and Music
Students collectively perform in 8 - 10 drama and music productions per year.
Weekly Assembly Programs
Students take part in 25 Assembly Programs per year, sharing talents and scholastic expertise and celebrating holiday traditions.
Learning Outside the Classroom
Collectively students take 50 field trips a year to parks, cities, museums, theaters, historical landmarks, and more.
International Student Program
Each year up to 24 international students study on campus and live with host families. Recent countries represented include: China, Germany, Guatemala, India, Japan, Panama, Rwanda, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Student / Teacher Ratio 11:1
WCDS' curriculum emphasizes academic rigor within a classical tradition.
The core of a WCDS education is a classical, sequential curriculum. As such, it utilizes continual reinforcement from pre-school through the twelfth grade. Wakefield Country Day School is a Virginia private school that requires all seniors to research, write, present and defend a thesis as part of their graduation requirement. Our exceptional curriculum has enabled WCDS seniors to earn consistently between one and two million dollars annually in merit scholarships for college.
Virtus et Sapientia
The motto of WCDS is Virtus et Sapientia (virtue and wisdom). Above all, we believe that a school should be a place for serious scholarly inquiry as well as dedicated to the pursuit of truth. We believe this strong focus leads to personal and academic excellence.
We pride ourselves on being a private school designed to produce students who possess strong critical thinking and analytical skills. In addition, our students develop skills in writing and are well versed in public speaking. Computer literacy and a high sense of ethical responsibility are also strongly emphasized.
Mens Sana in Corpore Sano
Furthermore, WCDS takes seriously the dictum mens sana in corpore sano (a sound mind in a sound body). We believe that physical fitness is integral to a student’s intellectual life as are visual and performing arts. All students are encouraged and required to participate in our abundance of sports and drama programs.
Students compete at the state and national level in a myriad of teams, as well. This includes History Bowl, Model United Nations, Cyber Patriots, Latin Certamen, and Envirothon.
WCDS Graduates have Successful Careers
Business Men and Women Diplomats Artists Bankers Attorneys Physicians Entrepreneurs Computer Analysts Pilots Writers Teachers Professors Publishers CEOs of High Tech Companies Officers in the Armed Forces Men and Women of the Clergy
Student Character and Intellectual Development
We believe that a well-nurtured personal character serves best to bolster a student to reach their fullest potential. With that in mind, our Virginia private school has a strong emphasis on student character.
Sense of Community
The community of 200 from preschool through twelfth grade includes international students. These students come to campus to study and live with host families. This allows students to explore and understand other cultures in an atmosphere of acceptance.
Our classroom sizes are small and intimate. The small size allows for all middle and upper school students to play on athletic teams and all older students to interact with the younger students. Programs such as Reading Buddies and Language Ambassador's Club allow our younger students to interact with their upper-school. It also allows our older students to share their wisdom and be good role models.
See What Parents are Saying!
Veronica Porterfield, a mother of 2 at WCDS, wrote the following in a google review:
"I have always had a sense of how special this school is because, from the beginning, it was one of a very few places outside of our house in which our daughter has felt at home. ...it was very important to me that the environment foster a love of learning, establish a strong academic foundation through a rigorous classical education, encourage students to pursue their interests, encourage creativity and critical thinking, but most of all take an interest in – and help to develop – them as people. Wakefield has done all of those things for my kids, and more..."
Teachers plan trips abroad during School Breaks to enhance classroom learning.
Recent destinations include:
Life Skills Program
In an effort to help our students aim for their futures, WCDS not only gives them the tools to succeed in the classroom but also to succeed in the larger world. The WCDS Life Skills Program brings in experts in their fields to help arm its students for the world they'll face; from basic automotive maintenance to etiquette lessons, a WCDS student is prepared for the future.
Guest speakers offer fresh perspectives as they inspire, educate, entertain, and introduce the student body to a wide range of topics. Experienced individuals share life experiences, adventures/trips taken, discuss careers, provide informative discussions, or simply tell a story worth sharing.
An article featured in the Rappahannock News, highlighted WCDS' Life Skills Program. It states, "Wakefield Country Day School’s Life Skills Program has been honing its students for almost a decade, a practice recently adopted at Harvard University. WCDS arms its students for the world they’ll face; from basic automotive maintenance to etiquette lessons, WCDS students are prepared for the future..."