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October 10, 2017

The Spectator debuts first issue of the 2017-2018 School Year

The student newspaper, The Spectator, made it's 2017-2018 debut on Family Weekend.

 

Read the online edition HERE

October 4, 2017

Family Weekend mobile app

Madeira has created a mobile app for Family Weekend in order to eliminate paper waste and provide families with convenient and accessible information!... Read More

September 8, 2017

Family Weekend Registration Open!

Don't miss Family Weekend 2017!

Full a full schedule visit www.madeira.org/familyweekend

Highlights include:

Thursday - October 5:
Seniors and their parents... 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

August 27, 2017

Read the latest issue of Madeira Today

The Spring/Summer 2017 issue of Madeira Today is available online.

Read Now

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

May 12, 2017

Madeira offers live streaming of graduation

Madeira is pleased to announce the live streaming of the 2017 commencement ceremony on June 2 at 10:30 a.m. 

We have partnered with a new, free streaming... 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 12, 2017

White House speechwriter, Sarah Hurwitz, to give 2017 commencement address

Madeira is pleased to announce that Sarah Hurwitz will deliver the keynote address at Commencement on June 2, 2017

From 2009 to 2017, Sarah Hurwitz served... Read More

April 10, 2017

Madeira in the News

Our very own Head of School and Assistant Head of School both made headlines this week discussing Madeira's wonderful program, students, faculty/staff... Read More

January 12, 2017

Registration is now open for all Summer at Madeira programs

Registration is now open for all Summer at Madeira programs.

We have something for the whole family, all summer long. View our Programs by Category, ... 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

October 6, 2016

Madeira Fight the Flu Clinic

The best way to protect your family against influenza is to get a flu vaccine every flu season. Please have your daughter participate in our flu clinic... 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 29, 2016

Family Weekend mobile app

Madeira has created a mobile app for Family Weekend in order to eliminate paper waste and provide families with convenient and accessible information!... 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 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

June 15, 2016

Student activity meeting wrap up

On Monday, June 13, the Dean of Students Office met with members of the Parents Association to review the results of the end-of-year Student Activity Survey... Read More

June 9, 2016

LaRue and Gerrity to lead Athletics at Madeira

One need only to drive onto campus to see it is an exciting time of change for Madeira athletics. In early May, the School broke ground on a state-of-the-art... 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

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

Madeira offers live streaming of graduation

Madeira is pleased to announce the live streaming of the 2016 commencement ceremony on June 3 at 10:30 a.m. Watch the ceremony online at www.gobleachers... 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 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

April 7, 2016

Madeira announces field renovations this summer

Madeira is excited to announce plans to upgrade and renovate our playing fields over the summer of 2016. The renovations include a full-size, cutting-edge... Read More

April 7, 2016

Madeira hosts Revisits Days

On March 10 and April 5, the Admission Office hosted over 75 families from more than five states during Red-White Revisit Days! These days are designed... Read More

April 4, 2016

Camp Greenway recognized as best summer camp

Thanks to Posh Seven for selecting Camp Greenway to their 2016 Best of Kids Awards list for "Best Day Camp."

For over 42 years, Camp Greenway has provided... Read More

March 30, 2016

Spring Sports Opener

Calling all alumnae, parents, and fans: Come cheer on the Snails at Spring Sports Opening Day! Home games:

4:15 p.m.
Varsity Lacrosse v. Holton Arms
Varsity... Read More

March 11, 2016

The Madeira Fund announces Red-White Challenge

Red and White teams are challenging YOU! Here is your chance to make this year’s Red and White competition even more exciting while helping to proclaim... 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

Girls First! registration is now open

Girls First! at Madeira is a summer camp for girls entering grades 7-10. Girls enjoy a fun academic learning environment combined with a daily girl-centered... 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

December 1, 2015

In Memoriam: Leslie Thompson

The Madeira community mourns the loss of a dear colleague. Leslie Thompson, long-time director of communications for Camp Greenway and manager of the school... Read More

November 23, 2015

Senior yearbook page instructions

The yearbook class and yearbook club are excited to work with seniors on their senior pages! Seniors must complete the information below and email it with... Read More

November 23, 2015

2015-2016 driver's education classes

Madeira is pleased to offer Driver's Ed again in 2015-2016.

I Drive Smart, a Virginia licensed driver education company, will be holding classes for Madeira... Read More

November 20, 2015

Senior yearbook ad announcement

The yearbook staff is making progress on the yearbook for 2016 and it's time to think about Senior Parent Ads. The Senior Parent Ad is a tradition at Madeira... Read More

November 13, 2015

Madeira offers live streaming

Madeira is pleased to announce that we now have live streaming video capabilities in the Chapel/Auditorium. This means that Madeira community members will... Read More

November 6, 2015

Thanksgiving Travel and Arrival

The time of year for Student Travel Forms has once again arrived. In preparation for school breaks in November (11/21 - 11/30) and December (12/19 - 1/3)... Read More

October 12, 2015

2015 flu clinic

The best way to protect your family against influenza is to get a flu vaccine every flu season. Please sign your daughter up to participate in our flu... 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

