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October 11, 2017

Madeira Alumnae Participate in STEAM Panel for Open House

Four Madeira alumnae returned to campus to participate in a panel on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) for the first Admissions... Read More

September 27, 2017

STEAM Fundamentals class competes at Fury Road

The Module 1 STEAM Fundamentals class traveled to Fury Road for their first project challenge of the school year. Fury Road refers to the cult classic... Read More

August 30, 2017

Madeira ranked #1 Private High School in Virginia, top 25 in U.S.

The Madeira School has been named the #1 Private High School in Virginia by Niche.  

In addition Town & Country Magazine named Madeira as one of the "25... Read More

August 28, 2017

Welcome to our new faculty and staff

Allow us to introduce you to the new faces at Madeira (and a reintroduce a few familiar ones).

Carla Belsher joins the Madeira team this year in the Health... Read More

May 18, 2017

GATE literary magazine is available online

At the close of MadeiraED this year, the 2017 edition of GATE was presented. Madeira Dance and Madeira Select performed several numbers as students read... Read More

May 8, 2017

2017-2018 student government announced

The elections results are in! The Madeira student government and class officers have been named for the 2017-2018 school year. 

The student government... Read More

April 27, 2017

2017 National Latin Exam Recognition

Fourteen students were recognized in April for their accomplishments on the National Latin Exam.

The National Latin Exam, sponsored by the American Classical... Read More

April 25, 2017

Emily Barre awarded National Merit Northrop Grumman Scholarship

Senior Emily Barre has been selected as a winner of the National Merit Northrop Grumman Scholarship. Emily entered the competition of 1.6 million juniors... Read More

March 31, 2017

Science fair a great success: 2017 Winners announced

The annual Madeira Science Fair showcased impressive projects from freshman to seniors. Judges from various scientific fields inside and outside the Madeira... Read More

March 17, 2017

Julia Skinner-Grant '19 first runner-up in regional Shakespeare Competition

Sophomore Julia Skinner-Grant competed in the 2017 English-Speaking Union Washington D. C. Branch Shakespeare Competition at the Lansburgh Theatre downtown... Read More

March 17, 2017

The Spectator - Winter Issue

The winter issue of The Spectator, is now available. The paper features wide-ranging articles and opinion pieces from a number of Madeira writers.  

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February 2, 2017

STEAM students create original sound sculptures

During the last week of Module 4 freshmen presented their final projects for their STEAM Fundamentals course. 

STEAM Fundamentals is a project-based course... Read More

January 30, 2017

Human Anatomy and Physiology class visits Georgetown University cadaver lab

The Human Anatomy and Physiology class visited the cadaver lab at Georgetown University Medical School to get up close and personal look at the human body... Read More

December 14, 2016

The Spectator wins NSPA award

Madeira’s student newspaper, The Spectator, earned first class division in the National Scholastic Press Association competition for the year 2015-16.... Read More

December 13, 2016

Save the Date for College Counseling Day

The annual school-wide college program will be on Saturday, January 7, 2017. Families will begin their day in the auditorium with guest speaker, author... Read More

November 11, 2016

Stanford University recognizes Madeira’s Amy Heishman with Teacher Tribute Initiative

Inspired by the enthusiasm, energy and excellence that incoming students bring to Stanford University, the university sponsors the Teacher Tribute Initiative... Read More

November 1, 2016

National Coalition of Girl’s Schools podcast features Madeira faculty

At the start of the school year the National Coalition of Girl’s Schools (NCGS) released the first episode in a series of podcasts called PEP Talks: Podcast... Read More

October 20, 2016

Sophomore Co-Curriculum placement featured in local news

At the start of Module 2, Madeira sent its first group of sophomores to the newly added Co-Curriculum placement, BrightView Great Falls. A local newspaper... Read More

October 7, 2016

The Spectator debuts first issue

On Friday October 7, the newly named student newspaper, the Spectator, made its debut to a captive Family Weekend audience.

Read the online edition

September 16, 2016

Madeira gets a makerspace and fabrication lab

by Lauren Roy, Educational Technology Specialist

A makerspace is whatever the community it resides in needs. It should have the capacity for growth and... Read More

September 2, 2016

Opening Convocation message from the Head of School

Good morning, Madeira! It’s hard to believe that summer vacation is over, and we’re ready to start a new school year. Throughout the summer months, all... Read More

September 1, 2016

Under the Shell orientation edition

The orientation edition of the student newspaper hit the stands on September 1.

Read the online version here

August 31, 2016

DaVinci Challenge lands on campus this fall

Madeira students Layla Khan ’19, Mariam Khan ’20, and Caroline Simmons ’15 are helping to educate the community about drones and the benefits they can... Read More

August 29, 2016

Welcome to our new faculty and staff

Allow us to introduce you to the new faces at Madeira (and a reintroduce a few familiar ones)

Paul Bednarowski is joining the World Languages department... Read More

August 26, 2016

Art activities and announcements

For the students who want to try something new this year, or return to a familiar community of artistic challenge and enjoyment, the Arts Department offers... Read More

August 2, 2016

AP Exam results announced

In May 2016, 164 Madeira students took 290 AP exams in 22 different subjects. This represents an increase of 16 students taking AP exams from May 2015... Read More

June 8, 2016

Commencement 2016

On Friday June 3, 2016, Madeira awarded 70 diplomas to the class of 2016. After the traditional processional to their seats with hand held bouquets of... Read More

May 27, 2016

Latin awards and end of year news

At the last Classics Club meeting of the year, club consuls shared lots of great news with the club. Club officers, who were elected at the previous meeting... Read More

