Virginia Independent School -Wakefield Country Day School

Huntly Scholar

Through the generosity of several donors, over $1M has been gifted to WCDS to support local students interested in pursuing an exceptional education at WCDS.   These need-based awards are given to students in grades 1-12 who show exemplary scholastic potential.  Only 15-full three year scholarships remaining.

CHAIRMAN’S 2020 MERIT SCHOLARSHIP

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 families of new and current WCDS students in grades PS-12 whose families’ financial situation merits assistance.

SCHOOL NEWS

Back to School Celebration

One more day until the first day of school and just look at the smiling faces on our students, families, Continue Reading

Language Study Abroad

Our students know the benefits of learning a foreign language, and here they are in their own words! Studying abroad Continue Reading

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Cate Sibling Enterprise

How do WCDS students test their STEM learning in the summertime, manage their own part-time businesses, and still have fun Continue Reading

EVENTS

Online Seminar with Pythos Kevin Sheperd & Nan Butler Roberts

9:45 a.m.- Coding, Part 1:  JavaScript, HTML/CSS, Pythos Presented by Kevin Shepherd:Code Wizards HQ

10:45 a.m.- Scrabble School History, Presented by Nan Butler Roberts: Speaker, Author and Musician, MA GWU

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Online Seminar with Pythos Kevin Sheperd & Paul Larner

9:45 a.m.- Coding, Part 2:  JavaScript, HTML/CSS, Pythos Presented by Kevin Shepherd: Code Wizards HQ

10:45 a.m.- Credit Card Travel Perks:  Learn the Tricks of the Trade, Presented by Paul Larner: CAO Vornado (NYSE:  VNO), UVA Law

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WCDS Location

Wakefield Country Day School (WCDS) is a Virginia private school located in scenic Rappahannock County.  WCDS educates students from 10 counties across Virginia:

Virginia Private School Bus Service in 9 Counties

  • Fauquier
  • Frederick
  • Loudoun
  • Madison
  • Page
  • Prince William
  • Shenandoah
  • Warren
  • Culpeper
  • Rappahannock
  • Fauquier
  • Frederick
  • Loudoun
  • Madison
  • Page
  • Prince William
  • Shenandoah
  • Warren
  • Culpeper
  • Rappahannock

WCDS borders the Shenandoah National Park with its miles of hiking trails and waterfalls, but is just 58 miles from the Nation's Capital, Washington, D.C.  Close to urban shopping and culture, WCDS is nestled in Rappahannock County, home to the famous Inn at Little Washington 5-star restaurant, and Maestro Lorin Maazel's Castleton Festival.   In one of the safest and cleanest counties in the U.S., WCDS is the ideal location for students to enjoy the best opportunity for success.

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Scholarships

Merit and Financial Need Scholarships Available-

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College Acceptance

College

100% College Acceptance & > $1 Million in College Merit Scholarships/Year

Scholarships

Merit and Financial Need Scholarships Available-

Contact Us to Find Out More

College Acceptance

College

100% College Acceptance & > $1 Million in College Merit Scholarships/Year

Bus Services

Bus Service

Available for 9 Counties with Flexible Drop-Off & Pick-Up Locations

Scholarships

Merit and Financial Need Scholarships Available-

Contact Us to Find Out More

College Acceptance

College

100% College Acceptance & > $1 Million in College Merit Scholarships/Year

Bus Services

Bus Service

Available for 9 Counties with Flexible Drop-Off & Pick-Up Locations

Curriculum

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

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

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.

Student & Parent Comments

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. The WCDS family partnered with us in navigating the application process, submitting financial aid documents and making my children feel at home in their classrooms and with their peers. The teachers welcomed both girls mid-year and enveloped them into their new learning environments. I love seeing the daily growth and excitement that the girls have for their school, teachers and classmates.

Katherine Hill

After touring many schools for my children to attend, I knew I had found a home at Wakefield. The curriculum on the website was attractive, but it was the feel of the school that was the perfect fit. Students here are polite, genuine, and happy. I took three tours of this school before our first day, and it was the same every time. The staff not only know the students by name, they know these students as family. 
My son's first day of school was a huge deal for me, but I never doubted our choice. I was afraid of how he would react when I picked him up that first day. But when I saw him, he gave me a huge smile and said he loved his new school. I look forward to continuing here for many years!

Allana Mensing

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 only take you so far. People skills are necessary for success, and we are so pleased with the gentleman he is becoming. 

Lyla Nutt

We are thrilled with WCDS. Our granddaughter entered the PS program in the fall and has thrived in the WCDS environment. At WCDS, students are encouraged from an early age to find courage in many different areas, not the least of which is facing an audience while onstage. Our granddaughter recently competed in a large Tae Kwon Do tournament. Each competitor presents himself/herself to the Ring Coordinator(s) and announces what it is he/she will be doing (i.e. what form, what board breaking techniques). Many of her peer competitors had their information written down for them, as they were not comfortable speaking for themselves in this environment. Our four year old granddaughter marched up and announced each event/technique in which she was competing; we credit the WCDS environment for our granddaughter’s comfort level in this environment. If a small environment of loving, caring, and supportive faculty and staff is appealing to you, we highly recommend WCDS.

Leslie Wilson

Bus Services

Bus Service

Available for 9 Counties with Flexible Drop-Off & Pick-Up Locations

Travel

100% of 7th and 8th grade students travel to England. Trips to Italy, Spain, France, NYC and other locations are also offered

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Mentoring

Older students mentor younger students with Language Ambassador, Reading Buddy and Bus Buddy programs

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Internships

100% of seniors graduate having completed an internship

Environment

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..."

Read more testimonials on our admissions page.

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Thesis Projects

8th and 12th grade students are required to complete a thesis. Seniors present and defend their completed projects

Travel

100% of 7th and 8th grade students travel to England. Trips to Italy, Spain, France, NYC and other locations are also offered

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Mentoring

Older students mentor younger students with Language Ambassador, Reading Buddy and Bus Buddy programs

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Internships

100% of seniors graduate having completed an internship

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Thesis Projects

8th and 12th grade students are required to complete a thesis. Seniors present and defend their completed projects

Travel

100% of 7th and 8th grade students travel to England. Trips to Italy, Spain, France, NYC and other locations are also offered

mentor icon

Mentoring

Older students mentor younger students with Language Ambassador, Reading Buddy and Bus Buddy programs

internship icon

Internships

100% of seniors graduate having completed an internship

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Thesis Projects

8th and 12th grade students are required to complete a thesis. Seniors present and defend their completed projects

CHARACTER AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Character education is at the core of the school.

WCDS integrates teaching values into classes, discussions, and projects. These include but are not limited to:

Character Values

  • Honor
  • Respect
  • Humility
  • Perseverance
  • Wisdom
  • Citizenship
  • Responsibility
  • Charity
  • Courage
  • Honor
  • Respect
  • Humility
  • Perseverance
  • Wisdom
  • Citizenship
  • Responsibility
  • Charity
  • Courage

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 to tell a story worth sharing.

An article featured in the Rappahannock News, highlighted WCDS' Life Skills Program. It states that, "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..."

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