The Madeira School

8328 Georgetown Pike
McLean, VA 22102-1200
Tel: 703-556-8273
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12, PG | 308 students
Madeira is an independent boarding and day school educating 308 girls in grades 9 through 12.
Our 376-acre campus is located 15 minutes from Washington, DC 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.

Top 20 Placements:

Listed among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 335 schools) for:

Definition of Terms 
2014 School Data
The Madeira School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 7-12
School Type All-girls Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1906 1910
Campus Size 376 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 308 students 295 students
% Students of Color 33% 19%
% International Students 17% 20%
% Students Boarding 52% 67%
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1770 - 2120 -
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 12 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:6 1:7
# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 17 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 88% 67%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $62 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$54,555
(Comprehensive Fee)
$48,500
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$41,224
(Comprehensive Fee)
$27,525
% Students on Financial Aid 30% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $34,179 $20,465
Merit Scholarships Offered No No

Admission

Application Deadline Jan. 31 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 80% -
Acceptance Rate 54% 57%
Director of AdmissionsAnn Miller
Associate Director of AdmissionsMary Herridge

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 17 16
CoursesArt History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry , Comparative Government & Politics, English Language, English Literature, French Langauge, French Literature, Latin Literature, Latin: Vergil, Physics B, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, US Government & Politics, US History

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered 13 14
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Diving, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 45 24
ExtracurricularsA Capella Vocal Ensemble, Arts Council, Asian Club, Badminton Club, Black Student Union, Chamber Orchestra, Chinese Culture Club, Classics Club, CLIPUS Foundation, Community Service Club, Dance Troupe, Debate Club, Environmental Club, FOCUS, French Club, Gay Straight Alliance, Generation Progress, Girl Up, Glee, Hands on Housing, Jewish Religion and Culture, Junior Statesmen of America, Latin American Culture Club, Latin Club, Literary Magazine,

College Matriculation

Year: 2009-2013 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of Virginia 20
College of William and Mary 19
Syracuse University 10
The George Washington University 9
Carnegie Mellon University 8
Dickenson College 8
Cornell University 7
Boston University 6
Bucknell University 6
Colgate University 6
Link to Matriculation Data

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.
  • School accreditations: NAIS, VAIS, TABS

Nearby Schools:

The nearest boarding school is Georgetown Preparatory School (7.8 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • North Bethesda, MDGeorgetown Preparatory School
    All-boys  (Catholic)
    10900 Rockville Pike
    North BethesdaMD 20852
    301-214-1215
    7.8 mi | 490 students | Gr. 9-12
  • Washington, D.C., DCSt. Albans School
    All-boys  (Episcopal)
    Mount St. Alban
    Washington, D.C.DC 20016
    202-537-6440
    9.2 mi | 575 students | Gr. 4-12
  • Alexandria, VAEpiscopal High School
    (Episcopal)
    1200 N. Quaker Lane
    AlexandriaVA 22302
    877-933-4347
    12.7 mi | 435 students | Gr. 9-12
  • Sandy Spring, MDSandy Spring Friends School
    (Quaker)
    16923 Norwood Road
    Sandy SpringMD 20860
    301-774-7455
    15.8 mi | 553 students | Gr. Pre-K-12
  • Middleburg, VAFoxcroft School
    All-girls 
    P.O. Box 5555
    MiddleburgVA 20118
    540-687-4340
    27 mi | 165 students | Gr. 9-12
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