The Madeira School

Madeira is an independent boarding and day school educating 320 girls in grades 9 through 12. The 376-acre campus is located 15 minutes from Washington, D.C. in McLean, Virginia. Madeira’s challenging academic programs and experiential learning opportunities, like the award winning Co-Curriculum program, cultivate women leaders who are ready to make positive impacts in their local and global communities.

Madeira’s curriculum is grounded in expert teaching and active involvement of the students when planning their academic paths. Personal academic advising and Madeira’s modular schedule enable girls to customize a schedule beyond graduation requirements, offering them the highest degree of challenge that best suits their interests. The unique grade-level objectives of the Co-Curriculum program progresses from learning about identity and community during freshman and sophomore year to experiencing “real-life work” and leadership training through junior-year internships in Capitol Hill offices and student-selected internships during the girls’ senior year. Madeira girls graduate with a solid resume that rivals that of college students.

Madeira has 13 inter-scholastic sports, including an equestrian team, as well as instruction in music, dance, film, visual and performing arts, which give students athletic and creative outlets. The campus, which overlooks the Potomac River from 376 scenic acres, is a place for study, play, and competition. Learn more at

Grades: 9-12
Enrollment: 325
Head of School: Pilar Cabeza de Vaca

8328 Georgetown Pike
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Phone: 703-556-8200