Madeira School

8328 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22102

Lucy Madeira established her school in Washington, DC, after teaching at Sidwell Friends School and serving as headmistress of Potomac School. The school moved 12 miles west of Washington, DC, to a 376-acre campus overlooking the Potomac River, in 1931. The scholastic standards of the school have always been high. Students come from many states and foreign countries, and graduates go on to competitive colleges. The curriculum includes more than 100 courses, and Advanced Placement courses are offered in all academic departments. Courses as diverse as calculus, Irish literature and American studies are offered, and facilities are available for the studio and performing arts and athletics. Madeira also provides English as a Second Language instruction. A Wednesday cocurricular program is an integral part of the academic program. Freshmen attend on-campus seminars that focus on leadership and skill development, and participate in Outdoor Adventure. Sophomores volunteer for off-campus community service organizations, while juniors spend Wednesdays as congressional interns. Seniors explore various career interests. All girls belong to the student government association, through which they participate in forming and enforcing school rules, as well as developing programs. All students also play on junior varsity or varsity athletic teams or engage in such individual pursuits as dance, riding and fitness. The school plans events with nearby schools and takes advantage of the cultural and recreational activities of Washington, DC.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeBoarding and Day — Girls Grades 9-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsGirls
Full Address8328 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22102
Year Established1906
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorPilar Cabeza de Vaca
Applications DueJanuary
Total Enrollment306
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