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The Madeira School

The Madeira School is an all-female private boarding traditional school for students in grades 9 through 12.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Rural


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The Madeira School says

Madeira is an independent boarding and day school educating 310 girls in grades 9 through 12, located 15 minutes from Washington, D.C. The challenging academic programs offered at Madeira 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.

The innovative Co-Curriculum program at Madeira integrates experiential learning with the cultural, political, and business life of the nation’s capital. After freshman year, all Madeira students experience off-campus internships, where they learn from real-world organizations and businesses, and graduate 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’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.

Mission Statement

Launching women who change the world.

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Grades Cost Term
High School $42,461 - $56,191 Annual

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Entrance Requirements

  • SSAT and the average admitted student scores in the 80th percentile.



Academic Calendar: Other

Test Scores

1730 25th percentile score for the SAT Composite

2080 75th percentile score for the SAT Composite

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 311
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
9 76
10 83
11 76
12 76

The Madeira School's relatively even enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing The Madeira School's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 9 : 1
Average Class Size 12
Gender 100% Female
Dress Code Casual
Percent Boarding 52%
Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 56%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 5%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 14%
Asian 21%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%


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 six hard-surface tennis courts, three playing fields, a 30-stall courtyard stable, indoor riding arena, and extensive riding and hiking trails. The arts facilities include a 500-seat proscenium theater, drama rehearsal space, scene shop, dance studios, private vocal and instrumental studios, and an art gallery.
  • Environmental Club/ Environmental Awareness Association
  • French Club
  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • Jewish Culture Club/ Jewish Student Association
  • Literary Magazine
  • Math Team
  • Model UN
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Spanish Club
  • Student Government

Associations & Memberships

National Coalition of Girls Schools (NCGS)

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

State or regional independent school association

The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)

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