Madeira School


Launching Women Who Change the World for over 100 years

Founded in 1906, the Madeira School is an independent, college preparatory, boarding and day school for girls grades 9-12. Located in McLean, Virginia on a 376-acre wooded campus, Madeira is 12 miles from the center of Washington, DC. Madeira’s academic curriculum emphasizes both content and skills in the context of a college-prep liberal arts education.

Diversity at Madeira

Madeira believes that belonging to a diverse independent school community leads to responsible and compassionate citizenship in the global community. We value diversity and are committed to honoring differences of race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and socioeconomic class.


Our Mission

Launching women who change the world.

Our Vision

Leading innovation in girls’ education.

Our Educational Philosophy

At Madeira, we believe:

Learning is active and experiential, joyful and personal. Guided by caring, expert, demanding teachers who model the School’s values, students learn in various settings, from classroom to playing field, to dormitory, to congressional office. Working toward one’s personal best deepens the habits of mind that lead to lifelong learning. Learning is its own reward.

Learning results from an intentionally designed, innovative, developmental, rigorous and girl-centered curriculum, which builds critical thinking, creativity and problem-solving skills. Each student has opportunity to study discrete disciplines as well as explore connections between and across disciplines and learning environments.

Learning’s purpose is not only for students to obtain the skills needed to thrive at college but also for students to understand themselves in relation to others, to be informed about their changing world, and to participate actively and confidently in life through leadership and service.

An independent boarding and day school educating girls in grades 9-12. Our campus overlooks the Potomac River and is just 15 minutes from Washington D.C.

Get In Touch

Madeira School

8328 Georgetown Pike
McLean, Virginia 22102

(703) 556 – 8211


Our school works to expand and support the diversity of its students, faculty, staff, administrators, and Board of Directors in order to promote the broader education of all our constituencies, as well as the values of acceptance, inclusion, and respect. Such an atmosphere strengthens us as a community and our students as individuals and future leaders. Our school strives to create an environment in which all members feel safe and able to thrive.

Every year the Madeira Board of Trustees recommits to the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) principles of equity and justice.