Co-Curriculum is an essential part of Madeira’s mission of launching women who will change the world and a graduation requirement. 10th graders are required to complete the Serving Others Placement, the 11th grade are required to complete the Effecting a Change Placement, and the 12th graders are required to complete the Pursuing a Passion Placement. Madeira’s Co-Curriculum Program provides opportunities for progressive degrees of independence and is designed to respond to the needs of students at each level of their development. 

The Co-Curriculum Office works individually with students helping them identify their skills, interests, and passions, while also collaborating with them to identify appropriate placements where they will challenge themselves and grow as independent young women. In addition to providing logistical support, the Co-Curriculum Office oversees a curriculum designed to help students reflect upon their experiences and individual growth. Students are assessed on various assignments, projects, and a capstone experience, and receive a letter grade based on these assessments.  

Learn more about the Co-Curriculum placement process.

Available Courses


Sophomore Co-Curriculum
Junior Co-Curriculum
Senior Co-Curriculum  


Ellie Peaks

Assistant Director of Co-Curriculum, Senior Co-Curriculum Lead Teacher

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Andrew Sharp

Director of Co-Curriculum, History Teacher, Sophomore Co-Curriculum Lead Teacher

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Mr. Sharp taught at Madeira from 1995 to 2000 and returned in 2004. He earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science and English from Connecticut College and a master's degree in International Politics from The George Washington University. Before becoming Director of Co-Curriculum, he served as head of the History Department, was assistant academic dean and taught history.

Shanice West

Assistant Director of Co-Curriculum, Junior Co-Curriculum Lead Teacher

703-556-8281 View Full Bio