May 27, 2016

Closing Convocation 2016

Thursday, May 26, 2016 members of the Madeira community gathered to celebrate the close of another school year, recognize faculty and staff members for... Read More

May 24, 2016

Michelle Sarson named Director of Dance

Effective for school year 2016-2017, Madeira will be managing its Dance curriculum in-house, under the direction of Ms. Michelle Sarson. For our students... Read More

May 23, 2016

Under the Shell online edition

The spring issue of Under the Shell, the student newspaper at Madeira, hit mailboxes last week. The paper features wide-ranging articles and opinion pieces... Read More

May 5, 2016

Students share passion projects during MadeiraEd Day

On April 29, the last day of Module 6, students, faculty and staff participated in the second annual MadeiraED Day. With the theme “Passion Projects,”... Read More

May 4, 2016

Lindsey Klaff ’17 wins 2016 PINK Award

On April 29, the fifth annual PINK Award was given to Lindsey Klaff ’17 who intends to use the award money to deepen her understanding of globalization... Read More

April 22, 2016

Sophomores visit The Motley Fool

On Friday, April 15, as part of Madeira’s financial literacy program, 41 members of the sophomore class toured The Motley Fool in Alexandria, VA. Co-founded... Read More

April 14, 2016

Madeira sends team to University of Maryland High School Programming Contest

The University of Maryland High School Programming Contest brings talented students from high schools throughout the DC metropolitan area to campus to... Read More

March 30, 2016

2016 Science Fair results

On Thursday, March 10, fifty-six students participated in the annual Madeira Science Fair. A total of 21 judges from various fields, including two alumnae... Read More

March 16, 2016

Strong finish for Madeira Karate

During Module 5, a total of 17 participants filled the ranks of the karate activity program. They were frequently joined by visitors who added positively... Read More

March 11, 2016

Julia Skinner-Grant '19 represents Madeira at area Shakespeare Competition

The English Department congratulates Julia Skinner-Grant ’19 on her recent performance at the 2016 Shakespeare Competition held by the Washington, D.C... Read More

March 7, 2016

Model UN attends NAIMUN conference in D.C.

This past February, Madeira sent 23 delegates to the 53rd annual North American Invitational Model United Nations (NAIMUN). Held at the Georgetown University... Read More

March 3, 2016

Science and Engineering Club attends DREAM Conference

On February 27, 2016, the Science and Engineering Club attended the Women in Engineering Developing Revolutionary Engineers and Mentors (DREAM) Conference... Read More

February 26, 2016

Madeira attends STEM competition

On Saturday, February 20th, eight Madeira students accompanied by Ms. Pratt, traveled to Foxcroft for an all-girls STEM contest. There were five different... Read More

February 16, 2016

Madeira Karate Dojo promotes ten students

The Madeira Karate Dojo is proud to announce the following promotions awarded during Module 3:

Yon kyu (purple belt):  Maddie Clemente ’17

Go kyu (green... Read More

February 12, 2016

Two forensic experiences

The Module 4 Forensic Science class wrapped up the course with a field trip to a local police department and presentations from two detectives. On Tuesday... Read More

February 5, 2016

Madeira attends D.C. Brain Bee

Accompanied by Madeira science teachers Ms. Pratt and Dr. Wallace, three Madeira students, Emily Barré  ‘17, Kristin Joostema ‘16, and Vinnae Edgerly-Collins... Read More

January 26, 2016

Students place at State Latin Convention

During Thanksgiving Break, Latin Teacher Ann Maclean took nine Latin students to the State Latin Convention in Richmond for two full days of competitions... Read More

January 6, 2016

Isabel Ruffin '16 wins Climate Action Film Contest

In December, Isabel Ruffin ’16 was named a winner in the 2015 Global Compost Film Contest. Isabel’s submission, “The Importance of Composting,” was one... Read More

January 4, 2016

Who done it? Science meets literature

At the end of Module 3, Ms.Heishman’s Gothic Literature and Dr. Boyette’s Forensic Science classes combined forces to solve two cold cases related to Edgar... Read More

December 17, 2015

Madeira Dojo Promotions for Module 3

The Madeira Karate Dojo continues to thrive with 16 girls participating during module 3.  Beginners learned the basic blocks, punches, kicks, and forms... Read More

December 14, 2015

Save the Date for College Counseling Day

The annual school-wide college program will be on Saturday, January 9, 2016. Families will begin their day in the auditorium for an All School Meeting... Read More

December 4, 2015

Dr. Catherine McCarthy speaks at All School Meeting

At the December 4th All School Meeting Dr. Catherine McCarthy spoke to the student body about the development of the brain and how as teenagers, their... Read More

December 4, 2015

Madeira at The NAIS People of Color Conference

This week, Head of School Pilar Cabeza de Vaca along with teachers Ms. Chandra Smith, Ms. Nina Candia, and Ms. Reyna Pratt attended the NAIS People of... Read More

November 13, 2015

Minecraft used to study early civilizations

Mr. Meade’s Roots of Civilizations class took a different approach to studying early civilizations during Module 2 this year. With knowledge gained from... Read More

November 9, 2015

Class uses phones to create works of art

In Ms. Linda Northrup’s class, students are not told to put away their phones as they are in other classes. During the five-week Phone Photo Imaging class... Read More

October 16, 2015

ASM all-star panel discusses 2016 elections

The All School Meeting on Friday, October 16 featured an engaging panel of media and political experts from both the Democratic and Republican campaign... Read More

October 8, 2015

All-Stars from politics and CNN come to Madeira

On October 16th, Madeira mom, Hilary Rosen, a public relations and political consultant and a TV pundit on CNN, will moderate a panel on the 2016 Elections... Read More

