Frequently Asked Questions


How many students are admitted to the 9th grade class?

We usually admit between 68 and 75 new ninth graders.

How many students are at Madeira, and when do they typically enroll?

Each year, Madeira enrolls about 320 students, most of whom enter in the 9th or 10th grade. We intentionally keep the ninth grade class small so that we can take 15–20 new tenth graders every year.

What are the benefits of an all-girls school?

Girls at Madeira will tell you things like: “I didn’t enroll because it’s all girls, but now that I’m here I can see the benefits.” Or, “I had no idea you could have such an active social life at an all-girls school,” or, “It is so nice to be in a community where every leadership position, every star athlete, every star in the play is a girl. Our alumnae say things like, “I made the closest friends of my life at Madeira, and remain in touch with them to this day.” But don’t stop at what you read here. Reach out to friends, neighbors, relatives who have attended all-girls schools – they are everywhere!

What is the student-faculty ratio?


I missed the January 15 application deadline. Is it too late to apply for next year?

If we have space available, we will be willing to accept applications after the January 15th deadline. Please contact the admission office at 703-556-8273 or to learn if we are still accepting applications.

Does Madeira accept applications to the 10th, 11th, and 12th grade classes?

Madeira accepts applications for all grades. Admission to all grades is highly selective, and admission to grade 11 and 12 is possible if the academic program leading up to that point is similar to Madeira’s, and you have been successful in that program.

When will I find out about the admissions decision?

If you have completed the application process by January 15, you will receive notification of the decision in early March.

Does Madeira offer a PG or gap year?

Yes, Madeira offers a postgraduate program for students seeking a capstone year after graduating from high school. This year affords students to complete classes in their area of interest and complete an immersive five-week internship in the Washington, D.C. area.

Financial Aid

How does Madeira determine the amount of a financial aid grant?

The Financial Aid Committee determines the amount of the grant considering the following:

  • The recommendation of SSS based on information provided from the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS)
  • The total amount of financial aid available to the School
  • The total number of applicants for financial aid
  • Adherence to designated deadlines in evaluating the above information
Madeira’s Financial Aid Committee takes into account the number and ages of the children in the family, parent ages (for purposes of estimating retirement needs), other educational expenses, additional dependents, all sources of income and assets, a family’s priority of spending, and debts and expenses such as number and age of cars, club memberships, travel, medical expenses, legal fees, and other obligations.

Why are the deadlines important?

Every year we have a growing number of families applying for financial aid. For that reason, we ask that all applicants for financial aid work to complete their Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) by the given deadlines. For returning families, the PFS and 2018 tax documents are due by December 1, 2019. For new families, the PFS and 2018 tax documents are due by January 15, 2020.

A signed copy of the 2019 Federal Tax Return, including all schedules, W-2 and 1099 forms must be submitted to SSS by April 15, 2020. Financial aid awards are not considered final until all materials have been uploaded in the SSS portal.

If I currently receive a financial aid grant from Madeira, is it necessary for me to reapply?

Yes, you must reapply for a financial aid grant every year that your daughter is enrolled at Madeira. You must also adhere to the deadlines outlined in this packet in order to be considered. Financial aid awards are granted on a yearly basis and are renewed subject to continued demonstrated financial need and the review of the academic performance and evidence of good citizenship of the student. If you currently receive financial aid from Madeira, your family will be the first to be considered for financial aid grants for the upcoming year.

Do both parents have to work to qualify for financial aid?

The Financial Aid Committee considers it reasonable to expect both parents to be employed if they are asking the School to assist with tuition costs. Should a family choose to have a parent not employed, the committee may impute an income. Consideration will be given to families with preschool children or other extraordinary circumstances that preclude a parent from working.

Does the admission committee consider my financial aid request at the same time application for enrollment is being considered?

No, financial aid grants are determined following the review and decision on admission applications. Admission decisions and financial aid decisions are made at two different times by two separate committees. There is no consideration of financial need at the time admissions are made.

Can a student work off part of her tuition?

Students find that balancing their time between academics and extracurricular activities is sufficiently challenging. Some students babysit for faculty families to earn spending money.

When will I be notified of the financial aid committee's decision?

We will include the financial aid grant, if any, with the admission acceptance letter and enrollment contract.

Are there any merit awards available at Madeira?

Yes. Madeira awards select students financial assistance based on their academic achievements. Students will be notified of their scholarship status in early March along with their admission decision.

Is the financial aid program confidential?

Yes. The Financial Aid Committee holds in confidence financial information submitted by parents in support of aid applications. Financial aid recipients are not identified at the School. We ask that financial aid recipients maintain the same confidentiality.

If I am single, divorced, or separated, what information will the financial aid committee require from the other parent in order to determine an award?

The Financial Aid Committee expects that both parents will contribute financially to their daughter’s education. That means that both parents must submit financial aid forms in every circumstance. Parents who fail to both file for financial aid put in jeopardy their daughter’s chances of receiving a financial aid grant.

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