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Wakefield At A Glance

Enrollment

  • 320 students in junior kindergarten through 12th grade
  • 164 boys and 156 girls
  • 78 students in the Lower School (junior kindergarten - grade 5)
  • 74 students in Middle School (grades 6-8)
  • 164 students in Upper School (grades 9-12)
  • Average class size for JK/K is 10; Lower School is 13; Middle School classes average 23; and Upper School classes average 40.

Faculty

  • 75 members of the faculty and administration
  • Average tenure of a faculty member at Wakefield is 6 years
  • Average number of years teaching experience is 12 years

School Accreditation and Associations

  • Wakefield School is accredited by the National Association of Independent Schools and the Virginia Association of Independent Schools. Additional memberships include: The College Board, The Secondary School Admission Test Board, the National Honor Society, the Emerging Scholars Program, and the Polish Scholar Program.

College Matriculation - Class of 2016

  • 100% college acceptance
  • 95% of the class won admission to their first or second choice schools
  • 92% took three or more years of a lab science
  • 56% of the class received at least one merit-based scholarship
  • A total of $1,463,884 was awarded in scholarships or merit aid, with an average award of $104,563.00
  • $1.5 million in merit scholarships was earned by the Class of 2016 with an average award of $99,562.

Arts

Wakefield’s Arts Department supports a wide range of artistic endeavors from acting to photography to music theory. Each year there are a number of traditional performing arts productions including:

  • Grandparents' Concerts
  • Upper and Middle School Fall Play
  • Middle School Music Holiday Concert
  • Talent Show/Holiday Lasagna Dinner
  • Lower School Arts Festival
  • 3rd Grade Musical
  • 4th Grade Immigration Heritage Music Concert
  • Upper and Middle School Spring Play
  • Middle School Music Competition and Festival
  • Medieval Faire
  • 5th Grade Poetry Tea

Wakefield is a member of the International Thespian Society.

Wakefield held its fifth annual Alumni Art Exhibit in 2014.

Student-produced publications continue to receive national awards: Virtus et Sapientia (yearbook), Talisman (Upper School art and writings), and Amulet (Middle School art and writings). These are published in late spring of each school year.

Athletics

Wakefield School is a member of the Delaney Athletic Conference and the Cavalier Athletic Conference.Qualification for Virginia Independent School Athletic Association State Tournaments include:

  • Boys’ Lacrosse: 2006-2015, 2010, state runner-up 2010, Individual named DAC MVP in 2009, DAC Co-Champs 2014, Individual Player of the Year 2015.
  • Girls’ Lacrosse: 2006, 2009-2011
  • Girls’ Soccer: 2006-2013, State Runner-up 2008. Individuals named VISAA DII Girls' Soccer Player of the Year 2011 and 2012.
  • Tennis: Girls placed in 2006-2009, 2011. Boys placed in 2008-2009.
  • Girls’ Volleyball: 2005-2008, state runner-up 2007. Individual named DAC MVP in 2007.
  • Swimming: Individuals placed in 2007-2009, 2012-13.
  • Cross Country: 2007-2014, DAC Champions & Undefeated 2012, Individuals named DAC MVP in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, CAC Champions 2012, Girls DAC Champions 2014.
  • Girls’ Basketball: 2008-2014 Individuals named DAC MVPs in 2010, 2011, 2012. Individual obtained All Time Girls' & School All Time Scorer (1991 points) in 2012-13, DAC Champions 2012-13, VISAA State Tournament Runner Up 2013, 1014
  • Boys’ Basketball: 2007-2015 CAC Championships 2007, DAC Champions 2008, 2014, 2015, Individual obtained All Time Scorer Boys' (1371 points) in 2012, VISAA State Tournament Elite 8 2014, VISAA Final Four 2015.
  • Girls' Field Hockey: 2010
  • Co-ed Squash: 2010-2014, Three individuals ranked among the top 100 in U.S. in 2010 & 2011; one ranked in 2012, Chevy Chase Inter-Varsity League, First Place 2011, 2012, CIVL Champions 2013, 2014
  • Co-ed Golf: 2015-2016, DAC Champions 2015, 2016, VISAA Individual State Champion 2015.
  • Co-ed Equestrian: Regional Champion of the International Equestrian Association Region 3 - 2016.

AP Offerings

  • More than 19 different AP courses offered in many subjects
  • 91% of the Class of 2016 took at least one AP class
  • On average, students take between 3 and 5 AP classes while at Wakefield.

Academic Honors Programs and Scholarships

Samples include:

  • American University Presidential Scholarship
  • College of Charleston Honors Program
  • Mercyhurst University Honors Program
  • Miami University of Ohio Honors Program
  • Salem College President's Scholarship
  • Tulane University Presidential Scholarship
  • United States Army ROTC Scholarship - Georgetown University
  • United States Naval Academy
  • University of North Dakota Community of Learners Scholarship Program

Summer Enrichment Experiences

Samples include:

  • Acadia Institute of Oceanography
  • Alexander Talbot Rice International Travel Study Prize
  • Harvard University - Summer School Secondary School Program (SSP)
  • Leadership in the Law Summer Camp
  • National Gallery of Art High School Seminar Program
  • University of Mary Washington Summer Enrichment Program
  • VCUarts Summer Intensive Residency Program for High School Students
  • Virginia Commonwealth STARTALK Academy for Russian
  • Virginia Summer Governor's School Programs in Latin, Humanities, Agriculture, STEM, Dance, Music, and Medicine
  • Virginia Tech Inside Architecture and Design Summer Program

Wakefield's History

  • 1972: Wakefield Country Day School opens in Huntly, Va.
  • 1980: First class graduates; Wakefield Courtesies written.
  • 1982: Wakefield School is first used as new, official school name. Senior thesis established.
  • 1985: Gymnasium, library, science classrooms completed.
  • 1990: Traditionally structured, independent school board of trustees assumes governance and stewardship of Wakefield School.
  • 1991: Differences between former Headmistress and Board of Trustees develop; Wakefield School leaves its original campus in August; classes held in town of Marshall from September 1991 until June 1996.
  • 1994: New campus purchased in The Plains.
  • 1996: First phase of new campus completed; Wakefield School moves to The Plains.
  • 1999: Upper School building added.
  • 2001: Wakefield accredited by VAIS.
  • 2002: Arts and Music Building added.
  • 2004: Upper gym added, as well as new fields, tennis courts, and infrastructure.
  • 2006: Science and Technology building added; 13 additional acres donated to Wakefield.
  • 2008: Wireless campus completed with technology template for all classrooms.
  • 2010: Squash facility dedicated. Golf practice facility opened.
  • 2011: VAIS renewal of accreditation received.
  • 2012: 33rd class graduated from Wakefield School; largest graduating class in history.
  • 2016: New Squash facility opened.
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