The Madeira School

5.00 5 1 (2 reviews)
8328 Georgetown Pike
McLean, VA 22102-1200
  • 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.

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  • 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 Stars  
    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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Definition of Terms
 | 2019 School Data
The Madeira SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-12, PG9-12
School TypeAll-girlsCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19061910
Campus Size376 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment325 students310 students
% Students of Color
37%
23%
% International Students
16%
20%
% Students Boarding
52%
66%
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:61:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1918
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
90%
70%
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Finances

Endowment Size$62 million$20 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$62,000
(Comprehensive Fee)
$56,900
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$47,310
(Comprehensive Fee)
$31,000
% Students on Financial Aid
31%
37%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$34,179$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo

Admission

Application DeadlineJan. 15 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Average Percentile SSAT80%-
Acceptance Rate
54%
56%
Director of AdmissionsMatti Donkor
Associate Director of AdmissionsElizabeth Crowder

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1918
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 Offered1916
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Dance, Diving, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Riding, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations3923
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Arts Council, Asian Club, Biodiesel Production Club, Black Student Union, Campaigners, Chemistry Olympiad, Chinese Language & Culture Club, Classics Club, Community Service Committee, Cum Laude, Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), Innovation Club, Marine Biology Club, Mental Health Awareness Club, Model UN, Muslim Student Association, Neuroscience Club, Newspaper, Peer Tutoring, Petition Club, Pi-Landers Junior Math Club, Pi-Landers Senior Math Club, Riding Club, Science and Engineering Club, Slam Poetry Club, Spanish Club, Student Diversity Board, Student Government, Thespians, TV Talks Club, Young Democrats, Young Republicans

Arts and Music Programs:
A Capella, Chamber, Nature Club, Science Enrichment Club, Theater Tech

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Campus Entertainment Committee (CEC), Yoga

College Matriculation

Year: 2009 - 201310 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of Virginia20
College of William and Mary19
Syracuse University10
The George Washington University9
Carnegie Mellon University8
Dickenson College8
Cornell University7
Boston University6
Bucknell University6
Colgate University6
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. 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.
  • 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.
  • The Madeira School accreditations: NAIS, VAIS, TABS
  • 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

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