The Madeira School

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.

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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 AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1906
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students325 students
Student Body TypeAll-girls
% Students of Color
State avg.: 26%
Students by Grade The Madeira School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers37 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size12 students
Number of AP Courses18 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesArt 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 score1350
Average ACT score29
Average Percentile SSAT78%
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 15 / rolling
Tuition Notes$62,000 for Boarding $47,310 Day School Tuition
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$32,139
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorMatti Donkor
Admissions AssociateElizabeth Crowder


Total Sports Offered17 sports
SportsBasketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Dance, Diving, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Martial Arts, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter TrackBasketballClimbing,
Cross CountryDance,
Field HockeyLacrosse,
Martial ArtsRock Climbing,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Winter Track


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

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.
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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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