Wakefield At A Glance


  • 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.


  • 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.


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.


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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