Upper School (9-12)

Our high school students pursue their passions, define their futures, and make their mark on campus, in the community, and beyond. A rich blend of academics, arts, athletics, co-curricular and extracurricular options define Maret’s Upper School experience.

Upper School Requirements

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At a Glance

Rigorous Academics

Our high school classes are rigorous and challenging; advanced and accelerated courses are the equivalent of college-level classes.

  • 300 students in grades 9-12
  • Freshmen are empowered as they learn to self-advocate
  • Sophomores manage their course selection with the help of curriculum advisors
  • Juniors and seniors choose from a vast array of electives that span every discipline
  • MSON online classes and independent study challenge highly-motivated students
  • 53 student-created/student-led clubs
  • 27 varsity and junior varsity after-school sports
  • Myriad performance opportunities
  • In-depth community service commitments
  • Expanded summer travel options enrich the academic experience

Sampling of History and Literature Electives

Sampling of History Electives

  • Accelerated United States History
  • Advanced Economics (MSON)
  • Aesthetics and History of Film (History or Literature credit)
  • American Food Systems (MSON)
  • Art History: From Venus to Vera (MSON)
  • Asia and the West
  • Chinese Civilization and Culture
  • Civil Liberties
  • Comparative Religion
  • Contemporary American History and Politics: 1945-Present
  • Economics
  • Environmental Bioethics (MSON)
  • Environmental History and Philosophy
  • Globalization and the Modern World
  • History and Theory of Nonviolence
  • Inequity and Social Justice
  • Medical Bioethics (MSON)
  • Music History: History of Rock and Roll (MSON)
  • Natural History and Science
  • Psychology
  • Revolutions
  • Twentieth Century Europe and War: 1900-1945
  • War in Theory and Practice, Then and Now

Sampling of Literature Electives

  • Aesthetics and History of Film (History or Literature credit)
  • African-American Literature
  • British Literature
  • Children in Literature
  • Comedy and Satire
  • Coming of Age in the Modern World
  • Comparative Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Ethics and Literature
  • Etymology of Scientific Terms (MSON)
  • Literature and Theory of Knowledge
  • Media and Literature
  • Psychological Themes of Literature
  • Philosophy: The Nature of Evil (MSON)
  • Philosophy in Pop Culture (MSON)
  • Science Fiction and Speculative Literature
  • Short Forms
  • Style and Literature
  • Technology and Identity (MSON)
  • World Literature
  • Literature of Theories and Knowledge
  • Media and Literature
  • World Literature

Global Experiences

Founded as an international school in 1911, Maret has a long tradition of exploring and embracing the cultures and concerns of other nations. In a world where international understanding and cooperation are increasingly important, we consciously prepare students to become thoughtful, collaborative, and effective global citizens.

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Essential Skills

Beyond the content specific to designated academic courses, Maret teachers help students develop the essential skills they need to be well-rounded adults in a rapidly evolving world. Our goal is for students to use these skills to inquire deeply, think critically, and act responsibly in all aspects of their lives.

Activities & Clubs

Maret’s 64+ extracurricular choices reflect our students’ broad range of backgrounds, cultures, viewpoints, and interests. From politics to publications, drama to debate, eating to engineering, and everything in between there’s something for everyone!

just A sampling
  • A Capella at Maret
  • Action for Women
  • Amnesty International
  • Asian Affinity and Asian Cultures Club
  • Black Student Union
  • Dance Club
  • Debate Club

  • Diversity at Maret (D.A.M.)
  • Engineering Team
  • Fighting Homelessness in DC
  • Film Club
  • Gay-Straight Alliance
  • Improv Group
  • Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Discussion Group
  • It’s Academic
  • Jazz Band
  • Latino Student Fund Tutoring
  • Literary & Visual Arts Magazine
  • Model United Nations/ Model Congress Club
  • Outing Club
  • Politics Club
  • Religion Club
  • Science Club
  • Students for Environmental Action
  • Theater Club

Service Learning

With the School’s support, our teachers develop partnerships in the wider community that extend in-class learning. These partnerships provide experience that deepen and strengthen Maret's academics. Maret’s program challenges the traditional service model with intentional, reciprocal relationships that create challenging and meaningful engagement for our students.

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A Look Inside the Classroom

Upper School Athletics & PE

Students choose from interscholastic team sports; noncompetitive lifetime sports such as yoga or weight training. Have a particular athletic interest not offered at Maret? Develop a supervised independent study in the sport of your choice.

