At A Glance
Here at Wakefield School, students discover a love of learning along with genuine care for the world around them. Our students are the capable, ethical, articulate leaders ready to take on the world.
- Our History
- School Accreditation and Associations
- Wakefield Scholarship Opportunities
- College Matriculation
- The Arts
- Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment Offerings
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 National Junior Honor Society, and the Emerging Scholars Program.
Outstanding students entering 9th-grade are eligible to apply for the Archwood Scholarship. The Archwood Scholarship is awarded every year to a new student with a demonstrated commitment to engagement inside and outside the classroom. That engagement might take any variety of forms; such as a deep interest in one or more academic subjects or involvement in sports, the arts, or community service.
The scholarship provides an annual award of 50% the tuition for the four years of Upper School, provided the recipient continues to live up to the values that characterize an archwood scholar. Those values include a passion for curiosity, an appreciation for scholarship, and a commitment to excellence.
Class of 2018
100% college acceptance
Average SAT score: 1275
Average ACT score: 28
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
Over $2.5 million was awarded in scholarships or merit aid
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:
Upper and Middle School Fall Play
Middle School Music Holiday Concert
Talent Show/Holiday Lasagna Dinner
Lower School Arts Festival
3rd Grade Musical
All School Winter Musical
4th Grade Immigration Heritage Music Concert
Upper and Middle School Spring Play
Middle School Music Competition and Festival
5th grade Poetry Tea
Wakefield is a member of the International Thespian Society.
Wakefield School is a member of the Delaney Athletic Conference and the Cavalier Athletic Conference. We offer 15 varsity sports in the Upper School and 15 sports in the Middle School. 85% of our Upper School students choose to participate in a sport.