October 5, 2015

Finish In Style clothing event

Each year, the junior class heads to Capitol Hill for their Co-Curriculum placements. Each student spends 5 weeks working in a House or Senate office.... Read More

September 29, 2015

Constructing a soundproof dorm room

Physics with Geometry class had an exciting first module. Girls tackled a subject near and dear to every boarding student’s heart – a soundproof dorm room... Read More

September 18, 2015

Dr. Ashley Johnson receives Galt Award

Madeira science teacher Dr. Ashley Johnson has been selected to receive the Galt Award at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA. The Russell Galt Award... Read More

September 18, 2015

Madeira teachers selected to present at the Virginia Society for Technology Educator webinar

History teacher Jeff Meade and Education Technology Specialist Lauren Roy were invited to be guest presenters at the Virginia Society for Technology Educator... Read More

September 17, 2015

Madeira slam poet performed at national convention

Senior and Head of Day Mona Hagmagid had an eventful summer, which has now led to an exciting fall opportunity. In the spring, Mona helped to organize... Read More

September 15, 2015

Learning and sharing at the STEM to STEAM Conference

Faculty in the Science and Arts Departments presented in multiple topics at the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS) Conference “From STEM to STEAM... Read More

September 9, 2015

Madeira students travel to France

One day after school ended last year, 12 students and Madeira French teacher, Dr. Xiaofu Ding flew to France for the biennial French exchange trip.

Every... Read More

August 28, 2015

Welcome to our newest faculty and staff

Madeira is pleased to welcome an impressive group of new faculty and staff members joining us this school year. We look forward to seeing their contributions... Read More

August 13, 2015

Summer Environmental Advocacy Adventure

Madeira teacher, Dr. Ashley Johnson, shares highlights from this summer's environmental advocacy adventure

June 15, 2015

2015 PINK Award

The fourth annual PINK Award was given to Anne Forrest Butler ’18. Anne, who is from Charlotte, NC, will use the award money to pursue an internship with... Read More

June 1, 2015

Convocation 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015 members of the Madeira community gathered to celebrate the close of another school year, recognize faculty and staff members for their... Read More

May 27, 2015

Seniors recognized for outstanding achievements

All members of the Class of 2015 have unique talents and strengths. In the past several weeks, we have learned of several who have been recognized by outside... Read More

May 27, 2015

STEAM class designs prostheses

In Module 7, the Topics in STEAM class had a goal to design and create prosthetic arm and hand prototypes. First the class dissected and studied chicken... Read More

May 15, 2015

Slam poetry team takes first at regional competition

On April 29, 2015 the Madeira slam poetry team made up of Zharia O’Neal ’15, Barack ’15, Mona Hagmagid ’16, Elfrieda Nwabunnia ’18, and Gaelyn Smith ’16... Read More

May 13, 2015

GATE literary magazine is available online

At the All School Meeting, April 10, selections of poetry, along with photography and artwork from the 2015 edition of GATE were presented at the All School... Read More

May 8, 2015

Susan Cabot selected as Athletic Director

Madeira has selected Susan Cabot as its new Athletic Director. Ms. Cabot, who currently serves as Director of Athletics at Kingswood Oxford School (West... Read More

April 17, 2015

Computer Science club heads to the UMD Programming Contest

This weekend Computer Science club members Kim Lytle ’15, Sophie Kim ’15, Michaela Laurencin ’15, and Cori Williams ’17, along with team manager Katherine... Read More

April 17, 2015

Join us for One Acts Festival

Support student directors, designers, and actors in the annual One Acts festival. The festival features short plays students have produced in the Advanced... Read More

April 15, 2015

Summer academics at Madeira

Madeira will offer several courses taught by Madeira faculty members this summer. Programs are for students in, or entering into high school. Classes are... Read More

April 7, 2015

Science and Engineering Club welcomes Girl Scouts

On April 4th, the Science and Engineering Club hosted an event at Madeira for twenty young Girl Scouts in 3rd to 6th grade that promoted females in science... Read More

April 3, 2015

Examining the gender wage gap

Women make 79 cents for every dollar earned by a man. It’s a statistic we have seen a lot the past year, and it’s a statistic that bothers Sarah Jane Glynn... Read More

April 2, 2015

2015 Madeira Science Fair

On March 12, 94 students participated in the annual Madeira Science Fair with 59 projects. We had 15 judges from various fields, including four current... Read More

April 1, 2015

All School Meeting with artist Rebecca Kamen

On March 26, 2015, Madeira welcomed artist Rebecca Kamen to speak about her work and the convergence of art and science. During her presentation to students... Read More

March 18, 2015

All School EduCase Day

On March 13, the last day of Module 5, students, faculty, and staff participated in the first all-school EduCase Day. The day involved over 75 different... Read More

March 17, 2015

CNN’s Chris Cuomo calls in for history talk

The Global Religions history class had an exciting guest via Skype on Thursday, March 12.

