Wakefield School, an independent school for children in Junior Kindergarten through grade 12, has earned full reaccreditation from the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS). 

Founded in 1973, VAIS has been the leader promoting educational, ethical and professional excellence for Virginia’s best independent schools.  Its accreditation program is one of a select few recognized at the national level through the National Association of Independent School’s Commission on Accreditation and is also recognized and approved by the Virginia Board of Education through the Virginia Council for Private Education.

Wakefield School’s Headmaster, David Colón, said, “We are proud of having our accreditation renewed by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools.  The positive feedback garnered from this process is invaluable for Wakefield and provides affirmation of our mission.  Accreditation also adds momentum to continuing the implementation of our strategic initiatives of first-rate teaching, experiential learning, civic engagement, and technology integration.”

Wakefield School in The Plains, Virginia, provides students with a rigorous liberal arts education through a challenging, content-rich curriculum and extra-curricular activities that are delivered by skilled, supportive, and creative teachers, coaches, and advisers.

Wakefield believes in broad knowledge, the equal importance of character and intellect, the benefits of hard work, and the unique potential of the students. By fostering self-discipline, independence, creativity, and curiosity, students receive fundamental knowledge and the critical thinking skills to distinguish that which is true from that which is not, and the strength of character to use that wisdom.

Families who share and embrace this ambitious vision: to develop capable, ethical, and articulate citizens who will seek the challenge, make a difference, and live extraordinary lives enjoy and benefit from the Wakefield experience.

“Parents may be sure that when choosing a VAIS-accredited school for their children, that the school has been through an intense period of self-reflection and evaluation which strengthens the entire institution,” said Betsy Hunroe, Executive Director of VAIS. 

The voluntary accreditation process is a rigorous undertaking involving a comprehensive self-study, including feedback from all constituent groups. 

A visiting team comprised of peer evaluators from other independent schools spends time on campus reviewing the school’s reports and curriculum, visiting classrooms, and observing campus life.  The team’s report is then submitted for accreditation approval by the VAIS Board of Directors.

To learn more about Wakefield School, please visit www.wakefieldschool.org.  Or to learn more about VAIS accreditation and its member schools, visit www.vais.org.


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