Tuition & Affordability

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.

Thank you for your interest in our Need-Based Flexible Tuition Plan. We look forward to working with you to make a Wheeling Country Day School education affordable for your family.  

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.

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Wheeling Country Day School is a safe place to try a new skill that could become a life’s passion, to connect with an adult who will forever believe in you unconditionally, to balance the vulnerability, to lead with the empowerment of being part of a team and something greater than yourself.

Facts

  • 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.

Timeline

  • Each year’s timeline/deadlines will be included in an email to all families who have requested information via the admissions application.
  • It is very important that families follow the application timeline in order to receive full consideration for reduced tuition; however, missed stated deadlines will not disqualify a family.

Policies

  • Financial aid is a grant; therefore, it is not required to be repaid to WCDS
  • Decisions are confidential agreements between WCDS and the recipient families and are to be treated accordingly by both parties.
  • Financial aid decisions are made independently from admissions decisions.
  • Grants are made for one year. Normally financial aid will continue throughout a student’s enrollment provided an up-to-date account balance is maintained; the annual application is filed and tax documents are uploaded by the stated deadline, and need is still exhibited.
  • No grants are offered for the We Two Program, and only a few, limited grants are offered for full-time preschool and junior kindergarten. If financial aid is offered for preschool or junior kindergarten, it is capped at 50% of full tuition.
  • Funds are not reserved for families whose paperwork or tax forms are incomplete.

Applications are processed by a third party financial analysis service. They will recommend what a family should reasonably contribute toward tuition. The school’s committee uses this information as a starting point with additional considerations including the total budget and the needs of the entire applicant pool.

The Financial Aid Committee is mindful of its obligation to utilize the limited financial aid funds responsibly and prudently; therefore, it is imperative that recipients fully merit their grants by a conscientious effort to complete every aspect of the financial aid process.

Any financial support that may be available beyond the parents’ own income and assets should be reported on the form for consideration by the school.

It is expected that families requesting the school’s assistance will contribute as much as they can to their children’s education and will, therefore, give great consideration in completing that question on the application.

Note for Late Applications: Missed deadlines will not disqualify a family. We encourage current and new families to proceed with the application process at their earliest convenience; however, resources cannot be guaranteed, and amounts awarded later may be reduced.

*Financial Aid decisions are made independently from admissions decisions and in no way affect a candidate’s chances for admissions. The Financial Aid Program is open to students of any race, creed, and national or ethnic origin.

Frequently Asked Questions

What ages/grades are offered at WCDS?

Wheeling Country Day School has programs for children ages 2-14. Our We Two program is offered as a once-a-week offering, while our preschool through 8th-grade programs provides full-day options. 

Is Wheeling Country Day School Accredited?

Wheeling Country Day School is fully accredited by the Independent School Association of the Central States (ISACS).

Do you provide Financial Aid and Scholarships?

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.

Do you provide Before and After Care programs?

Wheeling Country Day School offers Before School Care for students from 7:30 AM to 8:00 AM. 

After School Care is provided until 5:30 PM. 

Before and After Care are optional add-ons to your monthly tuition. 

Learn More About Before and After Care Programs

Application

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Applying online is easy with WCDS. Complete and submit your online application. This application confirms your interest and prompts the school’s consideration of your child. You can download and submit the records release form if your child currently attends kindergarten or above. 

Schedule Your Visit

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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 you can contact the Admissions Office for special arrangements. 

Experience WCDS by coming to the campus for an age-appropriate visit with faculty and peers. 

Diversity Statement

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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.

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

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