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Wakefield School
School Name:
Wakefield School
Street Address:
4439 Old Tavern Road P.O. Box 107
The Plains, VA 20198
Head of School:
Mrs. Ashley Clark Harper
Founding Date:
Religious Affiliation:
Full Accreditation
Day / Boarding:
Day Only
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Admissions Contact:
Ms. Gray Carr Bridgers
Admissions Email:
9/5/2019 7:51:00 AM Nondenominational School
Mission / Philosophy / Objectives:

Wakefield School is an independent, college-preparatory school whose primary goal is to provide a rigorous, liberal arts education.  We believe that such an education trains the intellect while fostering self-discipline, independence, creativity, and curiosity.  We encourage students at every level to think about and with the knowledge they are working to master.  Finally, we aim to cultivate strong and ethical character through guidance in and out of the classroom committed to training the spirit as well as the mind.

Our Early Childhood Center, for kids in pre-school, junior kindergarten, and kindergarten, has an Outdoor Classroom and Discovery Room. Founded on the belief that children learn best through play, Wakefield's ECC seeks to engage our youngest learners academically and socially through self- and teacher-directed play. 

Lower School teachers work to keep their students actively engaged in the process of learning by nurturing curiosity and a love for learning within the framework of a structured curriculum. Creative thinking and analytical reasoning are encouraged in this content-rich, classical education. Our teachers use the Responsive Classroom approach, which incorporates students’ social and emotional growth into academic learning, stemming from the notion that children learn best through social interaction and when they are explicitly taught social and emotional skills along with their academic lessons. Our Lower School students also learn through iPad integration in the classrooms.

Life in the middle can be challenging. At Wakefield, our Middle School program intentionally addresses the unique developmental needs of kids in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. Each student is assigned a faculty advisor whose primary responsibility is monitoring students’ academic and social progress, arranging parent-teacher meetings, and helping students choose their classes each spring for the following year. The Middle School Experiential Learning Program engages and encourages the whole student: the thinker, the creator, the adventurer, and the public servant.These opportunities are often best afforded through non-traditional, off-campus events designed to push and encourage students to stretch themselves outside of their comfort zones. 

Wakefield's Upper School is designed to let each and every student find and explore their passions to the highest degree. For each student, this experience will look different — from participating in internships, world travel, and summer study programs; to designing literary magazines, research projects, and community service endeavors; and examining, observing, and improving themselves, others, and the world around them. Our Upper Schoolers can join our Equestrian Program,  join a robotics team, perform in school plays,  and play athletics at a high competition level.

School Fast Facts:

  • 361 students in preschool through 12th grade
  • 183 boys and 178 girls
  • 112 students in the Lower School(preschool-grade 5)
  • 96 students in Middle School (grades 6-8)
  • 153 students in Upper School (grades 9-12)
  • Class size for ECC is 8; Lower School classes average 13; Middle School classes average 14; and Upper School classes average 14. 
  • 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.
  • 100% college acceptance
  • 80% 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
  • $2.1 million in merit scholarships was earned by the Class of 2013 with an average award of $99,562. 
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