Upper School (Grades 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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Why Maret?

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How To Apply

Create an Account

  • First things first, create an account by clicking on the orange button below to keep track of admission events and deadlines.
  • This is also the place where you will schedule a campus tour, interview, and check on the progress of your application.

Campus Tour

  • Tours begin September 19, 2016 and run through January 5, 2017.
  • Small groups (10-12 people total)
  • Offered daily in the morning
  • Approximate duration: 75-90 minutes
  • Parents/guardians and students welcome
  • Optional; not required to apply
  • Open House on Sunday, December 4 from 2:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Interview

  • Interviews begin September 19, 2016 and are offered through January
  • All interviews must be scheduled by the application deadline January 5th, 2017 by 5pm.
  • Required for all applicants
  • Do not have to apply or tour before interviewing
  • Roughly 45-60 minutes
  • Half time spent with student, the other half with parent/guardian
  • Multiple time slots throughout the day
  • Conducted by a member of the Upper School Admission Committee

Testing & Writing Sample

  • Required for all applicants:
  • One page (or more) writing sample from English or History class this year
  • Either the SSAT or ISEE accepted for 9th and 10th grade applicants
  • PSAT required for 11th grade applicants

Teacher Recommendations

  • Current Math and English teacher recommendations are required
  • Third teacher/coach recommendation is optional

Grades/Transcript

  • Most recent transcript or report card is required.
  • A transcript or report card is also required from the previous year.

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

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BOYS
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Cross
    Country
  • Golf

GIRLS
  • Volleyball
  • Soccer
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Tennis

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  • Basketball
  • Swimming
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  • Basketball
  • Swimming

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

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