News Archive - 2017

December 20, 2017

Annie Newton '20 represents USA Lacrosse in Brogden Cup

Annie Newton ’20 will be traveling to Jacksonville, FL over the winter break to represent the United States in the Brogden Cup, a historic three day lacrosse... Read More

December 14, 2017

The Washington Post Magazine features Head of School, Pilar Cabeza de Vaca

Madeira's Head of School, Pilar Cabeza de Vaca, is featured in the most recent issue of The Washington Post Magazine. Read the full article here.

December 12, 2017

Save the Date for College Counseling Day

The annual school-wide college program will be on Saturday, January 6, 2018. Families will begin their day in the auditorium for an All School Meeting... Read More

December 11, 2017

Athletics Adds Rock Climbing as Winter Sport Offering

Madeira Athletics added rock climbing to the list of athletic offerings for students this winter. Enrolled students will practice climbing at Sportrock... Read More

December 8, 2017

GirlsFirst 2018 Registration Open

Girls entering grades 7-10 are invited to pursue their passion and explore Madeira at GirlsFirst. Registration is now open for Summer 2018. 

This one-of-a-kind... Read More

December 7, 2017

Madeira attends PoCC and SDLC Conferences

In late November, a group of Madeira students and adults traveled to the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) and the People of Color Conference... Read More

December 6, 2017

Madeira Robotics team competes at FIRST Tech Challenge

The Madeira Robotics Team participated in its first competition at Battlefield High School in Haymarket, Virginia in early December. Over 40 middle and... Read More

December 6, 2017

The Spectator wins multiple awards

Madeira's student newspaper, The Spectator, recently entered three student press competitions to benchmark the publication's ranking among peer schools... Read More

December 4, 2017

Madeira Indoor Winter Lacrosse Clinics: Registration Open

Join Madeira Varsity Lacrosse Coach Kelly Chandler this winter for indoor lacrosse clinics for grades 5-12

December 4, 2017

Madeira Equestrian Recap - Home IEA Show and Hazelwild Show

Congratulations to the Madeira IEA Team for winning Grand Champion at their recent home show and earning Reserve Champion at Hazelwild. 


November 27, 2017

Fall All-ISL Selections: Madeira athletes receive honors

Zoe Crawley '18, Sophia Bernstein '19, and Halle Johnson '21 were recognized as All-Independent School League selections in their respective sports, as... Read More

November 13, 2017

Madeira Equestrian Recap - Foxcroft IEA and Madeira ANRC Shows

Equestrian Teams Place First at the Foxcroft and ANRC Home Shows

November 13, 2017

Madeira Hosts Human Trafficking Awareness Seminar

Madeira hosted a human trafficking awareness seminar on November 9, 2017, partnering with the Great Falls Rotary Club and Airline Ambassadors International... Read More

November 10, 2017

College commitments: Senior athletes sign to Harvard, University of Kentucky and Texas Christian University

Madeira seniors Jacey Albaugh, Isabella Gati, and Maddie Heilbrun have announced their commitments to play athletics at the collegiate level next year... Read More

November 8, 2017

International Women’s History class project wins grant

When you read the course description for International Women’s History at Madeira, you see phrases like: “Feminist theories, from their early development... Read More

November 3, 2017

Gabby McClellan '20 wins Future of Technology Summit essay contest

Sophomore Gabby McClellan has won the 2017 Future of Technology Summit essay contest. Gabby's essay titled "Edge of Existence" beat out over 3,000 other... Read More

October 31, 2017

The Spooktator hits stands

The Spectator has released their Halloween issue!

October 30, 2017

Madeira Equestrian Recap - Meadowbrook IEA and WIHS Regional and Zone Finals

Madeira Equestrian's Recap of Meadowbrook IEA and WIHS Regional and Zone Finals.

