The Madeira School

8328 Georgetown Pike
McLean, VA 22102
Madeira is an independent boarding and day school educating 340 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 internship program, cultivate women leaders who are ready to make positive impacts in their local and global communities.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12
  • Enrollment: 340 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $71,600
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $55,800
  • Acceptance rate: 37%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

The Madeira School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 285 schools) for:

Category
Attribute
Student Attention

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2023 School Data
The Madeira School
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
9-12
9-12
School Type
Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
1906
1906
Campus Size
376 acres
126 acres

Student Body

Enrollment
340 students
319 students
% Students of Color
40%
25%
% International Students
15%
20%
% Students Boarding
51%
68%
Offers Post-Grad Year
No
No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
No
No
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
Average Class Size
12 students
12
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
4:1
7:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
10
18
ESL Courses Offered
No
Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
91%
71%
Summer Program Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$80 million
$27 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$71,600
(Comprehensive Fee)
$64,900
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$55,800
(Comprehensive Fee)
$35,900
% Students on Financial Aid
37%
40%
Merit Scholarships Offered
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Jan. 15 / rolling
Jan. 15
SSAT Required
Yes
Yes
Acceptance Rate
37%
60%
Director of Admissions
Emily Reynolds

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
10
18
Courses
Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry , English Language and Composition, French Language & Culture, Latin, Physics C, Spanish Language & Culture, Statistics

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations
55
23
Extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Amnesty International, Best Buddies, Black Students Union, Business & Economics Club, Chinese Culture Club, Classics Club, Cooking Club, Critical Thinking & Conflict Transformation, Debate Club, Focus, French Club, Gender-Sexuality Alliance, Girl Tech, Girl Up, Girls Who Code, Global Politics & Culture Club, Go Pursue, Hands United, Judaism at Madeira, K-Pop Club, Korean Culture Club, Madeira Arts Club, Madeira Musicians Association, Madeira Speakers Club/Snails Speak Spark, Make A Wish Club, Maker Club, Marine Biology & Science Club, Math Club, Middle Eastern Students Association, Model UN Club, Morgan's Message Club, Muslim Students Association, Neurodivergent Students Association, Pre-Health Club, Reach For the Stars, Red Cross Club, Save The Children, Sexual Assault & Consent Awareness, Snails Prevail, Songwriting Club, South Asian Students Association, STEM Club, Student Democratic Union, The Evergreen Project, The Madeira Astronomy Club, Trivia Club, WEARTH

Arts and Music Programs:
Ceramics, Chamber Orchestra, Choir, Digital Art, Graphic Design, Photography, Studio Art, Theater

College Matriculation

Year: 2023 - 2024
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of Virginia
6
New York University
3
Boston College
2
Georgetown University
2
Johns Hopkins University
2
Wake Forest University
2
Brown University
1
Duke University
1
Princeton University
1
Stanford University
1

School Notes

  • 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.
  • Madeira's curriculum is grounded in deep learning that crosses disciplines, connecting STEAM with the humanities, language with the arts, and classroom instruction with real-world experience. It's an innovative, rigorous, and girl-centric curriculum that builds critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills.
  • Our personalized, college-like modular academic schedule incorporates three classes at a time during the day, with 7 mods per school year, allowing for more focus on ambitious learning and retention.
  • Our renowned four-year internship program gives every Madeira student experience in a community organization, on Capitol Hill, and in a career interest or passion. Girls participate in immersive, 5-week internships, 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.
  • Our teachers are subject experts and scholars who bring creativity and innovation to the classroom, creating courses found only at Madeira.Small class sizes, which average 12 girls, and a low 4:1 student-faculty ratio, make learning highly interactive and collaborative.
  • Our diverse student body, spring break trips, summer exchanges, and international "learnerships" build girls' cultural knowledge and understanding.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • The Madeira School accreditations: NAIS, VAIS, TABS,
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Katherine Graham - Publisher, Washington Post
    • Mika Brzezinski - News 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

How much does The Madeira School cost?
The Madeira School's tuition is approximately $71,600 for boarding students and $55,800 for day students.
What schools are The Madeira School often compared to?
The Madeira Schoolis often viewed alongside schools like Foxcroft School by visitors of our site.
What is the acceptance rate of The Madeira School?
The acceptance rate of The Madeira School is 37%, which is lower than the boarding school average of 60%.
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.
What sports does The Madeira School offer?
The Madeira School offers 21 interscholastic sports: Ballet, Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Dance, Diving, Equestrian, Esports, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Riding, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Volleyball and Winter Track.
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 is The Madeira School's ranking?
The Madeira School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools for Low student:teacher ratio and High percent faculty with advanced degrees.
When is the application deadline for The Madeira School?
The application deadline for The Madeira School is Jan. 15 / rolling (applications are due on Jan. 15 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

Alumni Reviews Review School

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Class of 2018
5.00
University of California, Santa Barbara
Madeira has a Co-curriculum program which allows students to take 5 weeks and immerse themselves in an internship. Sophomore year is about community service, Junior year is about citizenship, and Senior year is about career. . .

Class of 1993
5.00
Harvard
Of course, the two most obvious aspects of Madeira that set the school apart are the single-sex education, and the co-curriculum program. Learning with a group of all girls takes the competitiveness out of education. . .
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12
  • Enrollment: 340 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $71,600
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $55,800
  • Acceptance rate: 37%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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