Maret School

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Maret School
3000 Cathedral Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
Motto Noscere Vivere Est: "To Learn is to Live"
Established 1911
Founder Marthe Maret
Category Independent
Headmaster Marjo Talbott
Grades K – 12
Gender Coeducational
Enrollment 635
Campus City
Color(s) Forest green and White
Athletics Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball, Swimming, Wrestling, Baseball, Lacrosse, Softball, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee
Mascot Fighting Frogs
Nickname Maret
Accreditation Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS)
Newspaper The Woodley Leaves
Yearbook The Woodley Oaks

Maret School is a coeducational, K-12 independent school in Washington, D.C.. It was founded by Marthe Maret in 1911 as a French primary school for girls and boys. Today, Maret is widely considered to be one of the best coeducational, K-12 independent schools in the Washington, D.C. area.[1]


In the late 1800s and early 1900s, three French sisters, Mlles 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, D.C.[2]

By 1911, Louise and Jeanne has joined Marthe in the nation's capital where they were inspired to bring an international flavor to education. They founded the Maret French School, later named Maret School. In 1923, the sisters moved the School to 2118 Kalorama Road with an enrollment of 62 culturally diverse students.[3]

By 1950, Margaret Williams was on board; she led Maret School for the next 18 years. In 1952, growing enrollment compelled the School's Board of Trustees to secure a larger campus at 3000 Cathedral Avenue, NW. In 1953, boys were admitted to the Upper School. By 1966, enrollment totaled 375 students.[4]

Maret School was led by three headmasters throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s: William Laxner, William Layton, and John Francis. In the mid 1970s, Peter A. Sturtevant, Sr. led Maret for the next two decades. To accommodate a growing enrollment, the campus was enhanced to include additional facilities for athletics, arts, and academics.[5]

Sturtevant passed the title to current headmaster, Marjo Talbott, in 1994. Talbott's commitment to Maret's legacy - a school embracing different cultures, interests, perspectives and talents - is evident in the 635 students currently enrolled. 40% of Maret's students identify as students of color, hailing from 45 nations and 24% of students receive financial aid, ensuring economic diversity.[6]

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  1. ^ "About Maret School". Maret School. Retrieved August 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Maret School History". Maret School. Retrieved August 20, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Maret School History". Maret School. Retrieved August 20, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Maret School History". Maret School. Retrieved August 20, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Maret School History". Maret School. Retrieved August 20, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Maret School History". Maret School. Retrieved August 20, 2015. 

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Coordinates: 38°55′42″N 77°03′36″W / 38.92833°N 77.06000°W / 38.92833; -77.06000