School Profile

Madeira is a Washington, D.C.-area independent boarding and day school that educates girls in grades 9-12.

Brief History

Location and Campus


In 2012, 126 Madeira girls took 251 exams in 21 subject areas, and once again, the Madeira students who took these exams did very well. In the words of the College Board, “the percentage of total AP Students with Scores 3+ at Madeira was 91.3 percent.” For the five-year period spanning 2008-2012, the percentage of Madeira students who earned scores of 3 or above on their AP exams hovered between 87.4 and 93.8 percent. In the state of Virginia, during the same five-year period, according to College Board statistics, 62 percent to 64.4 percent of the students who took AP exams earned scores of 3 or better; globally the percentage of “total AP students with scores of 3 or above” ranged between 60 and 62 percent.


Madeira’s Co-Curriculum Program, winner of the prestigious National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) 2003 Leading Edge Award, is now more than 40 years old. See the Co-Curriculum pages for grade-by-grade program details.  



Student Life


College Counseling

A natural consequence of a quality secondary education is college admission. Madeira’s College Counseling program is designed to ensure successful transition from the secondary school experience to a variety of post-secondary options. Madeira students have a variety of options, including Ivy League universities, highly selective liberal arts colleges, and universities around the country and the world. Recent college destinations include schools such as American University, Barnard College, Bates College, Boston College, Bucknell University, Carnegie Mellon University, Colby College, Colgate University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Duke University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Kenyon College, Lafayette College, McGill University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Reed College, Sarah Lawrence College, Savannah College of Art and Design, Swarthmore College, Tulane University, University of Virginia, Washington University in St. Louis, Wellesley College, Wesleyan University, and the College of William and Mary, among others.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Cost of Attendance (2016–2017)

Financial Aid 



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Contact the Admission staff with any questions about campus visits, interviews, or the admission process.

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Explore Our Campus

We invite you to visit The Madeira School’s campus in McLean, Virginia, just twelve miles from Washington, D.C. 

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