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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


  • 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)
  • Student-to-teacher ratio is 8:1 


  • 75 members of the faculty and administration
  • 3/4 of our faculty hold an advanced degree
  • 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 National Junior Honor Society, and the Emerging Scholars Program.

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Wakefield Scholarship Opportunities

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.


College Matriculation

Graduating Class Statistics

  • 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

The 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

  • All School Winter Musical

  • 4th Grade Immigration Heritage Music Concert

  • Upper and Middle School Spring Play

  • Middle School Music Competition and Festival

  • Medeival Faire

  • 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.

Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment Offerings

  • More than 19 different advanced placement and/or dual enrollment courses offered
  • We offer dual enrollment in World Civilization and in International Relations
  • 91% of the Class of 2018 took at least one AP class
  • On average, students take between 3 and 5 AP classes while attending Wakefield School