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Girls school grads achieve: • Higher intellectual confidence • Greater academic engagement • Better SAT scores • Heightened interest in graduate school

Be yourself and have fun.

Challenge yourself academically.

Lean on a supportive community.

• Increased extracurricular enthusiasm • Stronger communication skills * Data from the “Freshman Survey” collected by the Cooperative Institutional Research Institute at UCLA.

“As a student, I am friends with girls from every class, not just my own. I hear stories very often about how close Madeira girls are, even after they graduate. I personally think that’s because of how kind every single student is.” — AL I SO N ’ 14

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With a studentto-teacher ratio of just over 7 to 1, everyone gets noticed.

Madeira’s academic program builds lifelong learners, helps girls take risks and find their voices, and exposes girls to both experiential learning and traditional material on their journey toward becoming ethical and curious young adults.

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» Lincoln Memorial

» Kennedy Performing Arts Center

» National Zoo

» National Institutes of Health

» United States Senate Floor

» Arena Stage

» International Spy Museum

» Children’s Law Center

» Amnesty International

» National Arboretum

» Supreme Court

» Folger Shakespeare Theatre

Photo: Carol Rosegg

» National Gallery of Art



See 2011–12 Madeira senior June Schreiner performing at Arena Stage in Washington DC. She plays Ado Annie in the nationally acclaimed musical Oklahoma!


C0-Cu rriculu m placem e nt option s for senior s

Madeira has the best of both worlds. While most of our daily life takes place on our beautiful 375-acre campus on the Potomac River, we utilize all of the resources available in the DC metro area through Co-Curriculum internships and weekend activities. LEARN MOR E… » » visiting-madeira



adeira is a girls’ boarding and day school, grades 9–12, located 12 miles outside Washington, D.C. in McLean, Virginia. Designed for girls who are

bright, curious, and independent, Madeira is committed to providing an exemplary college prep school education with a global emphasis and a unique Co-Curriculum program offering off-campus Washington, D.C. and Capitol Hill internship opportunities for every student.

Our mix of three hundred girls from twenty-seven states and sixteen countries enhances our community and expands our curriculum. Day girls benefit from friends from all over the world, planned weekend events, breakfast, lunch and dinner any day, and labs and libraries open on weekends. Boarders get a local network of friends and their families, with all the opportunities of Washington, D.C., and a chance to become ever more self-reliant. Every Madeira girl learns in a residential community of shared values, genuine friendships, rules, and high expectations. In classrooms, dorms, and in the dining room, the conversation is cosmopolitan, the discussion diverse. What Madeira girls have in common is curiosity, energy, integrity, and acceptance.

O U R UNIQ U E CO- C UR R ICU LUM P RO GR AM For more than forty years, Madeira’s award-winning experiential learning program, known as Co-Curriculum, has provided internships for students similar to those offered at colleges and universities. Through internships in business, politics, and social services, the Co-Curriculum program gives students a greater awareness of community and world needs. The experience gained in the internships becomes an extension of the academic program. Madeira girls participate in varied community service projects based on their academic year. Ninth graders participate in projects, field trips, and enrichment classes in support of their academic program. Sophomores volunteer at community-based placements, such as social service agencies, schools or hospitals. Juniors intern on Capitol Hill, and seniors design their own year-long internship, with the guidance of Co-Curriculum staff. Their Co-Curriculum experience sets Madeira girls a step ahead of their peers as they head to college and beyond.


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“ I LOVE living in the dorms. That is where I study, sleep, listen to music and bond with my girlfriends for life.”

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B EYOND THE C L ASSR O OM ATHLETICS We feel that student-athletes are individuals first and foremost, and we

will do our best to assist them in growing and developing into independent, strong young women who can succeed at life. Madeira competes in the Independent School League in sports including basketball, cross country, field hockey, soccer, softball, squash, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, and volleyball. ARTS The Performing Arts Department offers experiences in 3 artistic mediums:

drama, music, and dance. Each program maintains discipline specific performances. Students are also able to take private music instruction on campus. RIDING Designed to challenge both the beginner and the experienced rider, the

goal of the program is to develop self-assured and disciplined riders. Students are encouraged to spend time at the stables and ride independently. Riders may also compete on privately owned or school-owned horses in a variety of disciplines. DANCE Dancers from the Washington-


based CityDance Company are the instructors for Madeira’s dance program. Through this collaborative relationship, Madeira provides classes that teach a wide range of dance styles for differing abilities. Dancers can audition to participate in more advanced level training and performance opportunities.

CA MP U S L I F E DORMS Madeira has 6 dormitories that house twenty-eight students each. Boarding

life forms a vital part of and vibrancy at Madeira. Every dorm elects leaders, including head of house and assistant head of house, who organize dorm duties and activities. A resident house adult provides leadership and a home away from home. WEEKEND ACTIVITIES A glance at the activities sign-up form leaves no doubt that

weekends at Madeira are packed with activities for boarders and day girls. Students enjoy trips to D.C., historical and cultural explorations, weekly van runs to the area’s distinctive shops and eateries, and time to be with friends. All social activities, except shopping trips, are chaperoned by adults. HEALTH & WELLNESS Nurses and the school counselor are on duty 24/7. When

closed a nurse is always on call. The counseling office is also located in the health center and is open daily. The counseling program at Madeira is one of several resources that are available to help students adjust to the changes they go through during their time at Madeira.

As a member of the USA National youth volleyball team, Madeira senior Bre Atkinson is one of the top 25 volleyball players in the country at her age and part of the elite group from which the Olympic team is selected.

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financial aid


» 21% of students receive Madeira financial assistance » Total aid available: $2,500,000 » Average grant: $37,826


WH AT’ S N E X T? If you go to Madeira, you’ll go to college 100% of Madeira girls go on to college. About 50% enroll in their first choice school. The highly personal college counseling process at Madeira is a step-by-step approach that begins the day you arrive. Each winter you and your parents will be invited to a day-long program focused on the college admission process. By junior year you will be meeting one-on-one with Madeira’s college counselors, to plan your senior curriculum, set educational goals, and explore college options. From researching schools to requesting applications and teacher recommendations, the College Counseling Office is here to help you.

Ms. Pilar Cabeza de Vaca is an experienced international school head as well as the former CEO of a professional development organization serving international schools. She is a dedicated educator and advocate for academic excellence who has worked closely with students, teachers, administrators, parents, and school boards. Fully tri-lingual (English, Spanish, French), Ms. Cabeza de Vaca is committed to diversity, multiculturalism and a global outlook. She is well versed in strategic planning both for schools and non-profit organizations, has led schools through ambitious technology integration plans, and has been actively involved in curriculum development for the twenty-first century learner.

Don’t assume you’re ineligible. Contact the admission office to learn more about our commitment to financial aid.

SO MU CH MORE… We’re just getting started! Everything you’d like to know about Madeira from students, teachers, administrators, and alumnae is at your fingertips:



Madeira graduates carry 13 roses symbolizing the 13 original students enrolled in Miss Madeira’s School.

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