Chris Cuomo, CNN news anchor for “New Day,” joined the class... Read More

March 4, 2015

Movie night with the Spanish Club

The Spanish Club movie fundraiser, on Friday February 27, was a great success. Club members and other Madeira students joined to watch El Viaje de Carol... Read More

February 27, 2015

Alice Rivlin '48 engages students at ASM

Madeira welcomed economist Alice Rivlin, class of 1948, as our All School Meeting speaker on Thursday, February 19. History teacher and alumna Anne Kristol... Read More

February 2, 2015

A slam poetry team win at Hyper Bole

On Saturday, January 31, 2015 Madeira’s slam team including Zharia O’Neal ’15, Mona Hagmagid ’16, Gaelyn Smith, Elfrieda Nwabunnia ’17, Katie Barack ’15... Read More

January 30, 2015

Madeira welcomes Alice M. Rivlin

On February 19, 2015 Madeira welcomes Alice M. Rivlin, class of 1948 as our special All School Meeting guest speaker. Ms. Rivlin was the first woman to... Read More

January 22, 2015

Seniors present their Co-Curriculum capstones on EduCase Day

January 9, 2015, Madeira seniors who had their five-week internship during Module 3, presented their capstone projects during the EduCase Day. For their... Read More

January 20, 2015

Forensics with a pro

On Friday, January 9, 2015, Detective Derek Hardy of the Fairfax County Police Department visited the Forensic Science class at The Madeira School. He... Read More

January 13, 2015

Student-produced PSA reaches Sierra Leone TV station

In light of the recent epidemic, the Contemporary Issues in Science class decided to focus the five-week, intensive course work on the Ebola outbreak in... Read More

December 12, 2014

Madeira girls code

December 8-12, all over the world, people were participating in "The Hour of Code." The Science and Math Departments teamed up to campaign for everyone... Read More

December 10, 2014

Student newspaper returns

Students in Ms. Wiltshire's Journalism and Creative Writing class have revived the student newspaper. Full Disclosure, the name chosen for the paper, was... Read More

December 5, 2014

Save the Date for College Counseling Day

The annual school-wide college program will be on Saturday, January 10, 2015. Families will begin their day in the auditorium with guest speaker, Ms. Jeannie... Read More

December 5, 2014

American Drama class creates "Street Car Named Desire" adaptations

In Ms. Heishman’s American Drama class students were asked to create an adaptation of Tennessee Williams' “A Streetcar Named Desire.” It was a project... Read More

November 20, 2014

Co-Curriculum EDUcase Day for sophomores

During the first Madeira EDUcase Day, sophomores shared their Co-Curriculum service experience at the conclusion of Module 2. Small groups presented to... Read More

November 20, 2014

Students use calculus to solve real-world problems

In Module 2 this year, students created five-minute videos on how calculus can be used to solve problems at Madeira. The girls showed impressive problem... Read More

November 20, 2014

Introducing Madeira’s ASSIST Scholars

Each year, Madeira hosts students from the the American Secondary Schools for International Students and Teachers (ASSIST) organization. ASSIST is an international... Read More

November 20, 2014

Music and math in harmony

In Ms. Taylor’s module on probability (a STEAM course), some students took on the challenge of using a music composition website that also involved a probability... Read More

November 19, 2014

Shakespeare Theatre Company visits Madeira

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 instead of having lunch and advisory between B and C Blocks, ninth graders ventured up to the Chapel/Auditorium for a special... Read More

November 14, 2014

AP and Advanced Studio Art visit to the National Gallery

On November 5, 2014, the Advanced and AP Studio Art students made the short trip to the National Gallery of Art in our nation’s capital to view one of... Read More

November 14, 2014

Fairfax City Forensics

On Monday, November 10, thirteen Madeira girls from the Module 2 Forensic Science class visited the Fairfax City Police Department. Detective Trey Leightley... Read More

November 4, 2014

U.S. Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement visit to Madeira

On October 30, Dr. Maureen Dowling, director for the Office of Non-public Education in the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement... Read More

November 2, 2014

Spanish Club celebrates Gabriel Garcia Marquez on the Day of the Dead

Over the weekend of October 25, the Madeira Spanish Club created a Day of the Dead, or Día de Muertos, altar in the lobby of Schoolhouse 2. The Day of... Read More

October 29, 2014

Alumna recognized at NESA leadership conference

As host of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools AERO training institute this past summer, Madeira was invited to attend the annual leadership... Read More

October 28, 2014

Science behind Pop Rocks and vampires

At the last Science and Engineering Club meeting, girls watched a video about the science behind pop rocks to honor Halloween. The video, developed by... Read More

October 21, 2014

English Department receives visit from author Peyton Marshall '91

Peyton Marshall '91 was in Washington, D.C. promoting her novel, “Good House” when she stopped by Madeira to visit with the Journalism and Creative Writing... Read More

October 21, 2014

Gaming with the Intro to Computer Programming class

During the last week of Module 1, the Introduction to Computer Programming class invited the Madeira community to the computer lab to test their final... Read More

October 16, 2014

Dr. Phillip Alvelda previews the future of technology

Tech leader, entrepreneur, and STEM education advocate, Dr. Phillip Alvelda was our keynote speaker at the All School Meeting during Parents' Weekend.... Read More

October 9, 2014

Ten Madeira seniors receive National Merit Scholarship honors

Ten Madeira girls have been recognized by The National Merit Scholarship Corp. for their outstanding performance on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship... Read More

October 8, 2014

All School Meeting with gender-based violence specialist, Lina Abirafeh '92

Alumna and gender-based violence (GBV) specialist Lina Abirafeh, PhD ’92 joined the Madeira community on September 26 to lead a conversation about the... Read More

October 6, 2014

Forensic science students get crime scene tips

Detective Derek Hardy of the Fairfax County Police Department had interesting advice for those interested in forensic science.

