A Day in the Life

Class days go something like this:

7:30 a.m.–8:20 a.m. – Breakfast

A typical weekday begins with breakfast. (We encourage all girls to eat breakfast!) The Dining Hall serves breakfast every weekday for boarding and day students.

8:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m. – Classes

During each module (there are seven modules throughout the year), you will take three blocks of academic classes that meet every day for 80 minutes. This longer block of time allows time for student-centered learning, labs, assessments, one-on-one meetings, or a special activity such as rehearsing scenes for a Shakespeare performance in English class. Academic classes take place during A, B, and C Blocks. You can select from a variety of required and elective classes offered by Madeira’s six departments. Madeira's comprehensive Student Life program is offered to 9th and 10th grades during A, B, and C Blocks. All courses carry equal weight and have high expectations. There is also time built in each day when girls can meet with their advisors and have lunch as a grade-level. Not to mention time for clubs to meet, hang out with friends, grab a snack, or work on your extracurricular programs.

On a weekly basis, girls attend an All School Meeting featuring a special speaker or general school announcements. For more information on the academic experience, read the grade-by-grade guide on what to expect each year.

2:45 p.m.–6:00 p.m. – Activities and Sports

After class, you will take a D Block class, during which you may meet with your coaches and teammates for sports practice, rehearse for a theatrical or dance production, go horseback riding, participate in fitness classes like Pilates or karate, or participate in another elective. These are just a few of your options. We value participation in athletics, so you will be required to take athletics (which includes dance, equestrian program, and any of the after school athletic programs) for some part of your time at Madeira.

4:15 p.m.–5:45 p.m. – Break

After activities, you may meet with your teammates for strength training, take a private music lesson, cheer on a team, go horseback riding, meet with a club, confer with one of the many school resources such as a college counselor, or enjoy some down time.

6:00 p.m.–6:45 p.m. - Dinner

Monday–Thursday, dinner begins at 6:00 p.m. Many day students stay for dinner so they can spend as much time as possible at team practices and club meetings, or just because they are hungry and want to hang out with their friends.

7:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m. (lights out)

Shortly after dinner you’ll be studying, participating in orchestra practice, working on the yearbook, or attending a musical soiree. Boarders check-in at their dorm by 7:30 p.m. Depending on their grade level, boarders attend study hall in the Library, in their dorm room, or in the lecture hall. Student leaders proctor all study halls. Boarders will be back in their dorms by 10:00 p.m. Ninth and tenth graders can hang out until lights out at 11:00 p.m. (Juniors and seniors do not have lights out.) Day students are always welcome to attend evening proctored Study Hall.


Friday evening brings the start of the weekend, which is heavily programmed with activities that appeal to a range of girls. Day students frequently stay on campus with boarders and take part in social activities on weekends. It can be a challenge to tell day students and boarders apart. Check out the Weekends at Madeira page.