The Madeira School
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The Madeira School Photo #2 - Madeira's 376-acre campus in McLean, Virginia, overlooks the Potomac River from a perch just 12 miles northwest of Washington, D.C.
- Madeira is an independent boarding and day school educating 325 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 internship program, cultivate women leaders who are ready to make positive impacts in their local and global communities.
The Madeira School places among the top 20% of private schools in Virginia for:
- Category Attribute
- SAT Score Highest average SAT score
- Acceptance Rate Lowest average acceptance rates
- Advanced Degrees Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees
- Student Body Largest student body
- AP Courses Most AP courses offered
- Sports offered Most sports offered
- Extracurriculars Most extracurriculars offered
- School History Oldest founding date
|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)
|Grades Offered||Grades 9-12|
|Offers Post-Graduate Year||Yes|
|Learning Difference Programs||Yes|
|Summer School Offered||Yes|
|Summer Program Details||Link to Summer Program Details|
|Total Students||325 students|
|Student Body Type||All-girls|
|% Students of Color|
State avg.: 23%
|Students 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||1350|
|Average ACT score||29|
|Average Percentile SSAT||78%|
|Matriculation DataMatric. Data||Link to Matriculation Data|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual|
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||Jan. 15 / rolling|
|Tuition Notes||$62,000 for Boarding $47,310 Day School Tuition|
|% on Financial Aid|
|Average Financial Aid Grant||$32,139|
National avg.: 85%
|Admissions Director||Matti Donkor|
|Admissions Associate||Elizabeth Crowder|
|Total Sports Offered||17 sports|
|Sports||Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Dance, Diving, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Martial Arts, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter TrackBasketball, Climbing,|
Cross Country, Dance,
Field Hockey, Lacrosse,
Martial Arts, Rock Climbing,
Track and Field, Volleyball,
|Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.||34 extracurriculars|
|ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.||Club or Organization:|
60+ Clubs, Black Student Union, Chinese Culture Club, CLIPUS Foundation, Debate Club, FOCUS, French Club, Gay Straight Alliance, Generation Progress, Girl Up, Green Team, Hands on Housing, Japanese Club, Judaism at Madeira, Korean Students Association, Math and Computer Science Club, Mental Health Awareness Club, Muslim Student Association, Science and Engineering Club, South Asian Student Association, Spanish Club, Stress Relief Club, Young Democrats, Young Republicans
Arts and Music Programs:
A Capella and Glee Groups, Chamber Orchestra, Dance, GATE: Literary Magazine, Madeira Arts Council, Slam Poetry Club, Technical Theater, Theater
Recreational Athletic Programs:
Badminton Club, Karate
- 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.
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Madeira is a warm, welcoming environment that nurtures teenage girls. They offer a very strong academic and athletic program and encourage girls to use their voices and become leaders. They have a very strong internship program with congressional and senate representatives. My daughter will have a better resume leaving high school than I did when I finished college. Wow! They offer financial aid and with a strong boarding population, there's always something to do on the weekends whether boarding or not. Driving onto campus in the morning and seeing the horses and then the Potomac River right behind campus always puts us in the right frame of mind for the rest of the day. I highly recommend the school.
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