September 12, 2015

Announcements from the Dean of Students

Below are a few of the topics which we want to remind you and your daughter about as we embark on a new year.  Some of these are refreshers from last year... Read More

September 3, 2015

Private Music Lessons at Madeira

Did you know that an amazing group of professional musicians come to Madeira's campus every week to teach students in piano, voice, strings, flute, guitar... Read More

September 3, 2015

School-wide Open House

The Madeira Admission Office is hosting a School-wide Open House on Saturday, September 26 from 1:00-3:30 p.m.  This open house allows us to introduce... Read More

May 22, 2015

Parting Message from Stacy Fischer, PALC Vice President

Five years ago, I was as nervous and excited as my daughter as our family began the journey into the world of The Madeira School. As much as she was wondering... Read More

May 13, 2015

2015-2016 student leadership announced

The elections results are in! The Madeira student government and class officers have been named for the 2015-2016 school year. Dean of Students Kim Newsome... 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 28, 2015

Road closure

Beginning May 4, 2015 and lasting through June 20, 2015, the roadway behind the Hurd will be closed to thru traffic. This closure is necessary to facilitate... 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

February 12, 2015

Madeira offers D.C. summer adventure

All students are invited to join Hawaii Prep Academy students as we spend the first two weeks of summer (May 30-June 13, 2015) enjoying the bodies of water... Read More

February 12, 2015

Join Madeira for "Anything Goes"

Escape the everyday on a trans-Atlantic cruise. With top-notch lounge singers, wealthy heiresses, and second-rate mobsters on the loose, you’re never sure... 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

December 17, 2014

Senior girls reach full participation in The Madeira Fund

Right before Thanksgiving break, the senior class reached an important milestone: they reached 100% participation in the Senior Class Gift to The Madeira... Read More

December 17, 2014

Girls First! registration is now open

Madeira’s own unique summer program for girls entering grades 7–10 will take place June 28 through July 11, 2015 and features six classes, a trip to the... 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

November 20, 2014

Holiday Horse Show

Cheer on our equestrians at the Madeira Holiday Horse Show on Saturday, December 6, 2014! The show starts at 9:30 a.m.

November 6, 2014

Thanksgiving Break travel forms for boarding students

The time of year for student travel forms has arrived. In preparation for school breaks in November (11/22-11/30) and December (12/20-1/4), the Dean of... Read More

October 22, 2014

Madeira Arts Department presents "The Tempest"

Set your sails for excitement on an island of fairies and monsters October 30 and November 1. Here lives Prospera, an unjustly exiled Duchess, and her... Read More

October 22, 2014

In memoriam

The Madeira community mourns the loss of a dear colleague. Sally Sullivan passed away surrounded by family on October 20, 2014, of complications from breast... 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 17, 2014

News from Madeira?s Student Ambassadors

Dear Madeira Families,

We hope that the start of the school year has gone as well for you as it has for the girls on campus.  Some of you were here recently... Read More

October 16, 2014

Equestrian Program offers middle school lessons

The Madeira Equestrian Program has several open slots in the middle school lesson program. Lessons are available Monday through Friday from 6:30-7:30 p... 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

September 26, 2014

Madeira Open House

Did you know that 40% of the families who apply to Madeira state that they heard about Madeira through word of mouth? So please let your friends, neighbors... 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 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 29, 2014

All School Meeting fall speaker series

Part of a Madeira education is being exposed to thought-provoking conversations and ideas. One manner in which this takes place is through All School Meetings... Read More

August 28, 2014

Meet new Director of Residential Life Hunter Southworth

Madeira is pleased to announce that Hunter Southworth has been named director of residential life in the Dean of Students Office. Mr. Southworth has been... Read More

August 27, 2014

Lucy & Co. hours for the start of school

The Madeira School store, Lucy & Co. will have special hours the opening week of school. 

  • Monday, September 1 through Thursday, September 10:00 a.m... 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

July 24, 2014

New transportation program effective fall 2014

Madeira is pleased to announce the roll-out of our expanded transportation plan for the 2014-15 school year.

June 25, 2014

Slideshow: Summer construction update

Construction crews have been working steadily on the Main dorm modernization project since graduation. 

Check in regularly to see a photos of our progress... Read More

June 3, 2014

Finishing in style

Julia Collins' '01 historic Jeopardy! winning streak comes to an end. 

June 3, 2014

Graduation day 2014

It was a picture perfect day for the 2014 commencement ceremony held May 23, 2014 at Madeira. Enjoy this video recap of the day. Our graduation speaker... 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 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 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 1, 2014

Meet Director of Campus Safety and Security Jim Pollack

Madeira is pleased to welcome Jim Pollack to campus to serve as director of campus safety and security. Mr. Pollack joins us after having been a professional... 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 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

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 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

December 12, 2013

Just What IS the Parents Council of Washington?

