The Madeira School

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked VA School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 324 students
  • Acceptance rate: 40%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

The Madeira School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Virginia for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
324 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 31%
Students by Grade
The Madeira School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
35 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
12 students
Number of AP Courses
18 courses
List of Courses Offered
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
Average ACT score
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 15
Tuition Notes
See website
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Emily Reynolds



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
34 extracurriculars
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

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.
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Katherine Graham - Publisher, Washington Post
    • Mika Brzezinski - New Anchor
    • Alice Rivlin - Former director, Office of Management and Budget
    • Stockard Channing - Actress
    • Brooke Astor - Philanthropist
    • Francis Sternhagen - Actress
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the acceptance rate of The Madeira School?
The acceptance rate of The Madeira School is 40%, which is lower than the national average of 83%. The Madeira School's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in Virginia with low acceptance rates.
Who are famous alumni from The Madeira School?
The Madeira School famous alumni include: Katherine Graham, Mika Brzezinski, Alice Rivlin, Stockard Channing, Brooke Astor and Francis Sternhagen.
Does The Madeira School offer a summer program?
Yes, The Madeira School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What sports does The Madeira School offer?
The Madeira School offers 17 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Dance, Diving, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Martial Arts, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball and Winter Track. The Madeira School is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in Virginia for most sports offered.
What is The Madeira School's ranking?
When is the application deadline for The Madeira School?
The application deadline for The Madeira School is Jan. 15.

School Reviews

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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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked VA School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 324 students
  • Acceptance rate: 40%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Fairfax County, VA is $19,028 for elementary schools and $21,241 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Fairfax County, VA is 81% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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