October 24, 2017

Madeira IEA Equestrian Team Earns Reserve Champion at Foxcroft

Congratulations to the Madeira Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Team for their Reserve Champion victory at the Foxcroft IEA Show October 22... Read More

October 23, 2017

Equestrian Team Has Strong Showing at WBTA

On October 14 and 15, the Madeira Equestrian team competed at the Washington Bridle Trails Association Horse Show. The Snails found success at the WBTA... Read More

October 16, 2017

Madeira Volleyball Raises Over $4,300 Through Dig Pink Match

The Madeira School volleyball program hosted its third annual Dig Pink match in partnership with the Side-Out Foundation on Friday, October 6, 2017. The... Read More

October 16, 2017

Equestrian IEA Team Places First Overall at Hazelwild Farms

In their first show of the year, Madeira Equestrian's IEA team earned first place overall in the upper school team competition at Hazelwild Farm in Fredericksburg... Read More

October 12, 2017

Neshmeeya Abbas '20 receives US Squash Scholar-Athlete Award

Madeira Varsity Squash athlete, Neshmeeya Abbas '20, received the United States Squash Association's Scholar-Athlete Award for the 2016-2017 season. The... Read More

October 11, 2017

Madeira Alumnae Participate in STEAM Panel for Open House

Four Madeira alumnae returned to campus to participate in a panel on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) for the first Admissions... Read More

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 5, 2017

Equestrian Team Finds Success at Swan Lake

The Madeira Equestrian Team competed at the Swan Lake Stables USEF Show in late September, and many Snail riders found success in the ring. Kelly Nance... Read More

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 28, 2017

PINK Award Winner spends summer in Ukraine

Kalyna White ‘18, Madeira’s 2017 Pink Award recipient, spent her summer helping orphans in Ukraine.

Kalyna founded LABUkraine, a nonprofit that takes... Read More

September 28, 2017

Madeira Volleyball to Host 3rd Annual Dig Pink Match

The Madeira School volleyball program will host its third annual Dig Pink match next week to help raise support and awareness for the fight against breast... Read More

September 27, 2017

STEAM Fundamentals class competes at Fury Road

The Module 1 STEAM Fundamentals class traveled to Fury Road for their first project challenge of the school year. Fury Road refers to the cult classic... Read More

September 26, 2017

Juniors prepare for internships on Capitol Hill

Each year, Madeira sends every member junior class to Capitol Hill for a five week experiential internship. To aid students in donning their most professional... Read More

September 15, 2017

Madeira Swim and Dive Receives National Honors

The Madeira Varsity Swim and Dive team has been ranked 75th in the nation. Madeira Swim and Dive ranks 17th among all private girls’ schools in the country... Read More

September 14, 2017

Emily Cyrway '19 Places 7th at NCEA Junior Finals

Congratulations to Emily Cyrway '19 who placed 7th on Saturday in the NCEA Junior Hunter Seat Medal Finals. The National Collegiate Equestrian Association... 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

September 6, 2017

Charlotte Smith '17 spends summer out of this world

I spent the month after graduating doing an internship at the NASA headquarters in DC. I woke up every day at 6:30 a.m. to take an hour-long Metro ride... Read More

September 6, 2017

Madeira Athletics Holding Donation Drive for Victims of Hurricane Harvey

The Madeira Field Hockey and Volleyball teams will be hosting donation drives in an effort to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas... Read More

September 5, 2017

Madeira Athletics - Letter from the Athletic Director

Madeira Community,

It’s hard to convey the extent of my excitement for the upcoming school year. Since coming to Madeira, I have been impressed with how... Read More

September 1, 2017

Opening Convocation Message 2017


The weather has changed this week, which makes it easier to envision the end of summer and... Read More

September 1, 2017

Madeira Athletics Includes Leadership Development in Preseason Training

Madeira Athletics finished fall sport preseasons this week. Both new incoming and returning athletes competed on the field and court throughout a full... Read More

August 30, 2017

Madeira ranked #1 Private High School in Virginia, top 25 in U.S.