Varsity Sports

  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Cross
  • Golf

  • Volleyball
  • Soccer
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Tennis

  • Basketball
  • Swimming
  • Basketball
  • Swimming

  • Baseball
  • Tennis
  • Lacrosse
  • Track
  • Softball
  • Lacrosse
  • Track

Academic News

National Coming Out Day Assembly
5th Grade NASA Webinar
Art Teacher Maggie Michael Exhibits at G Fine Art
Senior Joins the NSO Youth Fellowship Program
Alumnus Receives Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Award
MSON/Maret Math Teacher to Present at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Alumna Katherine Taylor Engineers Solar-Powered Irrigation System in India
A Great First Day of School
Congratulations to the CLASS OF 2017
Seniors Work at the DC Attorney General's Office
2017 National Latin Exam Award Winners
Hispanic Cultures Speaker
Physics Rocket Lab
Cum Laude 2017
Maret-Chavez Students Participate in Aspen Institute Roundtable
Eighth Grader in Top Eight of National Debate Competition
Harry Potter Competition
Annual Climate Conference
Guest Speaker: Luis Guardia Mora, Sr.
Young Women Political Leaders
Eighth Graders Top Finalists in the You Be the Chemist Challenge
Lower School Publishing Party
Environmental Stewardship
Environmental Spirit Week
Parkmont Poetry Festival Winners
LearnServe Fellows Pitch Their Ventures
National Scholastic Art & Writing Award
DCW50 MVP: Luke '17
Fifth and Sixth Grade Mini-Marathon
Engineering Team Wins Awards at the MATE ROV Competition
Seniors Win Second Place in Debate Competition
Lower School Science Hatch Cam
Maret-Chavez Students Hold Discussion About Race
Junior Wins Athlete of the Month Award
Upper Schoolers Perform in Concert to Benefit Shreyas School
Eighth Grade Spanish: Partnership with Powell Bilingual Elementary School
Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year - District of Columbia
Students Receive C-SPAN's StudentCam Award for Their Documentary
Winter Sports Wrap Up
Harvard Model Congress
Washington School for Girls Partnership
Slices of Science: Elliot Weintrob
40th Annual Science Fair Awards 2017
Biographical Character Day
Asian Cultural Heritage Assembly
4th Grade Ancient Egyptian Civilization Study
US Foreign Aid Policy Speakers Present to Seventh Graders
Martin Cox Discusses Game Theory
Chinese Language Class Celebrates The Year of the Rooster
Photographer Speaks to Hispanic Cultures Class
LabCandy Founder and Author Speaks at Maret
Annual Mixed Forum
A Vibrant School Life Reinforces Maret's Mission
Rosetta Lee Speaks at Maret
MLK Service Fair 2017
Civil Rights Activist Perry Wallace Joins Author Andrew Maraniss to Discuss "Strong Inside"
Makerspace Club Learns About Advances in 3D Printing
Engineer Adam Wentworth Speaks to Calculus Students
Maret National Geographic Bee
Kindies Study "Oobleck" in the Science Lab
Physics Labs at Maret
Secretary Norman Mineta Speaks to the Upper School
Chuck Driesell Featured In Naples Daily News
9th Grade Biology Demo
USA Today High School Sports Honors
Fall Sports Wrap Up
Author A'leila Bundles Speaks to Upper School Students
Immigration Advocates Speak to Upper Schoolers
People of Color Conference 2016
Upper Schoolers Teach Kindies How To Make Kaleidoscopes
CNN Correspondent Jake Tapper Speaks to Students
Cesar Chavez Students Join Maret Students on Campus
Robotics Team Receives Awards
Drop Everything and Read All-School Assembly
Meteorologist Visits the Fifth Grade
Global Issues Day 2016
Students Study at the National Museum of the American Indian
Students Learn Salsa at Habana Village
DCSAA Champions: Maret Football Finishes Perfect Season
Slices of Science: Nicholas Francisci '12 & Liani Lye
NASA Scientist Visits Fifth Graders
Digging Deep into our Core Values
Veteran's Day Assembly
Author Debby Irving Visits Maret
Homecoming 2016
National Coming Out Day
Hispanic Heritage Month Assembly
ABC news correspondent Martha Raddatz
Charting Maret's Strategic Directions
Dr. Kaye Whitehead Guest Speaker
William Kamkwamba Speaks to 9th Grade Class
Alum Sean Davis '12 Debuted with the Steelers at FedEx Field
The Joy of Reading
Welcome Back, Frogs!
Spring Sports Wrap-Up
Student Wins Computer Science Award
Engineering Team Wins Second Place
Senior Coby Davis Highlighted in Washington Post
Sydney Covitz '16 Pens Pokéman Go Article for The Washington Post
Horizons in the News
Maret in France
Maret in Taiwan
Global Issues Network Conference
Going Global in Lower School
Maret in Spain
Maret in India
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