The Parents Council of Washington (PCW) is a consortium of more than 50 independent schools in the greater Washington, D.C. area.  Madeira is a member... Read More

December 3, 2013

Visit Lucy & Co. for holiday shopping

Visit Lucy & Co., The Madeira School Store for all of holiday shopping! Come see our new items for everyone on your list. Some of our hot new items include:... Read More

November 14, 2013

Student art unveiling at Mosaic

Students in Advanced Studio Art class will unveil murals for a community art project at the Mosaic shopping district in Fairfax, VA on November 22, 2013... Read More

November 9, 2013

Admission Open House

Did you know that 40% of the families who apply to Madeira state that they heard about Madeira through word of mouth? So please let your friends, neighbors... Read More

November 4, 2013

Senior Fun Run!

Get excited for the upcoming Senior 5K Fun Run! This is the third year in a row that the senior class will be hosting a 5K Fun Run as our fall fundraiser... Read More

October 31, 2013

Plans to expand transportation in 2014-2015

We are excited to announce that in 2014-2015, our transportation program will expand to several new locations. Madeira currently provides pick-up and drop-off... Read More

October 31, 2013

Yearbook information for 2013-2014

Some parents have inquired about how to order yearbooks. You don’t have to do a thing! Madeira will order a yearbook for every student. The cost for the... Read More

October 25, 2013

Parent Speak

Parents Council of Washington presents PARENT SPEAK, a moderated forum of parents talking about the challenges, the worries, and the joys and rewards of... Read More

October 25, 2013

Race to Somewhere: Practical Advice for Authentic Success

The Safe Community Coalition is bringing New York Times bestseller and noted educator Dr. Madeline Levine to the Alden Theatre to address the issue of... Read More

October 11, 2013

Safe Community Coalition Event

Stretch…But Don’t Break…Your Teen
Tuesday, October 29, 7:00pm
Langley High School Auditorium


Make plans to hear William Stixrud, Ph.D. share his ideas on... Read More



October 11, 2013

Parents Council of Washington Event

Mighty Words: Creating Conversations That Change Children's Lives
Wednesday, October 16, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
National Cathedral School, Washington, DC


Join psychologist... Read More



October 4, 2013

Safe Community Coalition events

Parents are invited to attend a special showing of the film, Race to Nowhere. The showing is sponsored by the Safe Community Coalition. The film calls... Read More

October 2, 2013

Announcement from Campus Safety and Security

On October 17, 2013 at 10:17 a.m., Madeira will conduct earthquake training in conjunction with the “2013 Great South East ShakeOut!” 

“The Great South... Read More

September 11, 2013

Business Office announcement

Deadline to enroll in the Tuition Refund Insurance Plan is September 25

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

August 30, 2013

Out with the Old, In with the New: Parents? Information Gets a New Look

The new school year brings a new look for News Parents Can Use, new and updated Parents & Families pages on the Madeira website, and a new volunteer signup... 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 7, 2013

New Director of Campus Safety and Security

Christopher Cochrane will joins the Madeira community as director of campus safety and security

August 2, 2013

No whining, no problem

Camp Greenway’s “no whining” theme wasn’t an issue for the 900+ campers this year

April 22, 2013

Exciting Residential Life news for 2013-2014

From Director of Residential Life, Margo Moses

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 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 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

February 26, 2013

Alvin Ailey School accepts two Madeira dancers

Senior Courtney Jefferies and Junior Gabby Bullard have been accepted to the Summer Intensive Program at The Ailey School in New York City. The six-week... Read More

February 20, 2013

Countdown to graduation begins for seniors

Seniors celebrated 100 Days, a Madeira tradition, on February 19. With just 100 days until graduation, each class presented seniors with a gift and a few... Read More

February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day from The Madeira Fund

For a recent Co-Curriculum project, a group of freshmen wrote song lyrics describing Madeira. The Madeira Fund hopes you agree with them:  What a Wonderful... Read More

February 12, 2013

Rally for the Snails!

As the winter sports season winds down and play-offs begin, students gathered in the Hurd for a pep rally on Monday, February 11. With Mr. Withers as MC... 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 7, 2013

Madeira Moms Celebrate Chinese New Year

There was a great turnout for the parent lunch at the renown Peking Gourmet Inn in celebration of the Chinese New Year. The social lunch, in honor of the... 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

Madeira Arts Department presents "The Wizard of Oz"

The Madeira School is proud to introduce its winter musical, The Wizard of Oz. This musical follows Dorothy Gale in her journey home after waking up in... Read More

January 23, 2013

Summer camps are now open for registration

Whatever a child’s age or interests, Madeira has a program they will love. Hurry to sign up! Registration is now open for all Madeira Summer Camps.

January 15, 2013

Madeira riders gallop to victory!

On Saturday, January 12, the Madeira equestrian program hosted 11 visiting teams with more than 80 riders. Madeira riders had success in every division... 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 3, 2012

Sign-up for "I Drive Smart" driving classes

I Drive Smart is a Virginia licensed driver education company. All instructors are either active duty or retired police officers with over 150 hours of... 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

June 8, 2012

Graduation 2012

The Class of 2012 graduated under threatening skies on Friday, June 1, 2012. Seventy-six girls donned white dresses, carried 13 red roses and received... 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