The Madeira School has been named the #1 Private High School in Virginia by Niche.  

In addition Town & Country Magazine named Madeira as one of the "25... 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.

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August 18, 2017

Athletics Releases 2017 Fall Sports Schedules

The Madeira Athletic Department has official released the 2017 fall sport schedules. Student-athletes will return to campus for optional preseason on August... Read More

July 31, 2017

Madeira alumna plays Hardball this summer

She may have only graduated in 2015 but Anna McMahon is already using her experience from Madeira’s signature Co-Curriculum program to secure sought after... Read More

June 19, 2017

Four students win Cappies Award for Sets

Congratulations to Sasha Alexander ‘17, Briana Harrington ‘17, Millenah Nascimento ’17 and Grace Ye ’18 for winning the 2017 Cappies Award in the category... Read More

June 8, 2017

Madeira Fashion Club publishes first magazine

This spring, the Madeira Fashion Club published their first fashion magazine. Club members, CiCi Wu and Monica Shen were the founders and publishers of... Read More

June 6, 2017

Commencement 2017

On Friday June 2, Madeira awarded 75 diplomas to the class of 2017. After the traditional processional to their seats with hand held bouquets of 13 red... Read More

June 6, 2017

Digital recordings of Graduation & Affirmation available for purchase

Digital recordings of the 2017 Commencement ceremonies are now available for purchase.

June 5, 2017

Closing Convocation 2017

The Madeira community joined together on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 to celebrate the successful completion of another school year. 

At Closing Convocation... Read More

June 5, 2017

The Spectator - Final 2017 Issue

The final 2017 issue of The Spectator, is now available. 
To read the online version click here

May 30, 2017

Madeira Athletics Unveils New Snail Logo and Adidas Partnership

Shelly the Snail, the new Madeira mascot, was not the only thing that Madeira Athletics unveiled during the 2016-2017 school year. This past Friday, the... Read More

May 30, 2017

Madeira Athletics Announces End of Year Awards

Madeira Athletics held their annual Spring Athletics Assembly in the Chapel Auditorium on Friday, May 26, 2017. At the assembly, Athletic Director, Katie... Read More

May 26, 2017

Four Madeira Student-Athletes Receive Post-Season Honors

Congratulations to the four Madeira student-athletes who received post season-honors, following the conclusion of the spring seasons. 

Softball standouts... Read More

May 24, 2017

Advance Photography students present final projects

As the year comes to a close, the Advance Photography class presented their final projects using a variety of techniques learned throughout module 7 and... Read More

May 23, 2017

Five Students nominated for 2017 Cappies awards

Congratulations to Sasha Alexander ‘17, Briana Harrington ‘17, Millenah Nascimento ’17 and Grace Ye ’18 for their Cappies Award nomination in the category... Read More

May 22, 2017

Equestrian Show Team wins at ANRC National Championships

The Madeira Equestrian Show Team wrapped up a successful season with several victories at the ANRC National Championships at Sweet Briar College in Lynchburg... Read More

May 21, 2017

Madeira Track and Field Finds Success at States

Madeira Athletics sent eight Track and Field athletes to the VISAA Championship Meet - Each of the eight athletes that competed for Madeira at states set... Read More

May 18, 2017

GATE literary magazine is available online

At the close of MadeiraED this year, the 2017 edition of GATE was presented. Madeira Dance and Madeira Select performed several numbers as students read... Read More

May 17, 2017

Shakespeare Theatre Company Actors Visit Madeira

Actors from the Shakespeare Theatre Company were on Madera’s campus this week, leading workshops for the sophomore class. Vanessa Hope, Kiernan McGowan... 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

May 15, 2017

Local choreographer, dancer visits Madeira dance program

After several impressive performances at SpringFest, The Madeira Dance program kept their training going with guest instruction by Victor Adebusola, a... Read More

