Madeira in the World

Madeira’s footprint is even bigger than our 376 acres suggest.

During the academic year, our school is home to students from a range of backgrounds and locations across the country and around the world. Our teachers approach subjects from a global perspective. And students venture around the world for studies abroad.

Diversity at Madeira

A diverse community is the foundation for an academic program that values experience. Thirty-seven percent of Madeira girls are students of color. Sixteen percent hail from abroad. Domestic students come from 20 states including Washington, D.C.

Countries Represented

  • Australia
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Canada
  • China
  • Colombia
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Thailand
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Venezuela
  • Zambia 

A highly diverse community means students gain exposure to different points of view and live and learn with people they would otherwise never meet as high school students.

Globalism in the Curriculum

Seeing the world through a multiple perspectives is an essential tool for the 21st century. Gaining fluency in more than one language is equally important. So Madeira faculty members fashion a curriculum that teaches students to develop global awareness. For example, in a history course called Global Civilizations, students interpret events from multiple vantage points. In the sciences, topics such as environmental engineering encourage students to grapple with issues that affect the life of the planet as a whole. The World Languages requirement ensures that each girl studies French, Latin, Spanish, or Mandarin Chinese in addition to English. We also offer English for international students, so that students who are non-native speakers achieve cultural fluency here in the United States.

Madeira students graduate with a high degree of knowledge of comfort with the traditions and customs of people from other cultures and nations.

International Experiences, Trips, and Exchanges

Co-Curriculum Abroad

As part of the Co-Curriculum Program, students journey to places as near as Washington, D.C., and as far away as Kenya. Co-Curricular “learnerships” place Madeira girls side-by-side with local leaders so that they can see through their eyes.

Trips and Exchanges

Madeira’s World Languages Department runs Italian, Spanish, and French exchange programs and trips to places that have included:

  • China
  • England
  • France
  • Italy

For more information, visit the World Languages Department.