The Madeira School

8328 Georgetown Pike
Mc Lean, VA 22102-0221
Tel: (703)556-8273
Grades: 9-12 | 306 students
Madeira is an independent boarding and day school educating 320 girls in grades 9 through 12.
Our 376-acre campus is located 15 minutes from Washington, D.C. in McLean, Virginia.
Madeira’s challenging academic programs and experiential learning opportunities, like the award winning Co-Curriculum program, cultivate women leaders who are ready to make positive impacts in their local and global communities.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Coalition of Girls
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS)
Religious Affiliation Non-sectarian
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Year Founded 1906

Student Body

Total Students 306 students
Student Body Type All-girls
% Students of Color
State avg.: 26%
Students by Grade The Madeira School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 37 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 12 students
Number of AP Courses 18 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Comparative Government & Politics, English Language, English Literature, French Language, French Literature, Latin Literature, Latin: Vergil, Physics B, S Government & Politics, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, US History
Average SAT score 1945
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 31 / rolling
Tuition Notes $52,710 for Boarding $39,830 Day School Tuition
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $33,964
Admissions Director Ann Miller
Admissions Associate John Bonhom


Total Sports Offered 13 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Diving, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
Field HockeyLacrosse,
TennisTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 7 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. 60+ Clubs, A Capella and Glee Groups, Chamber Orchestra, Dance, Karate, Technical Theater, Theater 60+ Clubs, Dance, Karate, Theater, A Capella and Glee Groups,
Chamber Orchestra,
Technical Theater,

School Notes:

  • Madeira’s curriculum is grounded in expert teaching and active involvement of the students when planning their academic paths. Personal academic advising enables girls to customize a schedule beyond graduation requirements, offering them the highest degree of challenge that best suits their interests. From AP Art History to iPad App Development, students may take advantage of the many upper-level courses offered. 
  • The innovative Co-Curriculum program at Madeira integrates experiential learning with the cultural, political, and business life of the nation’s capital. Every Wednesday, girls learn from real-world experience, graduating with a solid resume that rivals that of college students. The unique grade-level objectives of the Co-Curriculum program progress from learning about identity and community during freshman and sophomore years to experiencing “real-life work” and leadership training during junior-year internships in Capitol Hill offices and student-selected internships during the girls’ senior year.

    Madeira has 13 inter-scholastic sports, including an equestrian team, as well as instruction in music, dance, film, visual and performing arts, which give students competitive and creative outlets.
  • The campus, which overlooks the Potomac River from 376 scenic acres, is a place for study, play, and competition, home to superior academic, athletic, riding, and arts facilities. Sports facilities include a 32,000 square foot sports center with basketball and volleyball courts, indoor competition size pool, dance/aerobic studio, and strength and conditioning room. There are also eight hard-surface tennis courts, three playing fields, 49 stall barn, indoor riding arena, and extensive riding and hiking trails. The arts facilities includes a 500 seat proscenium theater, drama rehearsal space, scene shop, dance studios, private vocal and instrumental studios, and an art gallery.
  • With Washington, D.C. is 15 minutes away, students take advantage of shopping in Georgetown, movies at Tysons Corner, and dim sum in Chinatown. The 20 other independent boarding and day schools (including all-boys and co-ed schools) nearby provide plenty of social opportunities on the weekends.

Profile last updated: 11/20/2015

Nearby Private Schools:

The nearest high school is Oakcrest School (2.4 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Chesterbrook Academy #1160 (2.4 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Chesterbrook Academy #1160 (2.4 miles away)
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  • Vienna
    Grades: PK-2 | 85 students
    2.4 miles
    9525 Leesburg Pike
    Vienna, VA 22182
  • Mc Lean
    Oakcrest School
    All-girls (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: 6-12 | 184 students
    2.4 miles
    850 Balls Hill Road
    Mc Lean, VA 22101
  • Mc Lean
    Grades: K-8 | 190 students
    2.9 miles
    7005 Georgetown Pike
    Mc Lean, VA 22101
  • Mc Lean
    Grades: NS-PK | 54 students
    3.1 miles
    8283 Greensboro Drive
    Mc Lean, VA 22102
  • Mc Lean
    Grades: NS-8
    3.1 miles
    1411 Balls Hill Road
    Mc Lean, VA 22101

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