Skip To Main Content

History

maret sisters

Maret School is over 100 years old. Founded in 1911 by Marthe Maret and her sisters as a 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.

Visionary Beginnings

At the turn of the twentieth century, three French sisters, Marthe, Louise, and Jeanne Maret, left their home in Geneva, Switzerland to teach. Louise taught in Russia, Jeanne in the Philippines, and Marthe (who became blind at age 18), in Washington, DC.

Maret at 100

Historic Woodley

Loading from Vimeo...
old maret campus drawing

Woodley, the central building on campus, is a Federal style house built in 1801, the year Thomas Jefferson assumed the Presidency. In those days, the land was cleared between the Woodley site and the Potomac River beyond which meant that Woodley residents had a panoramic view of the incipient capital in the lowlands below.