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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 16, 2017

Sophomore advisory create puppets for local Head Start program

At the beginning of the school year, Ms. Heinan’s sophomore advisory group decided to develop a community service project that they could work on together... 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

January 10, 2017

Nandi Ndoro places in New York Times writing contest

Nandi Ndoro ’19 was named a runner-up in the second annual Student Review Contest organized by The New York Times. Her article, Black Girl Lemonade, originally... Read More

November 30, 2016

In the spirit of giving, STOP Hunger Games provides 2,600 meals to people in need

For the fourth year in a row, Madeira students, faculty, and staff participated in the STOP Hungers Games. The games are a fundraising event – an apocalyptic... 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 9, 2016

A Message from our Head of School

Dear Madeira Parents,

As I mentioned in my note earlier this week, the Madeira community has strived to be a model for civil and productive political... Read More

October 27, 2016

Madeira students attend The Future of Diversity Symposium

Several Madeira students and faculty recently attended The Future of Diversity Symposium (FDS) at Georgetown Day School in Washington, D.C. Each school... Read More

October 25, 2016

Miss Virginia Teen, Skye Jannery-Barney '18, uses platform to fight human trafficking

Reigning Miss Virginia Teen, our very own Junior Skye Jannery-Barney ‘18, recently participated in an event hosted by Airline Ambassadors International... 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

September 30, 2016

Message from the Athletic Director

Katie LaRue

The Fall season is well underway and things are really exciting! The energy level is high as girls are having fun and teams are showing signs... Read More

September 14, 2016

Students named to Student Diversity Leadership Council

In December, six Madeira students will attend the Student Diversity Leadership Council (SDLC) Conference. Maddie Clemente ’17, Callie Jacks '17, Magana... 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

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

June 14, 2016

WIHS names three Madeira riders to junior committee

Jacey Albaugh ’18, Emma Bishop ’20, and Charlotte Burch ’17 have been chosen as members of the 2016 Washington International Horse Show Junior Committee... 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 24, 2016

One Campus, Two Crowns

At Madeira, Dylan Murphy ’16 is known as a skilled lacrosse player, White Team Captain and diligent student. But this past winter, Dylan added another... Read More

May 18, 2016

Snails plan to continue athletics in college

On Monday, May 16, the Madeira community gathered to celebrate five Snails planning to continue their chosen sports in higher education. Sue Cabot, athletic... Read More

May 17, 2016

2016-2017 student government announced

The elections results are in! The Madeira student government and class officers have been named for the 2016-2017 school year. 

The student government... Read More

May 10, 2016

Slam Poetry Team takes first in regional competition

On May 7, 2016 the Madeira Slam Poetry Team, made up of Gaelyn Smith ‘16, Mona Hagmagid ‘16, Elfrieda Nwabunnia ‘17, and Mae Hunt ’17, won first place... 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

May 2, 2016

Student uses passion for film to raise awareness in her home country

After taking a summer film making program in New York City, Victoria Garcia ’17 was inspired to create a video that would bring awareness about the current... Read More

May 2, 2016

TV writer and producer, Alex Cooley ’99 to give Madeira commencement address

The Madeira School will welcome back alumna Alex Cooley as this year’s speaker at their graduation ceremony. Alex Cooley is a television writer and producer... 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

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

January 11, 2016

Monet Umana '16 organizes free store for homeless youth

Monet Umana '16 organized high school students in the DC-Metro area to collect and donate clothes to support youth in need this coming winter. “There is... 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

December 16, 2015

Madeira students participate in community service

Over the December 11th weekend, Madeira students dedicated their time to service activities coordinated by the Heads of Community Service. Students volunteered... Read More

December 15, 2015

All School Meeting with Emi Kolawole '00

At the December 11th All School Meeting the students were lucky enough to hear from Emi Kolawole, a class of 2000 graduate. Emi is a multi-media professional... 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

December 3, 2015

Shaun Min named Director of Summer Programs

Shaun Min has been named director of summer programs for Madeira. Earlier this year, Summer Programs was separated from Auxiliary Programs and put under... Read More

November 6, 2015

Ensign Lauren Rarick '07 speaks at Veteran's Day ASM

Lauren Rarick ‘07 spoke to the Madeira community at the Veteran's Day All School Meeting on November 6. Lauren Rarick graduated from The Madeira School... Read More

October 28, 2015

Students volunteer at Capital Area Food Bank

On October 17th, Heads of Community Service at Madeira, Faith Slaughter and Carson Peters, coordinated a weekend activity with the Anime Club and Master... 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 5, 2015

Girls Love Mail

During class meeting on Thursday, October 1, 2015, freshman made cards for breast cancer patients through the Girls Love Mail organization. Sophomore,... Read More

October 2, 2015

Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles '07 Speaks at All School Meeting

Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles '07 spoke to an engaged student body Friday morning about her love of the outdoors and how her Co-Curriculum experience at Madeira... Read More

September 11, 2015

All School Meeting with Dr. Courtney Cowart '78

“There is a better future that wants to emerge through you, individually and collectively." - Dr. Courtney Cowart

August 13, 2015

Summer Environmental Advocacy Adventure

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

June 5, 2015

Celebrating the graduation of the Class of 2015

The 2015 Commencement Ceremony was held on a sunny morning, Friday, May 29. Ms. Marcia Marsh, chief operating officer of the World Wildlife Fund, was the... 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 20, 2015

Marcia Marsh to give Madeira commencement address

The Madeira School is pleased to have Marcia Marsh as the 2015 commencement speaker. As chief operating officer of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world... 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

May 1, 2015

Mary Herridge named Director of Enrollment Management

Mary Herridge has been named Director of Enrollment Management for Madeira. Ms. Herridge, who currently serves as Madeira’s Associate Director of Admission... 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 2, 2015

Clubs volunteer at Cherry Blossom Festival

On Saturday March 28, the Korean Student Association (KSA) partnered with the Science and Engineering Club to volunteer at the Cherry Blossom Festival... Read More

January 28, 2015

Allison Kalloo '83 gives a powerful speech during the MLK All School Meeting

January 16, 2015, Allison Kalloo ’83 took to the stage to share her story for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day All School Meeting.