May 15, 2017

Emilija Platukyte '18 Goes Undefeated in Spring Tennis Season

Emilija Platukyte, a junior boarding student from Kaunas, Lithuania, finished the 2017 spring season a perfect 7-0 in the number one singles slot for Madeira... 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 12, 2017

Athletics Recap - Weeks of April 24 - May 12

Emilija Platukyte finishes the season undefeated. The JV Lacrosse team finishes the season with a perfect 8-0 record. Lauren Grohowski earned more first... 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

May 3, 2017

Madeira celebrates 50 years of The Co-Curriculum Program  

Nearly 400 guests gathered along with the Madeira community on April 28, 2017 for Celebrate Madeira, an event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the... Read More

May 2, 2017

Madeira announces All the Difference: The Campaign for Madeira

Five years ago, Madeira began to lay the groundwork for the most ambitious fundraising initiative in our history. We identified five strategic funding... Read More

May 1, 2017

MadeiraED conference completes another successful run

The third annual MadeiraED conference showcased the talents, knowledge and professionalism of Madeira students, faculty and staff. The school-wide conference... Read More

April 29, 2017

Madeira students accepted to Governor's Schools of Virginia

Ejun Kim ‘19 was admitted to the French Academy of the Governor’s School of Virginia. She is one of 60 students in Virginia selected to attend a three-week... Read More

April 27, 2017

The Spectator - Spring Issue

The spring issue of The Spectator, is now available. The paper features wide-ranging articles and opinion pieces from a number of Madeira writers including... Read More

April 27, 2017

2017 National Latin Exam Recognition

Fourteen students were recognized in April for their accomplishments on the National Latin Exam.

The National Latin Exam, sponsored by the American Classical... 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

April 24, 2017

2017 SpringFest and M.A.C Awards

SpringFest is an annual event in which the visual, performing, and musical arts are celebrated. This year the students excelled in every routine, song... Read More

April 24, 2017

Madeira IEA team places 2nd at National Finals

In late April, five Madeira riders traveled to the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) National Finals at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington... Read More

April 20, 2017

Athletics Recap - Weeks of April 10-21

Madeira Athletics Weekly Recap and Look-Ahead

April 13, 2017

Five Madeira swimmers receive post-season honors

Congratulations to five Madeira swimmers who have received post season honors for the 2016-2017 season. 

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 12, 2017

College commitments: Senior athletes sign to MIT and Sarah Lawrence

Alexa Zartman-Ball '17 and Hannah Adams '17 announced their commitments this week to play athletics at the collegiate level. Zartman-Ball has committed... 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

April 7, 2017

Athletics Recap - Weeks of March 27 - April 7

Monte Saunders ’19 (300 M School Record Holder) took first place in the 300 Hurdle and first place in the 100 Hurdle, scoring the Snails 20 points by herself... Read More

March 31, 2017

Science fair a great success: 2017 Winners announced

The annual Madeira Science Fair showcased impressive projects from freshman to seniors. Judges from various scientific fields inside and outside the Madeira... Read More

March 28, 2017

Madeira Lacrosse Competes at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando

The Madeira Lacrosse program made the most of the school's two week spring break vacation. On March 20, 2017, nineteen Madeira student-athletes and two... Read More

March 17, 2017

Julia Skinner-Grant '19 first runner-up in regional Shakespeare Competition

Sophomore Julia Skinner-Grant competed in the 2017 English-Speaking Union Washington D. C. Branch Shakespeare Competition at the Lansburgh Theatre downtown... Read More

March 17, 2017

The Spectator - Winter Issue

The winter issue of The Spectator, is now available. The paper features wide-ranging articles and opinion pieces from a number of Madeira writers.  

