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WHO WE ARE

Maret School is an independent, coed, college-preparatory day school in Washington, DC, with 650 students in grades K-12.

There is a palpable sense of energy and purpose at Maret. From kindergarten to high school, students delve into their studies under the guidance of experienced and inspired teachers. With the School’s Core Values providing a firm foundation, students have every opportunity to learn, grow, and find their path to success.

We invite you to visit us at 3000 Cathedral Avenue, NW, so that you can experience the vitality of our exceptional school community for yourself.

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Our School Values

JOY

Joy is woven into every aspect of school life. We work hard and play hard, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously!

Maret teachers tap into their students’ innate curiosity and spur them on to pursue meaning and connection across a host of academic courses and extracurricular activities. Students feel the thrill of discovery and sense of accomplishment when they try something new or reach their goal.

We also make time for play and feel the joy of coming together as a community. Homecoming festivities, the Fête de Champêtre, Spring Fling, and Faculty Fun Day are just a few beloved traditions that bring out our Maret spirit.

[VIDEO CLIP: PARENT INTERVIEW: PLACEHOLDER]

EXCELLENCE AND CREATIVITY

We encourage our students to be bold, make mistakes, and master complex problems.

Working side-by-side with brilliant, supportive faculty, Maret students are inspired to work hard, experiment, and think both creatively and analytically as they tackle our challenging curriculum, express themselves in the arts, or face an opponent on the playing field.

[PHOTO: WHEN PIGS FLY]

Caption: Dare to think differently. If you’ve ever said that you’ll understand physics “when pigs fly,” then Maret has the antidote: the Flying Pig Lab. The lab is an upper-level physics project, part of the unit on uniform circular motion. Attaching a string to a mechanical pig with functioning wings, students calculate the tension in the string using two methods. The experiment not only shows that pigs do fly, it also challenges the students’ preconceptions about centrifugal force and the nature of motion.

RESPECT AND INTEGRITY

Developing strong moral character goes hand in hand with achievement in academics.

Maret’s exceptional teachers help students practice reflection and self-evaluation, and are responsive to each student’s interests, learning styles, and goals. They create responsive classroom environments that promote healthy debate and discussion, in which students can share their own beliefs and explore divergent viewpoints.

[PHOTO PLACEHOLDER]

Caption: We see the interplay between ideas and beliefs as a laboratory for exploration, discovery, and broadening perspectives. Reflecting upon divergent opinions is central to understanding and building positive relationships.

THE INDIVIDUAL AND CONNECTEDNESS

When students have a strong sense of self and are part of a strong community, they develop the desire and ability to stand with others and improve the world around them.

Maret’s approach to student growth and learning is holistic and builds upon a comprehensive K–12 wellness program focused on identity, human development and sexuality, social-emotional learning, mental health, digital citizenship, and, of course, physical health.

Our community aspires to create vital, active partnerships on our campus, in our neighborhoods, and around the globe. From environmental stewardship to issues of equity and social justice, we empower and prepare students to effect positive, transformative change.

[VIDEO: WOMPers Visit Kindies]

Caption: We value the meaningful cross-divisional interactions fostered on campus. The all-school sing, the all-school art show, and Closing Ceremony are times when the whole community comes together to share and celebrate.

In addition, Upper school students in math and science work with lower school students in their classrooms throughout the year, and middle school students put on a carnival for lower school students in the fall. In this video, the WOMPers (Waves, Optics, and Musical Physics students) presented an interactive lesson on the physics of kaleidoscopes and mirrors to our kindergartners.

School Profile

6:1

Student to Teacher Ratio

16

Average Class Size

10

Minute walk from two Metro Stations

27

Tenure of Head of School Marjo Talbott

 

Student Profile

650

Students in the School

320

Students in Upper School (9–12)

200

Students in Middle School (5–8)

130

Students in Lower School (K–4)

51%

Of Students Identify as People of Color

50

Nations Represented by our Families

25%

Of Families Receive Financial Aid

97%

Of Families Remain at Maret Each Year

 

Faculty Profile

112

Teaching Faculty

10

Years Average Faculty Tenure

70%

Of Teachers have master’s or doctorate degrees

45%

Of Teachers Identify as People of Color