Admissions

Wheeling Country Day School seeks curious and kind children eager to engage in joyful learning and who will make a positive contribution to the school community.

We are pleased you are exploring an independent choice for your child’s elementary education.

While our website provides much information, we strongly encourage you to visit our campus in person. Observe our curious and engaged students and teachers in their classrooms and throughout our spacious campus with its grass playing field, classroom courtyard, and outdoor amphitheater. Sit in on classes that give great attention to a curriculum that matches the optimum times for learning within a child’s first ten years.

As you explore the Wheeling Country Day School option for your family and your child’s elementary experience, please consider the many questions to ask yourself and any school you consider.

Paying for an independent school education is a concern for all families. Those who have applied for admissions may apply for financial aid awards. Admissions decisions are made separately from financial aid award decisions.

It is fully accredited by the Independent School Association of the Central States (ISACS) and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and Independent School Management (ISM).

Mission

WCDS empowers students to think, to create, and to communicate in a nurturing environment where learning and character are paramount.

Diversity

WCDS seeks to purposefully build an environment that reflects and honors diversity. We honor the dignity of every human being, and we respect and value differences including but not limited to socioeconomics, race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, and family composition. Our community is committed to ongoing dialogue, education, and reflection to develop understanding and inclusion of every member.

Positive Campus

Our teachers and staff create an environment that is welcoming to students and their families. In a positive environment, children learn to be self-reliant, self-motivated, and resourceful learners.

Balanced Programs

A balanced program of academic basics, fine arts, physical development, and critical thinking develops and enhances students’ individual and cooperative abilities.

Supportive Instructors

A supportive faculty challenges students to learn independently and within a group, with and without direct instruction, and the faculty rewards the students’ best efforts, ambition, and accomplishments.

More Than a Classroom

A wide variety of activities beyond the classroom enrich learning opportunities. Personalized instruction using various methods and materials contributes to the total experience.

Application Process

1

Start Online Application

Complete and submit your Online Application. This application confirms your interest and prompts the school’s consideration of your child.

2

Submit Records

Download and submit the Records Release Form if your child currently attends kindergarten or above. 

3

Let's Meet - Admissions Event

The school takes great pride in the fact that the Head of School meets with each family to engage in a mission/philosophy conversation. Admissions Events offer this group opportunity or contact the Admissions Office for Special Arrangements. 

4

Experience WCDS

Each applicant comes to the campus for an age-appropriate visit with faculty and peers. The Admissions Office will contact families to arrange personal Experience WCDS Days. 

Experience WCDS

Schedule a School Tour or Classroom Visit

Observe our curious and engaged students and teachers in their classrooms and throughout our spacious campus with its grass playing field, classroom courtyard, and outdoor amphitheater. Sit in on classes that give great attention to a curriculum that matches the optimum times for learning within a child’s first ten years.

Upcoming Admission Events

Loving school at WCDS means embracing risk and curiosity and speaking with a voice truly heard. Bring your family to take in our campus, interact with our faculty, students, and alumni, and try your hand at learning differently. 

During Admission Events you will experience the following: observe classrooms, converse with teachers, speak with students, chat with parents, tour the campus, and ask questions

14Jan

Prospective Family Day (PFD)

9:30 am - 11:30 am8 Park Road
Experience Preschool Admissions Event at Wheeling Country Day School
27Feb

Experience Preschool

9:30 am - 11:30 am8 Park Road
Experience JK Admissions Event at Wheeling Country Day School
01Mar

Experience Junior Kindergarten

10:00 am - 11:30 am8 Park Road
Experience JK Admissions Event at Wheeling Country Day School
02Mar

Experience Senior Kindergarten

10:00 am - 11:30 am8 Park Road

Need-Based Flexible Tuition

Wheeling Country Day School offers Need-Based Flexible Tuition to enroll students who could not otherwise afford to attend. No qualified student should be deterred by financial restraints from applying to Wheeling Country Day School, and families who feel they need assistance are encouraged to apply.

  • Average grant – 48% of tuition
  • Students receiving financial aid – 83 (full time preschool through sixth grade)
  • Percentage of student body receiving aid – 39%
  • Information is kept in strict confidence.