Madeira School

About Us

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.

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. 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 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.

3 Key Program Features:

  1. A rigorous college preparatory academic program customized to each student’s interests and academic goals
  2. Location minutes from The White House on a 376-acre campus with a top-notch equestrian program
  3. All students experience off-campus Co-Curriculum internships after freshman year, including junior placements on Capitol Hill
  • Total Enrollment : 310
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  • Boarding Grades : 9-12
  • Total Students : 310
  • Boarding Students : 162
  • Day Students : 162
  • ESL Offered : Yes
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  • Avg. Class Size : 12
  • Standard Application : Yes
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