At a Glance


MARET SCHOOL, founded in 1911, is a private, college preparatory, co-ed day school in Washington, DC, with kindergarten through high school all on a single campus.

Maret actively seeks and embraces different cultures, interests, perspectives, and talents.

Committed to high achievement and nurtured risk-taking, Maret prepares students to become responsible, thoughtful, well-informed adults who are able to play an active role in improving the world.

Our vivid mix of cultures stems from our beginnings as a French school that enrolled students from many nations and backgrounds. Today, the wealth of cultures, personalities, and opinions among our families and faculty gives Maret vivacity that’s not only visible, but tangible as well. You can see the differences at Maret; you can hear and feel them too.

About Maret

  • Founded in 1911 as an international school by French sisters, Marthe, Louise and Jeanne Maret
  • Marjo Talbott, Head of School since 1994
  • K-12 college preparatory day school
  • Co-ed student body of approximately 650 students
  • 7.5-acre historic campus
  • 10 minute walk from the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan and Cleveland Park METRO stops
  • School colors: green and white
  • School mascot: the Fighting Frogs
  • School motto: Noscere Vivere Est: to Learn is to Live
  • 6:1 Student to teacher ratio
  • Average class size of 16 students

Core Values

  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Connectedness
  • The Individual
  • Creativity
  • Excellence
  • Joy

Student Profile

  • Approximately 650 co-ed students
  • 135 students, grades K - 4
  • 200 students, grades 5-8
  • 315 students, grades 9-12
  • 43% students of color
  • 57% reside in DC, 33% MD and 10% VA
  • 48 countries represented
  • 23% of families receive financial aid
  • 97% Retention rate
  • Small class size, averaging 16 students

Faculty Profile

  • 106 teaching faculty
  • 10 years average faculty tenure 
  • 73% have masters or doctorate degrees
  • 37% are persons of color
  • In addition to teaching, faculty serve as coaches, club mentors and/or grade deans
  • On-campus Summer Institute for professional development
  • Faculty serve as academic advisors for grades 5-12

Academic Highlights

Clubs & Activities

  • 6 Lower School clubs
  • 10 Middle School clubs
  • 64 Upper School clubs
  • 11 Middle School interscholastic sports teams (embedded in school day)
  • 26 Upper School interscholastic sports teams (after school)
  • Annual theater productions in Middle and Upper Schools 

College Counseling

Three-Year Attendance SnapshoT

  • 12 Skidmore College
  • 10 Tulane University
  • 9 Bowdoin College
  • 8 Oberlin College, Wesleyan University
  • 7 New York University, Williams College 

Public-Private Partners

Maret's partner organizations include:

  • DC Stoddert Soccer League
  • DC Vote
  • Duke Ellington
  • School for the Arts
  • Food and Friends
  • Friendship Field
  • HD Cooke Elementary School
  • Hope House
  • Horizons Greater Washington
  • Jelleff Recreation Center
  • Truesdell Education Campus

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Accreditation and Associations

Maret is accredited by the Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS)

Maret is a member in good standing of the following educational associations:

  • Association of Independent Maryland Schools  (AIMS)
  • Independent Education (IE) (formerly AISGW)
  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Secondary Schools (MSA)
  • National Association of Independent Schools  (NAIS)
  • Council for American Private Education  (CAPE)
  • Council of Women in Independent Schools (CWIS)
  • Council for Advancement for Secondary Education (CASE)
  • Alumni Program Council