Our daughter has been at WCDS since PreK, so we're on our 6th year. We've been extremely pleased with her education - the classic curriculum, small class sizes, emphasis on character, participation in sports, etc. It's definitely worth the tuition (and in my mind more reasonable than others in the area). The faculty and staff are terrific and there is a strong display of mutual respect (student-to-student, student/teacher, parent/teacher, etc.). I would highly recommend WCDS to potential students. Wish I could have attended a school like this!
We chose to look at Wakefield Country Day School during my eldest son's junior year at a neighboring private prep school. Unfortunately the environment in this particular school began to shift and our family felt it was necessary to make a change. As you can imagine we were extremely concerned with having him attend a different school in his senior year especially since he would be applying to top tier universities. I cannot praise WCDS enough for making our switch so easy. The entire WCDS community was so welcoming. The curriculum at WCDS was even more challenging then the one from our previous school. The administration made sure that our boys took any classes that were necessary over the summer so that they could be in line with their new classmates. Our sons are both extremely happy, have made some wonderful new friends and have continued to challenge themselves academically. Both boys have made high honors and my senior has made the dean's list. It was as if we never skipped a beat. I highly recommend WCDS to anyone who is looking for an academically challenging, warm, friendly and safe environment for their children to learn in.
My son spent his entire academic career at WCDS from pre-k through 12th grade. In addition to a strong curriculum, I've found the staff and faculty to be supportive of his learning needs over the years. It was a third grade teacher at WCDS who identified my son's ability to accelerate and the school supported him in skipping a grade, something that had never before been done. He graduated last spring, with acceptances to Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Duke, and full rides to UVA and William & Mary. He's now happy and thriving at Yale. Like any school, a parent must stay involved, but I highly recommend WCDS. The new head of school is phenomenal and I expect WCDS to only get better!
As a parent new to the school this past year, I have been incredibly impressed with the education my child has received from the two English classes taught each day to the Latin, Spanish, History, Science, Geography, Math, and electives offered. For a school this small, the students are able to participate in many state and local academic competitions and oftentimes earn first place. The teachers are caring and go the extra mile to give additional help when students need it and parents request it. The international students add cultural diversity, and the school's traditions like weekly assembly programs and yearly events like a Medieval Banquet are fun and educational. I also really like the school's policy which requires all students in the high school to participate in team sports. We couldn't be happier.
I have a 13 year history with this school. My older sibling and I transferred to the school in middle school, graduated from the school and went to universities. We did fairly well for ourselves, so our parents decided to keep our younger sibling at the school. He began at WCDS in Pre-K and attended all the way through middle school, doing very poorly in school throughout middle school. My parents were constantly scolded by the teachers that they were not doing enough to keep him up-to-date on his homework and tests etc. (as if it was their job!) Finally, at the end of his eighth grade year, they informed my parents that he would have to be held back if he wanted to continue at the school any longer. My main point: Wakefield boasts a small atmosphere in which every child receives individual attention for quality education. This is simply not true. My little brother was the product of Wakefield Country Day School. He has never gone to another school in his life. They offered very little individual help for him as he progressed throughout the years, even though they knew he was struggling and 13 years of developed "familial" relationships with the school did not help him advance.
My son is a student in Wakefield's Pre-K class this year and he has had a wonderful experience! At this age it's all about the teacher and his teacher is so full of love and enthusiasm that you literally see children light up in front of her. And she's not using her magic idly. Their days are packed with learning and they are loving it. Everything from cleaning-up, sharing, and developing good manners- to geography, calendar work, history, science, reading, and writing. I had no idea my pre-schooler was ready to learn so much. He pulls me out the door to go to class every morning, and can hardly be kept from running from the car to his classroom. What an ideal way for a child to begin his school years!
This is a great school with a great academic program that encourages responsibility, individualism and challenging oneself. Students will not struggle at college after graduating from here. I think the new head of school will be great for the developement and furtherment of an already great program. The social aspect is a problem though because there are so few students. Replying to the last comment- many students are accepted at very prestigious colleges (UVA, William and Mary) and I think the reason that they don't apply to many iveys would be that students seem to like to stay in state schools. But I do think with this upcoming senior class there could be many admirable admissions that hopefully is some sort of prescience (WOD word) for the future.
Very interesting that Wakefield with the "Wonderful" Classical education it offers -does offer the IB progam or Diploma -with the small amount of students -the Faculty should be able to tailor the classes around IB-that Diploma is recognized world wide. Also , with the very , very small classes and the affluent parents , I am quite suprised that the none of the Students either do not apply or do not get encouraged to apply to Harvard, Princeton , Yale , U of Penn, Dartmouth etc-with all the induvidual attention that these students get and the Classical Education -they should all be highly sought after by statewide Elite Colleges.
