A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    NG
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Sports
    B
Address
8328 Georgetown Pike
McLean, VA 22102
Telephone
(703) 556-8211
Organization Memberships
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)

Applying

Application Deadline
February 2
Application Fee
$0
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
SSAT, TOEFL

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$43,947
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Boarding (Tuition + Boarding)
$58,158
Received Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid
From The Madeira School

The Madeira School is an independent, college preparatory boarding and day school for girls in grades 9-12, located on a scenic 376-acre campus just miles from Washington, DC. Our award-winning Co-Curriculum experiential learning program provides internships similar to those offered by colleges. For five weeks each year, girls learn from experience in settings beyond the classroom. Sophomores engage in service, juniors serve on Capitol Hill, and seniors pursue a career interest or passion. Over their four years, Madeira graduates build confidence, leadership skills, and an impressive resume.

The Madeira School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Average Graduation Rate
Average SAT
1340
70 responses
Average ACT
30
40 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
86%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.7 responses
Poll
71%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.7 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
  • Founder's day
    38%
  • ASMs with good speakers
    14%
  • Beach party
    14%
  • The Winter Musical
    10%
  • The Fall Play
    7%
  • The Senior Bell
    7%
  • Ring Sisters
    7%

Students

Diversity
NG
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
319
50%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.10 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.10 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.10 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
9:1
National
16:1
Poll
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.14 responses
Poll
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.14 responses
Poll
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.14 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
100%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.7 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.7 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.7 responses

The Madeira School Reviews

48 reviews
All Categories
Madeira helped shape me into the woman I am today. I faced some of the most difficult challenges there but reaped some of the greatest rewards including an everlasting sister-ship with a few girls, an unwavering determination to chase my dreams, and a well-rounded education that prepared me not just for college but also for life. I wish Madeira had not undergone the changes that it now projects because I do not believe the girls there are getting the same experience I got. Nevertheless, I am still a proud Madeira girl, and I always will be!
Review The Madeira School
This school is an incredible place with dedicated faculty and staff. Teachers are hardworking, caring, and approachable. The Co-Curriculum program provided fantastic opportunities for my daughter, preparing her for college and the workplace.

However, I do have one issue: Madeira prides itself on its diversity and challenging academic program. Diversity comes in many forms (cultural, intellectual, social), all of which are necessary for fruitful learning. Intellectual diversity at Madeira needs improvement. When I sent my daughter to Madeira, I expected teachers to encourage students to think independently. I was wrong. The administration encourages students to think like they do, especially when it comes to politics. Students hesitate to express themselves in fear of being punished. My daughter's Madeira experience would have been better if Madeira focused on embracing intellectual along with physical differences rather than encouraging a pattern of uniform thought.
Loved b4 mod sched-made hard to coordinate classes: fewer sections, disjointed: math, language, history. Boarding: valuable challenge. Opp's handed via cocurric. great but can lead to complacency/unrealistic expectations in real world. College counselors great. Student body "diverse" but self-seg.. among international Asian students and African-Americans. School excess. polit. correct - "welcomed diversity" but forbade Christmas decs on students' doors BC "oppressive/offensive". push to change signs on female bathrooms ("all girls school") BC "offensive" to transgender students. Overall, most teachers solid, some great, a few HORRIBLE. Daughter erased neg's from memory & retains strong loyalty. Hope school returns to sem/trim. Admin claims mod sched success/popular, but sprung w/out input: slew of fams/faculty departed. Beautiful/insulated campus. Limited languages offered -Mandarin cut-most int.nat'l students from China: untapped resource interacting w/native speakers.