... Read More
March 6, 2017

Madeira Equestrian Earns Spot At Nationals For Second Year In A Row

The Madeira Equestrian Team finished third at Interscholastic Equestrian Association Zone Finals over the weekend, earning a spot at the IEA National Finals... Read More

March 6, 2017

2017 Madeira Film Festival accepting submissions

The 2017 Madeira School Film Festival is now accepting submissions. The Festival is open to submissions from all high school students in the D.C. metro... Read More

March 3, 2017

Madeira Karate Honors Senior Class

On Friday, February 24, Dr. Stacey Boyette honored the seniors students of the Madeira Karate Dojo with promotion and recognition.

March 2, 2017

Audiences captivated by Into The Woods

Review by Victoria Akagha '19

This February, Madeira put on a production of James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. The musical is a twist... Read More

February 27, 2017

Athletics Recap - Final Week of Winter Season

The last weekend in February marked the end of the winter season for Madeira Athletics. Madeira Swim and Dive competed at the VISAA State Championships... Read More

February 27, 2017

Madeira hosts Resident Artist for Winter Musical

Madeira students in the Winter Musical, Into the Woods, blazed new trails in musical theater under the guidance of Resident Artist, Mary Sugar. Ms. Sugar... Read More

February 24, 2017

Madeira Swim and Dive Takes Third at States, Finish Perfect 9-0

Madeira Swim and Dive Finish third at the State Championship, and finish with a perfect 9-0 regular season dual meet record.

February 23, 2017

Madeira Equestrians finish 1st at IEA Regional Finals

The Madeira Equestrian team finished in first place at the IEA Regional Finals. The first-place finish secured a place at IEA Zone Finals.

In addition... Read More

February 17, 2017

Big Finish for Mod 4 Karate

The Madeira Karate Dojo is proud to announce the following promotions awarded during Module 4.  Promotions are based on proficiency of physical skill,... Read More

February 17, 2017

Athletics Recap - Week of February 10-17

Madeira Athletics Weekly Recap and Look-Ahead

February 15, 2017

Emily Barre '17 competes in Brain Bee

On February 9, Emily Barre ‘17 represented Madeira for the second year in a row at the Brain Bee. The Brain Bee is a neuroscience competition and was held... Read More

February 10, 2017

Athletics Recap - Week of January 30-February 10

Madeira Athletics Weekly Recap and Look-Ahead

February 7, 2017

Natalie Konerth '13 Selected for US Field Hockey National Development Squad

Konerth selected for the 2017 United Stated Women's National Development Squad.

February 2, 2017

STEAM students create original sound sculptures

During the last week of Module 4 freshmen presented their final projects for their STEAM Fundamentals course. 

STEAM Fundamentals is a project-based course... Read More

February 1, 2017

Lucy Li named to All-District Band

Junior Lucy Li was recently named to the All-District Band through a competitive audition with students from Arlington, Fairfax Schools, Chantilly, Herndon... Read More

January 30, 2017

Human Anatomy and Physiology class visits Georgetown University cadaver lab

The Human Anatomy and Physiology class visited the cadaver lab at Georgetown University Medical School to get up close and personal look at the human body... Read More

January 27, 2017

2017 Miss Greenway crowned

On a chilly night in January, students gathered in the student center for the Miss Greenway pageant.

Miss Greenway is the annual contest organized by... Read More

January 27, 2017

Athletic Recap - Week of January 23 - 27

Madeira Athletics Weekly Recap and Look-Ahead

January 25, 2017

Madeira Swim and Dive Defeats Reigning State Champions, Achieve 7-0 Record

Madeira Swim and Dive Bests Reigning State Champs in Heated Battle

January 20, 2017

Athletics Recap - Week of January 16-20

Madeira Athletic's Weekly Recap and Look Ahead

January 19, 2017

Chamber Orchestra tours Kennedy Center

On Friday, January 13, the Madeira Chamber Orchestra went to the Kennedy Center for a tour, and a concert by the National Symphony Orchestra. Their tour... Read More

January 13, 2017

Athletics Recap - Weeks of January 3 - 13

Madeira Athletics Weekly Recap and Look-Ahead

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

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