The Madeira School

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  • Class of 1993
    5 Stars   12/29/2016
    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 
2016 School Data
The Madeira School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 9-12
School Type All-girls Co-ed
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1906 1910
Campus Size 376 acres 106 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 308 students 298 students
% Students of Color
37%
20%
% International Students
16%
20%
% Students Boarding
52%
68%
Average SAT Score n/a * National Avg. »View
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 19 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
88%
70%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $62 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$59,990
(Comprehensive Fee)
$52,000
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$45,710
(Comprehensive Fee)
$28,500
% Students on Financial Aid
30%
35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $34,179 $21,582
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No

Admission

Application Deadline Jan. 15 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 80% -
Acceptance Rate
54%
57%
Director of AdmissionsMatti Donkor
Associate Director of AdmissionsKatie Fotofili

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 19 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 39 23
ExtracurricularsA Capella, Arts Council, Asian Club, Black Student Union, Chamber, Chinese Language & Culture Club, Classics Club, Community Service Club, Dance Club, Debate Club, Environment Club, Fellowship of Christians at Universities and Schools (FOCUS), French Club, Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), Girls Club, Glee Club, Jewish Religion and Culture, Latin American Culture Club, Latin Club, Literary magazine, Martial Arts, Math and Computer Science Club, Math Team, Mental Health Awareness Club, Model UN,

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. 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.
  • School accreditations: NAIS, VAIS, TABS
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Katherine Graham - Publisher, Washington Post
    • Francis Sternhagen - Actress
    • Alice Rivlin - Former director, Office of Management and Budget
    • Stockard Channing - Actress
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