September 26, 2014

Global travel and exchanges for 2014-2015

On September 19, Assistant Head of School Andre Withers began the All School Meeting with an inspiring message to all Madeira girls, encouraging them to... Read More

September 12, 2014

A learning frame of mind

After the long summer break, getting back in the groove of class can be difficult for everyone. Mr. Meade in the History Department has been making the... Read More

August 29, 2014

Welcome to our newest faculty and staff

Madeira is pleased to welcome an impressive array of  new faculty and staff members who have joined us this school year. We look forward to seeing their... Read More

August 27, 2014

Madeira announces Advanced Placement exam results

In 2014, 136 Madeira girls took a total of 259 AP exams, and once again, they tested exceptionally well. According to the report provided to Madeira by... Read More

August 11, 2014

Bridget Duru ’15 reports from the 2014 Adventures of the Mind Summit

Madeira senior, Bridget Duru, attended the week-long Adventures of the Mind Summit at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA through the generous support... Read More

August 6, 2014

Student Orientation

The start of the school year is quickly approaching. Orientation will be filled with informative sessions and engaging activities aimed at helping you... Read More

July 25, 2014

Girls First! at Madeira

Fifty-six girls, including seven legacies, said cheerful good-byes and exchanged promises to stay in touch as their two weeks at Girls First summer camp... Read More

June 25, 2014

Madeira hosts State Department summer education institute

Madeira hosted 95 teachers and administrators from around the world who participated in the annual AERO (American Education Reaches Out) Conference.

June 23, 2014

Juniors and seniors reflect on Co-Curriculum experience

Through unique photo narrative project juniors and seniors shared their thoughts and gratitude for their Co-Curriculum placements at the end of this past... Read More

June 3, 2014

Professional development is perennial

Madeira faculty benefit from ongoing professional development in the way of seminars, education-related conferences, or individual study for advanced degrees... Read More

June 1, 2014

Slam poetry team qualifies for finals

UPDATE June, 6, 2014: The Madeira slam poetry team placed second at the final Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia Louder Than A Bomb Teen Poetry Slam Competition... Read More

May 29, 2014

Follow our travel abroad groups

After graduation, two groups of students and teachers headed off for summer adventures: one group to Peru for a Co-Curriculum-based experience and the... Read More

May 13, 2014

STEM designs static and dynamic

The Topics in STEM class has been working on static and dynamic engineering projects throughout Semester 2. In one static project, the students selected... Read More

May 2, 2014

Madeira alumna becomes the most winning female contestant on Jeopardy

Julia Collins ’01 held on to her eight-day winning streak, making her the winningest female contestant in Jeopardy’s 30 year history. In nine games, she... Read More

May 1, 2014

Kim Lytle ’15 receives 2014 PINK Award

Now in its third year, the PINK Award was given to ambitious inventor and Madeira junior Kim Lytle during the Reunion Weekend All School Meeting, April... Read More

April 30, 2014

Virginia Governor School Language Academy acceptances

Congratulations to Sophia Dragacevac ’16 and Kelleen Moriarty ’15 who have been selected to attend the Virginia Governor’s School Language Academies this... Read More

April 17, 2014

Two Madeira girls chosen as finalists in art competition

Congratulations to juniors Griffin Ball and Julia Mandel for being selected as finalists for the Best of the Independent School’s Art Competition. Their... Read More

April 15, 2014

Madeira receives honors at the National High School Model Arab League Conference

Regional high school students in the Model Arab League attended a two day conference at Georgetown University over April 11-12 where they participated... Read More

April 7, 2014

Madeira alumna receives University of Virginia research award

Zoe Slepian ’11, a third-year neuroscience and psychology major, received the Harrison Undergraduate Research Award, one of the highest awards an undergraduate... Read More

April 3, 2014

Prepping for senior year internships

Seniors shared their Co-Curriculum experiences with juniors during Senior Press Conference on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. The annual conference is a time... Read More

March 21, 2014

The 'Super Bowl' of Science: Don’t Miss the third USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo

Imagine chatting with Marie Curie and Ben Franklin, flying a simulated jet fighter, creating your own inventions using the latest in DIY and 3D printing... Read More

March 21, 2014

Sophomores perform Romeo and Juliet

For the 35th annual Shakespeare Festival, the English Department chose the most well-known of Shakespeare’s plays, Romeo and Juliet. Part way into reading... Read More

March 20, 2014

School competition combines science and photography

The second annual Madeira Photo Contest will be held this spring. Students and adults who wish to enter must submit a photograph demonstrates a scientific... Read More

March 20, 2014

Summer math classes at Madeira

Madeira is offering three summer math courses. To enroll in a summer course register online >>

  • Geometry
    June 23 – August 1 (no class on July 4)
    9:30 a... Read More

March 20, 2014

Music and language talents collide at Chamber Orchestra ASM

The All School Meeting on March 7, 2014 showcased Madeira’s Chamber Orchestra with a full program of pieces performed by the full orchestra, the string... Read More

March 18, 2014

Madeira Science Fair results

The annual Madeira Science Fair showcased many great projects from 126 students. Twenty judges from various scientific fields reviewed all 79 projects... Read More

March 4, 2014

Eight students attend WIE Conference

Grace Huang '16 recaps her experience at the Women In Engineering Conference.

