The International Student program at WCDS reflects a commitment to instilling respect for and communication and understanding among varied cultures. The program serves young men and women with a working fluency in both written and spoken English who wish to enhance their second-language abilities. A special two-year program allows students to fulfill the School’s diploma requirements at a pace and level of difficulty commensurate with their English skills. WCDS has high expectations of its students, both academically and behaviorally, and striving for excellence becomes a way of life for all who attend the School.
Students live either with host families or board on campus at Trinity Manor. During their time at Wakefield, international students become immersed in western history and culture, while developing strong English language skills. During Wakefield’s existence, it has been home to students from Europe, Asia, and Africa, including such countries as Spain, France, Venezuela, Turkey, Mexico, Benin, Japan, Egypt, Korea, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, China, Haiti, Taiwan, and Russia. Our prep school is designed to systematically prepare students for college entry. Virtually 100% of our graduates go on to some of the finest colleges and universities in the nation. Wakefield students consistently rank well above the national average in SAT scores.
“When I left my family behind in Turkey to come to America, I was very unhappy. After arriving at Wakefield Country Day School; however, I found that I had a second family. WCDS has provided me with a great education, in a family-like environment. After a few months, I felt like I knew everyone around me. As I became used to the school, I found that I wanted to behave, to act more grown up. My grades improved, and by my senior year I was elected by the student body as President of Student Government. Wakefield helped me polish my skills, build on my strengths and work on my weaknesses. Now I am attending college in the United States, and I believe that WCDS gave me the foundation that I need to be successful in whatever I choose to do.”
- Okan Camci (Turkey), Class of 2004
“People at Wakefield Country Day School are really nice and welcoming to new students. Also, small classes give you an opportunity to learn more and get individual attention from the teacher. Everyone gets to play sports, so you learn cooperation and team work.”
- Song-Yi Chang (Korea), Class of 2006
“When I arrived in the United States in 2001, I spoke no English, and now I speak it well. Wakefield is like a big family. You feel safe here.”
- Maria Herraiz Muro (Spain), Class of 2005
International Boarding Student Program 2011?2012 Fees and Charges (pdf)
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