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What We Stand For

Our mission and philosophy guide us; our core values ground us in what is most important.


Maret is a vibrant, K–12 independent school in Washington, DC. We ignite our students' potential; foster their academic, artistic, and athletic talents; and promote their well-being. We develop the mind, nurture curiosity, welcome challenge, embrace joy, and build community that is equitable and inclusive.

Maret Mosaic

School Philosophy

Maret provides a vigorous and dynamic curriculum, created by a skilled faculty of lifelong learners. We instill a devotion to academic excellence and a love for discovery and exploration. From our inception in 1911, Maret has adopted proven educational tenets while pursuing innovative approaches to learning. At every grade level, our students receive a broad and deep educational experience that allows them to cultivate individual strengths and interests.

Maret believes that social and emotional development is central to students’ well-being and success. We encourage our students to tackle challenges in a culture of nurtured risk taking. We want them to push beyond their comfort zone so they can build resilience, character, and robust problem-solving skills. We understand the need for balance in our lives and seek opportunities to infuse our school day with moments of laughter and surprise.

Maret is an inclusive community that embraces diversity of perspective, experience, identity, circumstance, and talent. Our size and single campus foster meaningful connections among students, faculty, and parents. Our historic campus and its location in the nation’s capital are integral to our program. We engage in service opportunities that enhance students’ sense of civic responsibility and leadership. Students graduate from Maret well equipped to excel in future academic endeavors and to lead confident and fulfilling lives in an ever-changing world.

Our Core Values

Respect + Integrity, Excellence + Creativity, The Individual + Connectedness, and Joy.

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School Motto

Noscere Vivere Est—“To Learn is to Live”

Memberships and Accreditation

Maret is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington (AISGW), and the Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools (AIMS), which is the school's accrediting body.