February 21, 2014

Visual representations of the Class of 2017

On Wednesday, February 19, after several weeks of planning, research, and design, ninth graders presented their final mission-based works to their classmates... Read More

February 20, 2014

Girls attend Expedition K2M: The STEM Summit

Bright and early the morning of Saturday, February 8, thirteen intrepid Madeira students traveled with Ms. Pratt to Foxcroft School to compete against... Read More

February 20, 2014

Alumna makes a cameo appearance in Film Production Class

Film producer Tai Burkholder '95, Madeira class of 1995, visited the Film Production class on January 10. Students enjoyed learning about Ms. Burkholder... Read More

February 20, 2014

STEM Stats Lab: Beanie Baby Bungee

In Ms. Taylor’s stats class, students apply linear regression to make a prediction about how many bungee cords (AKA rubber bands) are needed for their... Read More

February 7, 2014

Sophia Luwis ’16 participates in regional poetry contest

On Wednesday, February 5, Sophia Luwis '16 represented Madeira at Virginia’s Region 4a Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest held at Wolf Trap Foundation... Read More

February 7, 2014

Algebra class project examines minimum wages

In Ms. Rumsey’s Algebra I class groups were assigned a family of four (two adults and two children, ages three and six). The groups had to decide whether... Read More

February 6, 2014

Academic Announcement: Time to order AP exams

From The Academic Office: AP exam orders will be placed by Wednesday, March 6. If your daughter is currently enrolled in an AP course, she is required... Read More

January 28, 2014

Origami for wildlife

The Topics in STEM class began the year with a virtual class day project designed to raise awareness and highlight the plight of a variety of threatened... Read More

January 23, 2014

New Madeira Academic Schedule Announced

On Wednesday, January 22, 2014, Head of School Pilar Cabeza de Vaca announced to faculty, staff, students, and current parents that Madeira will move to... Read More

January 10, 2014

<Hour of Code at Madeira>

Contributed by Sidney Lee '15 

December 23, 2013

Latin convention results

On November 24 and 25, 2013, nine students (Briana Harrington ’17, Lauren Johnson ’14, Michaela Laurencin ’15, Annie Liu ’15, Charlotte Macintosh ’14,... Read More

December 12, 2013

Emily Dickinson one-woman show performances

Ms. Sokolov's Senior English class "Emily and Friends" performed one-woman shows in Main Living Room today...

December 6, 2013

Sophia Luwis ’16 named Poetry Out Loud winner

The English Department was pleased to have 25 students participate in the Poetry Out Load contest on Thursday, December 5, 2014. Out of the contestants... Read More

December 5, 2013

Get ready to start coding

Madeira will participate in the Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week, December 9-15, 2013. It's a one-hour introduction to computer science... Read More

December 2, 2013

CSI Madeira

Twelve Madeira girls from the Forensic Science class visited the Fairfax City Police Department on Monday, November 25. The class was hosted by Detective... Read More

November 15, 2013

Seniors speak about values

Have you ever thought about the word “resilience”? How about “compassion”? What about “creativity”? Most of you have because these are three of Madeira... Read More

November 14, 2013

Madeira student earns champion title at Poetry Slam

On November 13, 2013 Mona Hagmagid '16 and Zharia O'Neal '15 represented Madeira at the Hayfield Invitational Poetry Slam where they competed against nine... Read More

November 14, 2013

Madeira welcomes Italian students for an American Thanksgiving

On Friday, November 22, eleven students and two teachers from a high school in Cortona, Italy will arrive at Madeira to complete the second half of an... Read More

October 25, 2013

Students learn lessons from alumnae during Career Day at Madeira

Lives & Legacies: Career Day at Madeira was an opportunity for the community to hear from a select group of alumnae on Saturday morning of Parents’ Weekend... Read More

October 18, 2013

#FurloughedJuniors in the news

During the shutdown, students whose Co-Curriculum internships were suspended were assigned to investigate the effects of the shutdown and report their... Read More

October 18, 2013

Modern World History class ‘Sails’ to the Far East

In late September, sophomore girls in Dr. Schiller and Mrs. Continetti’s Modern World History classes learned about the Dutch East India Company by creating... Read More

October 4, 2013

Can you clone a mammoth?

According to Dr. Beth Shapiro, an evolutionary scientist and one of the top ancient DNA scientists in the world that is the question people most frequently... Read More

September 6, 2013

Meet our newest faculty and staff

Allow us to introduce you to the new faces at Madeira (and a reintroduce a few familiar ones)

September 5, 2013

Juniors take on Capitol Hill

Madeira juniors attended Co-Curriculum training on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, September 4th. The 81 girls heard from a panel of alumnae who currently work... Read More

September 5, 2013

Visit the Skills Center - meet our new Learning Specialist

The Skills Center is a place where any student can go for help if she is struggling in a certain area academically or if she simply has a question to ask... Read More

August 23, 2013

Madeira receives grant to host curriculum development program

The Madeira School received a U.S. State Department grant to host a curriculum development program on campus. The program will bring over 100 educators... Read More

August 23, 2013

Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D. to lead first-day discussion at faculty/staff orientation

New York Times bestselling author and international speaker Michael G. Thompson will speak with Madeira faculty and staff during their first day of orientation... Read More

August 14, 2013

World Languages department offers Arabic course online in 2013

The beginner course is open to students and adults.

July 8, 2013

Maddy Martin ’14 behind the scenes at WAMU 88.5

Rising senior Maddy Martin learned of the summer internship at WAMU 88.5 public radio after information was mailed to Madeira’s Co-Curriculum Office this... Read More

June 19, 2013

Dr. Tara Palmore '88 in the news

After graduating from Madeira, Dr. Tara Palmore '88 went on to Harvard and then the National Institutes of Health where she has been fighting a deadly... Read More

May 30, 2013

Madeira senior selected as UVA Jefferson Scholar

Madeira senior Devin Williams of Oak Hill, VA was nominated last fall to compete for the University of Virginia Jefferson Scholarship. Over 1,200 students... Read More

May 20, 2013

Three Madeira students accepted into the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

Bridget Duru ’15, Briaun Isreal ’13, and Sarah Wood ’14 have been selected to participate in the prestigious NSLI-Y program. The program, which provides... Read More

May 17, 2013

Felicitaciones, Gratulatum, & Félicitations to the World Languages Department

Congratulations to the Madeira world language students for having top-ranked scores in national exams