As founder and CEO of... 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 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

January 8, 2015

New Co-Curriculum Blog: Interning on The Hill

Sophia Beneski '16 shares her experience interning for the Office of Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. Read More

November 21, 2014

STOP Hunger Games returns for another attack

For the second year in a row, Madeira students, faculty, and staff participated in the STOP Hungers Games. The games are a fundraising battle – a sophisticated... 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

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 14, 2014

College commitments: Senior athletes sign to Division I programs Coastal Carolina and Colgate

On November 13, 2014, Brie Perkins ’15 signed to play lacrosse for Coastal Carolina University and Farrin Saba ’15 signed to swim for Colgate University... Read More

November 5, 2014

Julia Collins '01 back on Jeopardy – Wednesday, November 12

Alumna Julia Collins returns to battle for a $250,000 grand prize with 13 other former champions in the Tournament of Champions, beginning Monday, November... 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

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 20, 2014

Get excited for the Senior Fun Run!

The senior class is hosting the fourth annual Fun Run on Sunday, November 16, beginning at 2:00 p.m. This year’s 5K will include a fair for the entire... 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

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 26, 2014

Madeira girls in the media

It’s not surprising to find that Madeira girls, current and alumnae, are often in the news or writing their own articles for publications. Here are a few... Read More

September 17, 2014

Development news

Head of School Pilar Cabeza de Vaca and the Board of Directors proudly announced that Madeira has met a $10 million challenge grant from an anonymous private... 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

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

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 16, 2014

2014-2015 student government announced

The elections results are in! The Madeira student government and class officers have been named for the 2014-2015 school year. Dean of Students Kim Newsome... 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

Meet Alex Heiberger, Madeira's new CFO

Madeira is pleased to welcome Alex Heiberger as its new chief financial officer. Alex comes to Madeira with a wealth of experience. For the past 17 years... 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 4, 2014

John Lewis to speak at commencement

Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), the only living of the “Big Six” leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, will deliver The Madeira School’s commencement address... 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

February 25, 2014

Sophomores make cards for cancer patients

During class meetings on Friday, February 21, 2014, the sophomore class made a total of 200 cards for breast cancer patients for Girls Love Mail organization... Read More

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

October 31, 2013

Girl Up All School Meeting: Power of a girl

At the All School Meeting on October 25, Girl Up club representatives presented to the school community, explaining the Girl Up mission and goals. They... Read More

October 1, 2013

"Do something that might break your heart..."

The Rev. Maryetta M. Anschutz ’93 told the Madeira community a powerful story of how a singular experience she had during her sophomore Co-Curriculum placement... Read More

September 12, 2013

Madeira receives certificate of recognition from Fairfax County

Madeira received a public recognition for providing the use of our facilities and property to Fairfax County public safety departments for various training... Read More

September 6, 2013

Opening Convocation speeches

Read transcribed speeches by Head of School Pilar Cabeza de Vaca and student leaders.

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 23, 2013

Partnership with Excel Academy grows

What began as a partnership to enable more girls to experience the positive impact that sports can have on one’s life has expanded to sharing discovery... Read More

August 20, 2013

Madeira says good-bye to friend, painter

Since the age of 16, Eddie Gardner has spent his summers painting the classrooms and buildings at Madeira. This September, Eddie will put away his brushes... Read More

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

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

April 21, 2013

Aerryn Rees ’14 featured in Connection Newspaper for sustainable garden project

April 15, Connection Newspaper featured a story about Aerryn Rees working toward her Girls Scout Gold Award by creating a sustainable garden at Churchhill... 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 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

February 26, 2013

Brandon Holley '85 featured on PBS' "Makers"

Brandon Holley '85, Editor in Chief of Lucky magazine, was featured on Tuesday, February 26 on the PBS series "Makers" for her accomplishments as an editor... 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 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 6, 2013

Madeira mourns loss of Priscilla Payne Hurd '38

Madeira is mourning the loss of Priscilla Payne Hurd '38, who passed away on Tuesday, February 5th. "Prill," as she was known to our community was an alumna... 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 25, 2013

Inauguration memories

Fifteen Madeira girls had an experience of a lifetime at the inauguration. See just how close they were >>

December 29, 2012

Remembering Former Headmistress Jean Harris

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Jean Harris, Headmistress of Madeira from 1977 to 1980. She was a part of Madeira's history and made substantial... Read More

December 3, 2012

Madeira and Excel Academy partner to provide young girls the positive benefits of athletics

In part, the mission of the Excel Academy, a Washington, D.C. public charter school for girls in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade, is to develop the... Read More

November 19, 2012

ASSIST program students visit Madeira

Early in November, Madeira hosted students who come from the ASSIST program to a morning of Inner Quest activities including outdoor leadership training... Read More

April 30, 2012

Gold Congressional Award bestowed on Madeira junior

Lydia Parker '13 earned the Gold Congressional Award in April 2012. This award will be formally presented to Lydia by Congress at a national event this... 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