Wakefield Country Day School

Wakefield Country Day School is a preschool through twelfth grade college preparatory school whose curriculum emphasizes scholarship in the classical tradition.
WCDS prides itself on offering an education designed to produce students who can write well, possess strong analytical skills, and are motivated by a high sense of ethical repsonsibility. WCDS has an unbroken tradition of 100% 4-year college acceptance. The 17 students in the class of 2016 earned approximately $1.5 million in merit scholarship offers.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-12
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedESL for international students
Year Founded1972

Student Body

Total Students138 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade Wakefield Country Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers32 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size12 students
Number of AP Courses12 courses
Advanced CoursesBiology, Calculus, Calculus AB and BC, Comparative Government, English Language - 11th grade, English Literature - 12th grade, Environmental Science, French, Latin, Spanish, Statistics, US Government, US History
Average SAT score1330
Average ACT score30
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(formal dress uniform one day a week; casual uniform other days)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesTuition ranges from $6,600 for Preschool through $16,450 for prep school. Tuition rates for domestic students differ from rates for international students; international rates are: $30,500 (this does not include boarding - where applicable).
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorSuzanne Zylonis


Total Sports Offered7 sports
SportsAlpine Skiing, Basketball, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Snowboarding, Soccer, VolleyballAlpine SkiingBasketball,
Cross CountryLacrosse,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.20 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Cooking, Envirothon, Geography Bee, History Bowl, Junior Classical League, Key Club International, Latin club, Literary Magazine, Math Club, Mock Trial, Model United Nations, National Honor Society, Student Government

Arts and Music Programs:
Drama Club, instrumental music, Instrumental Music, studio art, Yearbook

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Fitness club, Running Club

School Notes

  • Two periods of English each year with instruction in grammar, composition, literature, and vocabulary
  • Small, structured classrooms in a family-like environment
  • Foreign language, art, music, and physical education instruction that begins in preschool
  • Unbroken tradition of 100% 4-year college acceptance
  • Emphasis on both character and intellect
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  • The Plains
    Grades: NS-12 | 316 students
    17.9 miles
    4439 Old Tavern Road
    The Plains, VA 20198
    (540) 253-7600
    17.9 NS-12
  • Charlottesville
    Grades: 8-12 | 169 students
    60.7 miles
    1000 Samuel Miller Loop
    Charlottesville, VA 22903
    (434) 823-4805
    60.7 8-12
  • Charlottesville
    Grades: PK-12
    53.5 miles
    2132 Ivy Road
    Charlottesville, VA 22903
    (434) 296-5106
    53.5 PK-12
  • Axton
    Grades: PK-12 | 326 students
    171.6 miles
    300 Carlisle Rd
    Axton, VA 24054
    (276) 632-7288
    171.6 PK-12
  • Charlottesville
    Grades: PK-12 | 560 students
    56.1 miles
    175 Hickory St
    Charlottesville, VA 22902
    (434) 220-7330
    56.1 PK-12

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
I have found this school to be practically a second home. My dad is a teacher here. Yes, improvements can be made, but that is the case with everything except God. I greatly appreciate all that this school has given me. I have great teachers, and I have enjoyed a great education.
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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
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Going into our third year at Wakefield Country Day, we couldn't be happier with the quality of the education and outstanding teachers. Our daughter has slipped seamlessly back into the routine of school thanks to the good guidance of the Kindergarten teacher. Every year I prepare myself for a letdown as I convince myself that the new teacher can’t be nearly as good as her preschool and prekindergarten teachers. It’s quite the pleasant surprise to be wrong! Jason Brady
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The average private school tuition in Virginia is $10,932 for elementary schools and $17,149 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Virginia is 84% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).