As a former student of Wakefield School, I felt absolutely disgusted reading the negative comments. I went to Wakefield from 9th to 12th grade and I will it admit I had both negative and positive thoughts throughout my four years. However, the positives definitely outwiegh the bad. The Wakefield faculty
... Read more is VERY involved with the student's regardless of your financial status. I relied on financial aid to attend this school and I never once felt that I was being treated differently because of my parents' income. Faculty will always check up on student's when they notice they are struggling in the class and appear to be having a bad day. There may be a few mean students and slight bullying, but honestly what school doesn't have that? Students are going to take their stress and anger out on others sometimes, it's a way of life. It is very hurtful to see negative comments towards Wakefield. I was able to develop a close relationship with all my teachers and they made me feel as if I was apart of a family, considering I didn't have much of one at home. Wakefield is challenging, but you will be able to succeed as no one there wants to see a single student fail. Read less
Posted by a student on 01/12/15
This is an awful awful nasty school. They bury your child is meaningless busy work. Just memorization and regurgitation. You child will learn nothing useful. They say they have a good English program but my child found the level about three grades lower than she had before. The teachers are mean and
... Read more shout at your child constantly. Their is not trust. The admin is is caught up in constant conflict, the back stabbing spitefulness is unbelievably bad. There are a few people who have their own kids in the school who have the smug attitude that they can do as they please bec they force out anyone that speaks up against them. This place reminds me of a Jerry springer show the in fighting is so bad. They will treat you well if you donate a lot of money but otherwise they will treat you badly, discuss your personal financial info openly and treat you like dirt. I have never been treated so badly before. This school is a poor return for your money - there are so many better schools. My child was miserable here and since I moved her she is incredibly happy and her grades have sky-rocketed. The meanness and elitism trickles down to the students. Just an awful awful place! Read less
Posted by a parent on 12/02/14
As the new Headmaster of Wakefield School, I welcome all feedback about our school. I would certainly encourage this particular family to contact me about their situation to help me better understand what we can do to make Wakefield an even stronger community. Our school is one that works very hard
... Read more on the development of young women and men of character who not only excel in the classroom, but also treat everyone with kindness, decency, and respect. We have a program that spans our entire preschool through 12th grade curriculum specifically designed to prevent bullying and to encourage inclusion. We take breaches of our community standards seriously and work very hard to be an inclusive community. Read less
Posted by a teacher on 11/21/14
I have had a child now in every grade at the school from Pre-K to 12th grade. I will say that it is not a school for everybody. I don't think any private school should be a school for everybody. It is a school for FAMILIES that value hard work and the importance of reflection. Not all of the students
... Read more are above average in ability; mine are no different. I have seen tremendous growth in the amount of socioeconomic diversity over the years. I have seen a concentrated effort by the administration to improve the quality of the math, science education at the school which has paid off in my opinion. The students with whom I have interacted have been generally amazing in terms of their etiquette. They express thoughts that are clearly well thought out. It is not a place for people who are looking for spoon-fed, effortless education. It takes a degree of effort on behalf of the students and their parents to succeed at a high level at this school. The middle of the road student at Wakefield is a strong student anywhere. I am very pleased I have had my children at Wakefield and all will graduate from there and will have the best possible foundation I could provide for them. Read less
Posted by a parent on 11/13/14
This is THE WORST school I have ever had the misfortune of having my child enrolled! The teaching is very bad! Admin is bad, they can't write recommendations and the place is bleeding students - Don't waste your time here! The only way they can improve is to close their doors for good! I would give
... Read more this school no stars but the site won't allow it! Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/11/14
As a parent of two children attending Wakefield, I could not be happier with the facility, administration, and teachers. On the first day of school, my kindergartener held open the door for a long line of students and parents walking into the building. He was not prompted by his mother to do so, he did
... Read more this on his own. He said "good morning" and smiled to each person that walked through that door. "Capable, Ethical, and Articulate Citizens." This is Wakefield and these values are taught from the beginning. This is something that is not taught in the public schools. I can speak from experience, as a graduate from a Virginia public school. Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/10/14
I am not sure what some of the other reviewers are talking about. My child has been enrolled at Wakefield for three years. It has been a wonderful experience from day one. Whenever I have had a concern it has been addressed thoughtfully and quickly. My child has gained not only great academic skills
... Read more but his enthusiasm for school and his self confidence have soared. I have found all of the teachers and school leaders to great educators committed to the success of all of their students. It is a great school. Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/10/14
I have no idea what the review posted in March is speaking about. I am pleased that the school has worked to improve its athletic and extracurricular programs and impressed that last year's graduating class had a scholarship artist, athlete and academic. It speaks to the overall strength of the program.
... Read more I know they are working to improve the diversity of the student body and open up the experience to a wider range of students. If that means more "basketball" players I am willing to accept that. It is not an easy place and the expectations on their students seem to be high so I can't imagine it being a super attractive place for people only interested in athletics. I know of many more overtly pro-athletic places locally. No school is perfect and I know they take improving seriously; I have felt listened to when I have had questions or concerns. I am looking forward to the new Head and expect him to work with the school to rise to the high standards it sets for itself. As a proud middle class parent I appreciate the financial support the school has provided for given me and I look forward to continuing my relationship with the school and the wonderful community that surrounds it. Read less
Posted by a parent on 05/05/14
Wakefield School seemed like such a great place when I went there as a sixth grade student; however, as I grew and became a high schooler, Wakefield began to box me in. As a school Wakefield celebrates the personality and norms of the upper middle class white family--leaving those with a creative side
... Read more or cultured side to be ridiculed. Wakefield's environment yields to bullying as well as ridicule for not adopting the ways of a "normal student". Wakefield puts those with sufficient funds ahead and cares less for those who do not meet an unspoken income requirement. Wakefield awards athletic talent over all other achievements and dismisses the arts and the sciences. Students are recruited for sports teams specifically men's basketball and those recruited in recent years have not held up to the high standards that others are. . It is one thing when children are breaking the rules, but when the adults in the administration are breaking the rules with no consequences, that is when it becomes a problem. Read less
Posted by a other on 03/25/14
I have 2 children in the upper school and am extremely pleased with the classes that they offer. Both kids do a lot of writing and critical thinking which is so important as they begin the process for entering college. Excellent leadership in the Upper School. The quality of instructors in the Upper
... Read more School is outstanding. A good mix of male and female teachers with high levels of education and experience. My kids will absolutely be ready for college and beyond!! Read less
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The Plains schools — Wakefield School is located at 4439 Old Tavern Rd, The Plains VA 20198. 4439 Old Tavern Rd is in the 20198 ZIP code in The Plains, VA Wakefield School is a Private school that serves grade levels PK - 12.
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