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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Ellie Peaks started working in the Co-Curriculum Office at  Madeira in 2019. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and English from Clemson University and a Master’s degree in Teaching from Belmont University. Before coming to Madeira, she taught middle school reading, social studies, and writing for 10 years in Tennessee, South Carolina, and Washington, DC. In addition to working with students in Madeira's Co-Curriculum Office, she also advises Juniors and is an Assistant Dorm Director on campus.

Andrew Sharp

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

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Andrew 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

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Ms. West joyfully thrives in the Madeira Community.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Spelman College. After college, she continued her studies at Brooklyn College Graduate School for Education and Columbia University. Prior to Madeira, Ms. West worked for several charter schools in New York City including Excellence Girls Charter School and AMP Middle Academy. Through Co-Curriculum, Ms. West is excited to connect girls with opportunities outside of the classroom to create an enriching, well-rounded, and progressive learning experience. Ms. West also serves at the Equity Team Co-Lead for its inaugural year, helping to plan professional development for adults on topics about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Ms. West, is also the advisor for the Black Student Union and the Madeira Democratic Union. Ms. West also has the pleasure of serving as the Dorm Director for Main Dorm. In her spare time, she loves taking spin classes, perusing all things interior design, and reviewing recipes for her creative outlet entitled “What West Eats”.