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 private high 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.

  • 320 students in grades 9-12
  • Freshmen are empowered as they learn to self-advocate
  • Sophomores manage their course selection with the help of academic advisors
  • Juniors and Seniors choose from a vast array of electives (86!) that span every discipline
  • MSON online classes challenge highly-motivated students
  • Students can engage with faculty members through independent studies
  • 64 student-created/student-led clubs
  • 24 varsity and junior varsity after-school sports
  • Myriad performance opportunities
  • In-depth community service opportunities
  • Expanded summer travel options enrich the academic experience
  • Two-week academic and social transition program for newly enrolled ninth grade students.

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

high school global experience

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

high school math classBeyond 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

student doing arts and crafts

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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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

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