About Us

Maret School is an independent, co-ed, college-preparatory day school in Washington, DC, with 650 students in grades K-12 all on one campus. Founded in 1911 as a school for international students, Maret has a long tradition of exploring and embracing the cultures and concerns of other nations.

Welcome to Maret School!

Our historic campus in the heart of Washington, DC, offers a unique setting, where students from kindergarten through high school and teachers alike demonstrate a sense of energy, imagination, and entrepreneurial spirit. At Maret, everyone seeks a broader perspective – an expanded understanding of each other, our community, and the larger world.

We hope that this website gives you a sense of the vibrancy of our program. We invite you to visit us at 3000 Cathedral Avenue, NW so that you can feel the warmth and vitality of this exceptional school community for yourself.

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Public Art: Connecting Us to the World

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Rich History

Maret School is over 100 years old. Founded in 1911 by Marthe Maret and her sisters as a coed French primary school, the School is widely considered to be one of the very best coeducational, K-12 independent schools in the Washington, DC area. Well into our second century, Maret continues to nurture an inclusive and robust learning environment where our history not only sustains us but also transforms us.

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Strong Leadership

The entire Maret community benefits from the School’s strong, dedicated, forward-thinking leadership. From Head of School Marjo Talbott’s far-reaching innovations, to the Board of Trustees’ measured and balanced stewardship, to the school-wide connections fostered by the Maret Parents Association, every aspect of the School is thoughtfully and effectively shepherded.

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Inspiring Teachers

Teachers gravitate to Maret for its rich, robust teaching environment. Published authors, composers and musicians, inventors, innovators, museum-shown artists, award-winning educators: our teachers are multitalented professionals whose career skills and “real life” insights enrich the classroom. Colleagues and collaborators, they learn from – and support – one another.

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  • Founded in 1911 as an international school by three immigrant sisters from France—Marthe, Louise, and Jeanne Maret
  • Head of School: Marjo Talbott (since 1994)
  • K-12 college-preparatory day school
  • Co-ed student body of approximately 650 students
  • 6:1 student to teacher ratio
  • Average class size of 16 students
  • Historic 7.5 acre campus
  • 10-minute walk from two METRO stations: Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan and Cleveland Park
  • Motto: Noscere Vivere Est: to Learn is to Live
  • Colors: Green and white
  • Mascot: the Fighting Frogs

Student Profile

  • Approximately 650 students
  • Grades K-4: 135 students
  • Grades 5-8: 200 students
  • Grades 9-12: 315 students
  • Families hail from 50 nations
  • 44% students of color
  • 62% reside in DC, 30% MD and 8% VA
  • 24% of families receive financial aid
  • 97% retention rate

Faculty Profile

  • 112 teaching faculty
  • 9-year average faculty tenure
  • 70% masters or doctorate degrees
  • 45% identify as people of color
  • Faculty serve as academic advisors for grades 5-12
  • Faculty also serve as coaches, club mentors and/or grade deans
  • On-campus Summer Institute for professional development

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