May 6, 2013

Madeira slam poetry team earns first place

The Madeira slam team won first place in the 2013 Hyper-Bole Competition on April 21, 2013. Betty Fink '13, Gabby Bullard '14, Zharia O'Neal '15, and Mona... Read More

April 22, 2013

From Madeira to the Supreme Court by Ali Pratt '13

April 22, 2013 - At 8:00 this morning, Ms. Continetti’s AP U.S. Government and Politics class boarded a busette bound for the urban environs of Washington... Read More

April 21, 2013

Madeira students attended the Model Arab League conference

April 19-20, over 30 Madeira students, all who participate in Model UN, attended the Model Arab League conference at Georgetown University. The girls learned... Read More

April 18, 2013

Annie Liu ’15 won first place in Virginia national essay competition

Annie Liu, a Madeira sophomore boarding student from New Jersey, won first place for the state of Virginia in the United States Institute for Peace 2012-2013... Read More

April 12, 2013

Applied Chemistry "TEDMED" Day at Madeira

The Applied Chemistry class in conjunction with the Science Department is pleased to invite the Madeira community to come share in a special presentation... Read More

April 10, 2013

Rhea Somaiya ’14 wins first prize in entrepreneur competition

The Madeira junior was featured in Washingtonexec.com for taking first prize at Young Entrepreneurs Program for her team’s business idea, “Mirror Me.”... Read More

April 8, 2013

Richard W. Murphy speaks to students about his life in the Foreign Service

On Monday, April 8, Richard W. Murphy spoke to Madeira students in Huffington Library. The former U.S. Ambassador charmed the audience from the start by... Read More

April 4, 2013

Madeira's new blog: Launch Pad

Co-Curriculum is an essential part of how Madeira launches women who are intellectually accomplished, socially conscious, and ready to change the world:... Read More

March 19, 2013

Beware! The Ides of March

On Friday, March 15 many Classics Club students will be mourning the loss of Julius Caesar by wearing all black and playing a game called “Sicarius,” the... Read More

March 19, 2013

Taking the stage: Madeira Sophomore Shakespeare Festival

The Sophomore Shakespeare Festival offers an opportunity for all sophomore English students to act out scenes from a Shakespeare play that they have studied... Read More

March 11, 2013

Madeira places second in the Green Cup Challenge

The Madeira community is making an impact on the environment in a positive way. Together, the campus placed second overall in a contest between 11 mid-Atlantic... Read More

March 11, 2013

Madeira girls succeed in the American Mathematics Competition

The AMC 12 (American Mathematics Competition) is one of the most challenging math assessments available to high school students, so it should be no surprise... Read More

March 5, 2013

My Backpack will be offline Sunday, March 10

Please be aware that on Sunday, March 10, 2013 between 8 AM and 4 PM Eastern time, there will be no access to My Backpack or other online services while... Read More

March 1, 2013

Science fair a great success: Winners announced

The Annual Madeira School Science Fair was held on Tuesday, February 26. More than 80 students participated this year, sharing 51 projects on topics that... Read More

February 24, 2013

Students play roles of UN Ambassadors at NAIMUN

A total of 31 Madeira students participated in the 50th annual North American Invitational Model United Nations (NAIMUN) over Winter Weekend, February... Read More

February 23, 2013

Time Machine: Chinese Culture Club welcomes New Year with second annual fair

Madeira's Chinese Culture Club ushered in The Year of the Snake with their second annual culture fair on Friday, February 8.

With the theme of “Time Machine... Read More

February 16, 2013

ASSIST conference brings together international students, teachers, and global issues

On February 12, two Madeira students attended a conference sponsored by the American Secondary Schools for International Students and Teachers (ASSIST)... Read More

February 12, 2013

Patience pays off for Capitol Hill intern

Tory Lynch ’14 found out about the rescheduled Benghazi hearing a week before it took place while working at her Co-Curriculum placement in the office... Read More

February 11, 2013

Madeira teams tie for second at Expedition K2M: The STEM Summit

On Saturday, February 9, eleven intrepid Madeira girls woke up early to attend Expedition K2M: The STEM Summit. With Mrs. Pratt and Dr. Binger, they traveled... Read More

February 7, 2013

MyBackpack will be unavailable Sunday, February 10

Due to scheduled maintenance, access to MyBackpack will be unavailable on Sunday, February 10, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Thank you in advance for your... Read More

February 5, 2013

Creator and guest curator of Smithsonian exhibition to speak at All School Meeting

Technology is such an integral part of our society today. Cell phones, Youtube, Angry Birds. Could we live without them? How is this affecting us? At the... Read More

January 28, 2013

Budding engineers at Madeira

The Topics in STEM class has had a busy three weeks since the start of semester two.  With an eye toward design and engineering, the students have tackled... Read More

January 28, 2013

Physics with Trigonometry annual egg drop competition

On Thursday, January, 24, one of the coldest days in recent memory, the Physics with Trigonometry students competed in the annual Egg Drop competition... Read More

January 28, 2013

Literary magazine, Gate, earns rating of “excellent”

The National Council of Teachers of English awarded The Madeira School 2012 literary magazine, Gate, a rating of “excellent.” NCTE’s program to recognize... Read More

January 24, 2013

Martin Luther King, Jr. All School Meeting with Dr. Kumea Shorter-Gooden '70

The All School Meeting, on January 18, 2013, was in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The special guest speaker, Dr. Kumea Shorter-Gooden ’70 is the... Read More

