The Madeira School

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The Madeira School

The Madeira School

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location type grades students int’l. s-f ratio class SSAT SAT-avg TOEFL
McLean, VA girls 9-12 PG 330 15% 4:1 12 80% 1355 100

Madeira welcomes students representing 20 states and 24 countries, and more than one-third are students of color. School life blends boarding and day students, all of whom may participate in late afternoon athletic and performing arts activities and clubs before sharing dinner with friends. In the safety of this environment, Madeira students develop a clear identity, become comfortable with who they are, feel compelled to voice their opinions, and are active members of an increasingly global community.

Madeira prepares each girl to face successfully the challenges awaiting her as she moves into the world of higher education at its most demanding. The proof of this experience is easy to recognize in Madeira’s graduates, women who have gone on to make a difference in the world.


Madeira fosters the growth of the individual while cultivating collaboration. Our faculty and staff are highly qualified, but more importantly, they love working with our students and are truly passionate about what they do. The academic program is rigorous, challenging, and exciting. And our award winning Co-Curriculum program provides real-world experiences that prepare students for college and beyond.

 Special Highlights

Riding Program. Designed to challenge both the beginner and the experienced rider, the goal of the program is to develop self-assured and disciplined riders capable of participating in a wide range of equestrian activities. Instructors are committed to assisting each rider develop her talents and skills and achieve a sense of individual accomplishment.

Global Travel & Exchange. More than tourist trips or vacations, Madeira’s global travel programs are immersive and experiential, led by faculty and staff who serve as organizers and cultural guides. Destinations change annually. Exchange programs with Italy, France, and Spain take Madeira students abroad for language immersion and bring foreign students to the Madeira campus for classes and home-stays with local Madeira families.

 Top colleges attended by students

University of Virginia, College of William and Mary, Syracuse University, The George Washington University, Carnegie Mellon University, Dickenson College, Cornell University, Boston University, Bucknell University, Colgate University

 What the school looks for in students…

“The admission team at Madeira looks for students with curiosity, energy, integrity, and a commitment to academic and personal growth.”