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


The academic curriculum emphasizes both content and skills in the context of a liberal arts education.

During the 2015 academic year, 148 students took 304 AP examinations in:

Art History 6, Biology 18, Calculus AB 20, Calculus BC 17, Chemistry 10, Chinese Language 3, Computer Science A 21, English Lang 19, English Lit 47, Environmental Science 1, European History 6, French Language and Culture 9, Japanese 1, Latin 2, Macroeconomics 4, Microeconomics 5, Physics C: EM 1, Physics C: Mechanics 1, Physics 1 10, Physics 2 13, Psychology 5, Spanish Language and Culture 8, Statistics 13, Studio: Drawing 1, Studio 2-D 4, US Government and Politics 11, US History 32, World History 16

A score of 3 or better was earned on 89% of examinations taken. Scores of 4 and 5 were earned on 49% of the examinations taken.


Madeira’s Co-Curriculum Program, winner of the prestigious National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) 2003 Leading Edge Award, is now almost 50 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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