January 15, 2013

College-age ASM panel discusses life after Madeira

At the All School Meeting (ASM) on Friday, January 11, our students heard from four recent Madeira graduates from the classes of 2009 and 2011 who spoke... Read More

January 7, 2013

Learning about the college process at Parents' Weekend II

Parents and students were welcomed back to campus after winter break for college counseling focused Parents’ Weekend II, Saturday, January 5. The theme... Read More

December 27, 2012

Io Saturnalia

The Madeira Classics Club celebrated Saturnalia, the Roman festival and pre-cursor to many modern holiday traditions, in the Latin classroom after the... Read More

December 19, 2012

Betty Fink wins slam poetry competition

On Friday, December 14, the Madeira Slam Team: Betty Fink, Briaun Isreal, and Zharia O'Neal, competed in the NOVA Invitational Slam Competition at Hayfield... Read More

December 17, 2012

Emily Dickinson and Friends final project: part research, part creative writing, part performance

The final project for the senior English elective, Emily Dickinson and Friends, required each student to select and research a focus of Emily Dickinson... Read More

December 17, 2012

Forensic science in real life

Fourteen Madeira girls from the Forensic Science class visited the Fairfax City Police Department on Monday, December 10. The class was hosted by Detective... Read More

December 11, 2012

Seniors in the English elective, Contemporary Literature After 9/11 learn about life in Afghanistan

Alexandra Barnett, who works in the Communication Department at Creative Associates in Washington, D.C, visited the Contemporary Literature After 9/11... Read More

December 3, 2012

Latin students earn awards at Virginia Junior Classical League's Latin Convention

On November 18 and 19, five students (Beatrice Werness ’13, Maddie Klaff ’13, Victoria Turnbill ’13, Lauren Johnson ’14, and Danielle  Schwartz ’16) joined... Read More

November 29, 2012

Join Mr. Cai and Dr. Schiller on a journey through ancient and modern China

This 17-day adventure will investigate Chinese art, archaeology, and history as well as current cultural trends, economic developments, and political policies... Read More

November 29, 2012

Visual art students tour Corcoran Gallery

On Saturday, November 10, 2012, eight visual arts students took advantage of the beautiful warm afternoon to explore the Corcoran Gallery. They were entertained... Read More

November 18, 2012

Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest. Students may register in this school-wide contest, taking place at Madeira on December 6, by going to... Read More

November 11, 2012

Spanish club celebrated The Day of the Dead

Members of the Spanish Club created a beautiful altar for the Day of the Dead, the November 1 and 2 holiday known in Spanish as Día de los Muertos. The... Read More

November 11, 2012

Ms. Hogue selected to chair the Oceanic Literature and Culture panel

Ms. Rebecca Hogue is an assistant in the Academic Office and will be the substitute teacher in the English Department when Becky Zahradnik is on maternity... Read More

November 11, 2012

Ambassador Deborah Jones addresses students at ASM

At the All School Meeting on October 26, Ambassador Deborah Jones (a Madeira mom to Ana Olson '10 and Izzy Olson '12) shared her experience of serving... Read More

October 15, 2012

Ninth graders have fun while learning key concepts

Girls were divided into groups of four, and each student took on a specific role in the group, identified by the giant letter attached to her forehead... Read More

June 29, 2012

Order books!

Starting Monday, July 2 you can order your books online for the 2012-2013 school year. Click here for more information.

June 25, 2012

Girls attend Independent School Gender Project's Annual Conference for Girls and Women

Maddie Stearn '13, Allie Moriarty '13, Charlotte McIntosh '14, and Ms. Krystle Merchant just returned from a whirlwind trip to The Hotchkiss School (CT)... Read More

June 8, 2012

London calling!

Eight Madeira students and two faculty headed to London Friday, June 1. Their week has been filled with theater performances at the West End, a Shakespeare... Read More

June 6, 2012

Madeira Slam Poetry Team wins second place at competition

Madeira's Slam Poetry team won 2nd place in the Louder than a Bomb competition held at George Washington University Saturday, June 2! The team, Rachel... Read More

May 30, 2012

Closing Convocation

Friday, May 25, 2012 members of the Madeira Community gathered to celebrate the close of another school year, celebrate faculty and staff members for their... Read More

May 24, 2012

Dayna Bailey '13 accepted to Governor's Japanese Academy

Dayna Bailey '13 was selected to attend the 25th Annual Virginia Governor's Japanese Academy at Randolph Macon College. Dayna will be enrolled in this... Read More

May 23, 2012

History department faculty to present at National Council for Social Studies Conference

Krystle Merchant and Jared Peet have had their proposal, "Reclaiming the F-Word: Feminism in the History Classroom," accepted by the National Council for... Read More

May 15, 2012

Sell Your Textbooks at The Madeira School’s Buyback

Sell your textbooks at The Madeira School’s Buyback

Open online Monday, May 14, 2012 using the same account you had to purchase the books from MBS at:... Read More

May 14, 2012

Students place in national language contests

Students in the World Languages Department have been busy putting their talents to work. This spring, many students shined in their performance in national... Read More

May 11, 2012

GATE literary magazine is now available

GATE, Madeira's literary magazine also presented a selection of poetry at All School Meeting. Copies of GATE are now available in English classes, the... Read More

May 11, 2012

Korean Student Association present at ASM

Thursday, May 10, 2012 the Korean Student Association (KSA) presented at All School Meeting. The girls presented on the influence of Korea in popular culture... Read More

April 27, 2012

Dayna Bailey ‘13 wins 2012 PINK Award

At All School Meeting on April 27, 2013, Dayna Bailey ‘13 was awarded the inaugural PINK Award to assist with her goal of completing her first novel. The... Read More