Okay, so my 15 year-old-daughter who attended WCDS from K to 8th grade is starting her sophomore year at a big (compared to Wakefield) public school in northern California (we moved for my husband's job). Even though this is her second year at UPrep, she felt the need to go to her first classes of the year with a "security blanket." When she could not wear the bright orange cap her boyfriend gave her, she chose the next best thing - a red & white WCDS athletic shirt! Outcome, first days as 10th grader survived!!! Thanks WCDS for giving my kids so much more than a great education. They are ready for life!!!!
This school has been great for my son socially, emotionally and academically. I love the fact that ethical and moral standards are promoted and they do not compromise their values for anyone or make any apologies for holding students individually accountable for their actions. The curriculum lends itself to a deep understanding of the subjects because 1) there is no block scheduling, 2) the depth of knowledge and experience of the teachers is superior, and 3) WCDS believes in quality over quantity in terms of areas of study and course offerings. I would challenge a 7th or 8th grader from any other school to compete against a WCDS student in British History, for example. Instead of filling their curriculum with a lot of "fluff", which takes away time from more important subjects, they stick to the basics and do it in depth, providing a true classical education that is extremely difficult to find anymore.
My experience with the school is that they have no qualified or licensed person on staff for MUTUALLY beneficial conflict resolution that would ultimately benefit the student. Being told that my child would be ostracized by parents and students was truly unbelievable, considering the remarkable "familial" reputation the school boasts. As a parent, I would like to be more involved with my child's educational experience.
For the first time in 10 years our extroverted athletic son is academically motivated. He is comfortable being himself, is enjoying the sports programs and is making friends. Wakefield's small class sizes offer multiple chances for engagement with teachers and fellow students. The school is proving to be a good choice.
This school provides a caring, nurturing environment with the emphasis not only on academics, but high standards of behavior and ethics. As my child said when he visited for the first time, "Every teacher seems to have a personal relationship with each student". The quality, experience, and dedication of the faculty and staff is truly remarkable, led by the outstanding head of the school. The curriculum is well thought out and every effort is made to customize as needed. We feel very fortunate to have such an outstanding school available to us and are pleased to be a part of such a wonderful community.
WCDS is unique in many ways. first, its size: with less than 300 students it is easy for all to feel like they are part of a family. Second, its curriculum: challenging, extensive, well rounded and rigorous. There is no doubt that my child is receiving a quality education. Third, its faculty: highly qualified, caring teachers who give far beyond what is expected. Always willing to customize their care for specific needs of the student. Fourth, its campus: While the facilities are not state of the art, the campus is beatifully situated and in a safe environement. Fifth, it reputation: WCDS prepares students with the tools necessary to compete for scholarships by creating well-rounded disciplined students. We have been attending for two years and feel that thsi is the best option for our family when we consider price, programs and the product they produce.
High quality academics with a true focus on the students. No one can slide by here. Perfect for those dedicated to a rigorous education for their children, and for those who want children who can think for themselves. I can't say enough about the school. Truly a gem!
It has a feeling of family. The kids have an ownership of the school and are so respectful of those on the grounds. My daughter loves having the older kids work with her in class. She loves the teachers and they have done wonders! This is such a great school that looks at the kids on an individual basis. The teachers teach the kids based on the children's learning styles, not the other way around.
The best school for those who desire an excellent education. Every teacher is equally great. Communication between teachers, parents and administration is top notch. The Headmistress greets every child by name each morning in front of the school! What more could you ask for! If your priority is sports and your child is interested in a sports scholarship, then you should look at another school. This school is very academically oriented. It is cool to be smart here!
A true jewel! Small caring environment with excellent teachers. My child entered at 11th grade and found the academics challenging, but the staff was very encouraging. Because it is small it doesn't offer all the bells and whistles, but students are spending time on what really counts, and they have a great time with sports and extracurricular activities. My husband, on visiting on a school day, said, 'The kids seem so comfortable there. The older students were talking to the younger students like brothers and sisters.' I would recommend it for anyone who wants a quality education for their children. I only wish I had experienced a school like Wakefield myself!
Wonderful - simply wonderful. This was the best decision we ever made. The teachers really care. The student body is like one big family with older students helping younger ones. Academics are excellent, but can be tough! International Day, Medieval Banquet, Science Fair are all exciting events - just to name a few. Parents play a key role in the daily 'life' of the school, too. The only down-side might be that there aren't many extra-curriculars because the school is so small.
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