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.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked VA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Enrollment: 245 students
  • Acceptance rate: 75%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Wakefield Country Day School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Virginia for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-12
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
ESL for international students
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
245 students
Student Body Type
Students by Grade
Wakefield Country Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
32 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
15 students
Number of AP Courses
12 courses
Advanced Courses
Biology, 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 score
(Out of 1600)
Average ACT score
(Out of 36)
Classroom Dress Code
formal dress uniform one day a week; casual uniform other days

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
Tuition ranges from $10,000 for Preschool through $20,600 for prep school. Tuition rates for domestic students differ from rates for international students; international rates are: $46,000 (this does includes room and board).
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Suzanne Zylonis



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
21 extracurriculars
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, Wildlife Conservation Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Drama, Jazz Ensemble, Journalism, Studio Art

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Fitness club, Polo, 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
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the acceptance rate of Wakefield Country Day School?
The acceptance rate of Wakefield Country Day School is 75%, which is lower than the national average of 84%.
What sports does Wakefield Country Day School offer?
Wakefield Country Day School offers 10 interscholastic sports: Alpine Skiing, Basketball, Cross Country, Equestrian, Lacrosse, Mountaineering, Snowboarding, Soccer, Volleyball and Weightlifting.
What is Wakefield Country Day School's ranking?
Wakefield Country Day School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Virginia for: Highest average SAT score, Highest average ACT score, Largest student body and Most extracurriculars offered.
When is the application deadline for Wakefield Country Day School?
The application deadline for Wakefield Country Day School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
We are COVID Refugees - starting at Wakefield Country as they were the only school brave enough to offer in-person learning during the 2020-2021 academic year. Our kids were 3rd and 5th grade.Their dedication to student learning and experience is well above anything we could have hoped for. They took every reasonable measure to ensure the health of the teachers and students while refusing to compromise on quality of education. They had NO issues last year and my kids absolutely blossomed at WCDS.Not only are the teachers and staff outstanding at their jobs, you can tell they actually enjoy them. The community of families is welcoming, diverse and supportive.We thought we'd just be here for the year, but having seen first hand the positive impact of what truly great school can do for my kids - we are lifers.
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I was fortunate enough to find WCDS early in my children's education. Being as there are not wonderful public school options in my close-by county, I knew we would either be homeschooling or opting for private school. I grew up homeschooled during primary school, and after attempting to homeschool my son during pre-kindergarten, I knew I did not have that special magic touch a true teacher has. I'm so grateful to be a part of the Wakefield community and know that my kids are surrounded by great peers, teachers who care and that they are getting the education that they need. Kudos to all the teachers at WCDS for putting kids first during the COVID pandemic and remaining open all year long!
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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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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked VA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Enrollment: 245 students
  • Acceptance rate: 75%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Virginia is $13,653 for elementary schools and $17,993 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).

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