Address: 1325 S. Dinwiddie St., Arlington, VA 22206
Principal: Christian Willmore, firstname.lastname@example.org
Full Day – 8:19 a.m. to 3:01 p.m.
Early Release – 8:19 a.m to 12:21 p.m.
Office hours: 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Web Site: wakefield.apsva.us
Wakefield is a vibrant community of students, staff and parents working together for success. In a state-of-the-art building, Wakefield provides appropriate academic challenges to all students. Ninety-two percent of graduates continue to college, and in 2017 graduates earned over $7 million in scholarship and grant money.
Wakefield’s initiatives for creating successful students caught the attention of President Obama who visited the school on two occasions. In addition, Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe was so impressed with our Senior Project that in 2016 he unveiled his new diploma plan at Wakefield.
Wakefield is home to the high-school Spanish Immersion Program, and is designated by Spain’s Ministry of Education as an International Spanish Academy. In 2016, Wakefield was named the Spanish Academy School of the Year. Wakefield also offers French, Latin, German, Mandarin, Japanese, and Arabic.
Our Advanced Placement (AP) Network and AP Summer Bridge programs encourage and prepare students to take Advanced Placement courses. Wakefield was honored with College Board’s prestigious Inspiration Award for these initiatives; and, in 2017, College Board selected Wakefield to offer their rigorous Capstone Diploma. The Capstone courses align with our Senior Project objective of every graduate completing a rigorous, independent research project, typically in an area of career interest, during their senior year.
Wakefield’s signature approach to transition, The Ninth Grade Foundation for Academic Excellence, places ninth graders with a core team of content area teachers. This approach to ninth grade provides significant support for students in their first year of high school.
The Cohort and United Minority Girls programs work to support minority students in taking academically rigorous classes and successfully transitioning to college. The Cohort Program works with African-American and Hispanic males, while United Minority Girls is open to all minority females.
With strong community ties, Wakefield has several partnerships in learning. One is with Signature Theatre, which allows student involvement in professional stage productions. Wakefield also partners with Urban Alliance to place selected seniors in paid internships in the area.