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Wakefield Country Day School

1059 Zachary Taylor Highway
Huntly, VA 22627-0739

(540) 635-8555


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The motto of Wakefield Country Day School, Virtus et Sapientia, indicates our conviction that intellectual and moral development are inseparable in the educational process. The mission of WCDS is to develop each student's character and intellect through active involvement in a highly-structured curriculum founded on classical principles. We do this in an environment that encourages scholarship, diligence, self-discipline, and respect for others. WCDS cultivates an ethic of individual worth, responsibility, and service rooted in the Judeo—Christian tradition, in order to prepare students for the moral and intellectual rigors of citizenship in a free society.

We believe that school should be a place for serious intellectual inquiry dedicated to the pursuit of truth, that students achieve the most when they are challenged to excel and held to the highest academic standards. While the ultimate aim of education is individual freedom, to become truly liberated, students must first acquire the precision and self-discipline upon which learning depends. Students perform best in a disciplined, orderly environment that is adjusted to the developing needs of each child and in an atmosphere that fosters a familial sense of community, mutual respect, and responsibility. Essential to such a school are teachers who set a tone of serious intellectual inquiry, who serve as models of responsible citizenship and moral probity, who bring to the classroom enthusiasm for learning and expertise in their subjects, and who view teaching as a vocation.

At WCDS, students must master a basic core of knowledge that will enable them, as graduates, to interpret and make critical decisions about the world they will face as adults. The content-based curriculum inculcates a love and understanding of the achievements and moral underpinnings of Western Judeo—Christian culture. Once students have gained this appreciation of their civilization and their nation, their personal development can proceed on a firm foundation and with confidence.

Beyond academic and moral considerations, WCDS takes seriously the dictum mens sana in corpore sano. In the conviction that physical fitness is important to intellectual life, the school sponsors both intra- and extra-curricular athletic programs and encourages all students to participate in multiple activities.

WCDS is dedicated to maintaining diversity within the student body. We admit students without regard to race, religion, sex, or national origin. The International Studies program at WCDS reflects a commitment to instilling respect for and communication and understanding among varied cultures. WCDS educates all students to respect the dignity of each person and to have a deep sense of their responsibilities as citizens of the world.

Recognizing that parents are the primary educators of their children, we practice and teach respect for the authority of parents at all times. Wakefield Country Day School endeavors to sustain close communication with parents and to encourage the participation of the whole family in the life of the school.

Excerpted from the preschool's website


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

We provide opportunities for families of preschoolers to connect over the summer for play dates so that the children begin making friends before school even begins. We have a preschool orientation and a back to school pool party.